Our staff team
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Introducing our dedicated and professional team.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Davies joined GORCC in August 2008 was appointed the Chief Executive Officer in June September 2010. Richard has qualifications in engineering and accounting, and has worked in the construction and energy industries.
Coastal Reserves Manager
Rod Goring joined the Torquay Foreshore Committee of Management in 1994. While Rod started his working life in the automotive industry, his passion for the environment and outdoors led him to complete another trade in horticulture. Before joining GORCC, he worked for more than 20 years in parks and reserves, primarly with local government.
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.
Coastal Projects Manager
Mike Bodsworth was appointed Coastal Project Manager in October 2006. He is a landscape architect and recreation planner with 10 years experience in natural area recreation and landscape planning. He has previously worked in Western Australia as Senior Landscape Architect with the Department of Conservation and Land Management.
Community Liaison Manager
Jane Rowlands joined GORCC in October 2010 to create and foster partnerships, engage others in protecting and enhancing the coast and inform the community about GORCC's work. Jane has studied media and communications, majoring in public relations and journalism, and worked in fundraising, media, public relations and events.
Strategic Planning Manager
Simon Coverdale joined GORCC in 2011, and brings with him tertiary qualifications and over 10 years of experience in coastal planning and management. He has previously held related roles with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victorian Coastal Council, Western Coastal Board and a large private consulting firm and has worked on coastal issues at the national, state, regional and local levels.
Office Coordinator/Finance Officer
Daphne D'Souza and Carmel Patience share this role, which helps to make the GORCC office work administratively and provides support to the management team.
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), Peter and Rodney
Caravan park staff
The following people help to manage our caravan parks.
- Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park Managers - Kylie and Ryan.
- Torquay Caravan Park Assistant Managers - Linda and Kevin
- Torquay Caravan Park office staff & outdoor staff Lynn, Jono, Jonathon , Lizzie, Kate, Julie, Sean, Vin & Rod
- Lorne Caravan Park Managers - Sharon and Steve
- Lorne Caravan Park Assistant Manager - Steve
- Lorne Caravan Park office staff - Lois, Dale and Joy
Our conservation team comprises Conservation Officer Georgina and two Conservation Workers Zac and Evan. The team is responsible for our conservation efforts along the coast between Torquay and Lorne with a particular focus on weeds and native vegetation, and on working with community groups and other partners. Established in March 2010, the team is supported by funding from the Australian Government for our Great Ocean Road Renewal Program.