Daniel Ajak

Daniel Ajak

Ajak Wolan & Associates

Director

Before co-founding Ajak Wolan & Associates, Daniel worked at Victoria Legal Aid in the Summary Crime and Youth Crime team where he regularly appeared in the Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court and the Bail & Remand Court. Daniel has featured in the Herald Sun, the Law Institute of Victoria’s Journal & recently in the Age, sharing his journey from a refugee camp to settling in Australia and becoming an Australian legal practitioner. Daniel graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Law and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) in 2015 and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia. He began working as a lawyer at Thomson Geer in Adelaide before going on to practise in Sydney at Salvos Legal. In 2017, after seeing regular media coverage about African youth crime in Melbourne, Daniel felt a need to relocate to Victoria and position himself as a role model for younger people within his South Sudanese community. He went on to work at a Melbourne Criminal Law Specialist firm, practising in summary and indictable crime. Daniel has featured in the Herald Sun, the Law Institute of Victoria’s Journal & recently in the Age, sharing his journey from a refugee camp to settling in Australia and becoming an Australian legal practitioner. You can hear more by listening to his recent episode with Greens List where he was interviewed by Michael Green. Daniel practises in the following areas of law: Criminal Law, Corporate & Commercial, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Wills & Estates, Employment Law. Professional Memberships: Member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), Member of the LIV’s Criminal Law Section, Co-founder and steering committee member of the African-Australian Legal Network (AALN).
David Ali

David Ali

MND Australia

Chief Executive Officer

Lyn Allison

Lyn Allison

NFP Services

Director

Formerly a teacher, I represented Victoria in the Australian Senate from 1996 to 2008 and was leader of the Australian Democrats from 2004. I held the education, health and environment portfolios for the Democrats for most of those 12 years. I chaired the Senate Environment References Committee and presided over 10 major inquiries including those on greenhouse and water management which I initiated. I initiated the removal of the ministerial veto over the abortifacient; RU486 which made history as the only bill to have been sponsored by women from four political parties. I now serve on the Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery & Landcare committee and I joined the Committee of Management of the Afghan Australian Development Organisation and the Board of the Accountability Round Table I was made Humanist of the Year in 2010 and inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2012.
Prof Dennis Altman AM

Dennis Altman

LaTrobe University

Vice Chancellor's Fellow LaTrobe University

Dennis Altman AM is the son of Jewish refugees who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. Recent books include Global Sex, The End of the Homosexual? and [with Jonathan Symons] Queer Wars. Monash University Press published Unrequited Love: Diary of an Accidental Activist in 2019. Altman is Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne. He was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (2001-5), and has been a Board member of Oxfam Australia. In 2005 he was Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, and was listed by The Bulletin as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever [July 4 2006], and is a Member of the Order of Australia June 2008. He is an Ambassador for the Human Rights Law Centre and Patron Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the Pride Foundation and Naz Foundation International. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Awarded the Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the field of sociology of sexualities by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sexualities 2013. Doctor of Letters honoris causa Macquarie University 2017. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Oxfam; Pride Foundation; ASA; Amnesty; Mardi Gras. Other Interests: Tennis; philately; opera; reading.
Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

The Anderson Partnership

Director

Gareth Andrews

Gareth Andrews

Life Again Limited

Executive Director

Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong

Inveniam Consulting

Peter Armstrong is a Governance, Culture and Accountability professional and most recently worked with the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on Remuneration, Culture and Governance issues. Peter has over 30 years experience in a range of senior management and executive roles across the financial services, media, manufacturing and transport industries with groups such as Fairfax, the Chamber of Manufactures, BOC Gases, Southcorp and Bluescope Steel. Peter is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sally Arnold

Sally Arnold

Creating Encores

Director

I am a speaker, author of Creating Encores and business coach specialising in turning around careers of stuck women and their businesses. I am passionate about the performing arts and culture here in Melbourne and globally. I have worked in this profession for many years. I love great food, wine and life in Melbourne. And travel as often as I can. NYC is a favourite.
Chris Arnott

Chris Arnott

Segovia Consulting Pty Ltd

Director

Chris Arnott is a water and natural resource management expert, a business entrepreneur who has grown a number of successful consulting firms – most recently Aither – and a thought leader in management and leadership.

James Atkins

Non Executive Director and Strategy Consultant

James is an experienced non executive director currently serving as Chair of Hocking Stuart, Deputy Chair of SIDS and Kids, Deputy Chair of Greening Australia and a Non Executive Director of Your Porter. In an executive capacity, as Director of Vantage Strategy & Marketing, James works with organisations assisting them define and refine their strategic direction and develop plans for growth.
Prof Kate Auty

Prof Kate Auty

Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Commissioner

Trisha Avery

Trisha Avery

Avery Advisory

Director

Trisha Avery M.A. Psych & Couns., De Montfort Uni, UK. Adv. Dipl. Psych & Couns., CCPE, UK. Cert Couns. Regents College, UK. Dipl. Supervision, CCPE, UK. Diploma Directing, ALRA, UK. Trisha is the Principle of Business Performance Coaching Australia and Avery Advisory Group. She changes people’s lives through developing their careers and behaviours to sustain success and passion throughout their working lives. Born in Hong Kong, Trisha was brought up globally and educated in the UK, Singapore and Germany. She started her working life as an Actor in Australia and moved on to Directing and Producing theatre and dance in the UK and Australia. After selling her Theatrical Agency, ‘Performers Management’ she took on the role of the first artistic producer of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In the UK in the early 1990s she was involved in producing the First Yugoslav Peace Talks – The Westminster Conference, the closing Ceremony of the World Student Games (Youth Olympics) and European Heads of Government meetings. In Australia Trisha was the Executive Producer of the first Melbourne Fashion Festival. In the late 1990s Trisha retrained as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and during her first semester of study was asked by a colleague to work with her, to provide Leadership/Executive Coaching to a wide range of senior management in the UK. Trisha has been providing Executive and Leadership Coaching ever since. Returning to Australia in 2001, Trisha has been one of the most successful developers of Executive individuals and teams from a wide range of organisations, including Multinationals to Government and local Councils. With her expertise in working Globally, Trisha provides services in Australia Africa China Europe India Philippines USA Trisha has published on Executive Coaching, Cultural Intelligence and Global Leadership. She creates bespoke programmes for groups and organisations and is a highly sort after speaker at corporate events and conferences. Trisha Avery M.A. Psych & Couns., De Montfort Uni, UK. Adv. Dipl. Psych & Couns., CCPE, UK. Cert Couns. Regents College, UK. Dipl. Supervision, CCPE, UK. Diploma Directing, ALRA, UK. Trisha is the Principle of Business Performance Coaching Australia and Avery Advisory Group. She changes people’s lives through developing their careers and behaviours to sustain success and passion throughout their working lives. Born in Hong Kong, Trisha was brought up globally and educated in the UK, Singapore and Germany. She started her working life as an Actor in Australia and moved on to Directing and Producing theatre and dance in the UK and Australia. After selling her Theatrical Agency, ‘Performers Management’ she took on the role of the first artistic producer of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In the UK in the early 1990s she was involved in producing the First Yugoslav Peace Talks – The Westminster Conference, the closing Ceremony of the World Student Games (Youth Olympics) and European Heads of Government meetings. In Australia Trisha was the Executive Producer of the first Melbourne Fashion Festival. In the late 1990s Trisha retrained as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and during her first semester of study was asked by a colleague to work with her, to provide Leadership/Executive Coaching to a wide range of senior management in the UK. Trisha has been providing Executive and Leadership Coaching ever since. Returning to Australia in 2001, Trisha has been one of the most successful developers of Executive individuals and teams from a wide range of organisations, including Multinationals to Government and local Councils. With her expertise in working Globally, Trisha provides services in Australia Africa China Europe India Philippines USA Trisha has published on Executive Coaching, Cultural Intelligence and Global Leadership. She creates bespoke programmes for groups and organisations and is a highly sort after speaker at corporate events and conferences.
John Bahoric

