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CATO Board: Liz Anderson steps down after 8 years as Director

The Council of Australian Travel Operators has announced Sundowners Overland Managing Director Liz Anderson will end her tenure as a CATO Board Director after eight years of leadership and service. Anderson will conclude her role on 19 June 2024.

The Council of Australian Travel Operators has announced Sundowners Overland Managing Director Liz Anderson will end her tenure as a CATO Board Director after eight years of leadership and service. Anderson will conclude her role on 19 June 2024.

After a significant time on the CATO board, both as a Director and Vice-Chair, Anderson will not renominate for the position, a decision she says comes with deep pride in the organisation’s collective achievements.

Anderson holds a Board Director position with the Student Education Travel Organisation (SETO), where she is responsible for building membership and partnerships.

“Over my eight-year tenure, I have had the privilege of contributing significantly to CATO’s growth and success,” she said.

“Despite facing some of the most formidable challenges our industry has ever encountered, our sector’s unwavering collaborative spirit has resulted in transformative changes and substantial learning.

“As I step down, I am excited to continue following CATO’s progression and look forward to dedicating my efforts to new challenges in the industry as a member of the SETO board.”

As the association celebrates 25 years in 2024, CATO Chair Dennis Bunnik paid tribute to Anderson’s role in shaping the organisation.

“The eight years Liz served on the board were the most transformative time in the association’s history,” he said.

CATO's Liz Anderson with TravelManagers MD Michael Gazal.
CATO board member Liz Anderson with TravelManagers MD Michael Gazal.

“She helped shape the CATO that exists today and in the process, has created significant value for both the membership and the broader touring sector.

“I have greatly valued her input, wisdom and friendship and will miss her on the board.”

The CATO board.
The CATO board in 2023 with Liz Anderson (on left).

CATO Managing Director Brett Jardine also made mention of Anderson’s significant contributions during her tenure.

“I have deeply valued Liz’s support and strategic guidance. Her contributions have been instrumental in shaping CATO’s direction and I am personally grateful for her commitment to our goals and her support in executing our strategic vision,” he said.