Meet the Team

GALTA Board of Directors

The GALTA Board of Directors is elected to represent all Members and is supported by dedicated Representatives from across Australia.

Louise Terry
Ph 0419 743 143

Louise was voted in as GALTA President at the 2019 AGM and has been involved as a Board Director since 2012. Her expertise and passion is in destination marketing and tourism strategy, drawing on over 20 years’ experience across State Government and regional tourism in Australia. Louise has held senior marketing positions with Tourism Noosa in Queensland and also at Tourism Victoria, where she led segment marketing for the State in a range of niche areas including gay and lesbian travel. She now runs her own tourism marketing business, Kindred Tourism, working with national and international businesses and destinations to enhance their tourism performance.

Ben Woodward
Vice President
Ph 0406 384 886

Ben Woodward has grown up in the tourism industry, with his parents pioneering one of Tropical North Queensland’s premier attractions, Rainforestation Nature Park Kuranda, in the late 70s. He completed a Degree in Bachelor-Business (Journalism) at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Ben lived in the UK where he worked as an LGBT+ Youth Worker, returning to Cairns to work for the family business, The CaPTA Group, which has become the region’s largest privately owned group of attractions and touring companies, consisting of Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Jungle Tours, Tropic Wings, Wooroonooran Safaris, Rainforestation, Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome, and Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

Basing himself between London and Cairns for several years whilst managing Western Markets for the group, Ben now has the role of Director of Sales & Marketing.

Ben has participated in Strategic Advisory Panels with Tourism Tropical North Queensland was Chair of the NQ YATEC Committee in 2012 and the National YATEC Chair. In 2013 he was awarded the Len Taylor YATEC Award for Excellence, and was was re-elected to the ATEC National Board in 2017. Ben has also been on the Board of Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree since 2014, serving in the role of Chair in 2018 and 2019 was also President for SKAL International Cairns.

Ben has volunteered with the Cairns Tropical Pride Festival, later becoming President, and DJs at regular events for the LGBT+ community, and is the organiser of gAyTE, a popular industry event at the annual Australian Tourism Exchange.

Rod Stringer
Ph 0416 290 291

Rod was the President of GALTA between 2011 – 2016 and was awarded Life Member of GALTA in 2016. Rod was the first Australian to receive an IGGY award (in 1995) for services to gay tourism internationally. He served three years as a board member and Director of Tourism Noosa, was a committee member of the Sydney Gay Business Association and still proudly represents Australia for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).

Dennis Basham
Social Media & Membership
Ph 0421 109 775

Dennis officially joined GALTA in 2011 as Director and Company Secretary and also volunteered previously introducing tourism products to GALTA.

Dennis has a long career in the airline & tourism industry spanning over 25 years and is currently with new airline start-up, Bonza. Previous roles include Global Head of Marketing, Partnerships, Distribution with On The Go Tours, Country Manager APAC for Back-Roads Touring, General Manager Australia for Scoot Airlines, 15 years with Virgin Australia in various commercial roles, Ansett Airlines and various hotel positions.

Dennis enjoys all things about travelling and connecting with the community and was welcomed as a Life Member at the 2018 AGM.

Grace Stubbs
DEI Advocacy & Content Lead

Grace is Guest Services Associate at Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach and has had a passion for creating unforgettable hospitality experiences from an early age. As a child she would transform her kitchen into a café, complete with menus, her bedroom into a hotel, complete with a reservation log, and her living room into a carnival, complete with ticket sales and prizes.

With each real-world experience in hospitality and events she becomes more passionate about the field and has discovered a multitude of possible careers that can enable her to draw on other passions in my life. With a background in Social and Behavioural Sciences and Art History, Grace's areas of interest include:

- Community development through tourism and hospitality
- The importance of arts and cultural events to community wellness
- Inclusion and visibility of marginalised communities, with a special focus on the LGBTQIA+ community

Over the years she has worked with hotels, performing arts centres, local non-profits, and city-wide cultural events. Whether at a hotel, a museum, or an entertainment venue, she brings her passion for creating memories to every position and use her skills to better the community.

Andrew Bartholomew
Corporate Partnerships
Ph 0416 005 486

Originally from Sydney, Andrew's passion for travel and tourism shined through straight out of school, when he attended the University of Technology, Sydney, for his Bachelor of Management in Tourism. After working for many years as a Travel Agent in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs, Andrew moved to Los Angeles for 13 years to take up a position with Qantas Vacations/Helloworld Travel.

Working through all aspects of the business, Andrew was Director of Sales, selling Australia, New Zealand & The South Pacific under a number of brands, to the travel trade. In particular looking after the consortia groups of Ensemble, American Express, Signature & Virtuoso.

