Pat Strahan, Chair
Pat has been working in the tourism industry for over 30 years, starting her own business, Strahan Events in 1990.
Now semi-retired, Strahan Events were responsible for organising both large and small events throughout Western Australia, such as the annual Caravan and Camping Show, Holiday and Travel Expo, as well as large and small national and international conferences and events.
Pat was also CEO of Caravan Industry Association of WA for 15 years and a Board member of Caravan Industry Australia for 10 years.
Pat was appointed to the MAPTO Board in 2018 and in addition to MAPTO her current roles include Board Member of Visitor Centres WA, Chair of Judges for the Western Australian Tourism Awards, Judge for the Australian Tourism Awards, Co-ordinator for Top Tourism Town Awards, Committee Member State Tourism Conference, Judge Peel Business Awards and recently retired Board Member for the Perth Lions Netball Region.
In addition to her current positions, Pat has previously sat on the Boards of Tourism Council WA, Meetings Industry Australia WA, Events Industry Association and the Disability Services Tourism Advisory Committee to name a few.
Pat’s personal attributes include a passion and commitment to the tourism industry, particularly regional tourism. This commitment has led to her playing a leading role across the tourism industry and in 2013 she was awarded the Sir David Brand Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an Individual.
Bernie Worthington, Board Member
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.
Adam Denniss, Board Member
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.