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Western Australia Minister for Tourism Kim Hames

New Chairman For Tourism WA

Victor P Taffa

  • Sandalford boss named as new chair
  • Three new board members appointed

Tourism Minister Kim Hames has announced hotel owner and proprietor of Sandalford Wines, Peter Prendiville, will be Tourism WA’s (TWA) new chairman of the board.

Dr. Hames said Mr. Prendiville would take on the role of chairman when Kate Lamont’s term expired on June 30.

“Kate Lamont has been an outstanding chairman for the past six years and I thank her, on behalf of the State Government, for all her hard work and the exceptional leadership she has provided to the tourism industry in Western Australia.” Dr. Hames said.


“I would also like to thank Trish Ridsdale, who is also leaving the board after five years’ service.”

The Minister said he was delighted Mr. Prendiville, who had more than 35 years’ experience in tourism, hospitality and events, would be taking over the reins.

“Mr. Prendiville has been deputy chairman of the Tourism WA board since September 2011 and brings extensive experience to the role of chair.” Dr. Hames said.

The deputy chairman role will be filled by Howard Cearns, who founded Little Creatures Brewing Pty Ltd and has been a member of the TWA board for six years.

Three new board members have also been appointed including:

  • Nathan Harding – group managing director of Discover Australia Holidays, Discover West Holidays and Skywest Holidays
  • Diane Smith-Gander – director of Wesfarmers Ltd, Transfield Services Ltd, CBH Group Ltd and the deputy chairman of the National Broadband Network Company Ltd
  • Richard Vaughan – divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations Worldwide, Emirates

Perth Racing CEO Stephen Wicks has been reappointed to the board for a further year. Dr. Hames said the Tourism WA board was an experienced and dynamic team with a wealth of expertise in tourism, business and marketing.


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