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Board Members

Dr Peter Veenker (Chair)

Dr Veenker is a self-employed strategy, finance and business consultant and was previously Chief Executive of the Canberra Institute of Technology. Dr Veenker has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Master of Education Studies (Management), Diploma of Business Studies and holds a range of certificates and numerous fellows and awards. He is the current chair  of the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee.


Mr Bill Bulmer

Mr Bulmer is a self-employed vegetable grower, chair of the Mitchell River Catchment and Agricultural Business Association and member of the Lindenow Valley Water Security Project. He is also the current Chair of Ausveg.


Ms Jennifer Fraser

Ms Fraser is a self-employed consultant with a strong history of senior management roles for the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Ms Fraser has a Bachelor of Arts (Hon), Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Laws, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 


Ms Frances MacLennan

Ms MacLennan is the former Strategy and Partnerships Regional Manager at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP. Ms MacLennan has a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Applied Science (Systems & Social Ecology), Diploma of Education, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ms Claire Miller

Ms Miller is a public policy, strategic engagement and communications consultant specialising in water, climate change, energy and environment. She has previously worked in agriculture as the Manager Policy Strategy at Dairy Australia; as a senior Victorian ministerial water policy adviser; and, a journalist with The Age newspaper for more than 20 years. Ms Miller has a Fellowship in American Studies and a Masters in Environmental Studies.


Mr Ewan Waller

Mr Waller was previously the Chief Fire Officer for Victorian public land management fire agencies, with past forestry and fire related roles. Mr Waller has a Masters degree in Rural and Regional Planning. 


Ms Glenys Watts

Ms Glenys Watts is a Gunaikurnai woman. She is a member of GLaWAC, Ngwala Willumbong and Willum Warrain Aboriginal associations and a member of the Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Working Party. She is employed as the Team Leader of Aboriginal Support & Development with the Mornington Peninsula Shire.


Dr Nicola Watts

Dr Nicola Watts has worked in the education, natural resource management, telecoms and food sectors. Her career has included more than a decade as an international management and development consultant in more than twenty countries.

Nicola now has her own niche consulting business directed towards managing a range of innovative projects on the behalf of the East Gippsland Food Cluster Inc.

Nicola is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She is also a member of the Gippsland Ports Board.


Ms Christine Wrench

Christine is currently an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Gippsland Ports and East Gippsland Shire Council Audit Committee.  

Since February 2015 she has been an external member of the Communication and Engagement Committee, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.  Christine has had extensive experience in public land management across three states in the areas of nature based tourism, strategic planning, cultural heritage, business management, community engagement and partnerships as well as fire rehabilitation.

Her background includes appointments as board support for Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd., marketing committee member Destination Gippsland, casual relief teacher East Gippsland Specialist School, consultant with Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative, senior project officer Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board, landscape planner for Ngootyoong Gunditj, Ngootyoong Mara South West Management Plan, Manager Commercial Operations Kangaroo Island.




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