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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



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. 


Alex Dye - Membership & Industry Support Manager

Alex joined the TCA team in November 2020. Alex has called Central Australia home on and off for a number of years. Prior to arriving in Alice Springs to join the team she was based at Uluru for 4 years working with Uluru Segway Tours. Alex is passionate about tourism, having studied a Bachelor of Applied Science, Adventure Ecotourism as her undergraduate degree. Alex views tourism as a vehicle to help create positive environmental and cultural outcomes whilst providing economic benefits for locals.


Lindsay Ross - Office Manager

First moving to Alice Springs in 2006, Lindsay worked as a tour guide for Wayoutback, Emu Run and Tailormade Tours. He proudly presented this beautiful region to international and interstate visitors, being immersed in the culture and history of Central Australia. Lindsay still explores with his family, finding new reasons to appreciate what we have. When not busy advocating for the tourism industry, you’ll find Lindsay down at Anzac Oval catching a local Rugby League game or you can listen to Eruption on 8CCC Community Radio - his heavy metal show.


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.


Jim Acklin - Membership & Industry Support Coordinator

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.


Olivia De Pellegrin - Marketing & Communications Coordinator

After completing an Advanced Diploma in Tourism in 2016, Olivia worked for a wildlife eco-tour company, and dabbled in some tour guiding in Melbournes CBD and down the Great Ocean Road. Olivia moved to the NT in 2017 where she worked for Nitmiluk Tours in the Reservations Team and thoroughly enjoyed her time living and working in a National Park. She moved to Alice Springs at the beginning of 2019, joining the TCA team. Olivia loves working in an industry where she can express her passion for the Australian landscape. Outside of work, Olivia loves cooking,  camping, bushwalking, and catching up and dancing with her friends.


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.


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.


Nigel Skelton, Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Tennant Creek)

Nigel came to Tennant Creek in 1983, having been a teacher in South Australia. He taught briefly at Tennant Creek High School, and then worked in Local Government for several years before moving to Tennant Creek Regional Tourist Association in 2002. With the restructure of tourism services in 2004 he spent time in various jobs before coming back to Tourism with the Battery Hill Mining Centre in 2015. Now he provides sales and information services at the Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre: a task he hopes to continue until retirement.


Wayne Monkland, Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Tennant Creek)


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.

Emily Ilgen

Emily Ilgen, Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Alice Springs)


Samantha Doak

Samantha Doak, Visitor Centre Travel Consultant (Alice Springs)



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