Since returning to Australia, Andrew has started his own representation company, Smile Marketing, using his knowledge of the tourism industry, knowing all key players from consortias and wholesalers in the USA, to Inbound tour operators and key companies in Australia. He has worked with various companies such as Tasty Tours, Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba, Sydney WorldPride23 and Australia's inaugural SXSW event to help them become export ready and welcome international visitors.

Wayne Parcell
Public Affairs
Ph 0419 972 468

Wayne is from Brisbane, with two adult married children and himself married to his husband Brett.

Wayne is a solicitor with a career of more than 40 years in government, his own business and global business.

Wayne was given a Special Award from the Australian Tourist Commission in 1995 for outstanding contribution to Australian tourism and was also awarded the Public Service Medal in 1996 for outstanding service to Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Wayne has also devoted many years of his time and skills to the not-for-profit and community sector as a Non-Executive Director and in other leadership roles.

Wayne founded and is the Director of The Rangebow Festival (and its parent charity), is President of the Montville Village Association and Founding President and Life Member of the Montville Tennis Club.

GALTA Team and Representatives

Nathan Fleming
Whitsundays + FNQ Representative
Ph +61 401 075 693

Nathan has worked in the tourism and hospitality sector for the past 20 years, managing backpacker hostels/bars/nightclubs and also as a travel agent, and brings a wealth of tourism marketing and social media knowledge.

For the past 7 years he has been the Sales Captain for multi-award winning companies Ocean Rafting in the stunning Whitsundays and Ocean Safari in Cape Tribulation in far North Queensland, locally owned and family operated for over 23 years.

He is also on the board of the Airlie Beach Backpacker Assoc (ABBA) and has been working with Whitsundays tourism and hospitality operators since 2008.

He was on the board of Adventure Queensland for a few years and in 2018 was voted Tourism Industry Legend by his peers at the Adventure Tourism Awards – Australia and New Zealand.

Rohan Shearn
Victoria Representative
Ph +61 481 746 287

With a background in arts administration and event management of more than 20 years, Rohan has had the opportunity to work on a diverse range of productions from intimate theatre through to large-scale events.

Key appointments have included General Manager for the former Riverina Theatre Company in Wagga Wagga, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA) in Lismore, Feast Festival in Adelaide and Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra. Additional appointments have included Presenters’ Coordinator for the Victorian Arts Council (now Regional Arts Victoria), Precinct Operations Supervisor for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Creative Producer for the Adelaide Queer Film Festival (2008) and Interim Company Manager for Red Stitch Actors Theatre (2012).

He has completed the Associate Diploma in Small Companies and Community Theatre through Swinburne University, and has completed the Graduate Diploma of Management (Arts and Cultural Management) through the University of South Australia. He regularly appears on JOY 94.9’s Sunday Arts Program as a guest.

Mario Paez
Regional NSW Representative
Ph +61 419 230 670

Mario is Co Founder and Managing Director of Planetdwellers Travel Tours and Events, a proudly gay-owned and operated Australian travel agency, tour operator and events organising company that has been connecting LGBTQ+ travellers with welcoming people and places for over 15 years.

Prior to founding Planetdwellers, Mario worked in a variety of capacities in the retail travel sector, including roles with inbound tour business Out and About Travel and global retailer Flight Centre.

Mario is also Immediate Past President of GALTA, a role he held from 2016 to 2019.

Barry Warner
Regional NSW Representative

Barry is Co-Founder, General Manager and Lead Tour Guide with Planetdwellers Travel, Tours and Events, a proudly gay-owned and operated Australian travel agency, tour operator and events organising company that has been connecting LGBTQ+ travellers with welcoming people and places for over 15 years.

Barry is passionate about ensuring all travellers to Australia, specifically who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and their friends, are treated with respect and valued, while being shown the majestic beauty, natural wonder and party atmosphere that is Australia and the amazing world we live in!

Adam Bold
Sydney Representative
Ph +61 412 358 249

Adam is the Founding Director of Points of Difference Travel & Events, a boutique tours, events and travel business based in Sydney and operating since 2008.

He is an active member of the Australian LGBT+ community with memberships including Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA), Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) and Melbourne’s Gay & Lesbian Organisation of Business & Enterprise (GLOBE).

Adam’s vision is to create legendary, exciting and memorable tour and travel experiences, with a touch of sophistication. He does this by developing, creating and sourcing the best products, suppliers and properties to work with, adding a fabulous gay layer to their standards. His guests experience safe, welcoming and fun environments, for like-minded people, particularly members of the gay community, both locally and internationally.

His favourite events to produce include Gay Ski Week Australia and the Celebration NYE party on Sydney Harbour.

He’s looking forward to connecting with GALTA members in Sydney and beyond as the industry recovers and grows in the new normal.


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