Name: Stuart Toplis

Role: Judge

Stuart Toplis has considerable travel and tourism industry experience, particularly in the areas of regional tourism, sustainable tourism and crisis management and holds a Doctor of Philosophy, specialising in sustainable tourism.

Stuart is currently employed by Tourism Events and Visitor Economy branch within the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, in the role of Manager Industry Sustainability.  He has responsibility for a number of industry development matters, including sustainable tourism, tourism signing, tourism health and safety and crisis management.  Stuart has been responsible for the development of innovative industry support products such as the Talking Up Tourism toolkit, Open for Business crisis management guide, Tourism Crisis Management Planning: A guide for destination managers as well as a suite of materials to assist tourism businesses engage with clients on bushfire safety.

As a key part of his role, Stuart works closely with senior personnel of Victoria’s emergency services agencies and represents TEVE and the tourism industry on a number of crisis-related committees, including the State Emergency Management Team.

Stuart has previously been a Victorian Tourism Awards judge as well as an awards mentor for the past four years.

Stuart Toplis