WILLCONSULT was established in 2008 as a ‘niche’ consulting business to the tourism, event and leisure sectors. David’s background provides diverse and unique insights into the tourism, event and leisure sectors that he has gained over his 35 years as a chief executive, both in Australia and overseas.

 

 

CAREER PROFILE

  • Director, Williams Consulting Services (2008 – to date)
  • Chief Executive, EventScotland, Scotland, United Kingdom (2003 –2007)
  • Director-General, Queensland Department of Tourism, Racing & Fair Trading (Incl. Liquor Licensing) (2001 – 2003), Queensland, Australia
  • Director-General, Queensland Department of Tourism and Racing (incl. Liquor Licensing and Olympic Task Force), (1999 – 2001), Queensland
  • Director-General, Queensland Department of Tourism, Sport and Racing (1993 – 1996)
  • Chief Executive, Queensland Events Corporation (1989-1993 and 1996 – 1998)
  • Deputy Secretary, Tasmania Department Tourism, Sport and Racing (1989)
  • Chief Executive, Tasmanian Department of Sport and Recreation (1985 – 1988)
  • Chief Executive, University of Queensland Sports Association (1977 – 1985)

 

BOARD  EXPERIENCE

David’s experience also includes the Chairmanship and membership of several tourism, event and sport bodies, including:

  • Trustee, Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (2008–to date)
  • Executive Board Member, Edinburgh International Festival (2005 – 2007)
  • Board Member, Tourism Queensland (1993 – 1996, 1998 – 2003)
  • Board Member, Indy Car Grand Prix (1989 – 1996)
  • President, International Board of Governors of World Masters Games (1992–1995)
  • Board Member, Cairns Convention Centre (2000 – 2003)
  • President, Board of Directors, Queensland Athletics, (2000 – 2003)
  • Executive Board Member, Brisbane Olympic Bid Committee (1990– 1992)
  • Chairman, Brisbane’s Commonwealth Games Village Division (1980– 1982)

 

OVERVIEW OF CONSULTANCIES COMPLETED

Some of the consultancies conducted by WILLCONSULT to date includes

  • Western Australia Tourism Commission- contracted to provide third party expertise to the successful bid for the 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championship, (2007- 2008)
  • Queensland Government – Management and Operational Review of Tourism Queensland, (2008 – 2009), (Queensland Department of State Development)
  • Queensland Government – Review Of Government Support to the Events Industry In Queensland, (2009), (Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet)
  • Review and Development of a Strategic Plan for the South Australian Events Industry, (2009), (Tourism South Australia)
  • Queensland Government – Independent Review of the 2009 Gold Coast Motor Sport Event, (2009-2010), (Queensland Department of Communities)
  • Review and Development of an Events Strategy for Tropical North Queensland 2010-2015, (2010), (Tropical North Queensland Tourism Board )
  • Sunshine Coast Major Events Advisory Board Feasibility Study, (2010), (Sunshine Coast Council)
  • Business Review of the Gympie National Country Music Muster, (2010), (Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation)
  • Preliminary Report on the Potential for a Major Cultural /Arts Festival for the Gold Coast, (2010), (Gold Coast Council)
  • A Review of Governance Options for Organising and Delivering the 2018 Commonwealth Games, (2010 – 2011), (Bid Company for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonweatlh Games)
  • Scenic Rim Regional Events Strategy, 2011 (Scenic Rim Regional Council)
  • South East Queensland Major Events Plan 2012 – 2022, (Events Queensland)

 

 

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