Our People
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Bendigo Heritage Attractions has a staff of more than fifty working at all sites and offices. Each year, many dozens of people working across the entire organisation contribute tens of thousands of hours as volunteers.

Board of Directors:  


David Wright, Chairman
David has spent his entire 48 year career in Local Government having held the positions of Accountant at the Shire of Corio, Deputy Town Clerk at Portland, Shire Secretary for over 25 years at Gordon Shire at Boort and Strathfieldsaye Shire. Since the formation of the City of Greater Bendigo in 1994 David has held the position of Manager Property and Council Nominee on the Trust  Board. David is now retired and holds a number of voluntary positions in community groups.

David's personal interests lie in the arts and classical music, having helped establish The Capital Theatre in Bendigo. As a professional musician, David has occupied the position of Pipe Organist at the Golden Square Uniting Church for over 30 years and has been a performer and Life Member of the Bendigo Community Theatre.

David was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of The Bendigo Trust between November 2002 and June 2004. David has been a member of the board since 1996 and was awarded life Membership in 2009.

Clive-Walker Clive Walker, Audit Committee Chair
Clive began his career holding various accounting positions with ASCO in West Melbourne, before commencing a number of roles with HC Sleigh Limited.

In 1982, Clive took up a position with the then Bendigo Building Society. He has been employed by that organisation for over 20 years, having enjoyed all of the successes, including mergers and acquisitions, conversion to a bank, strong business growth and the development of the popular and successful Community Bank concept.

He currently has the role of Senior Manager, Financial Reporting & Accounting with the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Group.

Clive loves his life in Bendigo and enjoys giving something back to the community by serving on two local Boards (The Bendigo Trust and Discovery Science & Technology Centre) being treasurer of a local wine & food society and through his long service to the Bendigo Branch of CPA Australia. Clive has been a member of the board since 2003.l


Craig-Neiman Craig Niemann, Council Nominee
Craig joined the City of Greater Bendigo in October 2005. He has more than 25 years experience working in the local government sector including roles at the Borough of Eaglehawk and the Shire of East Loddon. Prior to joining the City, Craig was Shire of Loddon CEO - from 1997 to 2005.

Craig's history also includes serving on the board of North Central Regional Goldfields Library for 10 years and board member of the Inglewood and District Health Service for more than 10 years.

Craig is a Board Member of Regional Development Australia – Loddon Mallee Region.

Craig has been a member of the Bendigo Trust Board since 2011.



Lisa Ruffell, Council Nominee
Cr Lisa Ruffell has been a Councillor with the City of Greater Bendigo since 2008. In 2012, she was one of three Councillors elected to represent Whipstick Ward until 2016. She served as Mayor in 2012/2013.

Lisa is a successful businesswoman with a diverse range of qualifications and experiences. Along with her family, she owns and operates a local business, Ruffell Family Jewellers. Lisa and her husband have run the business since 1985.

Lisa has been a member on numerous school, sporting, community and charitable organisations, including the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Committee. She was awarded the 2000 Australian Federation of Business and Professional Woman Incorporated (BPW) Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and was a finalist in the 2000 BPW Victorian Business Woman of the Year Awards.

Lisa has a keen interest in promoting women's issues and was instrumental in organising the 'Women Showing the Way' forums for young Greater Bendigo women.

Lisa has been the Council Representative on the Board since April, 2014.



Michael McGowan
Michael has had a long association with The Bendigo Trust principally through his involvement with the Bendigo Tramways. From it's inception in 1972 he has fulfilled many voluntary roles and devoted considerable time, energy and expertise into the development of the tramway to what has become today.

Michael worked as a tram Conductor and Driver with the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board between 1976 and 1978. In 1979 he became a teacher with the Department of Education, located to Swan Hill, retiring in 2006 after 28 years as a Teacher and Leading Teacher in both classroom and administrative roles. His other community interests have included pipe bands and administrative roles with local football. Michael has been a member of the board since 2007.



