Our staff team
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Introducing our dedicated staff team.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Davies joined Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in August 2008 was appointed the Chief Executive Officer in September 2010. Richard has qualifications in engineering and accounting, and has worked in the construction and energy industries.
Steve Major is the Finance Manager and is a qualified accountant with more than 20 years' experience in financial management. He joined the former Lorne Foreshore Committee of Management in 1999 before it amalgamated to become the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in 2004.
Community Engagement Manager
David Petty was appointed the role of Community Engagement Manager in 2016. David is a highly credentialed media and community engagement professional and has a strong background working in Crown land environmental work from Parks Victoria. David holds a degree in history and politics along with further specialist qualifications in communications.
Stephen Currie joined themanagement team in April 2016 as the Commercial Manager. He has a strong background in hospitality and customer services delivery and has worked nationally in this field. He holds qualifications in business and hospitality management from Victoria University and has extensive experience in commercial management roles.
Caravan Park Operations Manager
Daniel Aitken joined the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee management team in January 2017 to assist with the leadership and management of the Torquay and Lorne Foreshore Caravan Parks and the Anglesea Family Caravan Park from 1 December 2017. Daniel has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry working for major international businesses including Trusthouse Forte, the Hilton International and Park Plaza. Daniel has also completed a Diploma of Hospitality Management in Queensland.
Coastal Reserves Manager
Caleb Hurrell joined the management team in 2016 as the Coastal Reserves Manager. Caleb is passionate about environmental protection and has more than 10 years’ conservation experience having worked with the State Government in pest management and teaching Conservation Land Management and Horticulture at Gordon TAFE. Caleb is a keen fisherman and surfer and has a thorough understanding of coastal user groups along the Great Ocean Road.
Environment and Education Manager
Katie Dolling joined the management team in September 2016, taking on Alex MacDonald’s role while she is away on maternity leave. Katie has completed her Bachelor of Arts/ Science degree at Melbourne University majoring in environmental science and geography. She has also completed her Graduate Diploma in Environment, focusing on policy governance and communications. Katie’s role includes working with and supporting environmental volunteer groups, the GORCC education team and environmental management as well as master plan development and implementation.
Georgina Beale joined Great Ocean Road Coast in 2010 and has been actively involved in GORCC's conservation and education programs during this time. Georgie has a strong environmental conservation background which includes teaching conservation land management at Gordon TAFE and operating her own conservation land management business for 13 years. Before joining the GORCC team, Georgie was contracted by GORCC, Parks Victoria, Surf Coast Shire and other government bodies through her business. Georgie is a member of multiple local environmental groups including Surfers Appreciating the Natural Environment, Jan Juc Coast Action and more.
Marketing Communications Coordinator (Caravan Parks)
Laura McKee rejoined Great Ocean Road Coast in 2016 to handle the Torquay and Lorne Foreshore Caravan Parks marketing. Laura has a strong background in marketing including strategy and campaign management, online marketing, communications, pricing and acquisition. She is tertiary qualified with a Bachelor of Management (Marketing & Tourism).
Peter Crowcroft has a background and qualifications in science, conservation and education. Peter became GORCC's Education Coordinator in 2015 and oversees the administration and delivery of Great Ocean Road Coast's diverse environmental education programs and initiatives.
Education Coordinator Coast Guardians
Hilary Bouma delivers Great Ocean Road Coast's Coast Guardians Program (Great Ocean Road Coast's flagship environmental education program) and has extensive experience in environmental education. Hilary has multiple qualifications including a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences, a Diploma of Education and further qualifications in tourism, natural resource management and zoo keeping. Hilary has worked in relevant roles for a range of organisations including the Marine Discovery Centre and Zoos Victoria.
Administration Finance Officers
Daphne D'Souza and Sarah Evans share this role, which helps to make the GORCC office work administratively and provides support to the management team.
Rachael Brodie joined the GORCC team in 2014 as an intern and has gained valuable skills and experience. She was appointed the role of Communications Officer in August 2015. Rachael joined the GORCC team full time in November 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) and Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree.
The following people are responsible for the conservation efforts along the coast and support the delivery of GORCC's Environmental Education Program.
Evan Francis joined the conservation team in 2012 after working in council conservation roles with a focus on coastal management. Evan holds a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management from RMIT and has an in-depth understanding of coastal conservation.
Scott Hives began volunteering at GORCC in 2015, before officially becoming part of the team in May 2016. Scott was a participant in the Federal Government's Green Army Programme where he gained invaluable hands-on knowledge and skills before joining the conservation team full-time to further enhance his understanding of the coastal environment.
Outdoor works staff
The following people help to manage our coastal reserves
- Works Supervisor - Phil Brown
- Torquay Foreshore Rangers - John Fawcett (Leading Hand), Daryl Martin, Sue Le Dain, Nick Farrant and Trent Lake
- Lorne Foreshore Rangers - Rod Rau (Leading Hand) and Paki Henry
Caravan park staff
The following people help to manage our caravan parks.
- Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park Managers - Nick and Nadja Herrington
- Torquay Caravan Park office staff & outdoor staff Sally, Sarah, Vin & Rod
- Lorne Caravan Park Managers - Wendy and Peter
- Lorne Caravan Park Assistant Managers - Graeme and Jan
- Lorne Caravan Park office staff - Lois Bonner, Rowie, Indi and Joy