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Board Members

The Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board consists of seven members, appointed on a skills basis. The role of the Board is to manage the operational and business aspects of Mount Hotham.

The inaugural Board officially took over control of the resort as of April 30, 1998. Prior to this all Alpine Resorts were managed collectively under the jurisdiction of The Alpine Resorts Commission.

Board members have a term of up to 3 years and in June 2013, five Board positions were reappointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

Members of the Board

 Maxine Morand (Chairperson)

Maxine brings extensive experience in Government, Not for Profit Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Public Health. She is a former nurse, cancer researcher, Member of the Victorian Parliament and Cabinet Minister, and was Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Network Australia. Maxine is currently Chair of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, teaches in the school of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Maxine has served on the Mt Hotham board for two years and has been a keen skier and visitor to Mt Hotham with her family for over 30 years.


 Andrew Skewes (Deputy Chair) 

Andrew was appointed to the Board in January 2016. He has a wide range of professional work experience, including over 12 years in Government as a Senior Executive at the Commonwealth and State levels, a consultant in his own practice and as a lecturer and Senior Executive in higher education. Andrew is a member of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors and has been a director of companies in the Water and Information Technology sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Commerce (Economics Hons 1st), all from the University of Melbourne. He is a member of Anton Huette Ski Lodge at Mount Hotham.


Michelle Croughan

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. Michelle was the Manager of Alpine Planning for the State Government for a number of years and over the last 15 years has spent considerable periods of time in ski resorts in Australia and Japan with her family. She is currently a consultant providing advice and advocacy about planning policy and strategy. Michelle is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has an Honours Degree in Planning and Design at Melbourne University and a Diploma in Business Management at RMIT. Michelle is also a member of the Victorian Coastal Council. 


Sue Lebish

Sue has over twenty years professional and senior management experience in Local Government, University, Defence and the Banking sectors providing finance, governance, project and risk management roles in Queensland, Canberra and Victoria. She is on the Winton Wetlands Committee of Management, Chair of the Audit Committee for the Alpine Shire, and has held various other Board appointments in Government Owned Corporations and University Research Corporations. Sue has just finished two years on the Board of the Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board. Sue’s formal qualifications include being a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Practising Accountant, a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Commerce, and she is also a Member of the Australian Risk Policy Institute. She is a keen skier who has a strong belief in the commercial, ecological and social value of the Alpine regions to the local and regional communities.  


Peter Valario 

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in commercial, public sector and business roles within the tourism sector and is widely respected for his destination marketing expertise. In his early career he was General Manager for one of Australia’s largest ski tour operators and accommodation providers. He later co-developed and applied destination branding for the Australian Tourist Commission and drove development of a national approach to tourism forecasting across Australia. In 20 years heading Tourism Development Strategy Services, he has helped the Hong Kong Tourism Board reshape their global strategy, redefine the market image of Wollongong, and develop product strategies for the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. He has formal qualification in Economics (B Econ. Syd) and has written and delivered MBA subjects in tourism planning and international tourism marketing. He is married with four children and lives in North Eastern Victoria.


 Anthea Packer

As a local, Ant Packer is a regular visitor to Mt Hotham on foot, bike and skis. She is passionate about regional development and sustainably growing the economic value of the Alpine Resorts to the North East Victorian economy. With qualifications in Commerce, Community Development and Conservation, and nearly two decades of professional experience in public land management, she brings to the leadership team a commitment to ensure a balance between connecting communities with nature, and protection of the unique natural and cultural heritage values, within and adjoining, the Alpine Resorts. 

 


 Helen Moran

Helen Moran is an accomplished Executive Leader, possessing extensive business and commercial knowledge and expertise within the ski resort and tourism industries. Helen has a demonstrated track record of providing tangible results that positively impact on organisational performance. Helen is experienced at initiating strategic change that positively impacts on efficiency and bottom line profitability, without compromising quality of service or standards. Adept at providing leadership throughout an organisation, and recognised as a strategic thinker and leader within the industry, Helen’s past experience on various committees and boards in the Alpine Resort area and generally in tourism allows her to contribute towards the future direction of Victoria’s Alpine Resorts. 


 

Functions of the Board

The functions of the Board, in respect of the alpine resort for which the Board is established under the Alpine Resort (Management) Act 1997 Section 38; are:

  • To act as a Committee of Management of any Crown land deemed to be permanently reserved under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 in the resort.
  • Contribute, together with Tourism Victoria ... and the Council, to the overall promotion of alpine resorts.
  • To develop a tourism and marketing strategy for, and to promote the resort and to collect and expend voluntary contributions from commercial undertakings in the resort for this purpose.
  • To provide services.
  • To provide transport services in the resort.
  • To collect fees prescribed by the regulations for the resort.
  • To attract investment for the improvement for the resort in respect of which the board is established.
  • To carry out any other function conferred on the Board by or under this or any other Act.

Sub Committees

Audit & Risk Sub Committee

 

Remuneration & Human Resource Sub Committee

 

Marketing & Development Sub Committee

 

Consultative Forum

Maxine Morand & Andrew Skewes (co-Chairs), with representatives from the Alpine Shire, Mount Hotham Ski Association (HSA), Mount Hotham Chamber of Commerce, Mount Hotham Skiing Company and Tourism North East (TNE).