Wealth of new tal­ent for Tourism North East Board

North East Tourist News - - AROUND THE REGION -

TWO new skills-based di­rec­tors have brought an im­pres­sive depth of tal­ent and ex­pe­ri­ence to the Board of Tourism North East (TNE).

TNE board chair, Paul Car­rick, an­nounced the va­cant po­si­tions had been filled by Natalie O’Brien, the CEO of Mel­bourne Food & Wine Events, and Rosie Koop, an ex­pe­ri­enced arts and cul­ture ad­vi­sor and mar­ket­ing strate­gist.

The cur­rent CEO of Mel­bourne Food & Wine Events, Natalie O’Brien, has pre­vi­ously worked for Tourism Vic­to­ria in mar­ket­ing, in­fra­struc­ture and in­vest­ment roles.

She also has ex­ten­sive board ex­pe­ri­ence, cur­rently as a di­rec­tor on the Parks Vic­to­ria board and the Peo­ple and Parks Foun­da­tion, and pre­vi­ously on the boards of the Vic­to­rian Food Wine and Tourism Coun­cil (as chair), City of Mel­bourne Hos­pi­tal­ity Ad­vi­sory Board and The Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den Foun­da­tion.

The sec­ond skills-based ap­pointee, Rosie Koop, worked as a pub­lisher at Har­lequin En­ter­prises for many years be­fore tree-chang­ing to Glen­rowan to run a sheep farm.

Since then, her lo­cal strate­gic mar­ket­ing-based roles have in­cluded work for Hot­house The­atre in Wodonga and Cen­tre Against Vi­o­lence in Wan­garatta.

She is a re­cent grad­u­ate and now board mem­ber of Alpine Val­leys Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Inc, and an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Arts, Cul­ture and Her­itage for Wan­garatta Coun­cil.

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