Meet the Board

The Bendigo Tourism Board Inc. works seamlessly with the City of Greater Bendigo’s tourism department to create a unique partnership.

Together we work to grow our industry, provide training and opportunities to our members and to grow the visitation to our beautiful destination.


Nominations are now open to stand for election to the Board.

Four positions on the Board are up for rotation this year. Given the number of candidates received, an election will be held at the Bendigo Tourism Board Annual General Meeting on Monday 17 September 2018.

The following candidates are your 2018 Bendigo Tourism Board Nominees:

– Peter Abbott – Bendigo Heritage Attractions
– Lauren Simpson – Coach Tours of Australia
– Jessica Somerville – Ray White Bendigo
– Bruce Phillips – Stonehaven on Monsants
– Julius Porlai Jnr – Mon Coeur
– Charles Loftus – Bendigo Welcome Stranger Motel
– Finn Vedelsby – Rocks on Rosalind

Click here to read the 2018 Bendigo Tourism candidate statements

If you are unable to attend and vote at the AGM on  17 September, download and fill out the appointment of Proxy Notice form here.
Proxy forms must be returned by Friday 14 September, 5pm.


Kathie Bolitho – Chair
Tough Cookie Marketing

After spending 20 years working in all areas of hospitality, restaurants and event management, Kathie Bolitho launched Tough Cookie Marketing in 2012 with a desire to work specifically with small service based businesses, regularly liaising with a variety of businesses across the hospitality, retail and events sector.


Bob Downing – Deputy Chair
Downing Estate

Bob and his wife Joy own Downing Estate Vineyard, just north of Heathcote. Bob and Joy established the vineyard in 1995 and began producing wine from the 1999 vintage. They have been operating a commercial cellar door since 2003. Bob has been President of the Heathcote Winegrowers Association and is a Council appointee on the Bendigo Tourism Board.


Finn Vedelsby – Treasurer
Rocks on Rosalind

Finn was raised locally and has lived in both Melbourne and interstate. Returning to Bendigo in 2006 after working in some of the county’s best restaurants and bars, in 2013 Finn and his business partner returned Bendigo’s first bank of the Goldfields to its former glory, repurposed into the stunning contemporary dining venue and bar, Rocks on Rosalind. Finn’s genuine and charming hospitality makes him a formidable host. His provision of fine restaurant service, sommelier training and knowledge of beverages is exceptional, as is his commitment to representing the local hospitality industry to ensure it continues to thrive and grow, with national recognition.


Bruce Phillips – Secretary
Stonehaven on Monsants

I’m a retired civil engineer, Government administrator and City Councillor. With my wife, Sue, I operate a Boutique bed & breakfast property at Maiden Gully, and a retail garden centre and nursery at Strathfieldsaye.  I’m currently the President of the Bendigo Regional Boutique Accommodation Association, and Secretary of the Beefsteak and Burgundy Club of Bendigo – which patronises and encourages the region’s restaurants and wineries.


Evonne Oxenham – PR Officer
Bendigo Heritage Attractions

Evonne has been the Marketing & Product Development Manager of the Bendigo Heritage Attractions (Formerly Bendigo Trust) since 2008. Bendigo Heritage Attractions plays a pivotal role in maintaining Bendigo’s reputation as an entertaining and historically relevant tourist destination. Evonne’s background is in corporate communications & marketing communications.


Sonia Anthony
Masons of Bendigo

As well as 20 years of industry experience and a previous stint on the Board whilst owners of The Bridge Bendigo, Sonia, along with her husband Nick, have owned and operated Masons for over 6 years now.

Sonia is looking forward to working with the board to further showcase our tourism opportunities and potentials our region has to offer in new experiences, new ways of telling our stories, new collaborations and new connections.


Paul Greblo
Sandhurst Ridge Winery

Paul, together with his brother George and their partners, own and operate Sandhurst Ridge Vineyard and Winery.  Vineyard plantings began in 1989, with their first vintage produced in 1995. The partners operate a cellar door which is open daily, together with boutique accommodation in the vineyard. Paul is currently on the Bendigo Winegrowers Associaton executive committee, and has also been a past president of the same organisation.


Katie Olesen
Out of the Park Consultancy

Katie has extensive experience across accommodation, sport and events and aims to make a positive contribution to the initiatives and activities that will benefit the local and regional tourism industry. Her experience in destination marketing has been enhanced by the close working relationship she held with Tourism WA.
As Brand Manager for InterContinental and Crowne Plaza brands in Greater China, Katie believes she can contribute a strong commercial acumen in the accommodation category.  An integrated approach to attracting major events is fundament to a positive visitor inflows and experience.


Colin Johnston
Gold Nugget Tourism Park

With my wife Linda, I have owned and operated the Gold Nugget Tourist Park for the past 15 years.
As the immediate past Vice President of the Victorian Caravan Parks Association, and current President of the North Central Division of Vic Parks, I am in touch with the wider industry trends, and I bring experience in drawing together the many voices, opinions and concerns to come up with a common purpose and strategy.
I look forward to providing a caravanning and holiday perspective to the Bendigo Tourism Board in its deliberations.


Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth

Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth lives in Axedale and is currently the Strategy, Planning and Governance Director at Bendigo Health. As a first-time Councillor, she looks forward to being a hard-working, positive and enthusiastic leader. She is particularly interested in the areas of active transport, economic development and tourism, and will strive to ensure the recommendations of the Rural Communities Strategy are implemented and serve as a voice for residents in rural areas and small towns.


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