Leighton Yates, Chairman
A successful 21 year career in hospitality has seen Leighton involved in hotel management on both the East and West coasts of Australia. He commenced his career on Hamilton Island, QLD, and afterwards rose through the ranks at AccorHotels operating properties in NSW before returning to QLD to take up management positions in Brisbane. In 2010, Leighton accepted the role of General Manager for the All Seasons Oasis Alice Springs and after 2 years he accepted a sea-change to become the GM of The Sebel Mandurah of which he managed for 3 1/2 years.
His passion for tourism soon saw Leighton take on additional roles with Peel Tourism Association and later the Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation of which he has chaired since June 2015. During his career, Leighton and the properties he represents have been recognized with accolades and awards from the Australian Institute of Management (NT), WA Restaurant & Caterers Association, Customer Service Excellence within AccorHotels and the Peel Business Excellence Awards (2015 WINNER: Business with 20+ Employees), In June 2014, Leighton purchased The Stage Door Waterfront Restaurant of which he is now operating full time.
Bernie Worthington, Deputy Chairman
Bernie has over 25 years experience in the Western Australian property market where he specialised in valuations and property consultancy, often managing projects from conception to completion. He was at the inception of the establishment of the Elders valuation and property consultancy business unit and undertook the establishment, structuring and valuation of company homes for Mount Newman Mining and Hamersley Iron for the towns of Newman, Tom Price, Karratha, Dampier, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland.
In 2000, after Bernie had acquired a viticulture degree from Charles Sturt University, the Worthington’s acquired and developed “Drakesbrook” a 100 ha property at the top of the Darling Scarp adjacent to Lake Navarino, where they planted 17 different varieties of wine grapes. Drakesbrook Wines has won over 60 medals and Trophies locally interstate and abroad, and was named a 4 star producer by James Halliday in 2014-15.
Tracey has over twenty five years’ experience in the tourism industry. Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, she became a Director of a tour operator handing agency in the 90’s. ICS handled over 1000 leisure visitors to the Island every week and oversaw the operations and customer service of the agency. Tracey moved onto PR and Events in 2001 and was responsible for the Visiting Journalist Program (contracted by Visit Guernsey) and also Event Director for the Islands largest public festival for three years before moving to Australia in 2004 and taking up a role at the City of Mandurah heading up their events team.
In early 2007 she moved to the Perth Convention Bureau to manage the membership and events and now heads up the Stakeholder Relations division managing destination marketing, membership, and the Aspire Professional Development Program. Tracey has a deep passion for tourism and a love of Mandurah and regional WA.
Currently as Manager of Economic Development & Projects at City of Mandurah, formerly as Director of Regional and Economic Development at Peel Development Commission and over the past 20 years as Trade Commissioner (Commercial Attaché), Pacific Forum Secretariat, State Manager and National Manager (Mining, Oil and Gas) with Austrade, Adam’s focus has been on shaping and managing organisational strategy, policy, workforce performance, change and innovation, trade and sustainable development solutions.
As an empowering leader, executive manager, policy reform advocate and advisor, his career successes are underpinned by qualifications, numerous paid and volunteer board and executive business chamber positions, coupled with an international professional network built across industry, government, not-for-profits, and communities over more than 20 years. Collaborating and partnering with business, Adam’s key achievements have been multi-million dollar sustainable international economic and community trade and development successes between complex developing countries and markets across the region and internationally.
Jason is passionate about restaurant and catering industry training and is a keen advocate for mentoring and managing staff as the valuable resources they are. A successful chef for 27 years, Jason began operating Redmanna Waterfront Restaurant 10 years ago, renovating and reinventing it to its unchallenged position as Mandurah’s leading eatery. Red Manna has won numerous restaurant and dining awards, including Best Seafood Restaurant in WA and Best Comprehensive Wine List in WA.
Recently, Jason has been a successful mentor in the state’s ‘Buy West Eat Best’ culinary promotion and was invited to be guest international judge for ‘Hello Bali Chef Wars 2015.’ He is a board member of Restaurant & Catering WA, a committee member of Peel Tourism and is currently undertaking further studies at Curtin University.
A Mandurah City Councilor for North Ward and a breakfast radio host on popular Mandurah radio station 6mm, Peter Jackson is passionate about unity. Since arriving in Mandurah in 2006, he has established many political, business, and social networks and is active in the community in a mentor and training role.
Peter’s 30 year career in radio and TV broadcasting has spanned such varied roles as station CEO, director, journalist, producer, presenter, executive board member, station owner and, currently breakfast host. Peter is committed to building bridges that empower social, business, and sporting organisations to link arms and release their full potential into our community. He believes local and interstate tourism is a major element in the Peel region’s economic mix and looks forward to working together with the MAPTO board and tourism stakeholders to develop this burgeoning sector.