Ecotourism Australia’s members have elected three new directors and three returning directors to the Ecotourism Australia board, as announced during today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Brisbane and streamed nationally via teleconference. The board has also elected a new deputy chair.
As per Ecotourism Australia’s Constitution, five out of ten directors are required to stand down each year. This year, an additional vacancy meant that six board positions were up for election by Ecotourism Australia’s 500 members.
Newly elected to the board were Noreen Breakey (The University of Queensland; Individual Member), Michael Collins (CRC Consulting; Individual Member) and Rosie Sandover (Kingfisher Tours, Certified Operator).
Together with returning directors Claire Ellis (current chair), Rick Murray (retiring deputy chair) and Wendy Hills, these directors join Alysia Brandenburg, Peter Cochrane, Peter Johnson and Innes Larkin to form Ecotourism Australia’s board of directors for the next twelve months.
Following the AGM, the board elected Claire Ellis as its ongoing chair and Innes Larkin as deputy. Claire Ellis welcomed the new directors and noted that much lies in store for the organisation in the new year.
“The past year has been another tremendous year for our members. We have celebrated our first 20-year Hall of Fame memberships; nearly 25% of all winners at the Australian Tourism Awards were Ecotourism Australia members; more than 20% of all sellers at the Australian Tourism Exchange displayed their ECO certified branding and the significant interest by destinations to become part of the Ecotourism Australia community has been exciting.
“Next year, our focus continues to be on bringing benefits to our members and creating real outcomes through ecotourism. Many exciting opportunities await!”