John Bahoric

johnbahoric@design - advisory, design, design management

Director

Kate Barnett

Kate Barnett

St Vincents Institute of Medical Research

Chief Executive, SVI Foundation

Jordan Bartlett

Jordan Bartlett

Proactive Design

Seismic Design Consultant

LV Williamson Community Leadership Program 2021 candidate. Other Interests: Construction industry disruptor - earthquake design and passive fire systems
Miriam Bass

Miriam Bass

National Council of Jewish Women (Vic)

Vice President

Sally Basser

Sally Basser

Non-Executive Director

Sally is a former senior public servant with over 25 years’ experience in policy development, program delivery and ministerial advisory roles across a range of specialties including arts, creative industries, human services and social policy. She was head of the Commonwealth Office for the Arts from 2007 to 2017. Prior to this Sally held a senior role in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she led teams to deliver key social policy agendas in disability, skills and natural disaster recovery. Sally currently serves on the boards of the Bell Shakespeare Company, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Australian Youth Orchestra and Connect Health & Community. Sally also provides consultancy and coaching services to not-for-profit organisations and the public sector.
Lee Ann Basser

Lee Ann Basser

Consultant

Experienced not for profit CEO working to empower women and girls to create a better world in the local and global communities. Human Right lawyer and scholar with more than 30 years experience. Particular interests in women's issues, children's rights and the rights of people with disabilities. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Victorian Women's Trust NCJWA (Vic) Inc New Israel Fund Australia
Cheryl Batagol PSM

Cheryl Batagol PSM

EPA Victoria

Chairman

Cheryl Batagol is Chairman of EPA Victoria. Cheryl is the Chair of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and Chair of HEPA, the Heads of EPAs in Australia and New Zealand. Cheryl previous roles have included the Chair of Melbourne Water, a board member of City West Water and Southern Rural Water, Chair of EcoRecycle Victoria and Deputy Chair of Sustainability Victoria.
Prof Caron Beaton-Wells

Caron Beaton-Wells

Melbourne Business School

Dean, Internal at the Melbourne Business School and a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Law School.

Appointed Deputy Dean of the Melbourne Business School in 2020. She was previously a Professor in Competition Law at the Melbourne Law School (2002-2020), where she held the positions as Associate Dean (Melbourne Law Masters) and Associate Dean (Undergraduate). She was also founding Director of the Competition Law & Economics Network and Global Competition and Consumer Law Program, and was appointed a lay member of the Australian Competition Tribunal in 2019. Caron’s research and teaching lies at the intersection of law, economics and business disciplines as they relate to competition in markets. Her research projects have focussed on the role of data and analytics in market structures and dynamics, competition and fairness in concentrated markets, criminal sanctions for cartel conduct, private enforcement of competition law, and the interface between competition and consumer law. She has been awarded substantial research funding and published extensively, contributing to the intellectual and public discourse around the world on significant competition law-related issues, including as host of the popular podcast, Competition Lore. Caron is a member of national and international editorial and advisory boards, has consulted to the OECD, ASEAN, and the New Zealand Government, is a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network, the Law School's representative on UNCTAD's Research Partnership Platform, and a member of the Law Council of Australia's competition and consumer and small business committees. Significant Awards include Academic of the Year, Women in Law Awards, 2019, Norman Curry Award for Excellence and Innovation in Educational Programs, University of Melbourne, 2018
Sue Beecher

Sue Beecher

Philanthropic Consultant

Bio Experienced donor, board member and philanthropic advisor with a background in financial and not for profit areas Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Non executive board member: Thrive Refugee Enterprises Australian committee member : Human Rights Watch Committee member: Crohn & Colitis Other Interests: Indigenous empowerment, social inclusion for refugee & asylum seekers, supporter of human rights organisations who strive for systemic change. Family and friends.
Bryan Berry

Bryan Berry

Retiree

Bachelor Social Work and Bachelor Arts (Hons) Melbourne University. Currently retired having spent 20 years in Victorian Local Government Senior Management roles in the planning, provision and management of community services in the Family, Youth, Library and Aged Care areas Extensive Social Planning involvement and experience, particularly in the rapidly growing municipality of Wyndham in Melbourne’s West. Continues to have strong interest in social planning, urban development and the future growth of Melbourne. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Collingwood Football Club Other Interests: Social Planning Urban Development Reading Travel
Michelle Beveridge

Michelle Beveridge

The Syndikate Project

Non-Executive Director

An experienced C-level executive and board director skilled in digital strategies, business transformation, governance and risk. Interested in addressing climate change and social justice. Michelle enjoys rambling, opera and a good chat over dinner.

