Janet Whiting appointed as Chair of Visit Victoria

Lawyer Janet Whiting is to become the new chair of Visit Victoria, replacing Paul Little, who has accepted the position of chair of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.

Whiting is head of the Disputes and Investigations division at Gilbert + Tobin’s practice in Melbourne. In addition to her new Visit Victoria role, Whiting is president of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria ­– the first woman to hold the position in the gallery’s history.

Whiting is currently a member of the Visit Victoria board and was previously deputy chair of the Victorian Major Events Company and a director of Tourism Australia while having also served as president of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

“Janet Whiting brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this important position and I’m thrilled that she has agreed to take the reins at Visit Victoria,” said Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula.

Whiting said she was looking forward to her helping grow tourism in Victoria.

“This is a privileged role and I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to continue the tremendous work of my predecessors,” she said.

Little will also take up his new Grand Prix role this month,  succeeding John Harnden, who has been appointed chief executive of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust.