Parks Victoria Board
Andrew Fairley AM (Chairman)
Andrew Fairley has had a distinguished association with ecotourism, conservation, parks and resort management over many years. He is currently a director of Tourism Australia. He was a director of the world renowned resort Turtle Island in Fiji for over 20 years. He has been a Director of the International Ecotourism Society (Washington DC) and a Director of Ecotourism Australia. Andrew practises as a specialist equity lawyer with Hall and Wilcox. He is Chair of Equip,a $7 billion industry super fund operating in the energy and water sector. He chairs the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation and he is the Consul General for Finland in Victoria.
Mr Andrew Grant is the Managing Director of Tasman Environmental Markets and has an extensive background in natural resource management and business. He is the Chairman of the Carbon Market Institute and has executive and board experience with organisations including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Earthwatch, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting and the Banksia Environmental Foundation. He has held several management positions in Parks Victoria and is a former Chair of the Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority.
Ms Natalie O’Brien has a background in senior management in tourism, marketing and events and is currently the CEO of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. She has previously held roles in both State and local government as well as positions on advisory boards into government. As well as being a Director of Parks Victoria she is a Director of People and Parks Foundation.
Professor Robert Wallis is a part-time Professor of Research Development at Ballarat University. He has a background in natural resource management, sustainable development and environmental education. Robert has held senior academic positions including Pro Vice Chancellor (Rural and Regional) and Head of School (Ecology and Environment) at Deakin University. He has extensive board and committee experience, including currently serving as the Deputy Chair and Director of the Wannon Region Water Corporation, Deputy Chair and Director of Great South Coast Medicare Local and Chair of the Warrnambool City Council Audit and Risk Committee. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Ross Passalaqua is a Company Director and business consultant with broad commercial, operational, and technical experience across multiple sectors including the tourism, safety, services, petrochemicals, transport and logistics industries in Australia and overseas. Following an early career in consulting engineering, Mr Passalaqua undertook corporate roles involving safety and risk analysis, sales and marketing, business development, and senior operations and commercial management with primarily the Shell Group of Companies. Mr Passalaqua then developed tourism management and development expertise as CEO at Falls Creek Alpine Resort. Mr Passalaqua currently holds other Board roles with South East Water Corporation, the North East Victoria Tourism Board and with Disabled Wintersport Australia. He also provides independent safety consulting and coaching services through the DuPont organisation.
Ms Rosemary Hehir
Ms Rosemary Hehir is a Director on the Board of Lifeworks and a member of Melbourne Health’s Human Research Ethics Committee. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Victoria and a Board Director of Social Housing Victoria. Ms Hehir has a highly successful track record as CEO, senior executive and non-Executive Board Director in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, particularly in strategy development and leadership of major transformation within complex, high profile organisations.
She has a unique blend of governance and executive capabilities and knowledge across a diverse range of portfolios – community services, financial management, asset and property management, social housing, hospitality and tourism, advocacy, marketing and capital city local government. Rosemary is highly motivated by organisational transformation and innovation with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, sustainability and making a positive contribution to our community.
Ms Catherine Vinot
Ms Catherine (Kate) Vinot is the Director of City Strategy and Place at the City of Melbourne and holds degrees in engineering, economics and business administration. She has held senior and executive roles in water utilities, contracting, manufacturing and management consulting, as well as a number of Board and committee roles in the water sector, environmental sustainability and aged care. Ms Vinot is a Rhodes Scholar, Williamson Fellow and Fellow of Engineers Australia. Ms Vinot brings deep experience in strategy, sustainability, risk management, as well as systems and governance.
Mr Darrell Wade
Mr Darrell Wade is the Co-founder of Intrepid Travel and Chief Executive Officer of the Intrepid Group, a global provider of adventure travel experiences. Mr Wade is also a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council, and a Director of the Melbourne Accelerator Programme.
As well as a passion for travel, Mr Wade has a long-standing interest in social and environmental concerns that has formed an integral part of his company’s ‘responsible travel’ philosophy. Most recently, he has turned his attention to how the travel industry contributes to the problem of climate change, and in particular the growing impact of carbon emissions from passenger aircraft.
Ms Christine Trotman
Ms Christine Trotman is the Chief Executive Officer of Cooinda Hill, a disability support service based in the Latrobe Valley. She has held management and executive roles in health and education, and has tertiary qualifications in nursing, health education, business and accounting. Ms Trotman has extensive Board and Committee experience and is currently a member of the East Gippsland Water Audit and Risk Committee and Uniting Care Gippsland Audit and Risk Committee.