Robin Billen

Horton International Pty Ltd

Managing Partner

Robin is a Managing Partner with Horton International, Executive Search Consultants, in Melbourne. He has been with the Horton International group since 1993 and was Chairman of the global group from 2006 until the end of 2014. Initially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, he worked in management consulting and commerce before entering executive search. He has a strong interest in international affairs and many sports including AFL, rugby, soccer and test cricket.
Justin Bokor

Justin Bokor

Justin Bokor Advisory

Director

Justin Bokor is a senior consulting professional with 20 years’ experience in strategy, growth and transformation. He has extensive international experience, having led strategy and growth programs in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the UAE and the Philippines. Justin is actively involved in the community and not-for-profit sector, including the Melbourne Forum, the Balibo House Trust and World Vision Australia.
Jay Bonnington AM

Jay Bonnington AM

Non- Executive Professional Company Director

Corporate Advisory

Jay is an experienced Independent Company Director and governance professional. 30 year executive finance career; International and Australian corporate finance roles, then into non- executive board portfolio career and advisory consulting. Current focus; Governance, Risk and Compliance. B.Com. MBA. FAICD. http://linkedIn.com/in/jaybonnington
Professor Lynn Bosetti

Lynn Bosetti

La Trobe University

Head of School of Education

A strategic, inspirational educational leader and research scholar committed to deepening the scope and capacity of universities in Canada to make education viable and accessible for wider communities, including Indigenous peoples and marginalized groups. Constructively engages with government, school boards and external stakeholders to inform policy, programming and professional practice, as well as fundraising prospects. Contributes research insights through international journal articles, policy reports, keynote speeches, media interviews, and membership on boards and key steering groups.
Suzette Boyd

Suzette Boyd

Retired Library Director

Suzette Boyd, whose career spanned 40 years as a secondary teacher and Library Director, earned her reputation for innovative ideas and practice by pushing boundaries and embracing change: • Established and Directed Schools Literature Festivals • Edited two collections of short stories for Harper Collins • Wrote and self-published 'The Connected Library: a handbook for engaging users', which became a manual for best practice is schools throughout Australia • Presented at international [Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Pittsburgh, Vancouver and New Zealand] and Australian conferences on library and educational issues; including promoting reading, engaging students in their own learning, information literacy education and using technology in education. • Established and directed seven biennial week-long Scotch College Literature Festivals Suzette was Head of Library and Information Services at both Methodist Ladies’ College [ 1993-1999] and Scotch College in Melbourne [2000-2013] Decorations / Awards / Honours : AWARDS – Australian and International 2013- John Ward Award [School Library Association of Victoria] for outstanding contribution to learning and teaching and raising the profile of teacher-librarians 2002 - Winner of International Association of School Librarianship [IASL] International Commendation Award for Scotch College Literature Festival 1999 - Winner Progressive School Library Media Award from IASL for the implementation of innovative ideas to enhance lifelong learning skills of students 1999 – Winner of Australian Library and Information Association [ALIA] Award for Innovation in a School Library 1994 – Winner of inaugural Dromkeen Librarian’s Award for promoting literature and a love of reading amongst children and teenagers Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: National Gallery of Victoria - Suzette has been a Guide since 2015 Other Interests: US and Australian politics, Art and Design, Human Rights, The Environment, Music, Film
Dr Peter Brain

Dr Peter Brain

National Institute of Economic & Industry Research

Executive Director

Dr. Peter Brain is the Executive Director at the National Institute of Economic & Industry Research. Peter is the author of a number of books on the Australian economy, international economies and energy and the Australian economy. Peter has some 30 years of experience in applied economics and energy research.
Norah Breekvedlt

Norah Breekveldt

Breekthrough Strategies Pty Ltd

Director

Norah Breekveldt is an executive advisor and leadership development consultant who has served clients in a variety of industries over the last 20 years including professional services, government, manufacturing, education, finance and the not for profit sector. Norah brings to her consulting and coaching practice extensive experience as a senior human resources practitioner in the government and corporate sectors driving organisational change, fostering employee engagement and supporting organisations to become employers of choice. Norah understands how businesses operate and how the dynamics of senior management teams drive business performance. She has held a number of positions on boards in government and not-for-profit organisations. She was a recipient of a Telstra Business Women’s Award (Victoria) and the Australian Financial Review/Business Council of Australia Corporate Work and Family Award. Norah is the author of "Sideways To The Top – 10 Stories of Successful Women That Will Change Your Thinking About Careers Forever" (2013)," Career Interrupted – How 14 Successful Women Navigate Career Breaks" (2015) and "Me and My Mentor, How Mentoring Supercharged the Careers of 11 Extraordinary Women" (2018). She contributes regularly to professional publications, journals and blogs and is a regular speaker at women and leadership conferences and events.
Dr Marianne Broadbent

Dr Marianne Broadbent

NGS Global

Managing Partner

Dr. Marianne Broadbent is a Managing Partner and co-owner of the leadership advisory and executive search firm NGS Global, a Director of The Conversation Media Group and Fellow of AICD. She has a passion for working with organisation to shape and develop strategic executive and team capabilities. Dr. Broadbent works in both the commercial and government sectors and has deep experience with technology, professional services and education-related businesses and executives. She is a Founding Partner of ARBITER Leadership Technologies™ and co-founder of the Australian Chapter of Social Venture Partners. Marianne has been the global Senior Vice President of New Product Development for Gartner Inc, Associate Dean at Melbourne Business School, a Council member of the Victorian College for the Arts and Director of CAVAL Ltd. Marianne is co-author of two bestselling books published by Harvard Business School Press, including The New CIO Leader. She is the author of the The Agile Executive: Embracing Career Risks and Rewards to be published in June 2019 and is a Distinguished Academic Fellow of Melbourne Business School.
Dr Robert Broadbent

Robert Broadbent

MARB Research Pty Ltd

Director

Studied University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and PhD (Chemistry) Macquarie Univ 1974. Robert is a Director of the consulting and advisory company, MARB Research Pty Ltd. He completed his doctoral studies in organometallic chemistry and subsequently pursued a career in education, initially in consultant and support roles with teachers, teacher educators and school communities and then as the inaugural Executive Director of a national professional education body that is now called the Australian College of Educators. He was involved in national education policy development and national initiatives in multicultural and indigenous education and the promotion of women in educational management. Robert’s further career has been related to education, standards, policy and regulation of the health professions. Between 2007 and 2012 he was CEO of the Australian Dental Council (ADC). He led the ADC in major developments in national accreditation, standards and assessment for the dental and oral health professions in Australia. From 2003 to 2007 he was inaugural CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and, from 1988 to 2001, was CEO of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), the specialist medical college for the psychiatric profession. He now is involved on a pro bono basis as Company Secretary (2013–) for the engaged philanthropy group, Social Venture Partners Melbourne, for which he was honorary Exec Dir 2013-17.
Jane Brockington

