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TCA is a great place to work.  And these are the people who make it so.



Danial Rochford - CEO

Over his career Danial has walked an extraordinarily diverse and successful path as a change manager in tourism, economic and community development and aviation sectors.

Danial is the CEO of Tourism Central Australia, the peak regional tourism authority for Central Australia. He is a former CEO of Whitsundays Marketing and Development Ltd as well as CEO of Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd as well as Director of Tourism for one of Australia's leading World Heritage listed tourism attractions, the Port Arthur Historic Site.

He has also held various roles in regional economic and social development organisations including CEO of Rural Alive and Well in rural Tasmania, Manager of Economic Development for the Roma Town Council, and early in his career, a Regional Business Advisor in rural and remote Queensland. He has also worked on two occasions in both tourism and aviation roles in the Pacific.


Rebecca Mai - Finance Manager

With a background in financial administration, Rebecca joined our TCA team 6 years ago as Corporate Services Manager, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Having worked within the finance industry within taxation, local government and the NFP sector, she is passionate about facilitating change and improving organisational processes. She is one of the pioneers of remote working and works for TCA from Northern NSW, but like many, is still drawn back to the Red Centre to visit from time to time.


Steve Jarrett - Marketing Manager

Steve joined TCA in October 2017 following a move from Perth to be closer to family. A regular visitor to Central Australia since December 2000, Steve is passionate about the landscape and the untapped potential for tourism growth in the Red Centre. Whilst much of his career has been spent in cooler climate wine growing regions of WA and SA, Steve’s focus has always been on ensuring visitors have the best possible experience. Steve says “There are many great wine regions in the world, but there is only one Central Australia. What are you waiting for?”


Karan Bhuta - Visitor Services Manager

Business Services Manager with a seven year tenure in business operations and a Master’s Degree in Business, Sports and Event Management. My ability to lead and motivate the individuals I manage is demonstrated in how consistently I meet, and beat, deadlines without burning out the team. I utilise technology, creativity and proactive processes for improved client services and team management. Industry Representative for the Nothern Territory Mountain Biking Advisory Group. 


Jim Acklin - Membership & Industry Support Manager

James has enjoyed an on-again off-again relationship as a Sales and Information consultant with Tourism Central Australia for the past 5 years. He came to Alice in 2011 for “a couple of years” looking for change of pace from his busy life in Brisbane and has been here ever since. James has filled several roles in the tourism industry, including tour guide, information consultant, business owner, travel guide sales manager, and tourist. He is currently making a smooth transition from misspent youth to mid-life crisis.


Karina Fenner - Office Manager

Karina moved with her husband from Switzerland to Australia in 2007. She speaks several languages and has held various roles with organisations such as Siemens Nixdorf, Bombardier Transportation, and diAx. Karina has worked for award-winning tourism operation Rawnsley Park Station and she is a former manager of the Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre. Karina brings many years of administration, business management, and high-level customer service experience to her role. She appreciates listening to podcasts, loves travelling and good food.


Susan Silvester - Team Leader (Alice Springs)

Susan is a serial busybody, which makes her a perfect fit for tourism as she is legitimately interested in her clients. For more years than she cares to admit she has worked in the local and international tourism industry. Originally from Melbourne she has lived and worked in the NT for 37 years, the last nine with Tourism Central Australia. She has worked on major cruise ships, as a sales manager for the Darwin casino, Hotel Manager Darwin’s City Gardens apartments and began her working career as a Navy Aviation Medic. She speaks fluent Italian and loves Italian food, but prefers to explore that passion at the dining table rather than the kitchen.


Roddy Calvert - Senior Sales Consultant (Tennant Creek)

Roddy spent her first ten years in the Territory working on a cattle station in the Top End, and was there to witness Cyclone Tracy. Just shy of forty years in Tennant Creek, her move there was initially meant to be for two. She was formerly employed (by the then Northern Territory Tourist Commission) as a Tour Guide at Battery Hill from 1988-90, and was also involved in the local tourism organisation. She was drawn back to the historical site in 99 to work in the new Tennant Creek Visitor Centre, and that’s where you will still find her today.


Meg Aston - Membership & Industry Support Coordinator

Meg was working as a history teacher when a holiday to the NT changed her life. Deciding to become a tour guide, she spent a few years travelling around Europe, before coming home to work between Australia and New Zealand. In 2019 this took her to Uluru, where she decided it was time to hang up her suitcase and make the Red Centre her home. Meg has also worked as a travel agent, driver/guide, operations supervisor and business manager. She loves a good chat, getting out into nature, reading and music.


Georgia Tidey - Marketing Coordinator

Georgia is a recent graduate of a Business degree majoring in Marketing from Victoria. She has a passion for the outdoors and the natural beauty of the world, which is why she is bringing her expertise to help promote the opportunities on offer in the beautiful Alice Springs and surrounding regions. Georgia has travelled all around Australia during her childhood as well as New Zealand as an adult. She enjoys the Adrenaline rush of outdoor activities like Skydiving whilst also appreciating the uniqueness of the desert night sky.


Emily Strojny – Product, Packaging & Support Coordinator

From family cruise holidays to an exchange trip to America at the age of 15, Emily has had some incredible travel experiences, with more yet to come. Since finishing high school in 2016, she has been working within the Travel Industry as a Travel Consultant with Flight Centre in the South Coast NSW. Em is excited to spice things up making the big move to the NT, continuing to further her career as well as creating and developing long lasting relationships. Em's interest include reading a good book, exploring, learning new things and photography.


Kylie Payne - Assistant Team Leader (Alice Springs)



Brian Coleman - Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Tennant Creek)

Brian is a proud KUDJULA man. He returned to Tennant Creek in 1978 and has been around ever since. During his time in Tennant he has done many things, from underground to managing cattle stations. Brian is a Tennant Creek historian and passionate advocate of the region and his family connections from the early days of the town. His music and songwriting of country and life is his hobby.

Martin Power

Martin Power - Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Tennant Creek)

Over the last period of Martin’s life, he has been teaching since 1998 in Borroloola, Hermannsburg, Ali Curung, as well as Tennant Creek High and Primary schools. Martin enjoys meeting people, time with family and friends. In addition he loves watching sport and singing due to a love of sport. Martin is looking forward to learning and experiencing the many new things about Tennant Creek and the wider Northern Territory. Phone Martin for a chat or call in sometime, cheers Martin Power.


Laxman Aryal - Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Tennant Creek)


Emily Ilgen

Emily Ilgen - Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Alice Springs)

Emily has been in the tourism industry since arriving in the Northern Territory in 2017. She formally studied wildlife biology in the USA before backpacking New Zealand and travelling to Australia. She settled into the NT working as a tour guide, cameleer, and reptile keeper, allowing her to share her love for animals with tourists from around the world. Emily found her home and true love in the Red Centre and is passionate about helping others explore this beautiful region.

Samantha Doak

Samantha Doak - Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Alice Springs)



Elarn Haggerty Kelly - Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Alice Springs)



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