The Visit Victoria Board brings together a broad range of people with skills and experience that represent the diversity of industries that make up the visitor economy.
Sir Rod Eddington AO, Chair
Sir Rod is the inaugural Chair of the Visit Victoria Board, non-executive Chairman (Australia & New Zealand) of J.P. Morgan and non-executive Chairman of Lion.
Sir Rod was educated as an engineer at the University of Western Australia and then at Oxford University as Western Australia's 1974 Rhodes Scholar. His career began in transport and aviation and went on to become CEO of Cathay Pacific, Ansett Airlines and British Airways before retiring in late 2005 and returning to Australia. In addition to maintaining non-executive directorships with 21st Century Fox, China Light & Power Holdings and John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd, Sir Rod also serves as a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and is President of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee.
Paul Little AO, Deputy Chair
Paul Little is the inaugural Deputy Chair of the Visit Victoria Board, founder and chairman of the Little Group.
From 1986 to 2011, he was the Managing Director of Toll Holdings and oversaw the Toll Group's rise to become Asia's pre-eminent provider of logistics services.
Paul has received a Doctor of Business honoris causa from RMIT University and has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia, for service to the development of the transport and logistics industries, and for service to the community through philanthropic support of sporting and medical research organisations.
Paul is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is also a Director of Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) and a former Chairman of the Essendon Football Club.
Chris Barlow is a non-executive Director of the Australian Rail Track Corporation, Chairman Northern Territory Airports (Darwin and Alice Springs) and the Chair of the Melbourne Convention Bureau.
In his executive career he was Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director - Australian Pacific Airports Corporation (operators of Melbourne & Launceston Airports); and Developmental Director of BAA plc. in the United Kingdom. Chris has also worked in North America and is a Chartered Civil Engineer.
Peter Burnett AM
Peter Burnett is the National President of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA), the Victorian President of AHA covering a period of 20 years, Chairman of the Australian Gaming Council and Chairman of the EJ Whitten Foundation.
Born in Melbourne and educated at Scotch College, Peter's hospitality experience spans 49 years, having owned hotels in Victoria and South Australia. Since 1980 Peter has owned and operated the Lord of the Isles Tavern in Geelong.
Peter is a former director of Tourism Australia and the Geelong Football Club and remains a life member with the Geelong Football Club.
Peter Crinis is a board member of Tourism Accommodation Australia, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and currently the Chief Operating Officer for Crown Hotels and Food & Beverage.
With over 25 years of experience, Peter currently oversees the eight hotels in the Crown Hotels group, the food & beverage offering at Crown Melbourne and the retail offering at Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth. This makes Peter responsible for one of the largest pieces of tourism infrastructure in Australia.
Louise Higgins is the current Chief Operating Officer for NOVA Entertainment.
Louise has over 16 years' experience in a variety of senior business roles including four years as Associate Director at Macquarie Bank and eight years at the BBC, her final role as Head of Finance for BBC Radio London.
Louise joined NOVA Entertainment as Chief Financial Officer in late 2010 and 18 months later took on the additional role of Group General Manager. Louise has since relocated to Melbourne with direct management of Nova 100 and smooth 91.5FM radio stations.
Helen Moran is an experienced board and committee member and is well recognised as a strategic thinker and leader within the industry.
Helen possesses extensive business commercial knowledge and expertise within the ski resort and tourism industry. In addition, Helen has a track record of providing tangible results that positively impact on organisational performance and bottom line profitability, without compromising the quality of service or standards.
Sara Quon is the Group Chief Executive Officer at Beechworth Honey and a strategic marketing professional with two decades experience across tourism, major events and fast moving consumer goods. Sara's previous roles include the inaugural CEO of Tourism North East Regional Tourism Board, Marketing Director and CEO of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Sara has held a variety of board and committee positions with Outdoors Victoria, Australian Alps National Landscapes, HotHouse Theatre, Victorian Food and Wine Tourism Council and the City of Melbourne Hospitality Advisory Committee. Sara has worked in South East Asia, Japan, the US and New Zealand.
Gerry Ryan OAM
Gerry Ryan is a Melbourne-based businessman and entrepreneur with diverse interests in manufacturing, entertainment, wine, hospitality, property and sport in Australia and overseas.
Gerry's awards include the Honour Roll of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame, the Australian Olympic Committee Order of Merit and the Victorian Caravan Industry Hall of Fame.
Lyell Strambi was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) in September 2015. He is responsible for the operation and development of both Melbourne and Launceston airports and is responsible for overseeing a direct workforce of 300 staff and assets valued at over $5 billion.
Lyell has a wealth of experience in the aviation sector both in Australia and abroad spanning 40 years. Previously, Lyell was Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Airways Domestic after commencing as the airline's Group Executive of Operations. Based in London between 2001 and 2008 Lyell held similar roles with Virgin Atlantic including six years as Chief Operating Officer.
Wai Tang holds non-executive directorship at the Vicinity Centers Ltd, JB HiFi Ltd, kikki.K Pty Ltd and Melbourne Festival Ltd.
Wai has extensive retail industry experience and knowledge gained through senior executive and board roles. Her former senior executive roles include Operations Director for Just Group and Chief Executive Officer of the Just Group sleepwear business, Peter Alexander. Prior to joining Just Group, she was General Manager of Business Development for Pacific Brands and was also co-founder of the Happy Lab retail confectionery concept.
Janet Whiting AM
Janet Whiting's current appointments include President of the Council of Trustees, National Gallery of Victoria; Director, Gilbert + Tobin; Director, Bell Shakespeare Company; Director, National Australia Day Council; Council Member, Newman College, University of Melbourne and Patron, and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
In 2015 Janet was named one of Australia's 10 Most Influential Women in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence Awards winning the Culture category. She has been inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and received an Order of Australia for her significant service to the community covering contributions to the arts, health and major events sectors and as a legal professional.
Janet was previously Deputy Chair of the Victorian Major Events Company.