Meet the Board
AGIT (Diploma of Commerce) CPA.
Wayne Kayler-Thomson provides professional services as a strategic business planning , governance and leadership advisor,facilitator and mentor to a range of clients in the corporate,not for profit and public sector at national,state,regional and business levels.
With over 30 years leadership experience in the tourism sector , Wayne continues to be actively engaged in facilitating and advising on tourism destination planning and strategic business planning.
Prior to this, Wayne was the Chief Executive of the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Wayne is currently Deputy Chairman and a Director of VicSuper Pty Ltd, a Council member of Victoria University and Chairman of Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Ltd .
Wayne’s earlier career included Deputy Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria, Deputy Chairman of the Victorian Toirism Industry Council and extensive public and private sector senior executive roles in tourism, regional economic development, the manufacturing industry and as a tourism business owner/operator and management consultant.
Wayne is a Life Member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council and the Australian Regional Tourism Network and the recipient of a Victorian Tourism Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
Clive has spent more than 35 years working in the banking and financial sectors including 25 years throughout Asia. He is well disciplined in Corporate Risk and Governance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
As an advocate of effective community engagement and collaboration between citizen, corporations, Councillors and Council staff, Clive ensures transparency in all decisions.
A Lorne local, Clive is an active member of several clubs and associations.
Sharon is part owner of a craft brewery and café in the Otways. Her day-to-day role is very hands on and includes operational activities, business development, staff management, tourism development, beer sales & distribution, business administration, marketing and publicity.
Prior to moving to Forrest, Sharon held a senior marketing strategy and comms roles in academic publishing, developing new markets for online publishing products.
Embracing the tree change, Sharon is a big advocate for regional living. Her areas of speciality include Strategic Marketing, Product Development and Operator Experience.
From his many leadership roles, John provides a diverse knowledge and understanding of tourism and business.
John’s roles have included:
- Past National General Manager Couriers and Outsourcing with Australia Post
- Past Chairman Shipwreck Coast Tourism Board
- Chairman South West Healthcare Board
- Chairman Deakin University IMMERSe (Integrated Model Medical Education in Rural Settings) Community Advisory Board – placement of 3rd year medical students from Bacchus Marsh to the South Australian border
Robyn Seymour joined Surf Coast Shire Council as Chief Executive Officer in July 2021, moving into local government from a distinguished career in transport strategy planning and delivery.
Robyn was previously Deputy Secretary, Network Planning, with Victoria’s Department of Transport, leading a team of more than 400 people. Her role included strong focus on determining future transport needs and delivery of Victorian Government strategies, including the Road Safety Strategy which aims to halve Victorian road deaths and progressively reduce serious injuries by 2030.
She was previously Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive of VicRoads after having started her career in the sector as a counsellor, working for eight years with individuals and families impacted by road trauma.
Robyn has a strong wish to return to working more closely with community, a key motivation in seeking the Surf Coast Shire Council role.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Dean’s first involvement in the Australian hospitality industry was working for a number of Gold Coast hotels in the early 1990’s. He then spent a number of years in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands before moving to Torquay in 2007 to manage the opening of a golf resort.
Dean was appointed as Resort Manager for the RACV Torquay Resort in January 2011.
Toquay is now very much his home with his wife and three teenage children.
As a fourth-generation family business operator, Sam has experience in both the public transport and the tourism/hospitality.
A keen advocate for regional development for the benefit of the community, Sam is an avid traveler. Married with a family of four young children, he is also unashamedly a golf tragic.
Andrew was recently appointed as Director City Growth with Warrnambool City Council.
Previously Andrew worked in a corporate finance role with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London. Posts included secondments to the United Kingdom’s Competition Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry.
Andrew grew up in the City of Warrnambool and some twenty years later he has returned to live in Warrnambool with his wife and two daughters.
Mayor Glenelg Shire Council.