Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    Former Perth Airport executive appointed Tourism WA Managing Director

    12/10/2021 11:10 AM
    • Carolyn Turnbull announced as Tourism WA Managing Director
    • 20 years of experience in tourism and hospitality 

    Former Perth Airport executive Carolyn Turnbull has been appointed as Tourism Western Australia's new Managing Director.


    Ms Turnbull brings 20 years of international leadership experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, and joined Tourism WA in 2020 as the Executive Director - Industry, Aviation and Markets.


    Ms Turnbull is a highly respected industry leader, whose experience includes senior executive roles with global hospitality brands including Aman Resorts. 


    Carolyn will be taking over the helm of Tourism WA from Derryn Belford who has acted in the role since late 2020. In the 13 years that Derryn has been with the department, she has made an outstanding contribution to Tourism WA and the tourism industry.


    Before joining Tourism WA, Carolyn was spearheading the development of the western gateway as Chief Aviation Development Officer at Perth Airport.


    More than 50 applications were received for the role and a rigorous recruitment and selection process was undertaken.


    Ms Turnbull has been appointed for a five-year term which will commence on Monday, October 18.


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister David Templeman:


    "I am pleased to welcome Carolyn Turnbull as Managing Director for Tourism WA.


    "I would also like to thank Derryn Belford for her dedication and commitment over the past year as acting Managing Director, and her 13 years at Tourism WA. I wish her well for the future.


    "Ms Turnbull brings with her a wealth of tourism and hospitality knowledge to the Managing Director role. I am confident she will support the WA tourism industry and help position the State as a leading destination of choice when we are ready to welcome other markets back to WA."


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