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.

2018 Executive Discussion Panel members:

  1. Grant Bowie - MGM China Holdings Limited
  2. Leanne Coddington - Tourism and Events Queensland
  3. Peter J. Hurley AO - Hurley Hotel Group
  4. Harvey Lister - AEG Ogden 
  5. Richard Mulcahy - Lighting Council Australia
  6. Mark Olsen - Brisbane Marketing
  7. Jeremy Ryland - Food Specialist
  8. Stephen Wicks - Regis Aged Care

Event program

8.50am – Student Registration Opens (all students must be seated by 9.10 am)

9.15am – Executive Discussion Panel to Commence:

  • Welcome by Associate Professor Judith Mair and panel facilitated by Dr Kelly Phelan
  • Executive Panel Members will share their stories of resilience, re-invention and the reality checks taken along their career journey. 
  • Followed by student led Questions & Answers
  • Summary by Dr Sheranne Fairley, UQ Business School
  • Students and Panel networking

11.50am – Executive Discussion Panel to Conclude


Panel members bio's

Grant Bowie - MGM China Holdings Limited

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Grant R. Bowie is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management, strategic development and expansion of the company, which has gone from a startup in 2008 to a multi-unit Hong Kong company employing 10,000 people.  

Starting his career in finance Grant moved through a variety of roles in both public accounting in New Zealand & Australia before joining Hilton Hotels Corp in finance roles in Australia. Grant moved into operations in 1992 before his appointment as opening General Manager for the Casino in Brisbane in 1994. After 16 years with Hilton Hotels, he left the company in 2003 as SVP responsible for overseeing the Australian operations at the Gold Coast & Brisbane.  Moving to Macau in 2003 firstly as opening President and General Manager of Wynn Macau from 2003 to 2007, before joining MGM. 


  • Governor – The American Chamber of Commerce in Macau.
  • Member to Advisory Board, The Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming – University of Macau.
  • Member to Advisory Board, Bachelor of Business Administration in Gaming & Recreation Management – Macao Polytechnic Institute.
  • Adjunct Professor, Tourism and Leisure Management – University of Queensland.
  • Past member of Australian Federal Government’s Tourism Forecasting Council.
  • Past Chairman of Queensland’s Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee and a member of the National Advisory Body on Gambling.
  • Life Member of the Queensland Hotels Association.

Mr. Bowie was educated in New Zealand and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Otago in 1980.

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).

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

Harvey Lister - AEG Ogden

Harvey Lister commenced his career in the music industry in Brisbane with radio station 4IP in the early 1970’s, and in 1975 launched a concert and event business titled Tour Promotions. During the past 40 years, Mr Lister, with business partner Mr Rod Pilbeam, has been involved in the presentation and management of events spanning all forms of sport, the arts, conventions and exhibitions, concerts and general entertainment and has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the design and operation of major public assembly facilities, the events they host, and of the tourism and leisure industries generally.

He and his companies have, to date, been involved in the presentation of over 30,000 major events.

Mr Lister was responsible for establishing the Queensland Leisure operation to manage the Brisbane Entertainment Centre upon its opening in 1986, and later the development of the business into AEG Ogden, a global network of venues in partnership with the US based entertainment industry giant AEG, the leading entertainment, sports and venue operator in the world. Today that family of facilities comprises over 150 of the industry’s pre-eminent venues worldwide. AEG Ogden operating entities currently manages over 170,000 seats in 12 venues across the Asia Pacific.

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

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.

Jeremy Ryland - Food Specialist

Jeremy Ryland is a passionate food professional with more than 40 years’ experience in the Australian food industry. Jeremy has a unique combination of scientific, operations and marketing skills and has a degree in Food Technology, an MBA in Marketing and a Master of Arts in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu, Academie D’Art Culinaire de Paris.

Jeremy has worked in research, manufacturing, hospitality and marketing and has spent the last 20 years marketing and running hospitality operations. He currently has his own consultancy business that develops new restaurants and provides audit/review services to hospitality groups. Jeremy is also “l’expert gourmand” at Gault&Millau, the respected French restaurant review organisation where he is responsible for helping to develop and promote the Gault&Millau Brand and it’s varied services in Australia.

Jeremy is passionate about good food, good wine and the importance that food plays in our history, culture, social lives and health. He writes on food and gastronomy for the press and has appeared on both radio and television, promoting food science, good food and commensality.

Jeremy is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business & Tourism at the University of Queensland, a qualified judge for the RAS, RNA, RASV and GDA, and a restaurant reviewer and critic.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-ryland 
Web: www.thefoodmakers.com
Web: www.gaultmillau.com.au
Email: jeremy@gaultmillau.com.au

Stephen Wicks - Regis Aged Care

Stephen Wicks has recently shifted industries to Aged Care. Prior to his new appointment, Stephen was General Manager at the Tradewinds Hotel East Fremantle and before that CEO of the Western Australian Turf Club (WATC).

Stephen has held senior management roles that have involved hotel and event operations, marketing and media, property development, corporate travel, facility and grounds management, government relations, and wagering operations.

While WA-born, Stephen’s career has seen him work in Sydney, Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Margaret River and Perth. Stephen holds an MBA (Exec) from UNSW, and is an Adjunct Professor at UQ Business School.