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 Lisa Neville - Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water

Our Board

 Jeffrey Floyd

Jeffrey Floyd (Chair)

Jeffrey Floyd is the CEO of Strategic Advisory and Facilitation Services Pty Ltd, a management and risk consulting business. He is an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University and has had a distinguished career as a CEO in both public and private sectors; including extensive experience in environmental management and tourism. As the former CEO of both Parks Victoria and Tourism Victoria, Jeffrey understands the critical need to pursue tourism business within a framework of environmental excellence and community consultation.

Board member from 21 July, 2010.

 Stella Axarlis

Stella Axarlis AM

Stella has extensive Board and business experience and is a strong advocate for the community and organisational excellence underpinned by good governance. In November 2011 Stella Axarlis was awarded the inaugural preeminent Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to an individual who has an established history of distinguished service and who has made a lasting contribution to Vocational Education and Training.

Board member from 17 July, 2003.


Dr Catherin Bull AM

Catherin brings expertise in landscape, architecture, design and planning to the Board. She is Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at The University of Melbourne and as an advocate for better development and spatial management, she advises governments and industry nationally on open space and urban design matters, chairing reviews and serving on juries. 

Board member from 5 September, 2009.

Stephen Davie

Stephen Davie

Stephen Davie lives in Cowes and his four children were also raised and attended schools on Phillip Island. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and has operated his own accountancy practice on Phillip Island for the past 26 years. He also established and ran several tourism businesses on Phillip Island and was on the committee of the Phillip Island Tourism and Business Association Inc for over 10 years. Stephen helped form the Cowes Coast Action Group Inc and has been involved with other local groups. He is currently on the committees for the Phillip Island Homes for the Aged and the Phillip Island RSL.

Board member from 5 September, 2012.

 Alan Gostelow

Alan Gostelow

Alan Gostelow is the Chairman of Inverloch and District Financial Enterprises Ltd. A former army officer, he holds graduate diplomas in both Business and Health Administration. He also holds a company Director's Diploma and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the CEO Institute. Alan has broad ranging experience as a senior manager across a variety of organisations and industry sectors and has also undertaken a number of consultancy assignments on issues such as human resource management, business growth and policy development.

Board member from 5 September, 2012.

 Andrew Paxton

Andrew Paxton

Andrew brings extensive experience and qualifications in Landscape Architecture, Business and organisation leadership. His MBA thesis explored the application of triple bottom line principles to park management. Andrew is currently the Director of Planning, Building & Health at Yarra Ranges Council and 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

Mr 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. Mr Love also worked with the Department of Premier and Cabinet as the executive with principal responsibility for advising Premiers Kennett and Bracks on policies, programs, institutional reform 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 management policy.  

Board member from 9 August, 2013.