AALARA is governed by a voluntary board of directors made up of representatives from throughout Australia. The board directors meet four times a year with an Annual General Meeting held normally towards the middle of each year. The current board of directors are:

EXECUTIVE BOARD DIRECTORS

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President, Tim Newman-Morris

Tim Newman-Morris is the General Manager of Lollipops Playlands Australia and has been a member of the AALARA Board since January 2008. Tim has been involved in the Indoor Play business since 2002 and as well as running his own playland for seven years has headed the Lollipops Group for the last five years.

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Vice President, Dax Eddy

Dax Eddy’s career with Jamberoo Action Park, NSW Biggest Theme Park, spans over 20+ years including his current position of General Manager. He is now part of the integral 10 year expansion plan of Jamberoo Action Park, making Jamberoo Action Park a World Class Water Theme Park. Dax is a current Director of Tourism Wollongong and has been associated over many years with Kiama Tourism, MICE Industries, SES, Rural Fire Service just to name a few.

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Past President, Greg O’Neill

Greg bought his first ride at age 15, working on weekends and school holidays. During this time he also worked closely with his brother Garry, building a small amusement park in Sydney, and working at shows and festivals with portable equipment. Moving to the Gold Coast in 1982, initially to do a major fit out of Grundy’s. He then commenced operating Australia’s only full time ride manufacturing company. His rides are operating in the majority of theme parks and by travelling showman Australia wide, whilst also being involved in the Melbourne Moomba Festival. Greg has been heavily involved in AALARA since its inception and has also been a Board Member of IAAPA. He is currently on the Asian Advisory, Membership and Nominating Committees for IAAPA.

BOARD DIRECTORS

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Board Director, Anthea Hammon

Anthea Hammon grew up working in her family’s business, Scenic World Blue Mountains before moving to Sydney to complete her Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, achieving 1st class honours. After completing university, Anthea returned to Scenic World and overhauled the maintenance department. Anthea is Chief Engineer at Scenic World, which is the most visited privately owned tourist attraction in Australia seeing nearly 1 million visitors per year.

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Board Director, Paul Sexton

Paul was part of the opening team as Director of Park Operations at Australia’s Wonderland in Sydney. After 10 years, he moved to Fox Studios, as General Manager, working with Twentieth Century Fox executives.Paul moved to establish a new business with a group out of New York. His role as CEO was to establish, Sydney Skytour which was completed in 2000. Over the last few years Paul has been a partner in a Marketing company.

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Board Director, Shane Mc Grath

Shane McGrath is the Exhibitions and Concessions Manager for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Completing a Business degree in 2001 he travelled to the United States gaining experience at ski resorts in Colorado. Shane commenced working for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW in 2002 within Sydney Showground event and venue management division. Managing a diverse portfolio and working hand in hand with over 400 commercial licensees across carnival, catering, showbags and exhibitions, Shane is responsible for strategy development, planning, operations and revenue within these areas. His work within the carnival division has resulted in the development of an Xtreme Rider Club that boosts 20,000 online members. He implemented pre-sales and print at home carnival e-vouchers which resulted in $2.09 million sales at the 2012 Show while formulating a strategic pricing strategy that has driven per capita spend over the last five years.

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Board Director, Megan Reid

Megan Reid is the Group General Manager of People and Culture for Ardent Leisure, one of Australia's most successful owners and operators of premium leisure assets incuding Dreamworld, Whitewater World & SkyPoint theme parks and attractions. Megan has extensive experience in the Human Resources enviroment across a number of disciplines including, Recruitment & Selection, Industrial Relations, Award Interpretation, Employee Engagement and Organisation Development. Megan's experience spans a number of enviroments with a strong focus in the Amusement & Attractions & Travel and Tourism industries.

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Board Director, James Kemp

James Kemp has worked in the entertainment & hospitality industry for over 20 years in varying capacities with a range of professional organisations. Originating from a sheep station in Texas Queensland, James created a business in 1994 called Barnyard Babies designed to teach children about the important role domestic farm animals play in our society. In 2004 he purchased an existing carnival company, Carnival Land Amusements, to run along side the animal farm business until 2008 when BB was sold to concentrate on the transportable amusements. James however is still very heavily involved in the Brisbane Royal Show providing numerous animal displays, including the animal nursery, lamb birthing centre, pat a piglet, dairy display and shows, shearing demonstrations and more. Carnival Land Amusements is based in Brisbane and specialises in school fetes and corporate functions.

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Board Director, Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart has been Director and CEO of the iconic 104 year old Luna Park Melbourne for the last 10 years. During this time Mary has overseen investment in Luna Park’s heritage listed attractions including the Great Scenic Railway, together with ride upgrades, new buildings and public art. Mary has a background industrial relations, industry development and corporate governance and has been responsible for the establishment of a number of organisations specialising in training, advocacy and social justice. Mary Stuart has previously held both State and Federal statutory appointments and is currently a Director of a number of companies and not for profit organisations (NGO’s) including Chairperson of the newly founded “Her Place, Women’s Museum Australia”.

AALARA ADMINISTRATION

General Manager, Kristy Ahrens