Phillip Island Nature Parks was created by the State Government of Victoria in 1996 and comprises over 1,805 hectares of Crown Land set aside under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 “for the conservation of areas of natural interest or beauty or of scientific, historic or archaeological interest.” The Nature Parks is a not-for-profit organisation and is overseen by a Board of Management appointed by the Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water. The Nature Parks reports to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Responsible Minister
The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

Our Board Members

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Liz Stinson (Chair)

Liz Stinson (Chair July 2018 - current) brings to her role on the Board many years of experience at operational and management levels in teaching, community services and environmental education in Canada and Australia, and more recently in international business development in Australian universities, including Deakin and La Trobe.

Liz holds postgraduate qualifications in zoology, teaching, educational management and business administration (MBA) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). In addition to her responsibilities with the Phillip Island Nature Parks Board, Liz’s other board commitments include as Chair of the University of Canberra College Pty Ltd, and Community Housing (Victoria) Ltd, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

Liz has been a Board Member from 5 September 2015.


Andrew Paxton

Andrew Paxton

Andrew Paxton brings extensive experience and qualifications in Landscape Architecture, Business and Organisational Leadership. His MBA thesis explored the application of triple bottom line principles to park management.

Andrew has led a diverse range of portfolios within Local Government including planning, strategic planning, economic development, tourism, compliance, sustainability, urban design, park management, capital programs and conservation programs. His previous roles included Chief Ranger and Business Manager at Parks Victoria.

Andrew has been a Board Member from 5 September 2012.


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Kevin Love

Kevin Love operates his own advisory business, specialising in project management, policy advice and governance. For over 20 years Kevin worked at the Department of Agriculture in regional Victoria, including 12 years at Leongatha. He also worked with the Department of Premier and Cabinet as the executive with principal responsibility for advising Premiers Kennett and Bracks on policies, programs and major projects related to resources and infrastructure.

He then moved to the Department of Sustainability and Environment as Deputy Secretary, and led significant institutional and organisational reform, had responsibility for the State’s public land estate and assets and established himself as a national leader in natural resource and marine and coastal management policy.

Kevin has been a Board Member from 9 August 2013.


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Shelley Lavender

Shelley brings strong ecotourism credentials and over 20 years’ experience working in not-for-profit companies at both Board and CEO level. These include a directorship of Ecotourism Australia, past employment as CEO in the education and tourism sectors and directorship of a large credit union. Consequently, she has a strong grasp of both operational and governance issues in the sector.

Shelley now works as a Lead Auditor of tourism operators which have Ecotourism certification. This gives her a unique perspective of the challenges facing the industry and an understanding of the need to balance tourism growth with environmental and community issues.

Shelley has been a Board Member since 5 September 2015.


Jane Foley

Jane Foley

Jane Foley brings to the Board extensive experience in tourism having worked with Tourism Tasmania as an executive for over 15 years. During this time, she was responsible for developing strategy, visitor experiences and regional tourism in partnership with industry, community and land management agencies. In more recent times she has held the position as Manager Tourism Melbourne.

Jane has held several board positions including Tasmanian Tourism Industry Council and 10 Days on the Island. Jane has a keen interest in sustainable tourism and regional development as well as health and wellbeing with a focus on community engagement, change management and systems innovation with the state government.

Jane has been a Board Member since July 2018.


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Dr Danielle Auldist

Dr Danielle Auldist brings experience in project management, science and governance. After fifteen years of research in Australia and New Zealand, she was the CEO of a Gippsland not-for-profit dairy organisation that developed projects adopted by the national industry. Her time with an agricultural consultancy group focused on assignments for water catchment authorities, local governments and primary producers as well as drafting practice planning notes for the state government.

Danielle currently lectures to science students at Federation University and co-manages its research group, Animal Health, Ecology and Diagnostics (AHEaD).

Danielle has been a Board Member since 5 September 2015.


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Kay Spierings

Kay is an experienced company director with extensive business management and corporate administration experience, specifically in the areas of strategy, national competition policy, organisational governance, policy formulation, financial management and administration.

Kay is a primary producer with a keen interest in natural resource management, environment and sustainable agriculture. Kay is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) Board.

Kay has been a Board Member since 5 September 2015.


Michaela Salvato

Michaela Salvato

Michaela is the owner and operator of a local accounting and financial services firm where she has provided accounting, taxation and business advisory services for over 20 years. She is also the Treasurer of Destination Phillip Island, the Regional Tourism Board for Phillip Island. Previously, she held positions as National Taxation Manager for SmithKline Beecham; Treasurer of Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN), Chair of the BCLN Public Fund and is a Founding Member of the Three Creeks Landcare Group Inc.

Her involvement with Landcare over the past 20 years has fuelled a strong passion for the environment, particularly the impact that can be made at a grassroots and community level. Michaela has a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) and is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Tax Agent.

She has been a Board Member since July 2018.


David Cochrane

Dr David Cochrane

Dr David Cochrane currently provides private economic, strategic and financial consulting services (predominantly to government) through Cloudstreet Economics. He is a Director of VicForests, a Director and Deputy Chair of Guide Dogs Victoria and an independent member of the Department of Transport Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee. David was previously a partner at Ernst & Young, where he was the leader of the Australasian economics practice.

Over his extensive professional career David has also been a director of World Urban Parks, Chair of the Parks Forum Economic Research Project, a member of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens Advisory Board, Chair of Destination Docklands and a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Tourism Investment and Regulatory Reform Working Group.

David is a Chartered Accountant and an Economist and has a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration.

David has been a Board Member since July 2018. 


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