Meet the team behind the scenes:
Rod Hillman Chief Executive
Rod has a life-long involvement in tourism, protected areas management and education with lengthy stints as a tour operator, National Park Manager and teacher all over Australia, and many years overseas. He has been involved with Ecotourism Australia since 2001 when he was elected as a Board member (then Deputy Chair) for six years where he created the ‘Tourism in Protected Areas Forum’ (TAPAF) and managed the Annual Conference program. After four years in Papua New Guinea, managing the Kokoda Track, he returned to Ecotourism Australia as its Chief Executive.
View his Linkedin here.
Fay Dawson Accounts Manager
Fay is the Accounts Manager for Ecotourism Australia and has worked in accounts for the past 10 years. She very much enjoys being part of the team, and will be only too happy to assist you should you have any queries with regards to your invoice.
Nadine Schramm Certification Manager
Nadine first joined Ecotourism Australia in 2018 as Membership Coordinator and assisted hundreds of tourism businesses on their sustainability journey as EA's application coach. Since 2021, Nadine manages EA’s business certifications including ECO, Climate Action and Respecting Our Culture (ROC) as well as the audit and compliance program.
After completing her education in Germany, she travelled extensively around Australia, where she developed a passion for the country’s incredible nature and its rich cultural heritage. Nadine’s academic background in tourism management with a major in international sustainable tourism previously took her to London, where she worked for a leading tour operator, before returning to Australia permanently.
Nadine feels inspired by creating positive change together with ecotourism businesses and witnessing the impact they have on the environment and local communities. She truly believes that everyone can make a difference no matter how small the actions.
Lina Cronin Communications and Marketing Manager
[Note: Lina currently works 3 days/week - Tuesdays, Wednesdays/Thursdays (half days) and Fridays.]
Lina is a passionate advocate for tourism’s potential to be a catalyst for positive change. With experience working in both the public and private sector, as well as academia, she brings a broad understanding of the complexities of the tourism industry as well as a unique skillset particularly in the areas of communications, marketing and event management. Internationally awarded for her writing on sustainable tourism and with experience working across nine countries, Lina’s career highlights to date have been speechwriting for the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); collaborating on a book highlighting the transformative power of tourism to subsistence farmers in South East Asia; and bringing to life the stories of Australia’s best ecotourism operators through her Masters research on storytelling as a tool for changing visitor perceptions.
Contact Lina with any communications, marketing or media enquiries: email@example.com
Alyssa Sanders Programs Manager
Alyssa moved from South Australia to join the Ecotourism Australia team as Programs Manager.
Alyssa’s passion for the tourism industry has stemmed from her travels throughout the Australian outback and abroad. She believes that tourism can educate and increase understanding among visitors and locals whilst fostering value of the surrounding environment. Alyssa’s academic background includes two degrees: Business Marketing and Tourism & Event Management. Since graduating Alyssa has worked within local government visitor services in the Barossa tourist region and held a position as chair of SA Young ATEC, building professional connections and extensive industry knowledge. When not at work, Alyssa enjoys many outdoor activities, sport, meeting new people from all corners of the globe, and practising her basic conversational Spanish skills.
Alyssa manages a variety of programs including the ECO Destination Certification.
Shea Wittig Membership Coordinator
Living in Australia, the UK and the Middle East has inspired Shea’s actions to reflect those of a global citizen. She is passionate about building relationships and supporting the tourism industry to move towards a more sustainable future. She believes ecotourism operators are well placed to have a lasting and positive impact on their local communities and is thrilled to be involved with such an exciting and influential industry.
Shea first joined Ecotourism as an intern in the beginning of 2020 after completing a Sustainable Environment & Planning qualification. She returned at the end of 2020 as a Certification Data Entry Officer assigned to the task of uploading operators onto our new online portal before moving into the Membership Coordinator role.
Contact Shea for any enquires regarding Ecotourism Australia’s certification programs, memberships or internships.
Shannon Scullion Certification Coordinator
Shannon first joined Ecotourism Australia as an intern in 2018 while completing two degrees at the University of Queensland: Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Geography. Since then she has recently joined the Ecotourism Australia team as a Certification Coordinator and completed a Master of Environmental Management. She has also stayed busy volunteering for BirdLife Australia and Queensland Conservation Council, as well as undergoing a work placement with the World Wildlife Fund for academic research.
Shannon's passion for the environment, conservation of the natural world and ecotourism stems from a lifetime of travel. Born in South Africa, and having travelled to over 30 countries, Shannon aims to make a difference in the way we travel and treat the planet and couldn't be happier with her position at Ecotourism Australia. In her free time, she can be found birdwatching and watching David Attenborough documentaries.