Dr Sandra Brizga (Chair)

B.A.(Hons.), M.Env.Law, M.App.Fin., Ph.D.

Dr Sandra Brizga has over 30 years’ experience in catchment, coastal and river 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 has been 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, Fisheries Co-management Council Inland Fishery Committee and Trust for Nature and Victorian Catchment Management Council. She is a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust and an Honorary Life Member of the River Basin Management Society. 

John Hartigan (Deputy Chair)

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.

Mel Rogers

Melanie has recently relocated to the Bellarine from Central Victoria. Her 30-year career has spanned managing a wide range of corporate functions across all tiers of government and the for-purpose sector. Most recently she developed a service review framework for Mount Alexander Shire Council. Previously she had managed the Organisational Development, Governance, Property and Risk functions for Council. Previous roles have been managing technology and corporate support functions in community health. She has over twelve years experience as a Board Director and Chair. She is currently on the Board of Haven Home Safe and chairs its Risk Committee. 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. She is a keen cyclist, both on and off-road, and also a member of the BMW Motorcycle Club of Victoria.

Helene Cameron

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.

Jennifer Lilburn

Jen Lilburn has been running her consultancy, Kismet Forward, since 2006 providing specialist advice and support in the areas of community engagement, facilitation, risk communication, program logic, strategy, evaluation, training, and project management. She has assisted Bellarine Bayside with a range of communication projects over the last few years. Prior to that, Jen had twenty years’ experience in the public sector, the last eight at the executive level of Parks Victoria (as Regional Manager Melbourne Metro). She was also Executive Officer of the Western Coastal Board from 2004 to 2006. Jen's qualifications include a Bachelor of Education (Environmental Studies), a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Assessment and Land Use Policy), and an Advanced Diploma (Group Facilitation).

Gregory Lewis

Greg 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. Greg 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, Greg 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. Greg has a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters’ degree in Taxation from Monash University.

Dr Kenneth Latta PSM

Ken 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.

Senior Management Team

John Nankervis, CEO

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.

Michael Hodges, Business and Finance Manager

Mike has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a Certified Practising Accountant. He has extensive experience in senior finance and compliance roles in the NFP and financial services industries. In his most recent role, Mike was Director of Finance for the Geelong-based employment and recruitment group – Gforce Employment Solutions. In this role, Mike also performed Company Secretarial duties for the group and was a member of the Board’s Finance Committee and its Audit & Risk Committee. Mike served with Gforce for 7.5 years. Previous roles and experience were gained in the financial services sector, as the Finance & Compliance Manager for 11 years at a Melbourne-based credit union that boasted $650 million of funds under management and for 7 years as a Senior Examiner with the predecessor of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, specialising in audit and investigation of credit unions. Mike is also a director, company secretary and treasurer of Smart Geelong Network Ltd.

Rod Newnham, Holiday Parks Manager

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 Goldie, Operations Manager 

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 Smith, Planning and Environment Manager

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.