Helen Yorston
Helen Yorston is currently the Manager of the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre which she established in 2002. Helen was employed as an Executive Assistant to the CEO and in other various roles at The Bendigo Trust between 2001 and 2005.

Prior to this, Helen held a position as a Project Officer in the Property Department of the City of Greater Bendigo and also spent 18 years working in retail in the Bendigo area.

Helen is Company Secretary & Public Officer for Loddon Mallee Interchange Inc., Chairman of Eco Living Centre Steering Committee, Vice President of 'Friends of Easter Festival', member of Committee of Management for Bendigo Easter Festival, Committee member of Loddon Mallee Emergency Relief Foodbank Steering Committee, Justice of the Peace (Secretary of the Bendigo Branch), volunteer at The Capital Theatre, trustee and member of the Bendigo Community Theatre. Helen has been a member of the board since 2005.



Wayne Gregson
Wayne Gregson has spent most of his working life as a journalist, in print, TV and radio newsrooms across Victoria and Tasmania.

For eight years he was editor of the Bendigo Advertiser and won a Walkley Award for regional journalism. He has been nationally awarded for his editting, newspaper design, and his contribution to Bendigo through journalism.

Wayne was elected to the City of Greater Bendigo in 2004, representing the central Sandhurst Ward and was the council's nominee on The Bendigo Trust board from 2004 to 2008.

Wayne has also worked as an electorate officer in the State Government in areas such as media, research and policy, and continues to contribute to radio programs and newspaper columns.

Wayne is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Cert IV for marketing and has participated on a wide range of boards across Bendigo. His interests include Rotary, regionalism, East Timor, cycling and gardening. Wayne has been a member of the Board since 2011.

In 2016 Wayne filled the role of acting CEO of Bendigo Heritage Attractions.l


Makenna Bryon
With 20 years' experience in the Marketing and Communications industry, and a career as varied as television reporting through to advertising copywriting and international product management, Makenna has formally studied Communications, News Media and Management.

Makenna values the opportunity to work with motivated people and contribute to the organisation's strategic direction, economic sustainability and broader visibility. Makenna brings a particular focus towards increasing BHA's tourist recognition and experience of all that BHA has to offer. 

Makenna is a proud Bendigonian who is passionate about attracting tourists and events to the area. Residing in Bendigo with her family and employed by a local not-for profit organisation, Makenna plans to continue to live, work and contribute to the local community in which she loves. Makenna has been a member of the board since 2016.


Melinda Rosser
Melinda has strong marketing and business development experience across business of all sizes. She brings 20 years of professional experience and tertiary qualifications in marketing and communications.

Melinda is dedicated to developing tourism of the Bendigo Heritage Attractions sites. She has worked in a wide variety of industries including tourism, professional services, agriculture, engineering and construction.

Melinda is the Chair of the Bendigo Heritage Attractions Marketing Subcommittee. Melinda has been a member of the board since 2016.

Peter Abbott - CEO
Peter Abbott recently joined Bendigo Heritage Attractions as CEO. He works with the Bendigo Attractions Board to sustain the heritage and tourism values of the properties and assets managed by Bendigo Heritage Attractions.
Previously Peter managed the Tourism Services Unit at Warrnambool City Council which included Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, Middle Island Maremma Project, Surfside Holiday Parks and Warrnambool Visitor Services.
Previous to these roles Peter worked as a Regional Tourism Manager in South Australia, AVIS Car rentals and Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Peter is also on the board of Museums Australia (Victoria) and is a strong supporter of volunteer groups and museums as a way to engage the local community to build community pride.

Tennille Baker
Bendigo Heritage Attractions
Chief Financial Officer

Evonne Oxenham
Bendigo Heritage Attractions
Sales & Marketing Manager

Faye Gair
Bendigo Heritage Attractions
Human Resources Manager

Karl Penrose
Central Deborah Gold Mine
Luke Jenkins
Bendigo Tramways
Project Manager and
Depot Supervisor
Darcy Van Dillen
Bendigo Heritage Attractions
Visitor Services Supervisor
and Volunteer Coordinator