Christine McLoughlin appointed new Chair at Destination NSW

Christine McLoughlin has been appointed as the new Chair of Destination NSW, replacing John Warn who stepped down from the board after two-and-a-half years to take up the role of chief operating officer for apartments and leases at Accor.

McLoughlin is currently chair of Suncorp Group, chancellor of the University of Wollongong, and a director for Venues NSW, Cochlear Limited and the McGrath Foundation, and is also the co-founder and chair of the Minerva Network.

Tourism Minister Stuart Minister Ayres said McLoughlin is the ideal candidate to lead the recovery and growth of the NSW visitor economy.

“NSW is well positioned to not only recover from the combined impacts of drought, bushfires and COVID-19 in the short term, but also for our visitor economy to thrive over the next 10 years,” he said,

“Strong leadership will be needed to implement our blueprint, the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030, and align the efforts of government and industry to achieve our vision for NSW to be the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.

“Christine has proven strategic skills and expertise in governance, complex stakeholder engagement and innovation, which will be invaluable to support Destination NSW during this first phase of recovery and beyond.”

Ayres also thanked Warn, saying his leadership “has been especially evident over the past 12 months”.

“He has steered the organisation through the most challenging of times, unquestionably the most turbulent period of Destination NSW’s history, to ensure that it maintained a laser focus on providing support to stakeholders and delivering programs that drove a recovery agenda,” Ayers said.

“On behalf of the NSW Government, I would like to thank him for his tireless commitment to growing the visitor economy, to the development of the Visitor Economy Strategy and his stewardship of Destination NSW.”