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Board

Visit Victoria is governed by a Board of Directors that represent the diversity of industries that make up the visitor economy. The main role of the Board is to ensure the organisation performs against the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy introduced in July 2016 by the Victorian Government. 

Janet Whiting AM, Chair

Janet is head of Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations practice in Melbourne.

Janet is recognised as one of the pre-eminent commercial litigators in Australia. Janet’s client portfolio includes global corporations, ASX top 50, governments and regulators.  

Janet is the current President of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, the first woman to hold the position in the Gallery’s 158 year history.  In 2015, Janet was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the community through the arts, health and major events sectors and as a legal professional and was inducted onto the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women by the Premier of Victoria.  Janet was named one of Australia’s 10 Most Influential Women in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015 and won the category for Culture.  Janet was previously named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women in the Westpac Banking Corporation and Australian Financial Review ‘100 Women of Influence Awards 2012 in the category of Boards and Management. 

Janet is currently on the Council of Newman College, The University of Melbourne and is Patron of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Janet’s previous appointments include Deputy Chair, Victorian Major Events Company, Director of National Australia Day Council, Bell Shakespeare Company, Tourism Australia and President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Lyell Strambi, Deputy Chair

Lyell Strambi is the Deputy Chair of Visit Victoria. Mr 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.

Chris Barlow

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 Crinis

Peter Crinis is a board member of Tourism Accommodation Australia 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. 

Helen Moran

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

Sara Quon is the Chief Executive Officer of The Sovereign Hill Museums Association and a strategic marketing professional with two decades experience across tourism, major events and fast-moving consumer goods. Sara's previous roles include Group CEO of Beechworth Honey, 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.

Wai Tang

Wai Tang holds non-executive directorship at the Vicinity Centres Limited, JB HiFi Limited, PMP Limited and Melbourne Festival Limited.

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.

Lewis Martin

Lewis Martin first joined Seven Network as a Sales Executive in 1994. Mr Martin was appointed Managing Director of Seven Melbourne in 2008. He leads the day to day running of Seven Melbourne, and plays a critical role leading sports rights negotiations and broadcast management for the AFL, Horse Racing and Tennis.

Mr Martin is a Board member of the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal, a Director of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, a Director of the Cure for MND Foundation and an advisor to Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Martin is a Board member of Racing.com and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Deborah Beale AM

Deborah Beale began her working career in the finance industry where she was employed by Merrill Lynch for over a decade. She then moved to Ernst & Young where she specialised in governance and risk management.

Ms Beale is currently Chair of Hyperion Asset Management Limiter, Hyperion Holdings Limited and Federation Square. She also holds director positions at Western Chances NFP, The Production Company NFP, Pinnacle Investment Management Limited and the Victorian Ports Corporation Limited.