Jane Brockington

Bridging Policy and Practice

Strategy consultant

Jane Brockington is a consultant specialising in strategy, governance, risk and regulation. Jane is a non-executive director with Worksafe Victoria, the Transport Accident Commission and TRY Australia. Previously Jane was a public sector regulator, senior executive and CEO.
Dr Kate Brooks

Dr Kate Brooks

KAL Analysis

Director, Non Executive Director & Consulting Sociologist

I've a long ago background in Marketing and Corporate Affairs, but moved to research based carreer in 1998. Following Masters and PhD research in Sociology, I have run my own consultancy in the areas of business & community sustainability, stakeholder engagement, reputational risk, governance and program development, addressing existing and emerging issues, since 2007, and moved to an advisory and Board focused career in 2016. The majority of my work and professional reputation is in the provision of advice to government and industry in the areas of coastal community, marine resources, fisheries management and reputational risk; fields in which I've worked both in Australia and internationally. I'm passionate about finding ways to deliver sustainable development and growth that dont infringe upon people's sense of justice and equity in the area of managing our natural resources. I've also worked with Not for Profits in the capacity of a Board and/or Committee Member for the Women Pilots' Association, Vision Australia, Fareshare, Melbourne Women's Fund, BPD Community Victoria, and OzFish Unlimited. I've also held roles on the Board of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resorts, and the South Australian Fisheries Council . I currently sit on the NSW Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel, the NSW Coastal Council, and am a director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.
Julian Burnside AO QC

Julian Burnside AO QC

Barrister

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate and author. In 2009 Julian was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia. Julian is a founding member of the Victorian Society for Computers and Law and the Justice Project. Julian is Chair of Fortyfive Downstairs and The Mietta Foundation as well as past President of Liberty Victoria.
Hugh Burrill

Hugh Burrill

IDT Australia Ltd

Non-Executive Director

Hugh Burrill (FAICD, MBA, MScSt, BSc) is currently a Non-Executive Director of IDT Australia Ltd (ASX: IDT) a listed Australian pharmaceutical manufacturing company based in Victoria, Australia. IDT develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals, including high potency products, for global markets. During 2007-2020 Hugh was the Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of Nova Aerospace Pty Ltd (trading as Nova Systems) an international Australian owned Professional Service Provider addressing complex technical and management challenges in defence, transport, utilities, energy and communications. Nova employs over 600 specialist consultants across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Hugh has over 35 years research and development experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and was previously the Corporate Vice President, Global Pharma R&D, Hospira Inc a Chicago based specialty pharmaceutical company.
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Ita Buttrose AC, OBE

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Chair

Appointed chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in February, Ita is acknowledged for her brilliant and groundbreaking media career. She will speak to the topic ‘the changing media landscape’. Ita started her career at the age of 15 as a copy girl at the Australian Women’s Weekly. She then became a cadet journalist at the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph. In 1965, at 23, she was appointed women’s editor at the Daily Telegraph and in 1971 became founding editor of Sir Frank Packer’s new women’s magazine Cleo. It was an instant hit, becoming Australia’s top selling monthly women’s magazine and propelling Ita to national celebrity status. Four years later, Ita was appointed editor of Australian Women’s Weekly and in 1989 became the first woman editor of an Australian metropolitan newspaper — the Daily Telegraph and later the Sunday Telegraph. Ita has worked in print, radio and television and has written 11 books. She was inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame in 2017. She was the first woman appointed to the News Limited board and has also served on the boards of Australian Consolidated Press and Television & Telecasters Pty Ltd (Network TEN). In 2013, Ita was recognised as Australian of the Year for using her media profile to raise awareness of a number of public health issues including arthritis, dementia, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and prostate cancer. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Centennial & Moore Park Trust, Dementia Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Council. Other Interests: Theatre, Opera, Ballet, Aging and Aged Care, Preventive Health Strategies.
David Byrne QC

David Byrne QC

Retired Judge

QC, BA, LLB (Hons) (Melb), Dip.Dr.Comp. (Paris), Dip.Fr.S. (Melb). F I Arb A Retired, Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria Mediator accredited with Resolution Institute (formerly Institute of Arbitrators Australia) Grade 1 Arbitrator registered with Resolution Institute (formerly Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia) Law Student at Melbourne Uni 1958 - 62 Barrister 1965 -1991 Judge 1991 - 2010 Other Interests: - Book lover/binder - Opera lover and Wagner opera groupie - Francophile and - Distance Walker
Shawn Callahan

Shawn Callahan

Anecdote International

Founder

Shawn Callahan is the author of the award-winning Putting Stories to Work: Mastering Business Storytelling and the Founder at Anecdote, the worldí¢ä‰å䋢s largest business storytelling enterprise.He started his career in technology with companies such as Oracle and IBM but realised, at the end of the day, it was the human factors that determined the success of any enterprise. In 2004 Shawn founded Anecdote, a firm that helps leaders and sellers find and tell great oral stories. He works with Global 1,000 companies such as Shell, Danone, Microsoft, TESCO, Allianz and Bayer all around the world. Anecdote licenses its business storytelling programs to companies that are delivered in 11 languages in over 26 countries.Shawn is based in Melbourne, Australia and can be contacted at www.anecdote.com. His LinkedIn is au.linkedin.com/in/shawncallahan
The Right Hon. Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Sally Capp

City of Melbourne

Lord Mayor

Sally Capp was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in May 2018, the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor. She chairs the Major Projects portfolio and the Major Events portfolio. ​Sally was also the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and COO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne. Sally has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and she took the small business she co-founded to the ASX. Most recently she was Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia. A passionate Magpies supporter, in 2004 Sally made history as the first female board member of Collingwood FC. She is involved in a number of charities, currently sitting on the board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.
Heather Carmody

Heather Carmody

The Nous Group

Principal

Heather Carmody is the Principal of the Nous Group. Heather has been the Director of Heuris Partners and Principal of Consultant Mettle and Consultant Empower (now Right) Consulting. Heather has played a significant national role over several years in promoting diversity and EEO practices to the private sector.
Wesa Chau

