Under its new structure, WM&D; will be led by a governance focussed board with former Enterprise Whitsundays chairperson Jim Elder at its head until December.
Under its new structure, WM&D; will be led by a governance focussed board with former Enterprise Whitsundays chairperson Jim Elder at its head until December.

New hierarchy for WM&D

FORMER Tourism Whitsundays chairman Chris Jacobs was not appointed to the new board of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Ltd (WM&D) at the annual general meeting (AGM) last week.

Mr Jacobs, who held the TW chairman's position for three years, said "that was just the way the dice rolled".

"There were a number of factors - there was a poor turn-out for voting, there was quite a number of new people and I didn't get enough votes so there's no mandate for me to be on the board," he said.

Under its new structure, WM&D will be led by a governance focussed board with former Enterprise Whitsundays chairperson Jim Elder at its head until December.

Joining Mr Elder will be Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney and representatives from the organisation's three strategic advisory groups of economic development, business events and tourism. David Nebauer will serve as the acting chairperson for the Economic Development Strategic Advisory Group with David Stielow appointed as chairperson of the Business Events Strategic Advisory Group. A chairperson for the Tourism Strategic Advisory Group has yet to be confirmed.

Mr Elder, who lives in Brisbane, said the decision to appoint him to the lead role was made by the transitional board to ensure continuity at a governance level going forward.

"I was prepared to provide that stability that was necessary as we move forward into a new body," he said.

A former Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development and Trade, Mr Elder has a background in both business and politics.

"I've been 28 years running a business and being director and chair of various boards and I was 12 years in politics so I think that's probably a broad range of experience. They're of equal value in being able to mentor and advise in this position," he said.

Mr Jacobs said he wished the new board and chairman good luck.

"It's a very different organisation now," he said.


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