Leonie is passionate about connecting tourism and conservation to achieve greater outcomes for biodiversity and people. Most recently she led Strategy, Communications and Collaborations for Cambridge Conservation Initiative in the UK. Throughout her career she has been an Associate Lecturer in Responsible Tourism at UQ Business School, managed corporate partnerships for Conservation Volunteers Australia, an ecotourism industry coach and an independent auditor. She was the technical advisor for various Australian and international ecotourism projects - with Ecotourism Australia, developing the world's first ecotourism destination certification for protected area management agencies and for the Government of Vanuatu, developing Vanuatu's Tourism Accreditation Program. As well, an external collaborator of the United Nations World Tourism Organization working on best practice ecotourism within the Asia Pacific region. Leonie was awarded the Global Young Talent award at the World Tourism Forum in 2015 for her postgraduate research on environmental ethics and ecotourism leadership.
Toni is a science communicator with a passion for conservation and ecology. She treasures her time in the Otways and loves helping to share the experience with others through media, social media, online, and in person. She believes sharing the stories of our wild places is an important step in helping people to understand the value of conserving them. Toni completed degrees in Journalism and Environmental Science at the University of Canberra and spent her honours year studying the habits of the endangered Grassland Earless Dragon. Toni also works part-time for the Ecological Society of Australia, and volunteers with Intrepid Landcare. Toni is currently on maternity leave.
Tania is an experienced tourism marketer with a passion for the environment and for growing healthy, sustainable businesses. Working as a marine biologist and scuba diver in Cairns sparked her love of ecotourism, and launched her sales and marketing career. Since that time Tania has supported tourism businesses around the country to achieve their sales and marketing objectives, including Ocean Spirit Cruises, Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village Fraser Island, Domaine Chandon and the Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa. She also spent 10 years working at Visit Victoria, the state’s tourism and events marketing organisation, where she was responsible for delivering international marketing activities for Australia’s Asian and European markets. She has also worked closely with touring routes as a key driver of visitation to regional areas. Tania has considerable expertise in upskilling industry members to develop unique and compelling experiences, and in generating demand within both domestic and international markets.