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

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Kevin Love (Acting Chair)

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, 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.

 Stephen Davie

Stephen Davie

Stephen Davie is a practising Chartered Accountant on Phillip Island and has extensive governance, community leadership and commercial tourism experience. He is also currently an Executive Board member of the Phillip Island RSL. He has previously been involved in establishing the Cowes Coast Action Group and was Treasurer of Phillip Island Tourism and Business Association for over 10 years. He has expertise in fostering collaborative community relationships that contribute to a sustainable environment. 

Board member from 5 September, 2012.


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.


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Dr Danielle Auldist

Dr Danielle Auldist brings experience in project management, science and governance. As CEO of a Gippsland not-for-profit organisation, she oversaw the delivery of its strategic plan for many years. Its investments included projects that addressed extension, research and capacity building issues including environmental stewardship. Her experience in management is complemented by an agricultural science background and project development skills. Currently she works with a consultancy group conducting assignments for water catchment authorities, local and state governments and primary producers. 

Board member from 5 September, 2015.

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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.

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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.

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Liz Stinson

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.