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Judging Panel

Bob Lunnon - Chief Judge

Bob Lunnon has been Chief Judge of the National Travel Industry Awards since 2014. 

Bob has been in the travel industry for over 50 years, initially starting in 1962 with Qantas Airways in Sydney as a Commercial Trainee straight from High School, which also included postings in New York, London, and Melbourne. In 1972, Bob and six other Qantas staff members started Qantas Holidays, where he remained until 1982, as National Sales Manager.

In 1982, Bob joined Sheraton Hotels and Resorts in Sydney, which in 2000 became part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, along with other global brands including Westin, Le Meridien, Four Points, W Hotels, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, and Element. Prior to his retirement in June 2012, Bob had been over 30 years with Starwood, his last role being Director, Leisure and Luxury Sales, Asia Pacific. Bob now undertakes consultancy projects with Starwood in Asia Pacific including Bali in Indonesia, Koh Samui in Thailand, and Western Samoa etc.

In 2005, Bob was recognised by Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) and received the Annual Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australia’s tourism export industry.

Bob is also a member of Skal International. In 2013 he was President of Skal Sydney Chapter for a record-breaking third term. In March 2014, Bob was elected as National Vice President of SKAL International Australia, and in October 2014 was elected as International Councillor for SKAL International Australia, a dual role.

Anne Rogers

Anne enjoyed a long and trail-blazing career with Ansett Australia, a highlight of which was the launch of the prestigious Golden Wing Club, and her responsibility for the establishment of the various club lounges throughout the network. In 1985 she resigned to establish Wings Away Travel in Melbourne. Her passions for innovation and marketing (in all its forms), saw the agency become a much respected and awarded industry leader, and a founding member of both Cruiseco and Magellan, both of which offered suitably innovative and complementary business models. The agency was also among a very small group of initial members when Virtuoso came to Australia in 2004. Today Wings Away is a large suburban leisure agency, with a team of 12. 

Throughout her career, Anne has consistently sought wider industry knowledge and involvement, both within Australia and internationally, and has held numerous board and committee positions as a result; including a three-year tenure on the AFTA Board, as Chairman of AFTA Victoria (1994-1997).

Having sold Wings Away in 2017, Anne remains actively engaged in the industry, with specific interests in mentoring and advisory roles.

Brett Jardine

Brett Jardine is the Managing Director of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

With close to three decades of experience across many segments in the travel industry, Brett joined CATO in March 2018.

Prior to joining CATO, Brett has been focused on delivering a number of key projects as a consultant around product development and trade distribution with clients that include global travel icons Viking Cruises and the Intrepid Travel Group. 

In March 2017 Brett departed the Australasian office of the global cruise industry association – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.

Brett spent 10 years at the helm of CLIA Australasia in a high profile role that was an integral part of the cruise industry. 

During Brett’s tenure at CLIA he was responsible for the collation of cruise passenger data from the Australasian market that delivered growth in this period from 250,000 passengers in 2007 to more nearly 1.3million in 2016. It is this source market data that has been the foundation of the vast majority of media and global cruise industry attention Australasia has received during this time.

Christian Schweitzer

Christian is General Manager of the Business Publishing Group comprising leading titles Travel Daily, travelBulletin, Cruise Weekly, Business Events News and Pharmacy Daily.

He is a multi-faceted professional with 25 years of commercial experience in sales, marketing, management and customer service with particular industry experience across travel, tourism, non-profit, retail, wholesale and direct marketing industries.

To date he has managed in excess of $30 million in budgets to deliver in excess of $700 million in revenue for his employers.

His education includes an MBA (2013) from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Masters of Strategic Marketing (2003) from Wollongong University.

Among his achievements include delivering cutting edge company websites that received a Sitecore Customer Experience Award within the Travel and Tourism category (2014) and leading a marketing team for a major international touring company that won Best Tour Operator International at the 2009 NTIAs.

Christian is a regular guest on Sky News Business channel commenting on travel topics for the business traveller as well as judging categories for the Cruise Industry Awards and Travel Marketing Awards.

Donna Campbell

Donna Campbell is based in Sydney where she is the Managing Director of D.C. & Associates Worldwide Pty and the GSA for the Destination Canada in Australia.

She has over 39 years of tourism experience strategically selling & promoting Canada in the international markets - predominately the Asia Pacific region. The last 17 years she has been working for Destination Canada to raise awareness for Canada’s ten provinces and three Territories in the Australian marketplace – through the ever-changing trade, media and consumer channels.

Donna is a well-recognised face for Canada and has a longstanding reputation for delivering programs that are strategic, innovative, on target and deliver a strong ROI.

Hugh Houston

Hugh has significant experience in the travel industry, in a career spanning over 40 years, before retiring from full time employment at the end of 2016, and is highly respected in all sectors of industry. Hugh's career started in Hobart, moved through Sydney and finished in South East Queensland.

