Our Partnership comprises business and community members from across the Great South Coast who care passionately about the future of our region.
They are joined on the Partnership by the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of our Local Government Areas, as well as a representative of Regional Development Australia (ensuring Commonwealth involvement with the Partnership) and a representative from the Victorian Government.
Lisa Dwyer – Chair
A Partner of Kangertong Farming Pty Ltd, Lisa is responsible for the operation of a dairy/beef enterprise with a focus on business management, growth development and animal wellbeing. She is an experienced non-executive director serving with Murray Goulburn Cooperative Co (from October 2016) including as a former member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, Chairman of the Human Resources Committee and member of the Supplier Relations Committee. Lisa was also a non-executive director of Dairy Australia and the Australian Livestock Export Corporation Limited and Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Remuneration Committee. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture, Graduate Certificate of Australian Rural Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness.
Stephen Lucas – Acting Deputy Chair
Stephen has a breadth of experience in the transport and emergency services sector having been the president of Bus Association Victoria, a helicopter pilot in the Australian Army and a chair of Westvic Helicopter Rescue Services Inc. Stephen has owned and operated bus businesses throughout Australia and is the Managing Director of Warrnambool Bus Lines.
A mentor with the Deakin Access and Equity Program, Cassandra is passionate about championing youth voices, advocating for diversity and strengthening local communities. Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology and Gender Studies and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) and a certificate IV in Mental Health.
Anne is an Executive Officer for Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the Education sector, having worked as a teacher, trainer and consultant curriculum writer, as well as an executive officer in a number of Local Learning and Employment Networks.
Jacinta has qualifications in Social Work, Social Policy, governance and quality assurance and brings experience in sexual assault advocacy, primary health reform and public sector governance to the Partnership. She is currently the Board Chair at Wannon Water and a Board Member at South West TAFE. She has previously served as Councillor for Warrnambool City Council, including two years as Mayor.
Stephen has worked in the engineering industry for 37 years and since 1990 he has been the General Manager of Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland which employs over 400 staff. Stephen expanded its operations to include sustainable energy and has been in promoting the wind energy industry and actively lobbies government to ensure its growth in the Great South Coast and Victoria.
Regional Development Australia representatives
Bruce has extensive committee experience, having chaired the Regional Development Barwon South West Committee since its inception in 2009. His time in local government spans over 42 years, including serving as CEO of Warrnambool City Council (2008 – 2019).
Bruce has also been a member of the Deakin University Leadership Group, South West Sustainability Partnership, State Government Regional Transport Advisory Group, Regional Cities Victoria Group, and the Warrnambool Community Leaders Group.
With a keen understanding of the issues driving coastal cities as well as the challenges facing rural economies, Bruce is looking forward to helping implement the Geelong and Barwon Economic Futures plans. These focus on energy, agriculture, aquaculture, advanced manufacturing and materials and tourism, with growing population and skills an essential element to delivering the outcomes.
During his career, key wins include working with Commonwealth government and industry to establish the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) for the Great South Coast region and establishing the need to upgrade the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, resulting in $108 million for the enhancements as part of the Geelong City Deal.
Anita Ranks brings a wealth of experience in business, industry and health services to the RDA table.
In 2012, she was elected to Glenelg Shire Council, where she has held the title of Mayor for four consecutive years.
Not only does she represent the RDA on the Great South Coast Regional Partnership, she also holds Directorships with Portland District Health, Active Health Portland, The Committee for Portland and Great Ocean Road Regional Marketing.
In addition, she chairs the Community Advisory Committee for Portland District Health, Headspace Portland, the Great South Coast Suicide Prevention Taskforce and the Rail Freight Alliance and has been been Executive Officer at Portland YMCA for the past decade.
Anita has lived and worked for 20 years in the Great South Coast Region, as well as spending 10 years in Ballarat and 20 years in Bendigo. She is well versed in how to make rural and regional Victoria an attractive place to do business, and understands the importance of promoting manufacturing, digital connectivity, mental health strategies plus food and fibre in regional communities.
As well as being the inaugural General Manager of Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board, Liz is Chair and Director of Great Southern Touring Route and a Member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council Destination Policy Committee.
A natural leader, her previous titles include General Manager Australia at Club Tourism Publishing, CEO of Destination Melbourne and a Board Member of Western Melbourne Tourism.
Liz began work with the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board in 2014 and moved to the region in 2015. Although based in Torquay, her role enables her to traverse the region in its entirety.
Her strength lies in deep tourism and business events experience, having worked in that realm for three decades. Career highlights include establishing Destination Melbourne as the regional tourism association for Melbourne in 2001 and managing the merger of AAA Tourism and AA Travel in New Zealand.
Armed with a Masters of Marketing and Masters of Business Administration, and with extensive networks across the region and through the state and national tourism sector, Liz is keen to support the development of a more sustainable region across key industry sectors.
Victorian Government representative
David Latina – Deputy Secretary, Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Local government CEOs
Peter Schneider – CEO, Warrnambool City Council
Prior to starting at Warrnambool Mr Schneider was the Chief Executive Officer of the Perth-based Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council which provided waste management, resource recovery, environmental management and regional development services for its six member councils.
Brett Davis – Acting CEO, Moyne Shire Council
Andrew Mason – CEO, Corangamite Shire Council
Andrew Mason is Chief Executive Officer of Corangamite Shire Council. Prior to his appointment in September 2010, Andrew was Corangamite Shire’s Director Sustainable Development for two years. Andrew has extensive experience as a planning consultant and has held senior management positions in both the State and local government sectors. Andrew works actively with private and government stakeholders as a member of many external committees. Andrew holds a BA (Planning) and MBA.
Greg Burgoyne – CEO, Glenelg Shire Council
Greg Burgoyne brings strong financial management expertise to the Glenelg Shire Council in his role as Chief Executive Officer. Greg’s extensive work history includes appointments to Boards and Audit Committees, balanced with well-honed commercial skills. He has held directorships with a number of Shell Companies, the Australian Tax Office and the NSW Police Force. Greg holds three Masters degrees, in accounting, in business (corporate law) and in professional ethics, as well as a Graduate Diploma in taxation. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.