The organisation is divided into five teams:
Community and Catchment Services – Land and catchment health grants and incentives, volunteer training and support, state and federal Landcare programs, citizen science, management of the Barwon through Geelong, waterway assets and infrastructure
Planning and Strategy Services– Floodplain advice, Works on Waterways applications, water for the environment, management of artificial estuary openings, planning, strategy development, evaluation and reporting
Communications and Community Engagement – Media, communications, community engagement and Indigenous participation support
People and Culture – Human resources, workplace health and safety, culture development
Business and Governance Services – Governance support, finances, facilities and assets, information technology, procurement, compliance.
Eight community board members oversee the governance of the authority and are appointed by the Victorian Government for a fixed term. Board members provide a two-way link between Corangamite CMA and the community, ensuring we remain in touch with regional people and their needs.
Catherine Jenkins – Chair
Cath Jenkins and her family live on their farm in South Purrumbete where they operate a free-range egg business and livestock operation. Cath also works as an independent agribusiness consultant. Previously Cath has worked in roles as an Agribusiness manager with ANZ and as an Area Manager with Fonterra, where she worked closely with farming clients in the Colac and Cobden districts.
Cath was previously the chair of the Dairy Industry Leadership Group and past treasurer of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West. Cath has an Agricultural Science degree and postgraduate qualifications in professional writing. She is also a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Cath and her husband Adam have four school-age children.
Nicholas Renyard operates a 400-hectare, 550-cow dairy farm with his family near Timboon. He has served as a director of DemoDairy for three years, eight years as a United Dairyfarmers of Victoria Central Councillor and five years as an Australian Dairy Farmers Limited director. He has served on numerous committees particularly relating to animal health, animal welfare and farm systems in the dairy industry.
Wayne Weaire has over 20 years’ experience as a primary producer and irrigator as well as senior executive experience in government and private health sectors.
Wayne is a graduate of the Company Director’s Course with Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cathy Phelps brings over 14 years’ experience in the leadership and management of agricultural sector research, development and extension programs in the areas of natural resource management and dairy.
Cathy holds a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.
Dr Fiona Cumming
Dr Fiona Cumming grew up on a sheep farm at Timboon and has held senior positions in food and therapeutic good regulation. Fiona was chair of the Surf Coast Shire Health and Wellbeing Committee from 2010 to 2013 and Chair of the Surf Coast and Inland Plains Landcare Network Inc from 2013 to 2016. She is a member of the Otway Agroforestry Network and completed their Master Tree Growers course in 2013. In 2015 she received a Corangamite Landcare Recognition Award.
Fiona owns three farms outside Geelong, two of which adjoin the iconic Thompsons Creek, and is a qualified pilot.
Lia Sarto manages a farming operation at Derrinallum where she runs a cattle, sheep and cropping enterprise. Lia has had a successful career in the private sector in marketing, scenario planning, government relations and climate policy, and has a Bachelor of Engineering (Communications) and a Master of Business Administration.
Ken Latta has had a long and distinguished career in the Victorian public service, including executive roles in the Department of Education and Victoria Police, and CEO and Chief Officer of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board. Ken was awarded a Public Service Medal for services to leadership and reforms in the fields of Victoria Education and Police, and a Doctor of the University (Honoris causa) from Victoria University.
Ken has served on 13 boards and councils and was Chair of Harness Racing Victoria. Ken has a Diploma of Agricultural Science, a Trained Technical Teacher’s Certificate, a Bachelor of Science (Hons), a Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration and a Master of Business Administration.
Michael currently provides consultancy services supporting government & private business in ensuring the highest standard of governance is present in all organisational activities. Michael is passionate in ensuring State owned utilities are focused on delivering strong governance, financial sustainability, matched with customer service and environmental management.
Over the past 25 years, Michael has held several senior management positions within government business enterprises responsible for providing essential services for a significant part of Victoria’s community. Following 10 years with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria/Powercor, Michael joined Barwon Water where he held senior positions as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for 25 years.