Judging Panel

The judging of the Victorian Tourism Awards is conducted by a panel of industry leaders, appointed by the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) and the Chair of Judges.

It is VTIC’s aim to appoint a panel that will comprise a cross-section of tourism industry professionals, including former award winners.  Each member of the judging panel plays a key role in helping grow excellence amongst the Victorian tourism and events industry.

The appointed Judging Panel will be chosen of leaders who have:

  • An understanding of the tourism industry including the value and significance of the industry to the Victorian economy
  • Involvement at a middle or senior management level in the tourism industry or a similar service industry
  • An understanding of the need for and benefits that derive from a business plan
  • Been responsible for the development and implementation of a business plan
  • Developed and implemented strategic and tactical marketing plans both domestically and internationally
  • Some knowledge of financial management and the ability to identify potential commercial success
  • An awareness of OH&S and other legislative requirements and how they impact in a business
  • An understanding of innovation and sustainability principles
  • Previous knowledge and experience of the Tourism Award Program
  • Practical skills in mentoring or judging award programs
  • An ability to provide constructive feedback on entries to assist with continual improvement, and
  • A willingness to become an ambassador for the tourism awards program

Four Victorian Judges also make part of the Australian Tourism Awards Judging Panel.

2021 Judges

Jacquie Prentice
. Jacquie Prentice – Chair
Alison McDowell
Alva Hemming
Alysia Brandenburg
Alysia Brandenburg
Arthur Gillion
Carine Boucier
Carmen Smith
Christy Musco
David Spittle
Elias Lebbos
Helen Charles
Helen Charles
Hugh Fitzpatrick
Ian Firth
Isabelle Fennessy
Jane Osborn
Janelle Kelso
Jessica Derham
Kathryn Mackenzie
Kathryn Mackenzie
Lindy Allen 2018
Lindy Allen
Louise Hudson
Louise Hudson
Louise Scott
Luke Kinniburgh
Michelle King
Milton Collins
Nick Byrne
Nick Byrne
Nicky Eakins
Olga Junek
Sharon Richardson
Stephen Pykett
Stuart Toplis
Stuart Toplis
Tim Chandler