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


Liz 1Liz Stinson (Chair)

Liz Stinson brings 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, to her role on the Board. She holds postgraduate qualifications in zoology, educational leadership and business administration and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In addition to her responsibilities with the Phillip Island Nature Parks Board, Liz’s other board commitments include her local branch of the Bendigo Community Bank and Community Housing (Victoria) Ltd. 

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 is the General Manager, Planning & Development at Cardinia Shire Council. His previous roles in design, capital works and sustainability included Chief Ranger and Business Manager at Parks Victoria and management roles in local government.
Board Member from 5 September 2012.



Kevin Love photo Kevin Love 

Kevin Love operates his own advisory business, specialising in project management, policy advice and governance. For over 20 years he 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. In late 2002 he 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.
Board Member from 9 August 2013.


Danielle Auldist Web Dr Danielle Auldist

Dr Danielle Auldist brings experience in project management, science and governance. After PhD science studies in New Zealand she was the CEO of a Gippsland not-for-profit dairy organisation for over a decade and developed projects that went national. Her time with an agricultural consultancy group focussed 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 is the executive officer for the national professional organisation for ruminant nutritionists.
Board member from 5 September 2015


Shelley Lavender Web Shelley Lavender

Shelley Lavender brings strong ecotourism credentials and over 20 years’ experience working in not-for-profit companies at both Board and CEO level. These include current 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 with Conservation Volunteers 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.
Board Member from 5 September 2015.


Kay Spierings Web Kay Spierings

Kay Spierings 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 and business and financial management and administration. She 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 Member from 5 September 2015.


Michaela Salvato Michaela Salvato

Michaela Salvato is currently the owner and director of Michaela J Salvato Pty Ltd, offering accounting, taxation and business advisory services. She is also the Treasurer of Destination Phillip Island. Previously, she held positions as National Taxation Manager for SmithKline Beecham; Chair and Treasurer of Bass Coast Landcare Network Public Fund and as a Founding Member of the Three Creeks Landcare Group Inc. Michaela has a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) and is a Chartered Accountant and registered Tax Agent.
Board Member from July 2018.


David Cochrane Dr David Cochrane

Dr David Cochrane currently provides private consulting services (predominantly to government) through Cloudstreet Economics, and is a Director of VicForests, World Urban Parks and Guide Dogs Victoria. David was previously a partner at Ernst & Young, where he was the leader of the Australian economics practice. Over his extensive professional career David has also been a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Tourism Investment and Regulatory Reform Working Group, Chair of the Parks Forum Economic Research Project, a member of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens Advisory Board, and Chair of Destination Docklands. David is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Business Administration.
Board Member from July 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Jane Foley Jane Foley

Jane Foley is a Manager of Population Health and Community Wellbeing at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jane has previously held the positions of Manager Health Integration and Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services, Manager of Community Services at the City of Melbourne, Manager Tourism Melbourne, General Manager of Tourism for Forestry Tasmania, and Director of Destination Development for Tourism Tasmania. Jane has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Librarianship and a Graduate Diploma of Recreation.
Board Member from July 2018.