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.
Emily Ellis Operations Manager
Emily first joined the Ecotourism Australia team in 2013 as an intern and returned in June 2014 as Operations Manager. She has over 12 years practical experience working in hospitality and tourism industries around the world and across various departments from front-of-house, food and beverage, to reservations and marketing, to general management. Emily has Bachelor degrees in the fields of communications, business, and international tourism management. Her academic and work experiences have taken her around the globe, with particular industry experience gained in Scotland, Canada, and Samoa.
Contact Emily for any matters related to potential partnerships, certification, workshops, membership, and 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.
Nadine Schramm Program Coordinator
Nadine first joined Ecotourism Australia as and intern in 2017 and returned in January 2018 as Program Administrator. 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 and membership.
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.
Aya Pigdon Vanuatu Project Management
Aya joined the EA team in July 2016 and spent two years as EA's Program Administrator before leaving this position in June 2018 to devote herself to EA's Vanuatu program of work and her external engagement with refugees to Australia. She has spent time as a tour guide along the Western Australian coast and in Kakadu National Park leading 4WD and boat tours through national parks while educating tourists on the local flora and fauna, history and culture. She has also worked and travelled in the Asia-Pacific region, including an 18-month volunteer assignment in Vanuatu as an Ecotourism Development Officer. There, she worked with Government and local communities in the development and implementation of the national Tourism Standards and Accreditation Program. Her academic background in International Development, Australian Indigenous studies and sustainability has contributed to her extensive knowledge and passion for working with and encouraging eco, sustainable and culturally responsible tourism.