Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves new General Manager leading caves into the future

This November 2017 sees the appointment of Jodie Anderson as the new General Manager of Jenolan Caves. Jodie comes to this role with an energy and enthusiasm that is sure to lead to a flourishing of life and endeavour to the spectacular natural wonder of Jenolan Caves.
 
 General Manager Jodie Anderson
 
As an already popular tourist destination, with over 230,000 visitors annually, Jenolan Caves has the unique responsibility of connecting these visitors to the 342,000 million year old caves, in a way that develops appreciation while ensuring their protection. Managing and leading Jenolan Caves into the future, as a sustainable and thriving tourist destination is no small challenge, and Jodie comes with the experience and determination to do it. 
 
“I love a challenge” she says, and her background certainly qualifies her for this new challenge. With a double degree in Coaching Science and Sports Management, her training covered tourism, event management, law and statistics to name but a few skill bases.
 
During university in Canberra, she also worked as a tour guide at the Institute of Sport for four years.
 
Her tour guiding and event management helped her secure a position as the Visitor Experience Coordinator at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. But it was her people and operational leadership that made her the obvious choice for managing Wellington Caves operations for the last two years before setting her eyes towards Jenolan.
 
Reflecting on her motivations Jodie quotes Freeman Tilden
"Through interpretation, understanding; 
through understanding, appreciation; 
through appreciation, protection."
 
“This is what really attracted me this position.” She says “it’s the opportunity to ensure visitors have an immersive experience that leaves them with a new appreciation and connection to the natural and cultural history of the site, whether they stay in the historic caves house, eat in the caves café or participate on a guided tour.” 
 
But how does Jodie plan to lead Jenolan Caves into the future? “With a collaborative approach to leadership” she says. “Ensuring Jenolan’s success into the future will need a team approach, I will be listening and enabling the amazing team around me to ensure we achieve the success the site deserves.” 
 
With renovations already underway on the Historic Caves House, and more planned for 2018, Jodie starts this month amongst the beginnings of change and we look forward to her leadership, experience, and energy in leading the team to success while also leading the further integration of the Trust’s corporate, business and visitor activities into the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. 
 
For media information or interviews, contact Carolyn Melbourne on 02 6359 3904 or email
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4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains NSW. Ph: 1300 76 33 11 or +61 2 6359 3911
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