Board of directors
Partner at Pointon Partners Lawyers
Aaron is a travel law specialist and Partner at Pointon Partners Lawyers where he leads the firm’s Tourism & Events practice area whilst providing advice to CATO members. Aaron also operates sports travel company ‘Green & Gold Army’, which specialises in large-group tours to FIFA World Cups. Aaron’s unique mix of industry specific legal knowledge and commercial experience enabled him to play an important role in framing the ACCC’s guidance for Covid-19 related travel cancellations.
CEO at Julie King and Associates
Julie joined the CATO Board in 2015 and is an entrepreneur and industry leader with over 35 years of international success, consulting to the global tourism and travel sectors. She operates an award-winning representation agency and consultancy – Julie King & Associates, and a purpose-led Global Travel & Tourism Community Platform- Bonailie, committed to driving change and uniting the industry to collaborate, shape the future of tourism and drive a positive impact on the world.
Finance Director at The Travel Corporation AU
James has been with The Travel Corporation (TTC) for more than 20 years and is in a unique position where he understands the complexities of finance, regulations, and challenges that CATO members face every day within the travel industry. James is a prestigious FCA (Fellow Chartered Accountant) who spent several years in the UK gaining global experience through various exposures to hospitality and media businesses prior to joining TTC.
Managing Director at Sundowners Overland
Liz joined the CATO board in 2018 and has been involved in numerous initiatives supporting the organisations strategic direction. Liz began her time at Sundowners Overland as a client before moving from a career in IT consulting to spend time on the road as a Tour Leader, progressing through Operations roles to become Managing Director at Sundowners in 2011 where she has continued the focus of the company on Sharing Asia Overland. Differently.
Managing Director at Entire Travel Group
Brad has a diverse background including Accenture, a global IT consulting business headquartered in Chicago. He was a Project Manager working across industries including Finance, Education and Manufacturing. In 2007 he entered the travel industry by purchasing French Travel Connection. Over the following 15 years several specialist wholesale brands were launched including Tahiti Travel Connection. CIT Holidays was acquired in 2018, and in 2019 more than ten wholesale brands were consolidated under Entire Travel Group.
Managing Director at G Adventures
Sean's background is primarily in distribution, including 15 years in executive roles at Flight Centre Travel Group, including General Manager of Student Flights and My Adventure Travel. He possesses a diverse set of skills, including distribution, product, strategy, and leadership development. He brings a unique retail distribution perspective to the board that has greatly enhanced CATO's overall knowledge base.
Co-Founder at The Explorer Society
Martin started his travel career in the UK before moving to Australia in 2008 where he spent 12 years at Bench Africa and leading the team as General Manager. Martin has now transitioned from working at one of the oldest travel companies in Australia, to co-founding one of the youngest travel companies in Australia, The Explorer Society. This is Martin’s second spell sitting on the CATO Board having previously held Board & Vice Chair positions between 2015-21.
Representing members on industry needs
Extensive reporting on outbound leisure travel data
Provision of educational needs for member success
Networking events, magazines, awards and PR