Ronda Green, Maree Kerr, Aise Kim, Bill Spence, Rebecca Scollen, Cat Davidson and Greg Clancy
CHAIR Ronda Green BSc(Hons) PhD
Queensland WTA Committee
VICE CHAIR Maree Treadwell-Kerr
Maree Treadwell-Kerr has a Masters of Wildlife Management and is an executive committee member of the Australasian Bat Society Inc, a member of Australian Wildlife Management Society and Animal research group, and a state representative of Interpretation Australia.
She has a background in environmental, heritage and cultural interpretation and visitor services in zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and museums, including nine years in outreach community and school programs with Ku-ring-gai Bat Conservation Society. Maree has a special interest in bats, particularly flying-foxes, and in 2012 created the annual Australasian Bat Night which she coordinates on behalf of the Australasian Bat Society (ABS), in partnership with community groups, local councils and people involved in bat conservation, interpretation and tourism.
Maree is looking at a PhD project investigating societal values on flying foxes and assessing impact of education/ interpretation (including tourism) programs in changing attitudes and impact of this on c
onservation effort and outcomes. Maree is also coordinating a Batty tourism project on behalf of the ABS. She is currently compiling a list of places to see bats of all sorts throughout Australia and New Zealand prior to placing these onto an interactive map on the ABS website, and is asking for information from people involved in tourism, education, research and bat care. Please send information to [email protected] Maree also has an interest in social media and its potential for education, conservation, research and tourism.
SECRETARY Aise Kim, PhD
Dr Aise Kim is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at the University of South Australia. She completed her PhD on visitor interpretation and sustainable tourism at the University of Surrey, U.K. Her research interest areas include tourism impacts, tourist behaviours, pro-environmental behaviour, market segmentation, destination image, and tourism destination marketing. She has a distinctive track record in the field of environmental behaviour and visitor interpretation in nature-based tourism areas, publishing her research work in top-tier journals, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Management, Journal of Ecotourism, and Tourism Geographies.
Dr Kim has been actively involved in several research projects focusing on tourist behaviours and the psychological and environmental impacts of those behaviours in the field of special interest tourism, such as bird-watching tourism, fossil-based tourism, nature-based tourism, food tourism, and ecotourism. She was one of the successful applicants to the South Australian Tourism Commission and Flinders Ranges Tourism Industry Association for the project which examined the potential of nature-based tourism products for sustainable regional economic development in the Flinders Ranges region, South Australia. Her recent research work also is extended to examine a cross-cultural study on green accommodation, targeting wildlife tourists and nature-based tourists. She is keen to make a stronger connection with the industry and engage with the project which makes significant impacts on the policy development and practical implications for sustainable business development at a local, regional and national scale.
TREASURER Lu Richards, Queensland
Dr Rebecca Scollen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) (2015 – ongoing). She is also a Board Member of Flying Arts Alliance Inc http://flyingarts.org.au/ (2016 – ).
From 2007 to 2014, Rebecca was the Manager of USQ Artsworx https://artsworx.usq.edu.au/. In this role she was responsible for the management of multiple projects, and teams of staff, to produce and stage numerous public events each year. Prior to working at USQ, Rebecca taught Theatre at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) from 1996 – 2003. She was then awarded a 3-year Australian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to assist 14 regional performing arts centres throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory to better engage with their local communities and to build new audiences.
Rebecca was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2003 at QUT. Her thesis, Building New Theatre Audiences: post performance audience reception in action, saw her work directly with professional theatre companies in Brisbane to arrive at a working model for audience development.
Rebecca’s research interests and employment to date have primarily concerned regional arts (advocacy, capacity building, audience building and performance), audience reception and development, arts management, arts marketing, and community engagement. However, in recent times Rebecca has sought to apply the knowledge she has gained over the last 15 years to the wildlife tourism and animal studies fields. She believes her experience in creating new audiences from non-theatregoers, and in using performance as a tool for engagement and learning, can be applied in a nature setting.
Rebecca has held a lifelong passion for nature, wildlife, and environmental/animal protection. She feels strongly that the way to preserve the natural environment, and all that live within it, is to engage individual’s emotions, imagination and intellect through awareness raising and direct experience to see them come to value flora and fauna and the systems that enable them to thrive.
NON-EXECUTVE COMMITTEE MEMBER Cat Davidson, Qld
NON-EXECUTVE COMMITTEE MEMBER Dr Greg P. Clancy, PhD, NSW
NON-EXECUTVE COMMITTEE MEMBER Bill Spence, Western Australia
Bill Spence works for the WA State Government in Perth and is a member of the board of the Jaycees Community Foundation, which runs the Historic Whaling Station at Discovery Bay in Albany WA. This major tourist and education facility also operates a biodiversity park and Australian wildlife park. He has a degree in geography and a post graduate diploma in Environmental Management.