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.
Nadine Schramm Membership Coordinator
Nadine first joined Ecotourism Australia as and intern in 2017 and returned in January 2018 as Membership Coordinator. 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 for a year, before returning to Australia permanently.
Contact Nadine for any inquiries regarding Ecotourism Australia’s certification programs, membership or internships.
Lina Cronin Communications and Audit Manager
Lina joined Ecotourism Australia in October 2017 as Communications and Audit Manager, having previously worked for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Flight Centre Travel Group and EarthCheck. She has written articles for Our Planet Travel, has edited international reports on tourism in the Asia Pacific region and received the Australian Young Talent Award at the World Tourism Forum in Switzerland for a research paper on New Zealand’s sustainability commitments.
Lina is passionate about the potential of tourism to create real and lasting change in people’s lives and in the natural environment, and has definitely inherited the travel bug from her two German parents. This combination has given her the opportunity to live and work in Australia, Spain, Norway, Germany, Scotland and Taiwan and do work in China, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.
Contact Lina with any communications, marketing or auditing enquiries.
Eloise Touchot Certification and Policy Manager
Eloise first joined the Ecotourism Australia team in 2018 as an intern and took the Certification and Policy Manager role in 2019. She has a complementary expertise in business development and sustainability with more than seven years’ experience in business, marketing and project management, and academic and professional courses in sustainability and ecotourism. She is delighted to have the opportunity to use her skills to help tourism businesses achieve sustainable outcomes, make a positive impact, solve issues and protect our environment and cultural heritage.
Originally from France, she has found in Brisbane the perfect climate and surrounding nature to enjoy all the outdoor activities she loves. Eloise spends most of her weekends hiking, scuba diving and playing soccer.
Alyssa Sanders Programs Manager
Alyssa has recently 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 will be managing a variety of programs including Ecotourism Destination Certification.
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.
Younghee Choi Deputy Director, Ministry of Environment of South Korea (On secondment)
Younghee joined the Ecotourism Australia team in 2018 for an 18-month secondment from the South Korean Ministry of Environment. With extensive professional experience in the areas of environmental impact assessment and related policy, national park policy, ecological research policy, geoparks policy, legal affairs and regulations reform policy, ecosystem services policy, water quality management policy and climate change and green growth policy, Younghee brings new perspectives to the team and is a great asset to our programs. During her time at Ecotourism Australia, Younghee is learning about Australia’s ecotourism activities and policies, including its influence on employment, economic development, biodiversity and the tourism industry as a whole, in order to provide meaningful contributions to South Korea’s ecotourism policies. Younghee loves Australia because of the way Australians respect mother nature and because of our multiculturalism.