Conference Speakers

Gavin Smith

Managing Director |  Royal Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand

Gavin Smith is Managing Director of Royal Caribbean, overseeing the business’ continued growth across Australia and New Zealand.

With an impressive career spanning more than thirty years, Gavin is a strategically-driven leader focused on strengthening relationships to take advantage of opportunities within the local cruise industry for Royal Caribbean and its partners.

Since joining RCL in 2008, Gavin has held local and global positions including Senior Vice President of International, overseeing key markets including Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. He was also Regional Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, delivering substantial growth across the corporation’s three brands.

Gavin served as CLIA Australia Chairman for 5 years (2011-15) and on the Board of CLIA Europe (2016-2019).

Sture Myrmell

President | Carnival Australia

Sture Myrmell holds the dual roles of President of P&O Cruises Australia and President of Carnival Australia, which is part of the world’s largest leisure company, Carnival Corporation & plc.

Carnival Australia represents seven leading cruise brands in the Australian and New Zealand market, including Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises World Cruising, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

Three of its cruise lines – P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line – are the only global cruise companies to base ships from Australia year round. Together these brands account for more than 70 per cent of the Australian and New Zealand cruise passenger market, delivering memorable cruise holiday experiences close to home and further abroad.

Sture is a member of the global leadership team at Carnival Corporation & plc and is involved in the development of strategy, policy and operational practices across the business.

Stephen England-Hall

Chief Executive |  Tourism New Zealand

Stephen joined Tourism New Zealand as Chief Executive on 3 April 2017.

Before joining Tourism New Zealand Stephen was Chief Executive Officer of Loyalty New Zealand, the company behind New Zealand’s customer loyalty and data coalition, Fly Buys, and the analytics business LAB360.

Stephen has extensive international experience working as a senior executive of world leading digital marketing, data and technology companies in the UK and North America.

Now he leads Tourism New Zealand, the agency charged with growing the value of international visitors to New Zealand.  Stephen is also a Board member of the Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Qualmark New Zealand Limited, New Zealand Story, New Zealand China Council, The Aotearoa Circle, sits on the New Zealand Screen Production Grant and Significant Economic Benefits Verification Panel, and Adviser for Destination Auckland Strategic Advisory Group and Xerra Strategic Advisory Panel.

Roger Gray

Chief Executive Officer | Lyttelton Port Company

Roger joined Lyttelton Port Company as its Chief Executive Officer in February 2020.

Before joining LPC, Roger was Group General Manager Airports at Air New Zealand. In this role he managed all ground handling and lounge operations at 55 airports around the globe, covering 2,700 staff who handle 18 million passengers annually. Prior to this, Roger was Group General Manager Business Performance at Air New Zealand.

Before this Roger was Managing Director – Australia for the Blue Star Print Group. He has also held several senior leadership roles with Goodman Fielder, including Managing Director of Quality Bakers – New Zealand and Supply Chain Director for Goodman Fielder Baking – Australia.

Roger has worked as a Logistician at the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympics Games, and was also an officer in the Australian Army.

Winsome Dormer

Managing Director |  Independent Provedoring

A former speech therapist with NZ and Australian qualifications, Winsome worked with deaf children at Chatswood Primary in Sydney. On returning to New Zealand, Winsome went on to complete a Bachelor of Education at Canterbury University. She founded the ship supply business Independent Provedoring Co. Ltd. in 1989 in Lyttelton Port.

31 years later and with a staff of 6, IPL is heavily involved in the all-year-round provision of all grocery, fruit and vegetables, deck, engine, technical and bunkering supplies for a variety of clients, particularly for the international and local fishing industry.

In the early 1990s, the first opportunity to supply the cruise ship industry began with the MV Marco Polo, a vessel which in many ways pioneered Australasian cruising itineraries, and the rest is history. Expeditions to the Italian Base at Terranova Bay, Antarctica, have been supplied by Independent Provedoring since 1990.

Independent Provedoring has been a member of New Zealand Cruise Association since inception.