BSc, DipBus, GradCertHlthInform, GradCertProfAcctg, GAICD
Melanie’s 30-year career has spanned managing a wide range of corporate functions across all tiers of government and the for-purpose sector. She has extensive experience managing business transformation, organisational development, governance, property and risk functions in local government. Previous roles have been managing technology and corporate support functions in community health.
Melanie has over fifteen years’ experience as a Board Director and Chair. She is currently on the Board of Haven Home Safe and chairs its Risk Committee. She is also a trustee of Geelong Cemeteries Trust. She has a passionate commitment to good governance and effective strategic risk management, as well as a strong interest in the impacts of organisational culture on performance and community engagement. She is a Graduate and current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Melanie is a member of Friends of Edwards Point and the Bellarine Bicycle Users Group and volunteers with the red capped plover monitoring and BeachWatch beach monitoring programs.
John is a former senior executive in the Victorian public service. During a career spanning 30 years, John has held senior management roles across government including in the areas of public transport and roads planning, land management and the local government sector. John is an experienced board director. He is currently a director of the board of the Bendigo Kangan Institute and a Sessional Member of Planning Panels Victoria. John now works as a freelance consultant advising clients on public policy, risk and issues management, project governance and organisational change. He lives on a small rural property near Gisborne. John is a passionate cyclist and a member of the Macedon Ranges Cycling Club.
BA(Hons), MEnvLaw, MAppFin, PhD, GAICD
Dr Sandra Brizga has over 30 years’ experience in coastal, river and catchment management, working as an independent consultant since 1995. She previously pursued a career in academia and was a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. Sandra has qualifications in geography, geomorphology, environmental law and finance, and is the Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group. Her publications include a book on river management and more than 200 reports and papers. Current and previous board and committee memberships include the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee, Fraser Island World Heritage Area Scientific Advisory Committee, Central Coastal Board, Trust for Nature and Victorian Catchment Management Council. She is a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust, an Honorary Life Member of the River Basin Management Society and a Sessional Member of Planning Panels Victoria.
Helene is a former children’s wear apparel buyer for Coles Myer and Marketing Manager for Pacific Dunlop and is currently the Owner/Director of UV Raze Pty Ltd, a wholesaler and manufacturer to the surf industry.
Elected to the Borough of Queenscliff council in 2008 and re-elected as both Councillor and Mayor in 2012, Helene was Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliff for four consecutive years until her resignation in 2016. Over the past eight years, her roles have included being on the State Government Ministerial Mayoral Advisory Committee to the Minister, Board Member of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Board Member of Women’s Health and Wellbeing, Barwon South West Region and past chair of the Word 4 Word Advisory Committee for the Geelong Regional Library Corporation. Helene is currently a member of the Geelong Cemetery Trust Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee Member of the Word 4 Word Advisory Committee for the Geelong Regional Library Corporation and Events Manager for Queenscliff Harbour.
Gregory was initially raised on the Bellarine Peninsula (being a fourth generation descendant) before moving to Melbourne to undertake his graduate studies at University prior to beginning his professional career.
Gregory is a chartered accountant, chartered tax adviser and registered tax agent. He began his career as a graduate at KPMG before moving to Ernst & Young, where he became a principal in the tax division.
After returning to KPMG as a partner, Gregory went on to become a consultant in taxation at law firm Minter Ellison. He has been a company director and chairman of various public and private organisations. He is currently a board member of the Commonwealth Board of Tax Practitioners and has been the acting chair on a number of occasions. He is also a member of the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron general committee. For both organisations he is a member of their Audit and Risk Committees. He still consults with private companies on technical and strategic matters. He and his family are very active in the Victorian sailing community.
MBA, BSc(Hons), DipAgrSci, GDipEd(Admin)
Kenneth has retired to the Bellarine after a senior executive career in the public sector, including Education (TAFE) and Victoria Police. He retired as the CEO and Chief Officer of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for leadership and reforms in the fields of Victorian Education and Police, and an Honorary Doctorate (VU) for his services to education in Western Melbourne. He has extensive Board Directorship and Chair experience, including six years as Chairman, Harness Racing Victoria.
Nicole is the Managing Director of The Food Purveyor and acts as a mentor, advisor, consolidator and distributor of premium Victorian produce, within speciality hampers, across the country.
Prior to establishing the Food Purveyor, Nicole worked within food consulting as a Marketing Manager and Operations Coordinator with Nestle for 15 years. During this time she worked with SME Food Manufacturers around Australia, assisting to develop niche products for events such as the Australian Open and the Grand Prix, as well as for restaurants, caterers and airlines on behalf of Nestle.
This extensive knowledge of food production, branding, supply chain, sales and the hospitality industry has assisted Nicole and her clients to recognise and navigate complexities in the Agri-Food Sector.
Nicole is also an active member of the board of the G21 AgriBusiness Forum – the peak body for Agriculture and Agribusiness in the G21 Region.
BBus, PostGradDipAuslEngInt, GradCertNFPMgt
Sheena currently works as an executive in the public sector and has strong skills in strategy, risk and community engagement. She previously worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years in various management roles.
Sheena began with a career in sign language interpreting across Australia and overseas. She has worked internationally in over 12 countries to improve the human rights of deaf people as a sign language interpreter, trainer and project worker.
