Gary Smith, Non-Executive Chairman

Gary Smith, non-executive Chairman, appointed to FCTG board 2007.

Gary has extensive tourism industry experience and has served on a diverse range of boards and tourism industry related bodies during the past 30 years.

Gary is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also a director of Michael Hill International Limited.

Graham “Skroo” Turner, Chief Executive Officer

Graham Turner, Chief Executive Officer, appointed to FCTG board 1995

Graham “Skroo” Turner worked as a vet in western Victoria before moving to London. In London, he and friend Geoff “Spy” Lomas, both of whom were working as vets, took their first steps into the travel industry in 1973 when they invested the equivalent of $A1300 in an ageing bus and started operating budget double-decker bus trips around Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Skroo’s initial involvement with Top Deck ended in the mid 1980s, when he and his colleagues sold the business to management and devoted their full attention to Flight Centre, a business that had less than 30 shops at that time. As the long serving chief executive officer and managing director of the public company that grew from the small band of Flight Centre shops, Skroo has since presided over a golden era of growth and prosperity for Flight Centre Travel Group Limited

Robert Baker, Non-Executive Director

Robert Baker was appointed as a non-executive director on 20 September 2013. His other positions with FCTG are Audit & Risk Committee Chairman and Remuneration & Nomination Committee member. Rob was formerly an audit partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, with experience in the retail, travel and hospitality sectors.

Rob holds numerous positions outside of FCTG which include Chairman of Goodman Private Wealth Ltd since October 2014, Chairman of Archdiocesan Development Fund, Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane since January 2018, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of Australian Catholic University Limited since May 2015, and, Chairman of RightCrowd Limited since August 2017.

John Eales, Non-Executive Director

JJohn Eales was appointed by the FCTG Board in 2012 as non-executive Director, and is chairman of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee, and also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

After retiring from rugby in 2001, John has served in executive or advisory positions with a number of companies and organisations.

John co-founded the Mettle Group in 2003 – a corporate consultancy which was acquired by Chandler Macleod in 2007 and was a director of QM Technologies in the lead-up to its IPO in 2007 and its subsequent acquisition by Computershare in 2009. Currently, John sits on the Palladium Group, Magellan Financial Group, Executive Health Solutions and FujiXerox–DMS Asia Pacific boards. In addition, he is an occasional lecturer at Sydney’s University of Notre Dame and continues to consult to other major Australian and international companies in the field of leadership, people and corporate culture.

John is a columnist with The Australian Newspaper in the fields of both sport and business and the author of two books, Learning From Legends Sports and Learning From Legends Business.

Colette Garnsey, Non-Executive Director

Colette was appointed as a non-executive director on 7 February, 2018. Colette has a 40-year career in retail, Colette was appointed as a non-executive director on 7 February, 2018. Colette has a 40-year career in retail, marketing and distribution. She has served as a director and advisory board member for both Not-For-Profit enterprises and government boards.

Having held senior roles at David Jones, Pacific Brands and Premier Investments, Colette has played a key role in Australian retail industry using her deep brand, consumer insights, digital and marketing experience to develop strategy and grow businesses. She has served both on the advisory board of Australian Fashion Week and the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Additionally, Colette has used her unique consumer insights to advise CSIRO, The Federal Innovation Council and the business advisory boards of various Federal Trade and Investment Ministers.

Colette is now a non-executive director of FCTG and also serves on the boards of a number of public companies, and continues her role as an advisor to Federal Minister for Trade and Investment.