Executive Discussion Panel

The Executive Discussion Panel provides an opportunity for TOUR3009 students to hear issues affecting the Tourism, Events & Hospitality industries and to gain insights into the career journeys of high-level and experienced industry representatives. The Executive Discussion Panel is made up of Adjunct Professors, high-level industry Executives and CEO's. It is an intimate forum for students to hear and engage with the high-level industry representatives. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with the panel.

2019 Executive Discussion Panel members:

  1. Mark Olsen - Brisbane Marketing
  2. Richard Mulcahy - Lighting Council Australia
  3. Peter J. Hurley AO - Hurley Hotel Group
  4. Leanne Coddington - Tourism and Events Queensland
  5. Danielle Duell - People With Purpose

Event program

9.45am – Student Registration Opens (all students must be seated by 4.00pm)

10.00am – Executive Discussion Panel to Commence:

  • Welcome by Associate Professor Judith Mair and panel facilitated by Dr. Kelly Phelan
  • Executive Panel Members will share their career stories
  • Followed by student led Questions & Answers
  • Summary by Dr. Sheranne Fairley, UQ Business School
  • Students and Panel networking

12.00pm – Executive Discussion Panel to Conclude

Panel members bio's

Mark Olsen - Brisbane Marketing

Mark has spent nearly 25 years developing world-leading and sustainable tourism projects, working in over 70 countries working with destinations like Ireland, Iceland, Mexico and across Asia to find their unique experience and deliver it.  Having recently joined as the Head of Property and Tourism Investment at Brisbane Marketing, Mark is responsible to bringing forward investment in vital tourism infrastructure to deliver the experiences that will position Brisbane as a New World City.

Richard Mulcahy - Lighting Council Australia

A CEO and former Parliamentarian who has held five Chief Executive Officer appointments (with over three decades of experience in Employer Associations), a senior advisory role with a former Premier of Victoria, a leadership role in the parliamentary sphere, advisory roles with two foreign governments and a leadership role in the tourism industry

Experienced in the role as CEO and as a leader, as well as liaising at executive levels and managing multiple stakeholders. An accomplished leader, who possesses a demonstrated ability to motivate and persuade, with demonstrated financial management and marketing expertise.

Richard was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Lighting Council Australia in January 2017.  It is the Peak Industry Body for Australia’s 100 lighting companies.  He is charged with the task of modernising and restructuring the entity, introducing improved governance and systems, establishing a Parliamentary engagement programme and a marketing programme for the purpose of generating additional revenue streams

Peter J. Hurley AO - Hurley Hotel Group

  • SA President AHA 1994 - 2018
  • E.Y. Champion of Entrepreneurship 2015
  • Adjunct Professor University of Queensland
  • Publican since 1975
  • Owns/part owner of 12 hotels within SA
  • Employs circa 600 people
  • Director off Drinkwise Australia LTD
  • Former Director A.B.C, Adelaide Football Club, Tourism Australia
  • Life Member: AHA SA, AHA National, Adelaide Football Club
  • Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 - Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Leanne Coddington - Tourism and Events Queensland

Leanne leads the state’s tourism marketing, experience development and major events agency to achieve its vision of ‘inspiring the world to experience the best address on earth’. 

Leanne’s broad industry experience includes senior executive roles with the Hyatt Hotel Group in both Canberra and Melbourne, before her return home to Queensland in 1996 to take up the role of Human Resources Manager at Tourism Queensland.

The role sparked a love affair with the Queensland tourism industry which has spanned Leanne’s career to the current day, holding roles as Executive Director Strategic Services, Executive Director Human Resources and most recently prior to being appointed CEO, overseeing TEQ’s partnerships with Queensland’s regional tourism organisations and industry as Group Executive Destinations.

Leanne is an Adjunct Professor, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; and a graduate with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Danielle Duell - People With Purpose

Danielle Duell is an Australian business leader, strategist and entrepreneur.  Her economic philosophy is “for profit and for the greater good” and her vision is for shared value creation to become the dominant mindset for business leaders in Australia and around the world.

Throughout her career, Danielle has worked across a range of industries including hospitality, energy, tourism, superannuation, arts, utilities, technology, government, education, fashion, events, construction, agriculture, conservation, engineering, retailing, medical research, Aboriginal culture and corporate governance.

Danielle co-founded the award winning Riverlife Adventure and Function Centre and Riverlife Mirrabooka aboriginal experience. She completed an MBA at QUT with concentrations in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. In 2011, she won a scholarship to Harvard Business School to participate in the Women's Leadership Forum - Innovation Strategies for a Changing World - part of Harvard’s Executive Education Program. From 2010-2014 Danielle worked as CEO of Graham (Skroo) Turner’s private companies - the Spicers Group - a diverse portfolio that included luxury accommodation group – Spicers Retreats, a collection of award winning restaurants, several day spas, an outdoor adventure park and a selection of sustainable cattle breeding enterprises and nature refuges. 

Danielle has held numerous board and committee roles for organisations such as Tourism and Events Queensland and the Government’s Red Tape Reduction Advisory Council; she currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Hog’s franchise group of restaurants and Deputy Chair of the Board of the Queensland Music Festival.  Danielle is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School where she teaches Leading People and Teams in the MBA program. She is also the founder of Australian Harvard Women - a business network and series of events for Australian women who have studied at Harvard Business School.

Danielle’s primary business role is as founder and CEO of People With Purpose - a company whose purpose is to equip business to improve the world.  In this capacity, Danielle and her team work with CEO’s, Leadership Teams and Boards to develop purpose-led strategies and purposeful leaders to enable positive personal, economic, social and environmental impact and change.


Event Details

Date: 16th October 2019
Time: 10am—12pm
Location: Sir Llew Edwards (14), Room 212
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4074