Sheena has previously served on the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association NSW Committee and as the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters regional representative for Australasia & Oceania.
BEd(Sec)(Environmental Studies), BSc(Hons), GradDipAppSc(Environmental Management), DipBus(Frontline Management), DipSust, Cert IV Training and Assessment, GAICD
Cam is passionate about education, governance, business and the natural environment. Initially trained as a science and environmental studies teacher, he completed post graduate studies in Environmental Management before taking up a position at Deakin University providing welfare support and teaching ecology.
Cam then worked as an Apprenticeships and Traineeships consultant with Victoria University, before starting at The Gordon TAFE in Business Development and Engagement roles. Cam was later appointed as Manager of the Building and Construction Enterprise (Division).
Cam is currently employed as GM Commercial Operations at Gforce Employment Solutions, where he began in 2017 in a Strategy and Growth role.
Cam has over fifteen years’ experience as a Board Director and Chair, having previously sat on the YHA Victoria Board and as a staff representative on the Board of the Gordon TAFE.
BEng(Civil), GradDipBus, MAICD
Richard’s 40 year career includes public and private roles in the civil construction, electricity and gas energy sectors in Victoria, covering power station, mining and pipeline infrastructure.
He moved into senior executive, Group Management and Chief Operating Officer positions in Victoria’s gas utility sphere, leading the State’s largest gas network business, Multinet Gas, through the privatisation process in 1999.
Richard joined the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) as Commercial Manager in 2008, moving into the Chief Executive role in 2010 and successfully delivering substantial profit growth, improved customer service and important environmental, coastal and leasing outcomes for GORCC under state policy.
As a Bellarine Peninsula resident, Richard is a keen ocean swimmer planning a 20th Lorne Pier to Pub entry coming up in 2020.
John has a background in park management and town planning and was a senior manager at Parks Victoria for over 25 years. During this time, he worked in all areas of park management and service delivery operations including periods in corporate management roles as Manager of Planning and Environment and Manager of Visitor Services. John’s experience in park operations includes the South Eastern Metropolitan District, Albert Park in the early years of the Grand Prix, Yarra Bend Park and most recently as the District Manager of South West Victoria, which includes the Grampians National Park. He has had a long interest in working in the Bellarine area. John has a degree in planning and commenced his career as a town planner working at various local councils, including a period as the Director of Planning in a private consulting firm and more recently as the Manager of Sustainability at the City of Whittlesea.
Wayne has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & IT) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He has over thirty years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector within Australia and overseas.
In his most recent role, Wayne was the Finance Manager for the Give Where You Live Foundation in Geelong. Wayne held this position from 2012 to 2019. Prior to this Wayne has worked at the Marine & Freshwater Discovery Centre in Queenscliff. His overseas experience included nearly nine years with Plan International in the UK and West Africa. In his last posting he was based in Senegal for three years as the Regional Administrator for West Africa. Originally from Geelong and educated at Deakin University, Wayne has a strong affinity for the Bellarine Peninsula.
Rod has over 30 years’ experience in National Park and Marine Reserve management in Victoria. He previously held a broad range of operational roles across Victoria at a Senior Management level and was Regional Director for Parks Victoria – West for several years. Rod has also held corporate roles and established the Capital Infrastructure Branch for Parks Victoria, delivering a number of high profile projects. He has a background in change management and led the structural reform of the organisation in 2014 which resulted in a number of significant business efficiencies.
Rod has a strong background in tourism and has managed some of the State’s major parks, including the Grampians and Great Otway National Parks as well as the iconic Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road. He has been a member of tourism boards and was a member of the judging panel for the Tourism Victoria Awards for four years. Rod has a Diploma of Agricultural Science and is currently studying an MBA at Deakin University.
David has over 20 years’ experience in Operations Management in horticultural and civil environments. He started his career in the golf course industry, maintaining and building world-renowned links-style golf courses at Barwon Heads, Thirteenth Beach Golf Links, The Dunes, Harbour Town Golf Links USA and St Andrews Scotland. A move to Barwon Heads with his family allowed David to shift careers to local government at the City of Greater Geelong where he held several roles over 12 years including Capital Projects Manager and Manager Infrastructure Operations. Two award-winning projects managed by him were the reconstruction of the arena at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong and the Eastern Park Stormwater Harvesting Lake, and was responsible for a workforce of 120, a 30M budget and 2,500km of roads. David has Diplomas in Horticulture and Project Management and further training in Business Management, Leadership, LEAN 6 Sigma, Design Thinking and Workplace Law.
Justin has a background in environmental management, monitoring, planning and compliance. He was a senior environmental and compliance specialist for approximately eight years within the private sector, working on oil and gas and mining construction projects in Western Australia, particularly focusing on the environmental monitoring and management of marine and coastal environments.
He also has approximately 10 years’ experience employed by government, working with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in approvals and planning positions, as a marine parks and coastal nature reserve ranger and co-ordinator for the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, and in statutory compliance roles with Queensland Fisheries.
Justin has a Bachelor of Science in natural resource management and marine sciences studying at both Deakin University in Warrnambool and at James Cook University in North Queensland.