It takes a village...
The Tourism CoLab draws upon the experience of global leaders, thinkers, educators, researchers, and change agents. What sets us apart is that we have decades of experience in community capacity building, education and policy design and analysis, in tourism and visitor economies, protected area management, sustainability and regenerative tourism.
You will find our all in one combination of business, research, education, policy, community engagement, creativity and thought leadership quite rare. That's because we have spent our careers spanning boundaries and thinking outside the box.
It will take a village, and our collective efforts, to evolve how we transform visitor economies towards regenerative. outcomes We are here to support and grow the village.
Founder. Catalyst. Creative solution-builder. Speaker.
Dianne Dredge, PhD.
Tourism and community engagement
Environmental and tourism planning
Policy analysis and innovation
Dianne is Director/Founder of The Tourism CoLab, and co-founder of Designing Tourism, a regenerative tourism incubator and living lab. She was a professor of tourism policy, destination management and regional development (18 years) and 10 years in environmental planning, impact assessment and strategic planning.
Dianne has wide-ranging intercultural experience having worked in Canada, Mexico, China, Europe and across Australia.
She was Past-Chair of the Tourism Education Futures Initiative (TEFI), a global tourism education network and is an Elected member of the prestigious International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST).
Dianne previously held editorial board or editor positions on 8 research journals and has won national and institutional teaching awards for her innovative approaches.
Dianne has provided policy advice to the OECD and European Commission, various State and local governments and counts over 40 international presentations and keynote addresses. She is author/edito of 9 books and over 200 research papers.
Jenny Cave, PhD.
Associate. Anthropologist. Facilitator.
Market and consumer reserach
Interpretation & experience design
Community and cultural heritage
Jenny Cave is an experienced cultural heritage manager, evaluator and tourism enterprise developer. As a craftsperson, she weaves practical insights and creative thinking. With over 25 years of experience design, cultural heritage management and operations, program evaluation, market research and governance, Jenny’s is a system thinker and activator.
Jenny is skilled in community engagement and womens' entrepreneurship. Her work includes projects for international aid agencies, federal and local government, not-for-profits and the private sector in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia.
Jenny resides in the fabulous Waikato region, New Zealand where she is engaged in various regenerative projects with her partner.
Sustainability Consultant. Project manager. Change-agent.
Environmental planning and law
Claire Single draws from a 25+ year career in environmental planning, law, project management and corporate social responsibility. She has worked in public and private sector roles at federal, state, and local government levels, both in Australia and in Africa. Claire has considerable experience in managing large projects from tourism to mining, and from corporate climate change strategy to modern slavery.
Throughout her career, Claire has shown a strong commitment to stakeholder engagement and social and environmental responsibility. Claire’s wide ranging expertise and multidisciplinary lens, gives her a unique capacity to jump the gaps, build bridges and see the big picture, all while working with the detail.
Social entrepreneur. Purpose-led business coach. Mentor.
Robert founded the Melbourne-based Changemakers’ Lab, a social enterprise to support aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs to move from passion to action by providing educational, coaching and consulting services. Roberto is a passionate social entrepreneur ecosystem builder, educator and world cycle tourer with over 15+ years of experience delivering award-winning social entrepreneurship programs in the UK and Australia. Roberto combines rigorous research and analytical skills with business insights and extensive intercultural experience.
Conscious travel. Regenerative tourism expert. Speaker.
Anna Pollock is a thought leader, keynote speaker, and change maker renowned for her thought leadership in regenerative tourism and conscious travel. Anna is the founder of the UK-based global consultancy Conscious Travel. Anna shares her inspiring work on regenerative tourism globally and we, at The Tourism CoLab, are lucky to have enjoyed a 10-year collaborative relationship with her, including projects in social entrepreneurship, education and regenerative tourism. Anna's work is well known across the globe from Samoa to New Zealand, and from Ireland to Belgium.
Innovation. Co-creation. Community-benefit tourism.
Giang has a unique background blending industry, INGO and academic experiences that enable her to develop unique insights and practical approaches to development, social entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. Giang serves on the advisory board of CBT Travel & Consulting, a social enterprise in Vietnam and has consulted on digitalisation in tourism (European Commission), indigenous tourism, community-based tourism, sustainable development goals, climate change and visitor visa policies. She is a regular collaborator and adds sunshine to every project!