Our Board

Patrick Carson


Patrick has been working in the construction industry for over 30 years, commencing in commercial Interior Design in Sydney and London, before relocating to East Gippsland to commence at Slap Architects in 2010. Working primarily in the commercial sector and specialising in Hospital/health ... read more

Andrea Brown

Deputy Chair

After thirty years in the finance sector with personal focus on private label corporate vendor relationships, it was time for a change for both career and location. Moved to East Gippsland to create Lakes Entrance Helicopters and restore a property in Eagle Point now named La Riva. I am a ... read more

Chris Banson


Managing Director of Saltwater Hotels & Resorts. Saltwater is a family owned, second-generation specialist hotel and resort management company with over 1400 keys under management. Over 300 of which are in East Gippsland. Saltwater employs more than 500 employees.

Chris grew up in ... read more

Fiona Forsyth


In 2020, Fiona relocated to Toorloo Arm and took on the role as co-owner of Bathtime Bathrooms, a venture initially rooted in Melbourne’s Southeast and now expanding into the heart of East Gippsland. Additionally, she is Director of The Cure Coaching, and Casey Creek Retreat, ventures injecting ... read more

Courtney Campbell

Courtney has over 15 years experience as a recognised professional in the planning and building environment, working in all sectors of the industry from Local Government, Corporate Planning to Private Consultancy. As the founding Director of Development Solutions Victoria, Courtney has extensive ... read more

Chris Martin

Having worked at King & Heath for over 35 Years, Chris has developed a strong and loyal client base. Over the years he has worked in all facets of the business from property management, residential sales and now specialises in commercial sales and is also the Managing Director of King & ... read more

Lyn Wallace

Having worked in the marketing-design industry for most of Lyn’s working life, her passion and skill set has not waned; so the opportunity to be a Director on the East Gippsland Marketing Inc Board was very fitting. Lyn joined the board in 2017, after doing a sea-change to East Gippsland seven ... read more

Tamara Cook

Tamara Cook moved to East Gippsland with her family 16 years ago and brings with her a background in tourism and marketing. Having owned and operated Bulls Cruisers and currently Captains Cove resort Paynesville, she is passionate about promoting the Gippsland region in a way that is sustainable ... read more

Ally Anderson

Ally moved here as a child in 1977 and is now married with four children, three grandchildren. After 20 years in retail moved to a career in finance, currently works part-time as an office admin as well as her own bookkeeping/BAS agent business.

Ally is an active member of community ... read more

Vanessa Medling

After a long career in leadership within the Australian Government, Vanessa started Inspiring Success in 2015, a successful leadership coaching business consulting to many local businesses across East Gippsland. In 2021 Vanessa became the co-Director of Business Together. As a coach, mentor, ... read more

Joe Rettino

Joe is a director and deputy Chair of the East Gippsland Community Foundation Ltd and is currently a Coordination and Planning Officer (CPO) for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Previously Joe was a partnership/engagement broker for TAFE Gippsland and also a former ... read more

Danny McDonald

Danny is a senior executive leader with extensive experience in corporate affairs, marketing, economic development and stakeholder relations across all levels of government and the private sector.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute; former state vice president of the ... read more

Tim Biles

Tim has holidayed and more recently permanently relocated to Metung. As a Town Planner, he has since worked on projects in East Gippsland such as Bairnsdale Urban Design Framework, Bairnsdale, Paterson's Park, Metung and the Lakes Entrance Footbridge and Esplanade. He was recently elected to the ... read more

Paul Scambler

Paul joined the board in 2021 after moving to East Gippsland. Having spent 33 years at American Express Travel he comes with a strategic mindset, analytics, operations and enthusiasm to support East Gippsland in his new adventure. Currently lives in Paynesville but is waiting to build in ... read more