Our Team

Nick Trompf, Executive Chairman

Since 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.

Having joined Advance Cairns in 2018, after two years as CEO he accepted the role of Executive Chairman, a combined role of both Chief Executive and Chairman. He previously served six years on the Advance Cairns Board (2009-2012 and 2013-2016).

Prior to Advance Cairns 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.

E: ceo@advancecairns.com | M: 0412 786 719

Wendy Hughes - General Manager

Wendy is a marketing and economic development professional with 19 years’ experience. She joined Advance Cairns as Policy and Economic Development Manager in 2018 and after 18 months in the role, accepted the position of General Manager.

Prior to Advance Cairns, Wendy was the Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager for MSF Sugar, an agribusiness company owned by the Mitr Phol Group. In addition to working in agribusiness she has had an extensive career in marketing and strategy, 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 she was a member of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) QLD State Council and from 2012-2015 she was an Advisor to the Strategic Communications and Marketing Sub-Committee for Regional Development Australia FNQ & TS. She recently completed her Company Director’s course through AICD.

Taylor Moy - Executive Assistant Business Operations

Having relocated to Cairns from the Gold Coast in early 2019, Taylor initially joined Advance Cairns in a temporary role, providing EA support to the CEO on an ‘as needed’ basis. Soon after commencing in the role, her attention to detail and positive attitude led to her being awarded the position full-time and she is now a permanent member of the team.

Prior to joining Advance Cairns, Taylor spent four years working in law firms (which included 2 years working in Canberra) and she is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice through Griffith University. She is a keen learner and thoroughly enjoys expanding her education and knowledge in various areas.

Although relatively new to Cairns, Taylor has quickly become passionate about Tropical North Queensland and takes immense pride in being part of a team that actively contributes to the development and progress of the region.


P.O. Box 3065
Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia


New office location
4/16 Minnie Street, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia


Phone: +61 (0)7 4080 2900