Our Board

The NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust is overseen by a skills-based Board appointed on 1 July 2015 until 30 April 2020. Members of the Trust Board were appointed following a search and public advertising process conducted by Crown Lands. Members bring skills in corporate governance, financial management, tourism, legal, environmental management and community engagement.

Members of the Trust Board include:

  • Wendy Machin (Chair)
  • Christine Feldmanis
  • Abigail Goldberg
  • Don Marples
  • Jacqueline O’Dea
  • Christopher Shaw
  • Matthew Toohey

The NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust extends its appreciation to the previous Administrator Jason Masters for his support and guidance since the inaugural Board’s term ended last year.

Wendy Machin
Wendy Machin
Appointed Chair,
1 July 2015

B.A.(Comms), M.Comm, GAICD

Wendy Machin brings to the Board years of experience in the travel and tourism sectors. She also brings more than a decade of leadership experience from senior roles on Government and mutual Boards. She is passionate about promoting NSW and is excited about the opportunity to lead the Crown Holiday Parks Trust Board as it brings to holiday makers even better services and facilities.

Ms Machin is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters of Commerce from the University of NSW (UNSW) and has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Currently the Deputy President of the NRMA, Ms Machin was President for six years. She is also the Independent Chair of the Customer Owned Banking Association, the Deputy Chair of ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program), sits on the Destination NSW Board and is a member of the ANZ Stadium Advisory Committee.

Ms Machin was the first woman National Party MP in the NSW Legislative Assembly. Between 1985 and 1996 she served as a Cabinet Minister, Shadow Minister and as Deputy Speaker of the House. She has run her own consulting business and has also worked in-house in a range of companies and industry associations.

Ms Machin was also the Deputy Chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 1998 to 2000 and a delegate to the 1999 Constitutional Convention.

Wendy owns and operates beef cattle properties in the Manning Valley. She has a strong interest in disability services, plays golf, loves all sport, Roger Federer and is married with 3 adult children.

Christine Feldmanis_resizedChristine Feldmanis
Appointed Director,
1 July 2015


Christine Feldmanis has more than 30 years of finance leadership experience, spanning public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Currently a dedicated, professional company director, Ms Feldmanis specialises in investment management, finance, accounting and risk management, legal & regulatory compliance, business building and governance. Her focus is on roles within government requiring her financial expertise that have a regional and community focus.

Ms Feldmanis holds a Masters of Applied Finance (MAppFin) from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (SFFin) from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Finsia, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) from the University of Wollongong. She is also a Trustee Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (TFASFA), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and has completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance (AGIA).

Ms Feldmanis is a non executive director of Perpetual Equities Investment Company Ltd, Delta Electricity and Netball NSW, also chairing the Audit & Risk Committees at each organisation. She is the Chair of Bell Asset Management Ltd and an independent director of Uniting Financial Services as well as the independent Chair or member of the Audit & Risk Committees for a number of NSW government entities, including local health districts and the Department of Education.

Previously, Ms Feldmanis was Managing Director of Treasury Group Investment Services (2005-2011) and CFO of NSW Treasury Corporation (2001-2005).

Abigail GoldbergAbigail Goldberg
Appointed Director,
1 July 2015

MBA (Executive), M Urban Design, BSc (Hons), FAICD

Abigail Goldberg brings to the Board more than thirty years of experience in the property and infrastructure sectors. Additionally, Ms Goldberg brings significant planning experience as it relates to Crown lands and other public assets.

As a strategically driven non-executive director and management advisor, Ms Goldberg’s skills include a rich mix of leadership, engagement and influencing. She draws on extensive business experience including CEO and Managing Director roles where she negotiated complex deals across and between the public and private sectors and addressing diverse stakeholder needs.

Ms Goldberg is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of New South Wales), a Masters in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science (Urban and Regional Planning) from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Ms Goldberg is currently a Non-Executive Director on various Boards, a Commissioner on the NSW Planning Assessment Commission and Executive Chair of GoldbergBlaise consultancy.

Previously, Ms Goldberg was Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Light Rail and Monorail, Metro Transport (2001-2004) and the General Manager of South Sydney Development Corporation (1999-2001).

