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.

Finance Manager
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. 

Commercial Manager
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.

Conservation Supervisor
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).

Education Coordinator
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 Officer and Board Secretary
Daphne D'Souza began doing accounts and administration for the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in 2008 part time, before becoming full time in 2013. Daphne completed her Masters in Accounts at the University of Pune, India and has more than 15 years’ experience in account management, payroll, invoicing and administration and has worked for prominent Geelong businesses before coming to GORCC. Daphne also completes the role as Board Secretary for the Committee meetings.

Administration Finance Officer
Sarah Evans re-joined the team at the Great Ocean Road Coast in February 2016 after having her second child. Sarah started as a receptionist at the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park in 2013 before assisting with the Administration Finance role in 2014. Sarah completed her Diploma of Sports Coaching and Administration at Swinburne and has held previous administration management roles.  

Communications Officer 
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.

Administration Officer
Indi Haintz started with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in 2014 working in reception at the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park. After completing her Bachelor of Business at La Trobe University in 2016, Indi now assists with the Anglesea mobilisation and bookings, as well as events and permits. 

Conservation team
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 Leading Hand Foreshore Ranger
John Fawcett 
has been at the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (formerly Torquay Foreshore Committee) since September 2000 after a career as an insurance underwriter and claims officer. Now qualified in horticulture and land management, John enjoys working closely to home.

Torquay Foreshore Ranger
Daryl Martin 
has been working as a Foreshore Ranger in Torquay since September 2010 an enjoys the lifestyle the work offers. A qualified horticulturist, Daryl enjoys working down the coastline between Torquay and Lorne and working with a fun, supportive team.

Torquay Foreshore Ranger
Nick Farrant 
started at the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee when he was a ‘little tacker’ cleaning beaches over summer before studying carpentry. Nick works along the coast from Torquay to Lorne, however is based in Torquay. Nick enjoys working in the outdoors, especially with the ocean views.

Torquay Foreshore Ranger
Trent Lake
has been with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee for 15 years. Trent works along all coastal reserves, however is based in the Torquay area and oversees the OH&S of the outdoor works teams. Trent is an experienced horticulturist and enjoys working next to the iconic beaches along the Great Ocean Road.

Torquay Foreshore Ranger 
Sue Le Dain

Lorne Leading Hand Foreshore Ranger
Rod Rau
started at the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in 2008 after a long career as an accountant. Rod re-skilled to work at the ‘best office in the world’ after spending 25 years inside an office with 4 walls. Rod enjoys working outdoors next to the surf and holds his Agriculture Chemical Users Permit (ACUP), Loader Operator permit and is skilled in tree felling.

Lorne Foreshore Ranger 
Paki Henry

Lorne Foreshore Ranger (Summer Season)
Ian Smith
 joined the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in 2006 as a causal Foreshore Ranger in Lorne for the busy summer season. Ian was a graphic designer for 25 years, specialising in advertising at Target and prides himself on his ability to multi task. Ian enjoys working with a great team in a beautiful place.

Caravan park staff
The following people help to manage our caravan parks:

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park Managers
Nick and Nadja Herrington 
were appointed as Park Managers in March 2016. They are both highly experienced at managing caravan parks and have worked across Australia. Nick and Nadja enjoy being able to see different parts of Australia and enjoy the sea-change to Torquay.

Torquay Foreshore Caravan Assistant Park Managers
Wayne and Julie Del Marco joined the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park team as Assistant Managers in March 2017 after filling in as relief assistant managers at the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park during the 2017 summer season.

Torquay Caravan Park Receptionist
Sally Richards 
began as a cleaner for 3 months before joining the team at reception in October 2015. Sally worked in child care for 4 years before making the switch to Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park. A proud grandmother, Sally enjoys helping tourists and visitors enjoy the wonderful coastline.

Torquay Caravan Park Receptionist
Vin Cooney
was an annual site holder at the caravan park from 1988-2001 before joining the team as the after-hours caretaker of the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park between 2001-2008. Vin has a long relationship with the park and continues to work in reception 2-3 days a week after 30 years working with the Footscray Council Electricity Supply in High Voltage Planning.

Torquay Caravan Park Receptionist
Debby Beaton
began in November 2016 walking into an exceptionally busy peak season over summer. Debby previously worked at Newgrove Benchtops for 15 years as a receptionist and office manager. While she loved that role, Debby wanted a sea-change and enjoys being able to drive along the Esplanade each morning on her way to work.

Lorne Caravan Park Managers
Ray Palmer and Jacalyn Middleton 
joined the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park team as Park Managers in March 2017. Together they have worked in a number of caravan parks across Australia including Rockhampton, Moama and Mornington Peninsula. Ray and Jacki have several years experience in a variety of roles within the hospitality and retail industries.

Lorne Caravan Park office staff
Lois Bonner

Rowie Haintz

Joy Dwyer

 

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Great Ocean Road Coast Committee CEO Richard Davies lending a hand with the revegetation of the Split Point Lookout area. 
The Conservation Team assisting volunteers at a LorneCare working bee.