MEET THE BOARD

Wayne Kayler-Thomson

Wayne Kayler-Thomson

Chairman

I am self employed as a consultant and company director including as Chairman of Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council, Director of Vicsuper Pty Ltd and an Adjunct Professor and Council Member of Victoria University.

Who is your all time hero?
Anyone who strives to be the best they can be, especially those who demonstrate outstanding leadership.

What's the best advice you have ever received?
Don’t fear failure. Do it now, and make decisions based on the facts.

Why do you identify with tourism?
It is a dynamic industry , the products and services of which deliver enjoyment of life.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
I am passionate about regional tourism, love the region and wanted to contribute to its future.

What is your number 1 highlight whilst in the tourism or specialised industry?
Being part of the Tourism Victoria team that developed and implemented the strategy which resulted in Victoria rising from the worst performing State to the acknowledged leader.

Tony White

Tony White

Board Member

Former communications consultant, ministerial adviser and Chief of Staff, company director and project manager who is a steadily deteriorating lower order batsman and steadily improving surfer who managed to pick up a few degrees along the way. All that seemed to qualify me to work in one of the most beautiful regions in the country in a role that might just mean there is a career here for my kids when they grow up.

Who is your all time hero?
My mum – six kids under 12 in a remote country town – I don’t know how she did it without killing us all!

Sport of choice?
Surfing/Surf Lifesaving

What's the best advice you have ever received?
You never know everything.

Why do you identify with tourism?
They’re not making any more land; and in small agricultural and coastal communities tourism provides new economic opportunities off the same land base - it is probably the only new industry sector available in many of these areas.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
As Manager of Economic Development for the Colac Otway Shire the nurturing of the tourism sector is a key element of my position and I represent the Shire on the Board.

What is your number 1 highlight whilst in the tourism or specialised industry?
Working with people who get that tourism is about giving people an experience they will tell others about not just an opportunity to shave a few dollars off tourists on the way past.

Sharon Bradshaw

Sharon Bradshaw

Board Member

Sharon is a part owner of a craft brewery and café in the Otways. Day to day my role is very hands on and includes operational activities, business development, staff management, tourism development, beer sales & distribution, business administration, marketing and publicity. Prior to moving to Forrest I held senior marketing strategy and comms roles in academic publishing, developing new markets for online publishing products. I am a tree-changer, and a big advocate for regional living. Sharon's areas of speciality are Strategic Marketing, Product Development and Operator Experience.

Who is your all time hero?
Phillip Adams

Sport of choice?
Sorry, not so sporty.

What's the best advice you have ever received?
Look-up

Why do you identify with tourism?
Tourism provides regions with an opportunity to showcase ‘themselves’. The experience that tourism offers can literally change the future and fortunes of a town/region.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
I think the region is outstanding, under recognized and underutilized. I have had a mixed career which I thought could provide some constructive input into the development of the GORR. I don’t like to sit on my hands and do nothing.

What is your number 1 highlight whilst in the tourism or specialised industry?
Creating a start-up business, in the middle of now where, with almost nothing but initiative and hard work.

Bill Millard

Bill Millard

Board Member

Bill is currently Director City Growth with Warrnambool City Council, with responsibility for City Development, Environmental Services, Tourism and Visitor Services and Economic Development. Bill has a background in the agricultural industry and community development. Bill has a strong interest in strategic planning and facilitating economic and business growth. He is a passionate supporter of the benefits of living and working in regional communities.

What is your area of specialty?
Planning and Economic Development

Who is your all time hero?
Martin Luther King Jr

What is your sport of choice?
Golf

What's the best advice you have ever received?
'There are two sides to every story.'

Why do you identify with tourism?
It is a great economic driver (undervalued) and increases diversity and opportunity in the regions.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
A regional approach to tourism industry development and marketing makes the most sense.

What is your number 1 highlight whilst in the tourism or specialised industry?
Being part of a team that achieved Hall of Fame status at the Australian Tourism Awards with Fun for Kids Warrnambool.

Dean Robertson

Dean Robertson

Board Member

Dean commenced employment with Moyne Shire in 1994 having held a number of positions with Council across the finance and business & tourism portfolios. In 2012, he was appointed Director Community & Corporate Support with Moyne Shire. He resides in Port Fairy and loves travelling with his young family to explore and experience the region, when time permits.

What is your area of specialty?
Local Government

Who is your all time hero?
No one specific. I appreciate the efforts of all community volunteers.

What is your sport of choice?
Passionate about Australian Football League

What's the best advice you have ever received?
'You only get out of life what you put into it.'

Why do you identify with tourism?
Tourism plays an important part, directly and indirectly, in the economic and social well being of the communities we live in - now and into the future.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
Moyne Shire Council nominated representative with previous experience as Manager Business & Tourism. It’s a great opportunity to make a positive difference to tourism industry across the region.

What is your number 1 highlight whilst in the tourism or specialised industry?
The delivery of the Port Fairy – Warrnambool Rail Trail project from feasibility study – securing funding support – construction – to official opening.

Councillor Clive Goldsworthy

Councillor Clive Goldsworthy

Board Member

Clive has spent more than 35 years working in the banking and financial sectors including 25 years throughout Asia. He is well disciplined in Corporate Risk and Governance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A strong advocate of effective community engagement and collaboration between citizens, corpoartions, Councillors and Council staff, to ensure transparency in all decisions.Clive lives in Lorne and is an active member of several clubs and associations.

What is your area of specialty?
International banking and finance experience.

Who is your all time hero?
My father.

What is your sport of choice?
Golf and bushwalking.