Wesa Chau

Cultural Intelligence

Director

Wesa is the director of Cultural Intelligence, a consulting company specialised in raising the understanding of the power of cultural diversity. In addition to that she is co-founder of Poliversity, a partisan organisation to increase cultural diversity in politics. She has strong passion to increase cultural diversity in Australia and around the world. Intercultural understanding is fast becoming a key skill for both global business and in multicultural workplaces, like in Australia, Canada, USA, Britain and NZ. Wesa's passion in this area and a leader in the field can assist further workplaces to capitalise on the human talent of culturally diverse communities. As part of this, in 2017, she worked with a number of organisational development professionals and created a leadership development program Culture+ for change agents in multiculturalism and inclusivity. This is formed as part of a broader movement 'Belonging from the inside out' to assist future leaders to belong and contribute from a space of strength and integrity. Her career experience ranges from working with migrants, international students and refugees, through to media and communications for diverse audiences, advocacy for multiculturalism and research on diversity and leadership. She was the founder of Australian Federation of International Students in 2002 and grew the organisation to service 8000 students during her tenure. Her role was instrumental in helping to establish the International Student Care Service (predecessor to Study Melbourne). She has also held a senior manager position in the disability sector. Wesa has received several awards for her contribution in the Multicultural and international students areas. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Victorian International Education Internationalisation Award in recognition of her work with international students for over a decade. In 2013 she was the Australian Leadership Awardee from ADC Forum and named Young Victorian of the Year in 2010. In 2006 she received the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Award for Excellence in Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria. She is a pioneer in many areas, including in academic research, where she explores topics ranging from Asian diaspora in philanthropy, leadership, cultural diplomacy and business, cultural diversity and politics. The most recent one was a research on Asian-Australian Diaspora in Philanthropy, commissioned by the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, which has been a very popular research, as it the only research to-date on Asian-Australian's involvement in philanthropy. Wesa was a fellow of the inaugural Scanlon-Swinburne Intercultural Fellowship, travelling to India and Malaysia working with academics and government officials to better understand diversity and alumni networks in India and Malaysia. In 2017, Wesa was invited to participate on the Australia-China High Level Dialogue alongside Australian very senior business leaders and diplomats. Her tertiary education encompasses Engineering, Marketing, Law, Management and Governance. She is a current PhD candidate researching the topic of political skills and has a certificate IV in TAE.
Nina Christesen

Nina Christesen

CQL

Founder and Director

Nina was a consultant and educator in Leadership, Change Management and Innovation for over 25 years before she established a fund developing quantitative systems for financial markets. In her spare time for over 10 years, she made documentaries on social issues for NGO and NFP organisations in Australia and Asia. Nina is a Director of the Melbourne Forum. I enjoy camping and bushwalking expecially in remote areas of Victoria, painting, photography and digital art.
Belinda Collins

Belinda Collins

Swinburne University of Technology

Director, Advancement

Belinda is passionate about the transformative power of philanthropy and strives for Swinburne to be the best institution in which to invest to bring about meaningful change. This is delivered through impactful philanthropic partnerships and sound governance of philanthropic funds. Prior to joining Swinburne Belinda was privileged to occupy leadership roles in philanthropy with University the University of Melbourne, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, DVA Navion Consulting, the AFL and Richmond Football Club. Prior to her 15 year career in philanthropy, Belinda enjoyed a diverse career in strategic communications and private business. She led World Vision Australia's media team through the Boxing Day tsunami period, at a time when the public donated $80m in 14 days through initiatives like the World Cup Cricket Tsunami match. This high-profile crisis period taught Belinda much about crisis communication and the importance of sound governance of philanthropic funds. She co-authored Warrior Princess, a best-selling non-fiction book on the HIV pandemic translated into four languages; and ran her own PR Consultancy Richardson Communications Group. I'm a mum of three. Decorations / Awards / Honours : GAICD Ambassador, Burnet Institute 2002 Young Hero of Business 2011 Australian Davos Connection Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Board Member Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation Member Richmond FC School council member Ashburton Primary School Auskick coach Other Interests: Tennis, yoga, swimming, time with my family.
Laura Conti

Laura Conti

#gokindly

Co-Founder

Financial Controller | Social Entrepreneur
A/Prof Paul Cooper

Assoc. Prof Paul Cooper

Deakin University, Health Informatics Management

Associate Professor

Paul specialises in strategic advisory services aimed at helping organisations make the most effective use of information and digital capabilities. He lectures and researches with Deakin University and Epworth Healthcare in the field of Health Informatics. He has a unique blend of insights from his experience in medical research, IT, business consulting and digital marketing.Paul is known for his high energy levels and strategic vision which helps bring colleagues and team members achieve goals. He believes strongly in the benefits of diversity and has been a diversity champion throughout his career.
Flick Costigan

Felicity Costigan

Melbourne Anglican Foundation

CEO

Bio: HSC Korowa Anglican Girls School 1982 Graduated Monash University, 1987, BA (Hons), Grad Dip, Librarianship, 1989, Melbourne University. Vogue Magazine 1992 The Sunday Age 1993-95 The Herald Sun 1996-2007 Philanthropy Career 2007 - to present - St. Vincents Hospital, Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Hospital, Deakin University and RMIT University. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Board member: Volunteers Australia, St. Mary's House of Welcome and The Lyceum Club of Melbourne. Voluntary Work: Baarka Aboriginal Corporation, Wilcannia -helping fundraising efforts. Banyule Clean Energy Group - getting solar panels on government school buildings and Women Can - advisory for media Campaign - getting refugee or migrant women into dextrous trades. Fundraising strategy for The Mac.Robertson's Girls School. Other Interests: Two Children - Millie 21 and Gus 14 years old. Dog: Cavalier King Charles named Humphrey - possibly the love of my life. Horses, sheep, cows Farming practices En Plein Air oil painting. Tennis AFL footy - Bombers International Trade Social Justice
Paul Coughlin

Paul Coughlin

Monash Business School

Teaching Associate

David Crawford

David Crawford AO

Retired Company Director

David is enjoying retirement having been the: Chairman of Foster's Group, Chairman of Lend Lease Corporation, Chairman of National Foods, Chairman of KPMG Australia, Director of BHP Billiton, Director of Westpac, Chairman of the Australian Ballet, Chairman of South32, and Vice-President (and formerly Treasurer) of the Melbourne Cricket Club. David Crawford served as Council Member and Chairman of the private school Scotch College, Melbourne, and has also headed inquiries for the Australian Government which reviewed the Australian Football League and Football Federation Australia. In the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours Crawford was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "service to business as a director of public companies, to sport, particularly through the review and restructure of national sporting bodies, and to the community through contributions to arts and educational organisations".
Pamela Creed