Hugh has held senior positions within the industry for the majority of that time. His last three years was as Brand Manager Australia and New Zealand for Back-Roads Touring, a role focussed on elevating the awareness and resulting sales of the brand across Australia and New Zealand. Prior to that Hugh spent 16 years as General Manager Sales and Marketing for Sunlover Holidays and AOT Hoildays and oversaw a period of phenomenal growth, particularly in Australia. Before joining Sunlover Holidays, Hugh was Sales and Marketing Manger at Warner Bros. Theme Parks on the Gold Coast, a position he held for 7 years and was part of the pre opening team for Warner Bros. Movie World.

Jeannie Foster

Jeannie started her career in the travel industry with Qantas Airways in various operational roles before moving to Canadian Airlines where she held the role of Airport Manager and General Manager.

During her time as General Manager of Canadian Airlines the airline merged with Air Canada. Jeannie was the General Manager of Australia and New Zealand for Air Canada until 2013 she has worked in the Travel Industry for over 25 years. She was previously a member of the CEO Forum an Executive Committee for the Board of Airlines Australia as well as a representative of the IATA Australian Pacific Joint Council (APJC).

Jeannie Chaired the Public Relations committee for Star Alliance for many years. Past President of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Women’s Leadership Institute.

Jeannie is currently the Country Director for Discover The World.

John Hart BCom, FAICD

John Hart is Executive Director of Restaurant & Catering Australia, Executive Director of Business Group Australia, Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism and on the Board of the National Centre of Vocation Education Research, the Victorian Tourism Industry Council, the Australian Business Register and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant & Catering Australia in 1999. Restaurant & Catering Australia is the peak industry body representing restaurants, cafes and caterers across Australia. John came to the Association from Tourism Training NSW where he was Executive Officer for five years.

John has spent over 30 years working in the hospitality industry in operational, HR and IR roles, trained in food and beverage management at the Ecole Hotelliere Lausanne, in Switzerland, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Law.

John currently also served as Chair of the Commonwealth Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board between 2013 and 2017 and was previously on the Prime Ministers Business Advisory Council.

Julie King

Based in Sydney, Julie has over 31 years’ experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry including consulting for leisure tourism and tourism industries, leading over 150 consulting projects across 20 countries, working with National and Regional Government Authorities, Destination Management Organisations, Convention Bureaus and Private Entities. 

Having spent 14 of those years based in Dubai as General Manager of a leading Hospitality and Tourism Consultancy and prior to that successfully opening five hotels in the UK and Dubai, Julie moved to Australia in 2010 to establish her own award winning, trusted and respected representation agency and consultancy, Julie King & Associates. 

Julie has led the strategic direction for Dubai Tourism across Australia and New Zealand for 8 years and brings to the role a successful track record and strong reputation and also now leads the Seychelles Tourism account in Australia.

Richard Savva

Richard led a boutique travel company, Voyager Travel, to being the largest independent travel management company in Australia. After selling to a global company took on the Asian MD role for two years.

Previous to Voyager Richard worked at Rosenbluth International in the UK and Australia in sales then country manager roles.

Skill set includes mentoring, business coaching, managing regional offices, marketing, rebranding, building technology solutions, leading sales, client retention, P&L ownership and recognised within the Australian travel trade as a true leader.

Speaker, facilitator and moderator at numerous conferences and round table strategy meetings.

Richard has worked across most industries including financial, legal, telecommunications, charities, universities, retail, technology and manufacturing in large & SME markets.

Stephen Limbrick

Steve Limbrick has worked in the tourism and aviation industry for over 30 years, with deep knowledge and experience in commercial and airport operations through his extensive career with Qantas Airways.

He initially joined Qantas (via the then Australian Airlines) in Alice Springs NT in March 1987 and held a broad range of Executive Management positions encompassing areas such as commercial, sales, distribution, strategy, alliances and tourism development. 

Along with his head office experience Steve has worked in several markets, both onshore and offshore, including significant periods in the Northern Territory, Canberra and Singapore where he was responsible for the joint commercial activities of both Qantas and British Airways (as part of the then JSA) across South East Asia.

During his career he has held a variety of Board Positions in travel related entities and served as one of Qantas Executive appointed crisis chairs.
Since retiring from Qantas in August 2017 Steve has been employed on a contract basis with the oneworld Alliance assisting with a range of commercial projects and strategy.

He has a proven track record in commercial, strategy development, stakeholder engagement and team development across different cultures.

Steve lives in Sydney with his wife, Sandy, and has 2 adult children - Scott and Samantha.

Quentin Long

Quentin Long cofounded Australia’s largest travel media company, Australian Traveller Media in 2005. 

The company’s founding product, Australian Traveller magazine quickly became the bestselling travel magazine in the country. 

Known for its editorial independence, savvy reporting and supreme photography, Long quickly became a sought after media commentator on travel. From 2006 he has held weekly radio segments across the country and regular TV appearances commentating on issues and destinations for news and lifestyle programs. He currently has a regular segment on TV with CH9’s Today program and is seen on Ch9’s A Current Affair and News programs. He also is a regular guest on several ABC radio programs and Macquarie Radio Network through 2GB and affiliated networks. 

In 2012 he launched International Traveller, which went on to eclipse sister title Australian Traveller as the bestselling travel magazine in the country. 

The company also produce bespoke travel and lifestyle content for Australia’s leading travel clients under the Travellers Studio brand.

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