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Gippsland Ports Board

Gippsland Ports is a statutory organisation. Gippsland Ports Board is appointed by the Minister for the Environment to provide strategic direction for the management and operations of Gippsland Ports, and plays an important role in the sustainable management and development of maritime operations and activities along Victoria’s east coast from Inverloch to Mallacoota.

Directors’ responsibilities include the management and administration of crown lands, two waterways and five local ports with varying imperatives, risks and opportunities, and covered by different pieces of legislation administered by several different government departments and Ministers.
Individuals on the Board act in the best interests of the public entity; with integrity; in a financially responsible manner; with care, diligence and skill; and in compliance with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations.

Board Member Profiles

Geoff Hocking – Chairman

Geoff Hocking has formal qualifications in Business and Management and over thirty years experience in Public Administration with federal, state and local governments.

He has extensive skills and experience in financial management, waterway management and asset management. Geoff is also a Commissioner with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder and he is a born and bred Gippslander with strong ties to the whole region.


Joanne Butterworth-Gray

Joanne is a long-term Gippslander with over two decades of board level experience in Economic Development, Strategy and Policy Development, Legal/Justice, Health, Hospitality & Tourism, ICT, Biosecurity and Agribusiness industries.

In board roles Joanne has provided expertise in areas of strategy, governance, organizational change and stakeholder management. She has also held various executive and senior management roles most recently in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Training and Resources.

Joanne has a Company Secretary qualification and has also completed the AICD Company Directors Course. She is currently studying Applied Finance at Macquarie University.


Greg Fitz

Greg Fitz has formal qualifications in engineering and a masters of business administration. His work experience is diverse and includes water and waste water treatment, oil and gas industry, process operations, environment health and safety, treasury operations, project finance, infrastructure development and investment analysis.

Greg is a keen recreational boater and fisherman and has many fond memories fishing in Anderson Inlet and South Gippsland with his father.


Rosa McQuilten

Rosa McQuilten is a Mathematics and Literacy consultant with a long and distinguished career in education.

Recently she was a  member of Western Region Water Corporation board.

With family, she established and developed a Central Victorian vineyard which produced high quality reds supplying local and export markets.  Rosa has extensive experience in small business management, work place risk management, community aged care including resident advocacy.

Rosa has a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education.


Dr. Nicola Watts

Dr Nicola Watts is a passionate Gippslander.

Nicola’s diverse career has been across the education, natural resources management, telecoms and food sectors. Her career has also included more than a decade across nearly twenty countries as a management consultant.

Nicola is currently the Chief Executive Officer of East Gippsland Food Cluster Inc. She is also a member of the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Board and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Nicola lives in Paynesville with her partner Hardy and is a keen sailor.

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