Business Tourism Executive
Tourism Victoria’s Board, appointed under the Tourism Victoria Act 1992 (50 kb) provides strategic direction for Tourism Victoria.
Executive Management team
The Executive Management team includes the Chief Executive Officer and the heads of Tourism Victoria’s divisions.
The team is accountable for line management, strategic direction, key organisational functions and the delivery of business activity as outlined in Our Commitment.
Leigh Harry, Chief Executive
Leigh Harry is recognised as an international leader in the field of business events, having held the positions of International President of both the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) and International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) from 2006-2010.
Leigh has had extensive experience working with both State and Federal Government and the private sector. Before joining the team in October 2011, Leigh was Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Melbourne’s new 6 star green star 5000 seat world-class convention centre.
John Dalton, Director, Strategy and Policy
With a background in investment, trade, industry and regional policy issues, John Dalton joined the organisation in July 2007 as Director, Strategy and Policy to provide expert policy advice on issues affecting Victoria’s tourism and events industry.
John has extensive experience working across the Victorian Government and has also worked in the fields of industrial relations and economic development.
Melanie de Souza, General Manager, International Marketing
Melanie de Souza oversees our International Marketing division which includes offices across six key international regions and a Melbourne-based team.
Before joining the team Melanie worked for the Oberoi Group of Hotels both in India and in Australia in regional sales and marketing roles. She has a BA (Hons) in Economics and a Master of Business Administration.
Dorana Wirne, General Manager, Destination and Product Marketing
Dorana Wirne is responsible for brand, product, event and domestic marketing of Victoria, which includes the management and development of the It's Easy to Lose Yourself in Melbourne campaign. She also manages the relationship with our advertising and media buying agencies, as well as our cooperative marketing partnerships with industry and the national travel trade.
Dorana has degrees in Arts, Social Work and Business Administration. She joined our team in 1989.