Name: Stephen Pykett

Role: Judge

Stephen has over 15 years of experience in the tourism industry both in Victoria and NSW. Working with an accredited tour operator based on Phillip Island, Stephen was responsible for organising tours, accommodation and catering primarily for the backpacker market.

Later managing the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centres for five years, Stephen coordinated the renovation of the Newhaven Centre to provide an outstanding venue for visitor servicing and was instrumental in the development of its online reservation capability and regional web presence. Stephen has gained significant experience in tourism development, regional tourism, destination management and visitor servicing through tourism manager roles in the Murray Region of NSW and Grampians Region in Victoria.

Stephen has been on the judging panel for five years and is a former awards mentor.