Destination Melbourne launches the 2019 Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program

The official launch of the 11thMelbourne Tourism Leadership Program occurred this morning at Berth Restaurant & Events, when Destination Melbourne welcomed the 25 participants that are about to embark on this exciting journey.


We are excited to announce the list of participants for this year’s program:

Amy Gardner

Western Melbourne Tourism

Amy Miller

Emergency Management Victoria

Bennett Pascoe

City of Melbourne

Brigid Brinkley

Gumbuya World

Caitlin Tepper

Eureka Skydeck 88

Chris Ritchie


Diane Rampertshammer

Wyndham City Council

Emma Hutchinson

Puffing Billy Railway

Emma Watts

Parks Victoria

Fiona Fascianelli

Wyncity Bowl and Entertainment

Grace Maynard

Victoria Tourism Industry Council

Jane Carruthers

Melbourne Airport

Joanne Huynh

Riverland Group

Joshua Harris

Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine

Kate Wynn

Barwon Coast

Kylie Clapham

Transport for Victoria

Louise Osborne

Visit Victoria

Lucy Nicholson

Parks Victoria

Lucy Woodward

Merlin Entertainments

Mary Mai

City of Melbourne

Monica Arklay

Destination Melbourne

Natasha Potter

Visit Victoria

Nicole Charman

Brimbank City Council

Stacey Barnes

Southern Grampians Shire Council

Stephen Peppard

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Over 50 industry professionals, including the participants’ managers and MTLP Partners, attended the ceremony. David Sherman, Digital Design Lead Technology for Melbourne Airport, and MTLP 2018 graduate, opened the ceremony by sharing his experiences from undertaking the program.

Guests also had a chance to hear from MTLP facilitator, Mel Neil. Mel has co-designed and facilitates the program, which now has 230 graduates across 120 unique businesses.


The Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program (MTLP) is a ground-breaking professional development program, giving people with a demonstrated interest in the tourism industry the opportunity to grow as leaders.

The vision for MTLP is to continue to develop leaders from across the visitor industry who have the passion and drive to provide ongoing leadership for Melbourne and Victoria. The primary focus will be on giving people the tools they need to be more effective leaders.

We thank our partners for their ongoing support to the program and look forward to working with them this year. 

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