Our Board

Wayne Kayler-Thomson

Wayne Kayler-Thomson

Chairman

AGIT (Diploma of Commerce) CPA.

Wayne Kayler-Thomson provides professional services as a strategic business planning , governance and leadership advisor,facilitator and mentor to a range of clients in the corporate,not for profit and public sector at national,state,regional and business levels.
With over 30 years leadership experience in the tourism sector , Wayne continues to be actively engaged in facilitating and advising on tourism destination planning and strategic business planning.

Prior to this, Wayne was the Chief Executive of the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Wayne is currently Deputy Chairman and a Director of VicSuper Pty Ltd, a Council member of Victoria University and Chairman of Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Ltd .

Wayne’s earlier career included Deputy Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria, Deputy Chairman of the Victorian Toirism Industry Council and extensive public and private sector senior executive roles in tourism, regional economic development, the manufacturing industry and as a tourism business owner/operator and management consultant.

Wayne is a Life Member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council and the Australian Regional Tourism Network and the recipient of a Victorian Tourism Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

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.

As an advocate of effective community engagement and collaboration between citizen, corporations, Councillors and Council staff, Clive ensures transparency in all decisions.

A Lorne local, Clive is an active member of several clubs and associations.

Sharon Bradshaw

Sharon Bradshaw

Board Member

Sharon is part owner of a craft brewery and café in the Otways. Her day-to-day 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, Sharon held a senior marketing strategy and comms roles in academic publishing, developing new markets for online publishing products.

Embracing the tree change, Sharon is a big advocate for regional living. Her areas of speciality include Strategic Marketing, Product Development and Operator Experience.

John Maher

John Maher

Board Member

From his many leadership roles, John provides a diverse knowledge and understanding of tourism and business.

John’s roles have included:

  • 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
Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

Board Member

BA (Planning), MBA.

Andrew became the 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.

Dean Newell

Dean Newell

Board Member

Born and raised in New Zealand, Dean’s first involvement in the Australian hospitality industry was working for a number of Gold Coast hotels in the early 1990’s. He then spent a number of years in New Zealand and 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.

Toquay is now very much his home with his wife and three teenage children.

Fay Valcanis

Fay Valcanis

Board Member

Fay brings over 13 years of 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. Experience in environmental education with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has seen 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.

Sam Lucas

Sam Lucas

Board Member

As a fourth-generation family business operator, Sam has experience in both the public transport and the tourism/hospitality.

A keen advocate for regional development for the benefit of the community, Sam is an avid traveler. Married with a family of four young children, he is also unashamedly a golf tragic.

Andrew Paton

Andrew Paton

Board Member

Andrew was recently appointed as Director City Growth with Warrnambool City Council.

Previously Andrew worked in a corporate finance role with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London. Posts included secondments to the United Kingdom’s Competition Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Andrew grew up in the City of Warrnambool and some twenty years later he has returned to live in Warrnambool with his wife and two daughters.

Keith Baillie

Keith Baillie

Board Member

Chief Executive Officer Surf Coast Shire.

Anita Rank

Anita Rank

Board Member

Mayor Glenelg Shire Council.

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