FINALIST: Tony Martin, CEO, Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
As CEO of Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach, Tony Martin has previously been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Museum however, over the past three years, his increased commitment to and connection with the community and his greater leadership role in regional tourism deserves renewed acknowledgement.
Tony has upgraded his own qualifications; has been a prime mover in bringing about significant positive cultural shifts at the Museum’s Board level; and has stepped up team training and development with the Museum, providing scholarships to enable staff to improve their professional skills and qualifications. The team culture of mutual respect, fun at work, a pride in their story, and a desire to give visitors the best possible experience can be directly attributed to Tony.
Qantas Founders Museum, under Tony’s leadership, has always valued community connections and this has been taken to greater levels in the past couple of years. Tony was elected to Longreach Regional Council in March 2016 and is Chair of the Tourism Advisory Council and Deputy-Chair of the Economic Development Committee. Tony participates in the annual Queensland Tourism Industry Council Mentorship program, maintaining contact with the people to whom he’s provided guidance. He discusses career paths with students at Longreach Pastoral College and Longreach School of Distance Education, and the Museum has recently worked with Longreach High School students studying aeronautics through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program.