Our team

Our people

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.

Our Board

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.

Alice Knight OAM – Chair

Alice Knight is a primary producer and director of a 1,700 hectare fine wool pastoral property at Pittong. She is a recipient of an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to the community, Landcare, environment and the Country Fire Authority.

This is her second term on the Corangamite CMA board and was previously a board member for six years from 2000 to 2006. She is also the Beaufort and Skipton Health Service board chairman, where she has been a board member since 1990.

Alice’s passion is Landcare and the Woady Yaloak Catchment Group and she spends many hours working with and encouraging others involvement in landscape change.

Nicholas Renyard

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.

Nicholas has an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture.

Catherine Jenkins

Cath Jenkins and her family own and operate a 250 cow dairy farm in South Purrumbete. Cath has worked with landholders as an Area Manager for Fonterra and as South West Coordinator for the Young Dairy Development Program. She is the current Chair of Camperdown St Patricks School Advisory Council and is a past Treasurer of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.

Cath has a keen interest in the local community and the broader dairy industry and regularly contributes through committees and advisory groups. Cath has an Agricultural Science degree and post graduate qualifications in Professional Writing.

Wayne Weaire

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

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

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

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.