Pamela Creed

Creativeagenda

David Crouch

David Crouch Concepts

Owner

Landscape and horticulture consultant. I live in Gippsland. I am a landscape designer and a horticulturist with many years experience in public open space management. I also have experience with historic landscapes and gardens. I'm semi-retired but still take on commissions.
Prof Judy Currey

Prof Judy Currey

Deakin University

Professor of Nursing; Director, Active Learning

Sue Dahn

Sue Dahn

Pitcher Partners Investment Services

Partner & Executive Director

Sue Dahn is Partner and Executive Director at Pitcher Partner Investment Services. Sue is on the Investment Committee at Trinity College (Melb Uni), the Australian Communities Foundation and the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sue is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Victorian Traditional Owners Fund Management Limited, MTAA Superannuation Fund Pty and AIA Australia.
Dr Richard Dammery

Dr Richard Dammery

Independent adviser and non-executive director

Tom Danos OAM

Tom Danos OAM

Victorian Bar

Barrister

I am a practising barrister since 1972 specialising in Criminal law. Decorations / Awards / Honours : OAM Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: MCC Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Geelong Football Club Social Club
Alicia Darvall

Alicia Darvall

Be Collective

Director Stakeholder Development

Alicia is an accomplished executive director and community cultivator, leading early stage and emerging impact driven organisations in Australia and the USA. She was integral in building the Australian and New Zealand B Corp community from launch to a thriving purpose-driven business community with a combined turnover of more than $1 billion in 2017. Recently as the Executive Director of Global Partners for B Lab, she was responsible for the development and management of B Lab's Global Partnerships and supporting the expansion of B Corporations globally. She was the Chair of B Lab's Global Governance Council and leading collective action projects around the world. Alicia is the Chair of Melbourne Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel (MDAP) an expert panel that advises on integrated approaches to metropolitan development and the Inner South East Partnership - Metropolitan Partnerships for the Victorian State Government. Alicia is a graduate of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership's Executive Colloquium and a Williamson Fellow of Leadership Victoria. She hold a Masters of Management, Deakin University and a Bachelors Social Science (Environmental Policy) from RMIT University.
Prof Glyn Davis AC

Prof Glyn Davis

Paul Ramsay Foundation

CEO

Glyn Davis AC is CEO of Australia's largest philanthropic foundation, and the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
Sandie de Wolf AM

Sandie de Wolf AM

Domestic Violence Victoria

Interim CEO

Sandie de Wolf AM retired from Berry Street after 26 years as CEO in December 2017. She feels honoured to have contributed to many different policy and advisory bodies and to have been recognised with a La Trobe University Distunguished Alumni Award, the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll, and Order of Australia. She has joined a number of boards and councils and has taken on a 6 month role as Interim CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria
The Hon Mary Delahunty

The Hon Mary Delahunty

Luminosity Australia Pty Ltd

Executive Director

Mary Delahunty MAICD has high level experience in Media, Government& the Not for Profit sectors. She is an award winning journalist, former senior State Government Minister, published Author, Media and Governance Consultant, Volunteer and non- Executive Directer in many Not-for-profit organisations. Mary is currently the Managing Director of Luminosity Australia, has recently been appointed to the Board of the National Library of Australia is former Chair of Orchestra Victoria. Mary is the founding CEO and National Director of startup company Writing Australia. Mary was Minister for Education, Planning and Victoriaäó»s longest serving Arts Minister 1999-2006.

Sara Dennis

Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

Lead Counsel - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Sara works as Lead Counsel in the Litigation & Dispute Resoution branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. She is an experienced litigation lawyer who worked for almost 20 years in private practice - initially at Middletons lawyers (now K&L Gates) and then at Clayton Utz for 15 Year’s where she was a member of the internationally recognised Class Actions and Product Safety team. Sara also has experience in Legal Project Management and worked for a short period with a Litigation Funder in order to understand more about this new offering in the market. Sara became aware of Melbourne Forum whilst undertaking the Committee for Melbourne’s Future Focus Group program in 2014-2015 and is thrilled to be part of this wonderful organisation.
John Denton

John Denton

Denton Corker Marshall

Director

John Denton is a celebrated architect and Director of Denton Corker Marshell. John is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and in 1996 received the AIA Gold Medal. Between 2006- 2008 John Denton worked as the Victorian Government Architect to advise the Premier and Cabinet on achieving better architecture and urban design outcomes. In 2007 he received a Doctor of Laws from Monash University, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art and Design.
Amanda Derham

Amanda Derham

Non Executive Director

Amanda is a non executive director, investor in startups and disruptive technologies, CEO, project manager, mentor, golf nut, Japanese scholar and Classics student. Amanda is experienced in business strategy & development, community & stakeholder management, government relations, technology, digital media, marketing, investment, project management, financial and commercial management, corporate governance. She has a strong focus on financial and non-financial reporting including strategy, risk management, value creation and process improvement. Her non -executive director roles includes V Line PTY Ltd, Anglicare Victoria Ltd, Scotch College Foundation, Golf Victoria Ltd. Amanda’s portfolio career includes work as CEO of a female founder focused investor group, in a Prime Minister’s personal office, in corporate affairs with large miners, as an executive director in a family manufacturing business and a marketing consultant.
Michael Dib

Michael Dib

Blue Earth Group

Managing Director

Dr Meredith Doig OAM FAICD

Dr Meredith Doig OAM

Rationalist Society of Australia

Non-Executive Director

Dr Meredith Doig is a professional company director and governance consultant. Directorships have included the Port of Melbourne Corporation and its predecessor the Victorian Channels Authority, V/Line Passenger Pty Ltd, Bakers Delight Holdings, Federation University, Federation Training TAFE, Melbourne University, its subsidiary MUSUL and its affiliate the Graduate Union, Pathways for Diversity Education, Fintona Girls’ School and the Driver Education Centre of Australia. She is President of the Rationalist Society of Australia, Vice President of Taradale Music Inc, Secretary of Ardoch Owners Corporation and on the board of Dying with Dignity Victoria. Her consulting work focused on governance and organisation effectiveness. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and for five years taught their flagship Company Directors Course. In the area of leadership development, she was for ten years a moderator with the Cranlana Programme on Ethics and the Good Society. Her Australian honour was for service to higher education, business and the community. Meredith’s career spans 10 years in education and research, three years overseas, and 15 years as a corporate executive in manufacturing (Ford Australia), mining (Rio Tinto) and banking (ANZ) followed by 20 years in consulting and governance. Her education followed the classical liberal tradition, with studies in pure mathematics, linguistics and classical civilisation. She served on the Federal Government’s Higher Education Council for four years, and has been a member of numerous university advisory committees. Apart from her professional career, Meredith has been a long-time community activist, lobbying on topics ranging from tax and industry development to social equity and corporate governance. In 2016, she was a candidate for election to the Australian Senate. In 2004, she completed a PhD on The Nature of Organisational Sustainability, focusing on corporate responsibility and ‘triple bottom line’ accountability. For over 40 years she has been a passionate motorcyclist, advising the Federal Government on motorcycle safety and becoming the first Chief Motorcycle Instructor in Australia. She still rides a BMW 650GS and has completed five overseas motorcycle trips.
David Downie

