Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Best Western Australasia Board of Directors are:


Ian Sandilands: President / Chairman
Ian is a current member of the Board and Audit and Risk Committee. He and his family have almost 40 years’ experience and involvement in the hotel, motel, restaurant, catering and hospitality catering industries and operate Best Western Plus Gregory Terrace Brisbane, Queensland and Best Western Henry Parkes Tenterfield, New South Wales. Ian has been a member for 13 years and a board member for 10 years. He is a Director and a member of the policy committee on the National Board of the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Craig Caddy
Appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014, Craig has been a member since 2008 and owns and operates the Best Western Aspen & Apartments in Sale, Victoria. He is a former Director of Solomon Islands Tobacco (SITco) in The Solomon Islands, a company part of British American Tobacco (BATA). In 2013 at the Best Western Australasia Convention, Craig was awarded the Best Property Staff Member in any Department and Best 3.5 Star Property in the Awards for Excellence. He was also winner of the Wellington Regional Tourism Best Motel/Hotel/Apartment in 2013 and 2011.

Phil Hateley
Phil has been a member of Best Western for 32 years, 26 of these served as a Director and 18 as President/Chairman. He has experience in building, renovating and running hotels, operating 13 hotels to date. He owns and operates the Best Western Premier Hotel 115 Kew in Melbourne, Victoria.

Carl Leahy
Carl has enjoyed a dedicated hotel career spanning more than thirty years. He has held management, executive and board positions within leading hospitality organisations such as Best Western, Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He holds tertiary qualifications in the disciplines of Hotel Management, Accounting and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Carl became a Best Western member in February 2011 and was appointed to the Best Western Australasia Board of Directors in 2016. Carl’s business interests include ownership of Best Western Geelong Motor Inn & Serviced Apartments.

Col Hughes
Col is chair of Business Events Sydney (BES), director of ASX listed SKYDIVE Australia, Chair Asia/Pacific of New York-based ENSEMBLE travel group (ETG), Governor of American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Chair of Hong Kong based airport group LINWU holdings, director of Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA), and a director of Airline consultancy, Aviation online. (AOL). He cofounded and was past Chair of National Tourism Alliance (NTA) and was a member of the Federal Govt Aviation Advisory Board. Prior to the above, Col held senior executive management positions with Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong and the Middle east, Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines in Hong Kong, and QANTAS.

Gerald Loughran
A member of the Board of Audit and Risk Committee, Gerald was appointed to the Board in 2004. He has extensive experience serving as Chairman and Director of public and private companies in banking, manufacturing, agribusiness, tourism and retail. Previously, Gerald served as Chairman and Managing Director of his family-owned electrical and furnishing business. He is a past Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently consults to companies on board performance.