Statement of Purpose
— To act as the peak Regional Tourism Board for the Phillip Island region, as defined from time to time in tourism industry strategic plans developed by the State Tourism Authority or their equivalent, focusing on the development and growth of the tourism industry in the region, strategic tourism development and advocacy for the region. Consolidate the strategic direction of the tourism industry for the entire Phillip Island and San Remo region and communicate with key partners such as Local Government, State Government and other relevant independent legal entities, and perform the following functions for the Phillip Island region: industry development, product development, regional marketing, strong advocacy and united voice for the region, effective coordination and communication, skills training, leadership and mentoring, networking, identifying investment/infrastructure opportunities, and managing tourism sustainability.
Audit Finance and Governance Committee
Catherine Basterfield is the Chief Executive Officer of the Phillip Island Nature Parks. Catherine commenced her career with the Nature Parks in 2009 holding executive roles in finance and operations before becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Catherine brings to the Nature Parks experience in risk management, strategy and financial management from her roles at KPMG Australia and Bupa UK. She enjoys combining these skills with her passion for the environment to achieve positive economic and conservation outcomes for Phillip Island. Catherine holds Board positions at Destination Phillip Island and the Penguin Foundation. She is also a founding committee member of Not In My Workplace.
Chair Development Committee
Greg has a diverse portfolio of experience across corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, with particular skills in infrastructure, regional development, and tourism.
Greg is General Manager – Strategy and Investment at RPS. Greg advises public and private sector clients on the planning, design, operation, and management of built and natural assets. More specifically, Greg has over 26 years of experience in project appraisal, business case development, aviation services, transport and land use advisory, master planning, policy development, change management and business consulting services. As a Phillip Island local, Greg has a passion for Phillip Island and long term, sustainable tourism destination planning.
Michaela has over 30 years' experience as a chartered accountant and tax agent including 20 years as a director in her public accounting practice. Michaela spent 7 years as Treasurer of the Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN) and was formerly the chair of the BCLN Public Fund. As a long-time resident of Bass Coast Shire, with her children all having attended school here she has a keen interest in the region, including the economic benefits that tourism brings.
Michaela has also been a Board Member of the Phillip Island Nature Parks since July 2018 and Chairs the Community and Environment Advisory Committee and as well as the Audit, Risk and Finance Sub-Committee.
Audit Finance Governance Committee
Tony is a lawyer based in Melbourne whose practice focuses on the financing and development of major projects in Australia and overseas, particularly infrastructure, resources and energy projects, as well as corporate and property development finance. He has lived and worked in the UK and the Middle East and has been the chief executive and managing partner of a major Australian law firm. Tony has had a connection to Phillip Island for over 20 years and lived on the Island for over 10 years until this year.
Born in 1950, Fergus grew up on Phillip Island, going to school at Ventnor before completing his secondary education at Scotch College, Melbourne in 1968. After leaving school he commenced a career as a Stock and Station Agent operating in Victoria and New South Wales.
In 1978 Fergus relocated back to Phillip Island to help expand his family farming enterprise.
In 1984, Fergus became a founding shareholder of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit until it was purchased by Linfox Property Group in 2004. Fergus remains the Managing Director of the circuit.
From 2006 to 2009, Fergus was the Australian Representative of Fédération Internationale de
l’Automobile (FIA) and has been a Committee Member of Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) since 1996.
Chairman of Destination Phillip Island in 2014 and 2015. Deputy Chair 2016-
CEO Bass Coast Shire Council
With degrees in Arts, Education and holding a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade, Ali has held executive positions within the Victorian Public Service and Local Government. She is also an accomplished Board Director across the not-for-for profit, community, tourism and health sectors. She is also an accredited executive coach, mediator and alumnus of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
An authentic leader and outstanding communicator, Ali has achieved great outcomes for the boards, communities and organisations she has served. Ali is passionate about developing high performing teams and creating a workplace culture that is innovative, empowered, strategic, trusting and fun.
Before joining Bass Coast Shire Council, Ali’s prior roles within the Local Government sector include Director City Communities at Melbourne City Council and Director of Social and Economic Development at Yarra Ranges Council.