David Downie

Deakin University

David Downie has been a leader in the Victorian Government's water policy since 2005. David first established himelf as Deputy Secretary of the Water Sector Group and later as General Manager in 2007. David has extensive experience in senior leadership within Government and the private sector, previously working with the water, energy and electricity sectors on a range of significant national reforms, including the creation of the national energy market and the restructuring of Victoriaäó»s water sector in the late 80s and early 90s.
Brian Doyle AM

Brian Doyle AM

Retiree

Born in Tasmania Bachelor of Law - University of Tasmania Bachelor of Civil Law - University of Oxford Practised law for 40 years Decorations / Awards / Honours : Member of Order of Australia (AM) Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Director of L'Arche Australia for 10 years Director of L'Arche International for 9 years Director of Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation for 22 years, including Chairman for 5 years Other Interests: Travel Reading
Mary Draper AM

Mary Draper AM

Austin Health

Board Director

For the last 25 years, my work has been in health, with a particular passion around issues of consumer participation and decision making and quality and safety of health care and I have a deep knowledge of health Policy and health services. I have done work in this area as a researcher, a policy maker, a consumer representative and CEO of Victoria's health consumer organisation, and in a hospital setting, now as board director at Austin Health for the past five years. Prior, my work was around women's policy, in particular as Director of the Women's Policy Coordination Unit during the Cain government. I think of myself as strongly policy oriented.
Dr Stephen Duckett

Stephen Duckett

Grattan Institute

Director, Health and Aged Care Program

Dr Stephen Duckett has held senior health care leadership positions in Australia and Canada, with a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas as diverse as hospital funding (introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals) and quality (new systems of measurement and accountability for safety of hospital care).
Peter Duncan AO

Peter Duncan AO

Student - Ex Orica

Chair

Peter Duncan was a founding committee member of the Melbourne Forum. He has been the Chairman of Orica and of Scania Australia. Previously he was Chairman of Shell Australia and Shell New Zealand. He has been a director of Woodside Petroleum, The National Australia Bank and the CSIRO. He is a governor of CEDA; past Chair of the Cranlana Programme Foundation and a past Chair of the Australian German Association. He is a past member of the Committee for Melbourne and the Australian German Chamber of Commerce. He graduated in 2017 with a masters degree in applied linguistics and is at present studying philosophy at the University of New England
Michael Dundon

Michael Dundon

VicSuper

Chief Executive Officer

A highly experienced CEO with extensive experience in the banking, finance, insurance and utilities industries, Ií¢ä‰å䋢ve always been driven by a passion to help and advise people on investing and saving money to create wealth. I promote open cultures that challenge people to do things differently and where collaboration and shared goals drive outcomes that benefit the member.
Prof Ian Dunn AM

Ian Dunn AM

Lawyer and Mediator

Ian Dunn is a lawyer who was a partner in a city law firm for thirty years before becoming CEO of the Law Institute of Victoria. He has been a qualified mediator since 1993 and continues to carry out mediations and consultations for the legal profession. Amongst his previous roles he has been Chair of the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation , Director at Northern Health, and Ombudsman ( General Insurance) at the Financial Ombudsman Service , and he has had a long involvement with the La Trobe University School of Law where he is Adjunct Professor. Since 2015 he has been a Director at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where he has Chaired the Community Advisory Committee. He has had a long interest in the Snowy Mountains and Tasmania where he fly fishes, in choral music, in politics and all things affecting our civil society
Katherine Ellis

Katherine Ellis

Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic)

CEO

Katherine is CEO of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic), the peak body for young people and the youth sector. YACVic works to ensure that the rights of young people in Victoria are respected, and they are active, visible and valued in their communities. Previously Katherine was based in London for six years as Director of Youth Affairs for the Commonwealth of Nations, working on youth empowerment policy and programming across 53 countries with governments, youth leaders and other stakeholders. Her youth-sector career also includes five years leading and transforming the Reach Foundation, and periods consulting to other organisations such as Teach for Australia and the Foundation for Young Australians. Earlier, she spent over a decade in the private sector, working both in Australia and internationally in a variety of analysis and strategy roles. Katherine believes that it is vitally important to recognise young people as experts in their own lives, and make sure their unique needs and perspectives are at the heart of the policies, decisions and programs that affect them.
David Ensor

David Ensor

The Bourke Group

Principal

I have CEO experience in leading change and growth in public sector, NFP, university, membership and private institutions. Entrepreneurial and ethical leadership to achieve significant added value. •Government - Commonwealth / State / European Union / USAID •Government relations •Development aid / International NGO/NFP sectors •Higher/VET education (university and private) •Fundraising •Resource Mobilisation (Research, Teaching, Infrastructure), Community Engagement •Advocacy, partnerships and public affairs •Regional & rural development
Robyn Erskine

Robyn Erskine

Brooke Bird

Partner

Robyn is a Partner at Brooke Bird, a Melbourne based accounting practice that specialises in Insolvency, Restructure and Turnaround. In 2011 Robyn became the first female to be appointed as the National President of The Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) the professional body for insolvency & restructuring professionals in Australia, a role she held from 2011 to 2013. In 2017 Robyn was Awarded Life Membership for long, dedicated and distinguished service to ARITA and the Profession. Robyn continues to actively serve the accounting profession. From October 2017 to March 2021 Robyn was a director of CPA Australia. In her role as a board director at CPA Australia she was involved in the overhaul of the organisation’s governance and risk management frameworks and in the development of a fresh strategic plan. Robyn has a strong knowledge of matters effecting the global accounting profession and has a passion for Ethics. Until December 2020 she held the position as Deputy Chair of the Small and Medium Practices Advisory Group at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) where she represented CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. Through being actively involved in the profession she has gained great insights into the important role professionals play in shaping the economy and protecting the public interest.
Andy Evans