Don Marples_resizedDon Marples
Appointed Director,
1 July 2015

B.Com, M.Com, Fellow FINSIA, GAICD

Don Marples brings significant business management, strategy, governance and commercial experience to the Trust Board.

An experienced Non-Executive Director in both the public and private sectors, Mr Marples has more than 30 years experience in senior management positions working in real estate funds management, infrastructure, construction, banking and investment banking for organisations including, Lend Lease and the Commonwealth Bank.

Mr Marples is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Masters of Commerce from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and has completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle, (UoN).

Mr Marples is currently on a number of Boards and Advisory Committees including, Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Home Building Compensation Fund Board (Deputy Chair), MPC Funding Limited, Living and Learning Finance Pty Ltd, RE-Group Pty Ltd. He is also on the Graduate House Finance Committee at St Paul’s College University of Sydney.

Previously, Mr Marples was Joint Managing Director at Fortius Funds Management (2006-2009) and General Manager/Global Head of Project, Finance & Infrastructure at the Commonwealth Bank (1999-2006). He also held the positions of Chief Executive, Project Finance and Executive Director, Capital Services at Lend Lease (1991-1999).

NSW CHPT Director Jacqueline O'DeaJacqueline O’Dea
Appointed Director,
1 July 2015

BCom (Fin), LLB, GAICD

Jacqueline O’Dea is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the commercial property sector. She brings a broad range of skills to the Board including asset management, property acquisitions and disposals, development, joint ventures, lease negotiations and corporate governance.

Ms O’Dea is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Ms O’Dea is currently Deputy General Counsel at The GPT Group, one of Australia’s largest listed property trusts. She has experience on the boards of various wholly and jointly owned GPT subsidiary companies, including Voyages Hotels & Resorts which held a portfolio of 22 tourism properties over 15 destinations. She has been Company Secretary of GPT Property Management since 2006.

Ms O’Dea is also a director of the Gidget Foundation, a charitable organisation which aims to raise awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression.

Previously, Ms O’Dea worked at Blake Dawson Waldron solicitors (now Ashurst). She joined Lend Lease in 1996 where she held various legal and company secretarial roles until commencing at The GPT Group in 2005.

NSW CHPT Director Chris Shaw
Christopher Shaw
Appointed Director,
1 July 2015

LLM, LLB Hons., Grad. Dip. Law, Acc. Cert, MAICD

Christopher Shaw brings to the Board decades of experience in providing advice and legal representation to parties that strive to balance their legal obligations with economic, environmental and social drivers. He is recognised for his practical and hands on approach to resolving legal issues.

Mr Shaw is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Masters of Law from the University of Sydney and has completed a Bachelor of Law from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Currently Managing Partner at Shaw Reynolds Lawyers, Mr Shaw also has experience in the property sector where he practices as a corporate lawyer specialising in administrative, local government, planning and environmental law. He regularly appears on behalf of clients in the NSW Land and Environment Court and the Supreme Court and lectures on local government, planning and environmental law.

Mr Shaw is a non executive director or past director of various property organisations including the Australian Property Institute Pty Ltd and the Australian Property Institute Valuers Ltd. He is also an active member of the Property Council of Australia where he sits on their Divisional Council and chairs their Planning Committee.

Previously, Mr Shaw worked with The Shell Company of Australia in accounting, operational and marketing roles. After almost a decade with Shell, he moved across to private legal practice.

Matt TooheyMatt Toohey
Appointed Director,
June 2013


Matthew Toohey brings to the Board more than two decades of property and business development experience having held senior executive roles at Jones Lang Lasalle Australia, McDonalds Australia, Wesfarmers Limited and Greencross Limited.

He was the General Manager of Property for Bunnings for over 10 years and has experience in mergers and acquisitions/business development as well as extensive property expertise in valuation, town planning, investment, acquisition, development, construction and asset management.

Mr Toohey is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and a Certified Practising Valuer. He holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) and has completed the Advance Management Program at the European Institute for Business Administration (INSEAD, France), as well as an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Mr Toohey is currently the General Manager, Business Development AUS/NZ at Greencross Limited and has been a Non-Executive Director of the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW since 2012. He has also been on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network since 2011.

Previously, Mr Toohey was Executive Director of Bunnings Group Limited (2003 – 2011) and Secretary of the Large Format Retailers Association (2005 to 2008).