Meet The Team
Visitor Servicing Team
Meet The Board
Tough Cookie Marketing & Lost Cause Events
With many years of experience working in and for the hospitality, events, and tourism sectors, Kath is the director of Tough Cookie Marketing and Lost Cause Events. Passionate about supporting businesses and growing the industry, Kath is focused on both the recovery process post lockdown and empowering members to deliver excellent visitor experiences.
After growing up in Bendigo and leaving in the mid 90’s, Lucy returned to Bendigo in 2009 and has worked in the hospitality, tourism, and wine industries since then.
Balgownie Estate Bendigo is a dynamic destination resort offering accommodation, restaurant, and cellar door experiences. As Assistant Venue Manager, Lucy has a strong understanding of Victorian tourism’s challenges, strengths, and opportunities.
Alissa Van Soest - Secretary
Discovery Science and Technology Centre
Alissa is the General Manager of the Discover Science and Technology Centre. Discovery is a fun, exciting, educational science museum that inspires and entertains students and families whilst celebrating the rich history, culture, industry and amazing community of Bendigo.
Red Energy Australia
Nicole has extensive experience in the events sector, spanning from small to major events. And understands the social and economic impact events can have on the Bendigo region and tourism industry.
For the past five years Nicole has worked in the events department at Red Energy Arena, where she currently holds the position of Head of Events.
Nicole is Bendigo-born and has a passion to increase opportunities and make a positive impact within the Bendigo community.
State Government Victoria
Having grown up in Bendigo, Séamus returned in 2013 to continue his career in public sector communications and engagement in the transport, planning, and environment portfolios.
Séamus has also immersed himself in community-based organisations including Rotary, Eaglehawk Festivals Inc. and is currently a Director on the Board of the Eaglehawk United Friendly Societies.
Séamus is passionate about where he lives and looks forward to contributing to the success of Bendigo and the region and its reputation as a renowned tourism destination.
Rhianwen has a Bachelor and Postgraduate studies in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. She has over twenty-five years’ experience working for organisations in hospitality, business management, human resources, recruitment and event management.
Having grown up in Bendigo, Rhianwen opted to return with her family in 2017 to commence work on a large restoration project and long-term business dream; to convert the former All Saints School, built in 1877, into MacKenzie Quarters.
Based in the heart of Bendigo, MacKenzie Quarters incorporates MsBatterhams; a lounge bar and restaurant, The Residence; boutique accommodation, MacKenzie Hall; a wedding and functions space, and The Courtyard; utilised for ceremonies and events.
Kathryn Mackenzie OAM
Kathryn has spent her working life developing Regional Victoria’s tourism industry and creating new opportunities for regional tourism to thrive.
Kathryn has held several roles throughout regional Victoria culminating in her current role with the Victorian Tourism Industry Council. Prior to this role, Kathryn spent 5 years with Echuca Moama Tourism as CEO and over 20 years realising the tourism potential of Bendigo and the Goldfields region.
In 2016, Kathryn was awarded the State Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism as an individual; in 2017 Bendigo Tourism created a new industry award in Kathryn’s name for Outstanding Contribution by an individual to the Bendigo Tourism Industry and in 2021 Kathryn was awarded the Order of Australia for her dedication and work in developing Victoria’s regional tourism industry.
Mandurang Valley Wines
Steve is a musician, educator, and viticulturist/winemaker with over 30 years of experience in the arts and the wine industry.
Steve began his musical journey as a member of the Strathfieldsaye Brass Band and Bendigo Symphony Orchestra, and later studied music at Melbourne University. After graduating, he was the trombone section leader and soloist for the Australian Army Band of Melbourne and has freelanced with many major artists. He has toured Australia and performed for notable Bendigo events.
In the late 1990s, Steve returned to Bendigo with his family. He has since been the coordinator of the Bendigo Instrumental Music Program, director of the Bendigo Colleges’ Symphonic Band, and principal of the low brass section for the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Head of Music at Girton Grammar School, guiding the program to its current form.
Steve has owned and managed his vineyard since 1996. This is the principal vineyard of Mandurang Valley Wines. Steve has worked in the winery and has been mentored by Wes Vine (Winemaker). Steve is currently studying for a Diploma in Wine Technology and is part of the Bendigo Winegrowers Association 2024 Winemakers Festival sub-committee. He is also a director of Mandurang Valley Wines.
Nimbus Rooftop Bar
Hamish has been actively engaged with Bendigo’s thriving tourism scene, particularly through his involvement with Bendigo Beer, Bendigo on the Hop and most recently, Nimbus Rooftop Bar. As a member of these organisations, Hamish has played a pivotal role in organising and executing numerous successful tourism events, ranging from independent beer festivals, cultural and community events and more. These experiences have granted invaluable insights into the intricacies of event planning, community engagement, and fostering positive visitor experiences.
Hamish’s passion for tourism, coupled with his hands-on experiences, inspired him to seek a role within the Bendigo Tourism Board.