Our Team

Nick Trompf, CEO

Nick Trompf Advance Cairns CEOSince moving from Victoria to tropical north Queensland in 2001, Nick has played an active role as a senior business leader as well as in the wider community.

Before joining Advance Cairns as CEO, he had a 34-year career in media, initially as a journalist and editor and then moving into commercial management.

He was General Manager of Cairns’ oldest business, the Cairns Post Pty Ltd, for 11 years before promotion into more senior roles at News Corp Australia – ultimately heading all of its regional divisions from Hobart to Darwin (while still based in Cairns).

Nick has been a passionate advocate for the region serving on a variety of voluntary boards including Advance Cairns (two terms), the Far North Queensland Amateur Turf Club, AFL Cairns, the Salvation Army Red Shield Business Appeal and Events Cairns. He and his family also run a stud beef cattle business on the Atherton Tablelands.

Wendy Hughes - Policy and Economic Development Manager

Wendy Hughes Advance Cairns Policy and Economic Development Manager

Wendy relocated from South Australia to Cairns in 2001 and prior to joining the team at Advance Cairns, was the Corporate Affairs & Communications Manager for MSF Sugar. In addition to working in agribusiness she has had an extensive career in marketing and strategy spanning 18 years, including 3 years lecturing at the JCU School of Business which drew on her experience gained in the media, engineering, not-for-profit and consultancy sectors.

A strong advocate for regional development, from 2011-2015 Wendy was a member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Queensland State Council where she initiated and contributed to state and local events, and from 2012-2015 she was an Advisor to the Strategic Communications and Marketing Sub-Committee for Regional Development Australia (FNQ & TS).

Amanda Norris - Executive Assistant Business Operations

Amanda Norris brings vast operational experience to the Advance Cairns team having worked in key community organisations over the past 15 years including Mission Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Australian Red Cross and most recently, four years at St John’s Community Care where she was Project Development Facilitator.


P.O. Box 3065
Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia


51 The Esplanade
Cairns QLD 4870 Australia


Phone: +61 (0)7 4080 2900