Parks Victoria Board
The Board is responsible for directing and monitoring the business of Parks Victoria and is accountable to the Minister for its overall performance. It delegates day-to-day responsibility for operations and administration to Parks Victoria’s Chief Executive and executive team.
Andrew Fairley, (Chairman)
Mr Andrew Fairley has had a distinguished association with ecotourism, conservation, parks and resort management over many years and was a director of the world class five star resort Turtle Island in the Yasawas for over 20 years. He has been a Director of the International Ecotourism Society (Washington DC) and a Director of Ecotourism Australia.
Currently the Chair of Parks Victoria, Andrew’s previous Board appointments include Zoos Victoria (Chair), Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council in Victoria (Chair) and the Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board.
Andrew is also one of Australia's best known specialist Superannuation lawyers. He is Chair of Equipsuper, a $6 billion industry fund operating in the energy and water sector.
He is also Chair of the Sir Andrew Fairley Foundation and currently Consul General for Finland in Victoria.
Originally from Shepparton in Victoria, he operated a large prime lamb and licence irrigation property in Rochester for over 20 years. He is the Consul General for Finland in Victoria.
Dennis Cavagna B.Econ. FCA, GAICD
Mr Dennis Cavagna has a background in business and accountancy and is currently a part-time Commissioner of the Essential Services Commission (ESC) of Victoria. He is the former Managing Director of South East Water and has held corporate and finance positions for some 24 years in the Victorian Water Industry. He also has an extensive background in business and financial management. Mr Cavagna is a member of the Queensland Urban Utilities Board, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Risk and Audit Committee, and the VicRoads audit committee.
Ms Deborah Cheetham is currently the Head of the Wilin Centre Victorian College of the Arts and Music Faculty of the University of Melbourne. She is also Artistic Director, Short Black Opera Company Pty Ltd and a freelance performer, director, producer, writer, teacher and composer. Ms Cheetham has key understanding of Indigenous issues, which contributes to the shared management model for many national parks. She has significant community links and community consultation experience.
Mr Andrew Grant is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the CO2 Group Ltd and has a background in natural resource management and business. He 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 and marketing and is currently the CEO of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Ms O’Brien is a committee member on the Victorian Food Wine and Tourism Council, and a board member of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and the City of Melbourne Hospitality Advisory Board. She has extensive knowledge in tourism, including an understanding of increasing visitation.
Pru Sanderson B.Arch (Hons); GAICD; Grad Dip (equiv) ICCROM, Rome
Ms Pru Sanderson is an architect and property professional who specialises in creating new benchmarks in urban planning and public infrastructure. She has held senior roles in the development of Melbourne’s Museum and Federation Square and has worked internationally, managing property affairs and the delivery of major infrastructure in South Africa and Malaysia. More recently, she has served as CEO of VicUrban, the Victorian State Government urban development authority. At VicUrban, Pru was responsible for creating new paradigms in urban renewal (including Melbourne Docklands and Central Dandenong) and in innovations that challenged urban growth norms.
Ms Sanderson has served as the Global Business Leader, City Development at GHD, responsible for harnessing GHD’s broad capacities to create precincts, neighbourhoods and towns that work as efficient, attractive, future-proofed places.
Ms Sanderson is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria.
Professor Andrew Vizard is a part-time Associate Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne. Andrew is an experienced company director and has served on the board of numerous companies, statutory bodies and scientific organizations. He is currently Chair of the Vizard Foundation, a board member of Ridley Corporation Ltd, a Trustee of the Australian Wool Education Trust and a Member of the Research Committee of the Hermon Slade Foundation Professor Vizard has a key understanding of the complex issues and legislative frameworks regarding Parks Victoria. He also has significant business and financial expertise, as well as professional knowledge of native and feral wildlife.
Professor Robert Wallis is currently a part-time Professor of Research Development at Ballarat University. He has a background in natural resource management, sustainable development and environmental education. Prof Wallis 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, currently including Deputy Chair and Director, Wannon Region Water Corporation; Deputy Chair and Director, Great South Coast Medicare Local; and Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Warrnambool City Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
13 Feb 2014
Over 8 million visitors to St Kilda Pier now have better access the St Kilda harbour as a result of a $1.65 million upgrade to the St Kilda Pier jetty arm. The works to upgrade St Kilda jetty arm were officially opened on Tuesday 11 February 2014 and are now…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
16 Mar 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm
To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week Mornington Peninsula Shire and Parks Victoria invites you to a screening of Alias Ruby Blade - A story of love and revolution The acclaimed documentary film follows Kirsty Sword Gusmao who aspired to be a filmmaker and instead became a revolutionary. Whilst working for the…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
23 Mar 2014 11:00am-3:30pm
Live.Grow.Explore. Community Day brings community together to explore their broader backyard and to learn more about sustainable lifestyle choices in one of Melbourne's most extensive landcare and reinvigoration corridors. This FREE family event and BBQ lunch showcases many sustainable education stalls. The day includes Vasili Kanidiadis of Vasilis Garden to…
Brushtail Possum at Cape Conran Coastal Park. Thanks to Josh Drohan for sharing...Brushtail Possum at Cape Conran Coastal Park. Thanks to Josh Drohan for sharing this gorgeous photo.View post | Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16.28
Why the long face? This local Clydesdale joined the discussion on fire control...Why the long face? This local Clydesdale joined the discussion on fire control tactics at Goongerah during the fires in Far East Gippsland last month.View post | Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11.01
Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fir...Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fire north of Buchan.View post | Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09.42
The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long w...The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long weekend to provide visitors with a walking experience in the Northern Grampians. Many areas in the park are now open after the fire in January. Full details here http://ow.ly/ukBMTView post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17.11
Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos...Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.Friends Parks Week photosThanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.View post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13.45