Barwon Coast
Management Team

Meet our Management Team

Gary McPike
Chief Executive Officer

Gary has 19 years’ experience in all aspects of coastal Crown land management including involvement in State policy development. Gary was Executive Officer for Otway Coast Committee of Management from 2002 to 2015 and for the last five years has worked as General Manager / CEO for Barwon Coast. Prior to coastal management Gary was a successful business proprietor for 16 years and a major event organiser, being a founding member of the Apollo Bay Music Festival and President for seven years until 2002. Gary places a high value on the importance of community and in his 30 years at Apollo Bay was President of the Rotary Club of Apollo Bay Otways, President of the Apollo Bay Youth Club Inc. and the Apollo Bay Community Website Inc. as well a member of the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre Inc. Committee. He was also Chairman of the Apollo Bay Community Bank Board for seven years.

Robbie Cullen
Finance Manager


BCom, GradDipCA

Robbie commenced his career at KPMG Melbourne, providing financial statement audit services to a range from ASX 100 to smaller clients, completing the Chartered Accountant (CA) program with merit results (top 5% of participants) for all five modules. Robbie has held commercial leadership roles across Victoria and Auckland; supporting three iconic multi-national retail/ hospitality businesses during periods of significant growth. Previous roles included responsibility for Finance, Supply Chain, IT and Sustainability (a topic of high personal interest); working closely with management and board to deliver business critical projects while achieving strong growth. Committee.

Paul Gangell General Manager Operations

AdvDip Management, Certificate in Horticulture, National Certificate in Parks Management and Prince 2 Project Management Certification.

Paul has over 30 years of experience in operations management, particularly in the development of coastal public reserves for state and local governments. With a strong background in horticulture, project management and asset management, Paul has delivered nationally award winning projects while also developing service delivery plans that have been internationally recognised. This includes the prestigious green flag award at the City of Greater Bendigo where he was recently Manager of Parks and Open Space.

Adrian Connan
Accommodation Services Manager

Liz Patterson
Coastal Planning Manager

Kevin Johnson
Projects Manager

BArch, MTeach

As a registered Architect for 35 years working both in the government and private sectors, and a recently registered teacher, Kevin brings an eclectic mix of skills to Barwon Coast. His 10 years of work (part-time) with Barwon Coast in coastal projects, together with his professional practice as an Architect in a Geelong based firm, has provided Barwon Coast with a broad knowledge and skill base in the delivery of coastal projects. He is also a practicing Teacher and assists in the delivery of the Barwon Coast Education Program.

Nicola Hyde
Human Resources Manager

Ann Card
Communications & Engagement Coordinator