Denise Brown is affectionately known as ‘DD’ harking back to a shortcut for her maiden name ‘Deveney’. As Chief Executive Officer of Outback Queensland Tourism Association , DD brings 38-years tourism experience and dedication to Outback Queensland, it’s communities and tourism operators.

As CEO she advocates for the regions, Councils and operators to ensure the voice and needs of Outback Queensland is heard in a timely and forthright nature. With a solid understanding of the different needs across the regions, DD lobbies for destination marketing and infrastructure funding initiatives and allocations to drive destination development in line with future consumer expectations, rising market demand and lifting experience development opportunities. As CEO, she manages the day to day responsibilities of the organisation, working to serve members interests and the promotion of tourism in Outback Queensland.

DD has a deep understanding of the tourism industry having worked across the accommodation sector, as an inbound tour operator and product manager; as a Destination Director with TEQ for the Outback and Gold Coast, and more recently working in aviation and cruise attraction.

Nothing is more certain in the world than the love DD shares for the industry and communities of Outback Queensland and her devotion to family and her precious pup – Lola.

Ph: +61 438 394 492



Kelly Hensley is the Administration Manager for OQTA. Previously Kelly managed the ATDW for Tourism and Events Queensland and holds extensive product knowledge of the various regions encompassed in OQTA. Many of our industry members and councils will have already engaged with Kelly’s excellent customer service levels and we are so excited she has decided to join our team.

Kelly, will provide the management of administration, assist with marketing and communication direction within our team and contractors and be another great face of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association.

Ph: +61 400 812 350








Melanie has a background of 30 years in tourism marketing for Australian destinations, both in Australia and overseas. Previous positions have included senior marketing roles for Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, and Tourism Sunshine Coast. Destination and tourism branding and strategy, and membership management are where her core skills and expertise lie. She also self-published travel magazines for 16 years – with a focus on regional destinations and sustainable travel.

Melanie grew up in Toowoomba, but the Outback is her second home – she has enjoyed family 4WD camping adventures and exploring the Outback all her life.

As our Marketing Manager, Melanie works closely with our OQTA members, industry partners, and Councils, developing marketing projects and implementing marketing activities, with the aim to bring more visitors to our region. Please contact her direct with any marketing enquiries. Melanie is also the Project Manager for OQ Assist.

Ph: +61 409 440 501