Meet the Team

Mary Carroll, Chief Executive Officer Mary Carroll, as CEO, is responsible for the overall management of Capricorn Enterprise operations including marketing, economic development, event support and visitor servicing. Mary brings a combination of destination marketing, membership, corporate governance and strong relationship building skills to the organisation and has been recognised by industry with numerous awards and accolades for her contributions including Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the 2007 CQ Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism and Business Awards. 

Mary has extensive networks with business and industry leaders, government officials and elected Members of Parliament.  Her career has included a broad range of private and public sector roles, having worked for hospitality and tourism businesses and organisations, a mining engineering firm, a union and a political party. Mary represents the region and industry on a number of committees including:

  • Chair of the Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) Network Queensland
  • Director of Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC)
  • Governor in Council, CQUniversity
  • Committee Member of Regional Development Australia Fitzroy Central West
  • Committee Member of Northern Australia Alliance
neil Neil Lethlean, Economic Development Manager Neil was appointed as Economic Development Manager with Capricorn Enterprise in July 2010. Neil’s career highlights include 20 years as General Manager of Tamworth (NSW) and Hervey Bay Councils’, plus in excess of 10 years as a Senior Business Consultant working with a range of business enterprise including hospitality, concrete products, lifestyle villages and residential developments plus mining. He has held the position of Economic Development Manager with Capricorn Enterprise from its creation in July 2010. “The region presents extensive opportunities for  investment and business growth – Capricorn Enterprise plays an integral part in connecting all parties to ensure positive outcomes”.
dee Deanne Bowd, Tourism & Marketing Manager Deanne is responsible for leading Capricorn Enterprise’s Tourism and Marketing team, focusing on destination marketing, trade and industry development, branding, and communication, all with a view to grow the Capricorn Region’s share of the Queensland tourism market sector.Deanne also works closely with Tourism and Events Queensland, Gladstone Area Promotion and Development, and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism to ensure the Capricorn Region benefits from collective Southern Great Barrier Reef marketing and development opportunities.
carmel Carmel Humphries, Economic Development Project Officer Carmel is responsible for updating statistics about the Capricorn Region and analysing data to provide a better picture of how our region is developing.  Carmel taught Japanese in many schools across the region before undertaking a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning.  While working for the state government in Planning and then the Office of Economic and Statistical, she was involved in the development of regional plans and council planning schemes, and data provision,  statistical research and presentations that provide valuable skills to the Capricorn Enterprise team.
Kayla Walkington, Digital Marketing Coordinator Kayla is responsible for the updates and content for corporate and leisure websites, social media accounts, graphic design, blogging, famils, video production and works as part of the marketing and projects team to deliver major projects throughout the year. Kayla is new to the tourism industry having only graduated from CQ University in June 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Digital Media, minoring in graphic design, animation and video production and journalism. Kayla joined the team in September 2017, as a Jedi marketing and digital guru, working alongside the marketing and projects team to deliver several major projects throughout the year and promote our beautiful Capricorn, Southern Great Barrier Reef and Central Highlands regions.
emily Lena Mannerstrale, Marketing Executive Lena joined Capricorn Enterprise’s Tourism and Marketing team in January 2017 and provides support to Mary, Deanne and our members to promote the Capricorn region as an attractive holiday destination. Lena had a solid background in Retail Management before deciding on a career change and completed a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Tourism Management at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She has since forged a successful career in the tourism industry having worked for Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort for the past eight years so she is very familiar with the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
janelle Janelle Kerr, Financial Controller Janelle has been with Capricorn Enterprise since early 2004 and in that time has seen some dramatic changes to the organisation’s structure and staff.  This has ensured her role is constantly changing and evolving to suit the demands of the organisation.Janelle is responsible for all the financial details for Capricorn Enterprise from banking to financial reporting, and also manages the administrative function.  It has been said that Janelle is the ‘glue that holds Capricorn Enterprise together’.
 Leanne Smith, Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre Supervisor, Yeppoon