The Victorian Coastal Council consists of up to ten skill-based members who are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister.
The membership of the Victorian Coastal Council includes the Chairs of the Central, Gippsland and Western Regional Coastal Boards. These appointments strengthen links between the Council and Regional Coastal Boards.
Dr Anthony BoxshallMember
Belinda Ainley was appointed to the Victorian Coastal Council in September 2015. Belinda has worked in coastal and environmental management for 18 years in state and local Government and in private industry. She is currently working all over Victoria as a coastal and environmental planning consultant in her own boutique consulting business. Belinda has a Masters in Environmental Planning (RMIT) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Parks, Recreation and Heritage (CSU). Belinda enjoys open water swimming and sea-kayaking.
Dr Anthony Boxshall is a marine ecologist by trade who has worked in Australia and the USA across Government, academia and private industry. He is the Founder & Principal of Science into Action, using leadership, innovation and science communication to turn great science into greater actions.
A former National President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA – the largest learned society for professional marine scientists in Australia), he has worked at UC Santa Cruz USA, Deakin University, and is on a number of innovation Boards. He is the current Group Manager, Applied Sciences at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria. He is a problem solver and strategist.
As a hobby he communicates the wonders of the marine environment to a broad audience through the award-winning “Radio Marinara” on 3RRR-FM in Melbourne.
He is a dad to 4 children who continually amaze, inspire, frustrate and leave him in awe of the potential of the future… and hence more determined to leave a positive coastal and marine legacy.
Michelle Croughan was appointed to the Victorian Coastal Council in September 2015. Michelle has worked in local and State government as a planner, with a particular focus on the management of the planning system, for over 20 years. She is currently a consultant to the Municipal Association of Victoria and works in planning and building policy. Michelle is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has an Honours Degree in Planning and Design at Melbourne University and a Diploma in Business Management at RMIT. Michelle is a member of her local 3206 Beach Patrol.
Cr Dick EllisMember and Chair Gippsland Coastal Board
Stacey is an engineering and business professional who has worked in the
public, private and not-for-profit sectors including local government, industry and consulting. Her experience spans environmental management, urban and township planning, property, infrastructure and mining. Stacey is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently a Director of the Falls Creek Alpine Resorts Management Board and also a former Board Member of Local Government Professionals Victoria. Stacey and her family enjoy many of the activities offered by the coast including boating, sailing and the beach.
Robert Gell AMMember
Cr. Dick Ellis of the Shire of East Gippsland is a long term resident of Lakes Entrance. He has a diverse background in public administration and business. Amongst his membership of a number of Gippsland wide public boards and committees associated with the Coast is his position as Chair of the Gippsland Coastal Board and the Gippsland Waste & Resource Recovery Group. Dick maintains a long engagement with community organisations and is President of his local Surf Life Saving Club. Dick is also a committee member of the Australian Coastal Councils Association.
Ross KilbornMember and Chair Central Coastal Board
Rob Gell is a coastal geomorphologist by training; he taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at tertiary level, then for thirty years presented television weather. In his professional life he works as an environmental and communications consultant and is a Director of Bhive Group Pty Ltd. He is a company director, a published author and photographer.
Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He has been a local government councillor and was a councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He was the Environment Ambassador to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, a director of Greening Australia for thirteen years and Chairman of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere for a decade. He is also the Patron of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, Wildlife Victoria, Life Education Victoria, has been made a Life Ambassador for Australia Day and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014.
Cr Jill ParkerMember and Chair Western Coastal Board
Ross was reappointed to the VCC and Chair of the Central Coastal Board in September 2015. His business background has been in senior management roles, with an emphasis on strategy, business development and governance. He has a broad background in community affairs and extensive experience in recreational use of the coast, both as a participant, and from a policy perspective. He was Chief Executive Officer of Yachting Victoria, and a board member of Bicycle Network Victoria.
Jill holds degrees in Agricultural Science and Education from the University of Melbourne and was a teacher for 20+ years, specialising in biology, chemistry and agricultural science at senior secondary level. Jill is currently a Councillor at Moyne Shire. As well as involvement in other committees and boards, Jill chairs the Moyne Shire Conservation and Environment Committee, and is a committee member of the Australian Coastal Councils Association.
David is a Senior Principal of Cardno with more than 30 years' experience in consulting in coastal oceanography. He is a member of the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Engineers Australia and a part-time Research Professor in the Centre for Ocean Engineering, Science and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology. His experience includes the analysis of measured data and numerical modelling in oceanography and marine meteorology. He has carried out significant studies in coastal hazard assessments and climate change impacts.