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Andrew Cowan

The Millet Group


I’ve been working in the tourism and hospitality sector for the past 15 years. During my time at the Millett Group over the last decade, I’ve transitioned from operations to my current role with a key focus on connecting the international youth market to the group’s flagship brand Wake Up! Hostels.

I joined the Youth Tourism NSW committee (formally Backpacker Operators Association NSW) in 2017 and currently hold the position of President. I was lucky enough to take out the ‘Young Industry Legend Award’ at the 2019 Adventure Tourism Awards!

Adam Ogle

Welcome to Travel

Vice President 

I was previously Operations Manager at a large adventure travel agency. I then co-founded Welcome to Travel – an award-winning tour operator introducing travellers to Sydney and Melbourne. I also helped co-found Adventure Tourism Victoria (ATV), holding the role of Vice President for two years. I was heavily involved in writing submissions and representing ATV in Federal Parliament for an inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker program.

Campbell Shepherd



I’m currently working on developing Lylo – a new lifestyle budget accommodation experience operated by EVT, launching in both Australia and New Zealand. My experience in large scale budget hotels and flashpacker hostel complexes including having been the CEO of Base Backpackers for a decade, and before that the MD for Auckland City Backpackers.

James Oliver

YHA Australia


I’ve been working in the youth tourism space for over a decade, predominantly involved in operations. I’m currently the Property Manager at Sydney Harbour YHA and was previously the South Island Operations Manager for Tourism Adventure Group. I’ve had the pleasure of working in diverse locations Including New Zealand, Queensland and NSW. My passion for creating environments to facilitate unforgettable memories for travellers is what drives my work every day.

Stacey Chen

University of Sydney Union

Committee Member

Currently I am with the University of Sydney Union as a Business Development Manager, working with youth-focused brands and companies to bring the best experience for the students on campus. I was previously with Skydive Australia for 5 years, which was my first Tourism gig and prior to that, my background was working in hotels. I am still quite involved in the Tourism Industry as I work with tour operators to work with the University.

I was based in Melbourne half of my time with Skydive, where I was a committee member of Youth Tourism Victoria (YTV). I’m stoked to be a part of Youth Tourism NSW as of early 2023 as I am passionate about supporting our Youth Tourism Industry.

Andy Collins


Committee Member

Currently at Hopper, I’ve held a variety of key account management roles focusing on different markets across the APAC Region in both Sydney and Singapore. Coming from a hotel background prior to crossing into the technology and online travel space, I spent over ten years in a variety of roles in properties across France, Spain, and New Zealand before relocating to Australia.

Gemma Linton


Committee Member

Currently I am working with Scape as the Operations Manager for two of their properties, welcoming international students and helping them find their feet in Sydney.

Previously with YHA and Topdeck Europe I have just clocked up my first decade in the youth tourism industry.

This space is so exciting to be in, we are seeing so much flux and change in the industry post covid and it’s great to be part of the platform that continues to bring us all together through it all!

Justin Steele

Local Sauce Tours

Committee Member

I’m the founder of Local Sauce Tours, an award-winning food, bar and street art tour company. I was previously a corporate lawyer but escaped that path to work in tourism, doing my apprenticeship at Bounce hostels and as a free walking tour guide before starting my own business in 2018.

Jack Zhuo


Committee Member

I’m a mechanical engineer but really wanted to get involved with the Tourism and Hospitality sectors! I joined the Hostelworld team nearly five years ago and work alongside lots of accommodation providers in Oceania to help support and provide them with the best Online Travel Agent experience possible.

Karen Larsen


Committee Member

Currently at Headout, I’ve held various key account management across APAC including at and Previous to that I was in the hotel sector. This is my 7th year in the industry and couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds.

Anna Menting

Somerville Hospitality

I was born and raised in Germany. Luckily enough, I can now call beautiful Australia my home since 2014. I’ve been working in the Hospitality, Travel & Tourism sector for the past 12 years. Always having a passion for travel and adventure, this led me to an amazing opportunity at Somerville Hospitality.

Currently the Operations Manager and very passionate about my role, I still enjoy everyday working in the youth tourism industry. Priding myself on being friendly and approachable with an extremely strong work ethic. Given my time over the past 8 years at Somerville Hospitality, I have gained extensive knowledge in the industry. I’m very excited to be a part of the committee for YTNSW.

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