Our staff team
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Introducing our dedicated staff team.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Davies joined GORCC 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 15 years' experience in financial management. He joined the previous Lorne Foreshore Committee of Management in 1999.
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 the GORCC management 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.
Coastal Reserves Manager
Caleb Hurrell joined the GORCC 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.
Environment and Education Manager
Alex MacDonald was appointed as Environmental Projects Coordinator in 2014. Alex has a background in environmental planning and communications and has previously held roles at the (former) Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Alex'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.
Conservation Supervisor and Education Coordinator
Georgina Beale joined GORCC 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 GORCC 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 GORCC's diverse environmental education programs and initiatives.
Education Coordinator Coast Guardians
Hilary Bouma delivers GORCC's 'Coast Guardians' program (GORCC'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 is in her final year of study and is scheduled to graduate from Deakin University with a Bachelor Arts (Public Relations) and Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) at the end of 2016.
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.
Chris Leibhardt has been a member of Surfers Appreciating the Natural Environment and Jan Juc Coast Action for more than 20 years and is passionate about protecting the coastal environment. Chris was an active member in the Community Reference Group for GORCC's 2013 Coastal Management Plan.
Outdoor works staff
The following people help to manage our coastal reserves
- GORCC Works Supervisor - Phil
- Torquay outdoor staff - John, Daryl, Sue, Nick and Trent
- Lorne outdoor staff - Peter (Leading Hand) Rod and Peter
Caravan park staff
The following people help to manage our caravan parks.
- Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park Managers - Nick and Nadja
- Torquay Caravan Park Assistant Managers - Ann and Geoff
- 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, Rowie, Indi and Joy