Meet the Team
If you'd like to find out a bit more about the people behind YATA, you're in the right place.
Gemma was appointed to the YATA Executive Committee in August 2008.
Gemma started work with Tourism Council WA in March 2007 upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics & History at UWA. At Tourism Council Gemma is involved with the WA Tourism Awards, TCWA events and also the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program.
As Treasurer of the Young Australians Tourism Association, Gemma is responsible for the financial side of YATA.
Timea joined the committee in October 2012 as the YATA Secretary.
She is completing an Associate Degree in Hospitality Management at Polytechnic West. Prior to this she spent three years in London travelling and working. She has been working in various hotels in Europe and in Perth.
Since undertaking work experience at the Tourism Council WA in 2005 as part of a Bachelor’s Degree, Emma has held various positions within the Council. Moving to Broome in 2008 to continue her studies, she worked with tourism operator Cable Beach Club Resort, followed by a Marketing and Sales position at Broome and The Kimberley Holidays and a Finance and Administration position at the Department of Fisheries.
On completing a Bachelor of Environmental Science, specialising in Indigenous Studies and Tourism, Emma returned to Perth in March 2010 to resume a position on the Accreditation Team.
Sam recently returned from Niigata Prefecture, Japan after completing two years on the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. During this time she taught English to kindergarten, elementary and junior high school kids across numerous schools and travelled to various neighbouring countries.
Prior to this she completed a double degree in Tourism Management and Japanese at Curtin University of Technology whilst working at The Perth Mint Shop as a retail sales assistant. Sam is currently the Tourism Coordinator for The Perth Mint and joined YATA and the committee in February 2011.
Samantha joined the committee in 2011.
Samantha graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Tourism Management) and a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies).
Samantha has worked at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council since 2008, a regional local government authority working on behalf of six member councils in Perth's eastern suburbs. Samantha is the Strategic Project Officer (Tourism Management), and coordinates the PerthTourism website and annual Avon Descent Family Fun Days and Perth's Autumn Festival event programmes.