What's the best advice you have ever received?
'Learn from the past, live the moment and plan for the future.'

Why do you identify with tourism?
25 years of International experience and close affiliation with Lorne and the area for over 40 years.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
Surf Coast Shire Council appointment to the Board

What is your number 1 highlight whilst in the tourism or specialised industry?
The ability to travel the globe as an International Banker for over 25 years.

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

Board Member

Andrew became Chief Executive Officer of Corangamite Shire in September 2010 after working as Corangamite Shire’s Director Sustainable Development for two years. Prior to this, Andrew gained extensive experience as a planning consultant and held senior management positions in both the State and local government sectors. Andrew works actively with private and government stakeholders as a member of many external committees. Andrew holds a BA (Planning), MBA.

What is your area of specialty?
Local Government

What is your sport of choice?
AFL

Why do you identify with tourism?
The opportunity to create employment and economic activity in regional Victoria.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
I was a member of the interim board and wanted to continue my involvement and see the Board established.

John Maher

John Maher

Board Member

John has a diverse knowledge of tourism and business from many of his leadership roles:
- Past National General Manager Couriers and Outsourcing with Australia Post
- Past Chairman Shipwreck Coast Tourism Board
- Chairman South West Healthcare Board
- Chairman Deakin University IMMERSe (Integrated Model Medical Education in Rural Settings) Community Advisory Board – placement of 3rd year medical students from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border.

What is your area of specialty?
Skilled based board member past business experience specializing in Sales and Marketing, Corporate Governance and new business acquisition and development

Who is your all time hero?
My wife, Dianne.

What is your sport of choice?
Enjoy watching football and cricket other than that gardening.

What's the best advice you have ever received?
'Be positive and run with your heart.'

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
I believe I offer the skills to assist operators to focus towards the visitor (their customer), and also governance skills.

What is your number 1 highlight whilst in the tourism or specialised industry?
The food and wine extravaganza’s held at Timboon and Warrnambool that really showcased what our region has to offer.

Sam Lucas

Sam Lucas

Board Member

I am a fourth generation family business operator with experience in public transport and tourism/hospitality. I am a keen advocate for regional development for the benefit of the community, and an avid traveler. I am married with a family of four young children. I am also an unashamed golf tragic.

Board Member Specialty?
Private Enterprise Experience and Strategic Outlook

Who is your all time hero?
Too many to list!

Sport of choice?
Golf

Best advice you have ever received?
Do anything, but do something! Also – Cover your mouth when you sneeze!

Why do you identify with tourism?
Because successful tourism is about people, first and foremost.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
The relatively underdeveloped and underutilized natural tourism assets that this region has, as well as the clear potential benefits for the entire region of seeing coordinated action in this sector.

Number 1 highlight you have had in the tourism industry or your specialized field?
Appointment to the Board of Industry Association (public transport).

Dean Newell

Dean Newell

Board Member

Born and raised in NZ, Dean's first involvement in the Australian hospitality industry was working for a number Gold Coast hotels in the early 1990’s. He then spent a number of years in NZ & the Pacific Islands before moving to Torquay in 2007 to manage the opening of a golf resort. Dean was appointed as Resort Manager for the RACV Torquay Resort in January 2011. He is married with three teenage children and Torquay is now very much his home.

Board Member Specialty?
Hospitality - Hotel & Resort Management

Who is your all time hero?
I don’t really have a particular hero, but there are many people whose achievements I admire.

Sport of choice?
Rugby Union …… it’s a birthright rather than an elective as a New Zealander.

Best advice you have ever received?
'Don’t let perfect get in the way of better.'

Why do you identify with tourism?
I am inspired by the passion that operators have for not only their own businesses but the area in which they operate. I gain great pleasure from being able to share the region that I call home and introduce others to some of its ‘secrets’. The industry is ever changing, there is always something new to discover and tourism roles are all the more interesting for this variety.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
As the manager of a major accommodation provider in the region I have a vested interest in the success of regional tourism. I have been involved in other regional tourism bodies and feel that I can draw upon this experience to contribute to the future success of the region.

Number 1 highlight you have had in the tourism industry or your specialized field?
Leading the team in the successful opening and operation of the RACV Torquay Resort.

Fay Valcanis

Fay Valcanis

Board Member

Fay brings over 13 years strategic marketing experience to GORRT Board. Her roles at Museum Victoria, one of Australia’s leading cultural organisations, included Marketing Manager at Melbourne Museum and Marketing Manager Immigration Museum from marketing of blockbuster exhibitions to brand development. Her professional strength in the arts and cultural sector is characterised by strong project management skills and in fostering solid partnerships to leverage marketing strategies. Her experience in environmental education with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment saw the development of fire prevention education strategies for Victoria, including the publication of several education resources for Victorian schools, and the development of community education programs to protect remnant vegetation in the Warrandyte community.

Board Member Speciality?
Marketing and Project Management

Who is your all time hero?
I don’t really identify with one hero, but anyone who can rise from adversity gets my full admiration.

Sport of choice?
Yoga (wouldn’t really call it a sport). Walking my dog.

Best advise you have ever received?
I have lots of ‘life mantra’s’. The one that has really shaped me is ‘as a female take charge and control of your life - be responsible for yourself’. I also love the motto ‘live life like it’s your last day’.

Why do you identify with tourism?
I love travelling. Tourism is about people and the journey.

What made you apply for the GORRT Board?
I have a strong ethic of contributing to the community. Being able to shape and play a strategic part of tourism development in the area I live is really important.

Number 1 highlight you have had in the tourism industry or your specialised field?
Developing partnerships for exhibitions at Museum Victoria.