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Posted on 17/09/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks’ CEO Catherine Basterfield was recognised at an online awards ceremony on Wednesday 16 September as one of IPAA’s Top 50 Public Sector Women in Victoria.

These awards recognise exceptional leadership and the tremendous achievements of women right across the public sector within Victoria, including statutory authorities such as the Nature Parks.

"I feel incredibly honoured by this recognition,” said Catherine at the conclusion of the ceremony. “To be recognised alongside so many exceptional women who have displayed exemplary leadership is somewhat humbling, and definitely very rewarding."

“It is such a privilege to be able to lead an organisation like the Nature Parks which, thanks to a band of dedicated staff, have achieved so many exceptional outcomes for conservation and tourism over several years, and contributed so much to both the local and wider communities and economies.”

“The broader acknowledgement of the contribution of women in leadership roles is also of great signficance to me, and speaks to the importance of gender equality in our workplaces and in our communities.”

Nature Parks Chair Liz Stinson said: “Catherine's leadership in her three years as CEO, which has been highlighted throughout the current pandemic, has been exceptional within the Nature Parks and in the Bass Coast regional context.”

“She acted early to protect visitors, staff and volunteers, and proactively responded to external developments and restrictions as the impacts to the business increased. Her commitment to minimising the impact on staff, treating them with integrity, and engaging them through this period was exemplary and appreciated by staff.”

“Catherine advocated strongly on behalf of the Nature Parks to ensure the organisation’s sustainability and viability, and is now working with the Board to plan for the future shape of the business.”

The IPAA Top 50 Public Sector Women is designed to raise the profile on exceptional female leaders and highlight their significant work, provide a platform of support and encouragement to other women; and create role models for females across the public sector in Victoria.


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