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March 11, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59AFTA compliance manager David Tooze, who has managed compliance during the implementation of ATAS, has departed the federation after more than two years of service.

Tooze joined AFTA from the NSW Government, where he worked in compliance.

“All of that experience has now settled into the standard operating procedures of ATAS,” AFTA said in a statement issued this week.

“David will be missed from the team and the travel industry as he returns to the NSW Government in a senior role working for Transport for NSW.

“David has been an outstanding compliance manager for AFTA and ATAS over the last few years and we have really enjoyed having him as an important part of our team and indeed the history of AFTA,” Jayson Westbury, AFTA chief executive, said.

“We wish David every success in his future career and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his time with us, he will be missed,” Westbury added.

AFTA has begun a recruitment process to find a replacement for Tooze.

In another move, further to the one-year review of ATAS, the board of AFTA has appointed Steven Heller as chairman of the AFTA Code Compliance Monitoring Committee (ACCMC). He will take up the position with immediate effect for a term of two years. Heller has been acting in the role during the review process and AFTA says it is delighted he has now accepted the position for the next two years.

“Steve Heller has shown us that his ability to be independent and contribute to the ACCMC is immense and we are very pleased that he has accepted the role for the next two years,” Westbury said.

The ACCMC continues to be the committee that reviews the role of the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct and hears any appeals of complaints against a participant.

Details of the ACCMC can be found at:

Last month, AFTA general manager Gary O’Riordan departed AFTA to “pursue a new challenge in the travel and tourism sector”, an AFTA statement said.

Westbury said at the time AFTA would not be replacing the role of general manager “in the immediate future”, but added “the team at AFTA will continue to perform the necessary tasks to continue in Gary’s footsteps to ensure that ATAS and AFTA remains successful”.

In his profile on LinkedIn, O’Riordan says he is now “seeking new opportunities in the travel and tourism sector”.

Edited by Peter Needham

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