AAOD is a Company Limited by Guarantee and its membership is Australia-wide. To view our annual reports, click here.

AAOD was registered on 16 June 2008 following the restructure of Australian Age of Dinosaurs Incorporated (AAODI) which was wound up on 31 October 2008. The work of AAODI now forms a large part of the ongoing activities of AAOD. AAOD is a registered Income Tax Exempt Charity (ITEC) and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

Governance of AAOD is by a Board of Directors (limited to a maximum of nine) with the majority of directors being responsible persons as defined by the Australian Tax Office. It is preferred that half are based in the local Winton area and the other half from points around Australia. It is also desirable that Directors have expertise in marketing, project management, collection management or business finance. External advisory expertise is also sourced.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Board of Directors, as of 1 October 2017:

David A Elliott | Bruce Collins | William Wavish | Dr Scott Hocknull | Edward L Warren | Carol Trewick |  Robert Elliott 


Current Positions

Executive Chairman, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited 

Justice of the Peace since 2004

Grazier 35+ years

Previous Positions

President, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Inc.

Old Local Hero, 2003

Australian Geographic Society Conservationist of the Year, 2006

Queensland Museum Medallist, 2006

Queensland Finalist Australian of the Year Awards, 2009

Riversleigh Society Medal recipient, 2010

Churchill Fellow, 2011

Winton Citizen of the Year, 2014 



Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England 

Current Positions

Director, Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Director, Danit Pty Ltd

Director, SBH Collins Investments Pty Ltd

Director, Waltzing Matilda Centre

Centenary Medal, 2001

Medal of the Order of Australia, 2009

Previous Positions

Director, Undaval Pty Ltd

Director, Dutana Pty Ltd

Mayor, Winton Shire Council and Councillor - 25 years

Chairman, Waltzing Matilda Centre Board

Grazier/ Businessman - 45 years



Chartered Accountant (retired) - FCA (NZ), also CMANZ, ACIS and ANZIM

Current Positions

Director, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited

Chairman, Bendon Ltd

Chairman, New Zealand Warriors Ltd

Chairman, National Indigenous Culinary Institute

Advisor, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Former Director, Dick Smith Electronics Ltd

Retail Career

William Wavish has had 40 years of retail experience and held a range of senior management and board positions in listed and unlisted companies in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Within these positions, in addition to his roles within retail, Bill has worked within property development, acquisitions and consulting, manufacturing and fast moving consumer goods. 



PhD - Palaeontology, University of New South Wales

1A Hons - Zoology, University of Queensland

Bachelor of Science, Geology and Zoology Majors, University of Queensland

Current Positions

Director, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited

Senior Curator, Ancient Environments, Queensland Museum 

Paleontological Advisor, Outback Gondwana Foundation Ltd

Previous Positions

Interpretation Officer, Queensland Museum 1994- 1996

Reference Centre Officer, Queensland Museum 1996 - 2000

Assistant Curator, Geosciences, Queensland Museum 2000 - 2006

Curator, Geosciences, Queensland Museum 2006 -2010


Current Positions 

Director, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited

Justice of the Peace, since 1976

License Real Estate Agent, No 150861

Chairman, Central West Hospital Health Board

Previous Positions 

Mayor and Councillor, Winton Shire Council 1997 - 2012

Wesfarmers Dalgety - 28 years

Co-Owner, Winton Post Office 2001- 2003

Franchisee, Wesfarmers Winton, 1996 -2003

Past President, North Gregory Turf Club Winton

Director, Outback Queensland Tourism

Chairman, North West Racing



Bachelor of Commerce 

Master of Law

Certified Practicing Accountant

Graduate Australian Institute of Directors

Justice of the Peace, NSW

Prince 2 Project Management

Current Positions

Director, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited

Project Controller, Pentair

Finance Professional

Previous Positions

Commercial Manager and Finance Business Leader, Caroma Industries

State Administration Manager, Sita Environmental Solutions

Commercial Manager, Toll Ipec



Certificate 2-4 Agriculture

Certificate 4 in Wool Classing

Certificate 1 in Rural Operations

Certificate 2 in Shearing

Current Positions

Director, Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited


Previous Acknowledgments

Queensland Museum Medal in 2006 


Australian Age of Dinosaurs Limited Annual Financial Reports including the Directors' Reports and Independent Auditor's Reports: