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mark-lees.jpgVisitor Services Manager – NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Tourism and meeting people from all walks of life is my passion. I am proud to be part of this exciting industry and the opportunity it gives me to showcase this great country of ours. From starting out as an Apprentice Chef in Jindabyne NSW in 1974 I have worked in the tourism hospitality industry for over 32 years. My career has ranged from restaurant/motel manager to managing the National Dinosaur Museum to now manager of the Tumut Region Visitor Centre for the past 7 years. Our visitor centre has won the Canberra and Capital Region tourism awards for the past three years for delivering high quality tourism and visitor services. I was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2003 to research visitor services over seas in an endeavour to improve they way we do things back here in Australia. I hold an advanced diploma in business management as well as being a qualified chef, these skills combined with my love of nature and tourism brought me to the Tumut Region to work with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Tumut Shire Council. I now call the Tumut Region home and believe it is one of the greatest places to live in Australia.