Abell Point Marina appoints new general manager

Abell Point Marina has welcomed a new general manager to its team to replace Luke McCaul, who has been in the position for five years.

Having led the business through redevelopment, outgoing general manager Luke McCaul is relocating to explore new opportunities in the marine and superyacht sectors.

Of his legacy at Abell Point, McCaul said, “The last five years have been challenging and rewarding in equal measures. To have worked together with Paul [Darrouzet – marina owner] and the team at Abell Point to create a world-class destination marina has been an absolute pleasure. I am excited about the future and am extremely confident Kate will achieve the marina’s international business vision.”

Stepping into the position is Kate Purdie, who brings with her twenty years of management experience, having served as vice president of several multinational-media corporations. Purdie’s strength is her ability to drive international business, which aligns with Abell Point Marina’s vision to be a leading international marina.

Having recently moved to the Whitsundays, Purdie originally fell in love with the region and the Great Barrier Reef when studying at Bond University on the Gold Coast in 1995.

Of her recent appointment, Purdie commented, “Abell Point Marina is a paradise within paradise. With impeccable facilities, a vibrant atmosphere and world-class customer service in a location of unparalleled natural beauty, the marina is primed to attract a growing base of international clientele. I am proud to be joining Australia’s ‘Marina of the Year’ at such an exciting time.”

One of Purdie’s first duties in the role will be attending the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous on 20th April, along with other key members of the team. Abell Point Marina are again sponsoring the event, this time under the banner of Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef, in collaboration with three other first-class marina precincts located on the Great Barrier Reef.

Marina owner Paul Darrouzet commented, “We’re delighted that Kate has made this wonderful transition into the marine industry. Her wealth of international management experience and her global marketing background will be of great value to the Abell Point team as we transition into further developing our international marina vision. We look forward to introducing Kate to our industry partners over the coming months at key industry events.” 

For more information, visit Abell Point Marina.


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