OUR PEOPLE

Rodger L Powell
Rodger Powell, Managing Director
FAICD, FAIM, AICD

Since founding THSA in 2005, Rodger has assembled a formidable group of seasoned professionals and broken the mainstream ‘consulting and advisory’ mould reshaping it into a distinctive and energetic advisory and project management collective.

Regarded by his peers as a passionate hotel and tourism professional, Rodger is known to be generous with his knowledge and his enviable AustralAsian and international connections. He has an uncanny ability to distil complex matters into simple communicable ideas, to sell a vision and generate buy-in both internally and externally, a talent that underpins much of THSA’s work.

Rodger is also a highly credentialed chairman and non-executive director of multiple hotel, tourism and leisure companies.

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Mina Li, Director
M Property, BSC(Hons.) Hotel Management, AAPI

Mina Li has over 15 years of experience and success as an expert advisor in development planning and feasibility, investment and asset management advisory for hotel and hospitality assets in Asia Pacific.

Mina was the Director of Investments and Asset Management of Pro-Invest Group. She led the acquisition and due diligence process of the Group’s hotel transactions and set up the asset management arm of its operating hotel portfolio.

Mina also has extensive experience working in Hong Kong for leading hospitality advisory firm Horwath HTL, where she undertook hundreds of hotel financial feasibilities in 24 countries across Asia Pacific and provided advisory on operating assets over AUD 2.3 billion.

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Ruwan Peiris, Director

Ruwan Peiris brings a wealth of experience as a senior hotel executive with major multinational corporations such as Accor, Marriott, Nikko and IHG.

Having worked across the Asia Pacific region and covering hospitality enterprises ranging from luxury to mid-scale hotels, convention centres to golf courses, and restaurants to spas, Ruwan has consistently been able to elevate revenue and deliver sustainable financial outcomes.

He is renowned for his expertise in navigating intricate challenges to secure beneficial solutions for clients.

Heather Linnell
Heather Linnell, Senior Consultant
MSC (Tourism Management) BSC (Hons.) (Ecotourism)

Heather’s 15 years’ experience in the hotel, tourism and leisure industry was gained in Australia, the UK and southern Africa, working for both private and public sector clients.

Her core skills lie in primary and secondary market research, interpretation of key market trends and preparation of market and financial feasibility studies for new and existing developments and tourism assets.

Heather’s broad experience has enabled expertise in hotels, serviced apartments, caravan parks, mixed-use resorts, conference centres, health and wellness retreats, casinos, visitor attractions, theme parks, and destination management. She has conducted more than 250 hotel feasibility studies over the years.

Luisa Davidson
Luisa Davidson, Project and FF&E Procurement Manager

Regarded by her peers and clients as a true force and an invaluable asset to the business, Luisa is passionate about what clients do and how to help them do it better.

She brings a vast knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industry to the THSA team having specialised in this sector for more than 30 years in FF+E, procurement, human resources, PR and executive support.

Luisa has managed interior design, procurement and fit-out of hotels, resorts and pubs, working on projects including Hamilton Island’s iconic qualia, the island’s yacht club and villas, the golf course club house and resort hotel refurbishments, as well as development and procurement projects for the Nelson Meers Hotel Group, Marlow Hotel Group, Roddy Group and Anthology Travel.

Simon SMith
Simon Smith, Senior Consultant
MBA, BEC, (Hons.) BSC, GAICD, MRMS

Simon has wide-ranging experience in economic and financial consulting, market and community research, project management, systems and processes, strategic and business planning and information technology. He has worked on and managed significant projects for a range of private sector and public clients.

Having developed expertise over the years in tourism, hospitality and leisure, including owning and running restaurants and a brewery, and developing the first tourism satellite accounts for Queensland Treasury, Simon’s skills dovetail perfectly with the THSA advisory team.

Simon is also Chairman and Principal Consultant with AEC which provides business consulting services in core areas of economics, finance, market research and visual communication.

Craig Davidson
Craig Davidson, Consultant
Assoc. Dip. Hotel & Catering Services (Dist.), AICD

Craig has spent more than 30 years working within the Australian hotel and tourism industry, on a broad range of senior executive roles in hotels, resorts, attractions, nature-based experiences and tourism marketing organisations including Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation (now IHG), Hamilton Island, Voyages Hotels and Resorts, Tourism Australia, Ardent Leisure Theme Parks, Visit Sunshine Coast and Journey Beyond (Experience Australia Group).

His contribution to the development of Tourism Australia’s Investment Attraction and Industry Development team is his most satisfying professional achievement to date and is testimony to his ability to negotiate and collaborate with senior government and private sector partners. Craig headed up this initiative, which included international aviation route development, infrastructure investment attraction and the Indigenous Tourism Development Program.

Meredith Schultz
Meredith Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
B.A. (Pysch.)

Meredith’s long-time hospitality and tourism marketing background as well as her more recent interior styling work, have given her the ability to view both proposed design and marketing advice objectively.

Her industry career started in the hotel MICE sector followed by conventions, incentives and destination marketing with the Gold Coast and Whitsundays regional tourism organisations. Membership and communications followed at Townsville Enterprise (RTO) as well as events management, and numerous copywriting and event judging projects.

Meredith has an established communications, events and marketing business working and mentoring tourism operators on awards submissions, annual reports and communications and engagement plans for a range of public and private sector clients.