Andy Evans

Star of the South Windfarm Pty Ltd

CEO

Energetic founder, investor and CEO with extensive experience in the energy and resources sector in the Asia Pacific region, particularly renewables. Co-founder, investor and inaugural CEO of the Star of the South, Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm, which is under development. Investment and leadership involvement in other energy ventures with a focus on innovation and vision including further offshore wind developments (Oceanex Energy) and facilitating the transition of the logistics industry to the use of electric and hydrogen trucks in Australia using low cost clean energy (NewVolt).
Suzie Ewart

Suzie Ewart

Suzanne Ewart & Associates

Non Executive Director

Melbourne Forum Executive Officer

Melbourne Forum Executive Officer

Melbourne Forum

Executive Officer

Jack Fajgenbaum QC

Jack Fajgenbaum '

Jack Fajgenbaum, QC, a barrister who was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Law at Monash University and a Fulbright Scholar. He was one of the counsel who represented the asylum seekers on board the Tampa who were seeking admission into Australia.
Don Farrands

Don Farrands QC

Barrister at Law

Barrister at Law / Director

Erika Feller AO

Erika Feller AO

University of Melbourne

Vice Chancellor's Fellow

Erika Feller is Vice Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Melbourne. From 2005 to April 2013 Ms Feller held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), one of the four top management positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This was the culmination of a 26 year long career with UNHCR, and had been preceded by 14 years service as an Australian diplomat, in Canberra and overseas. For UNHCR, Erika served both in Geneva and in the field. She was the initiator and manager of the 2001-2 Global Consultations on International Protection, which generated the Agenda for Protection, the internationally endorsed global "road map" on protection policy for refugees. She has visited all major refugee situations during her time with UNHCR, and is broadly respected as a refugee law advocate who has been widely published. She was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
Prof Rachel Fensham

Prof Rachel Fensham

University of Melbourne

Director, Digital Studio

Currently the Director of a research lab at the University of Melbourne that provides resources for collaborative research by increasing knowledge and expertise with digital tools and data platforms, I support a range of projects that require understanding the ethics and politics of research with and for diverse communities. My academic career also includes management of large interdisciplinary schools, covering the fields of journalism, art history, gender and indigenous studies, as well as literature and performance. In both the UK and Australia, I have experience in leadership of complex financial and personnel environments, and have managed public-private sector projects including redevelopment and redesign of major new university initiatives. In the arts sector, I've thirty years experience in a range of creative, management and policy roles and currently manage a research project looking at young people's access to theatre in regional Victoria. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), UK Brian Fitzpatrick Prize Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Board, Yarra River Keepers Association Management Committee, AusStage: Live Performance Database Other Interests: Passionate about the environment and actively involved with heritage issues in Melbourne.
Jane Fenton AM

Jane Fenton AM

Non Executive Director

Fiona Ferrnandes

Cambridge & Company

Managing Partner

Jo Fisher

Jo Fisher

Fisher Leadership

Managing Director

Bio Founder and Managing Director of Fisher Leadership, an Australian-owned internationally operating Leadership Talent Advisory and Executive Search firm. Jo has been recognised as a leading advocate for the importance of cognitive diversity on boards and across senior leadership teams, and positive organisational psychology as it applies to leadership at all levels of the corporation. Her own success as a leader has been built on the ability to innovate and attract exceptional talent who share her passion for supporting socially positive outcomes. She is considered an expert in the changing world of work and the emergence of the ‘Gig Executive’. She is an Australian committee member with the International Women’s Forum, a former Telstra Business Women's Award Winner, and an Adjunct Professor with Deakin University. Her qualifications include a Master of Business Administration (Deakin); a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (Melbourne); and Graduate Certificate in Management (Deakin). She is also a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is an Accredited Strengths Profile Practitioner. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Adjunct Professorship – Deakin University The international Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) Global Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence 2019 Winner Business Owner Category, Victorian Telstra Business Womens Award Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Adjunct Professor – Deakin University Diversity Council Australia Member (DCA) International Women’s Forum Member (IWF) Infoxchange Pty Ltd Board Member Melbourne Recital Centre Member National Education Advisory Committee Member (NEAC) for Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) National Gallery Victoria Member Other Interests: Melbourne Recital Centre - Music National Gallery Victoria – Art Theatre Meeting young future leaders
Katie Flannigan

Katie Flannigan

Form Plus Function Pty Ltd / CEO of Watkin Consulting Group Pty Ltd

Owner / CEO

For the last 20 years Katie has worked in the Public and Private Health Sector in various capacities. Her current role is CEO of her company Form Plus Function Pty Ltd which manufactures and provides stylish assistive technology to those who are ageing or have special needs.
Aaron Flavell

Aaron Flavell

HousingFirst

GM Strategy and Communications

Aaron's career has been driven by a passion to improve the status-quo through bringing ideas and people together to deliver worthwhile strategic initiatives. He is drawn to challenges that require solid strategic nous and high levels of collaboration and trust between individuals, teams or organisations. He enjoys inspiring teams, leading them and helping individuals achieve their ambitions. He is particularly interested in improving built-environment outcomes that are more sustainable and customer-centric. He has worked at Accenture in strategy consulting, change consulting at Wheeler Strobel and more recently at RACV across a variety of senior positions including corporate strategy, major capital works and growing several home services businesses. Aaron is a keen sailor, active member of Black Rock Yacht Club and proud father to Sophia who loves competitive ballet dancing and performing.
Jane Foley

Jane Foley

Box Hill Institute

Non Executive Director

I am a Non Executive Director at Box Hill Institute (TAFE and Council of Adult Education) and have most recently held executive roles with AustralianSuper, Wheeler Strobel Consulting Group and the Construction Industry Development Agency. I have experience in both corporate and not for profit sectors, with diverse board and committee governance roles and a track record of successful delivery of transformational change and start up activities, with twenty years' experience in industry reform, strategy development, culture turnarounds, organisation improvement and group effectiveness.
Chris Gallagher

Chris Gallagher

Retired Strategy Consultant

Strategy Consultant

Chris Gallagher has held senior roles in State and local government, including Deputy Director of Major Projects Victoria, Director of City Strategy at the City of Melbourne and Ministerial Adviser to two State Government Planning Ministers. She also worked as a strategy consultant for many years. She has been a director of the Australian Print Workshop, the Southern and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority, Monash Property Management, VicSport, the Melbourne Convention and Marketing Bureau and the John Cain Foundation. Government appointments have included a 6 year term as Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria and membership of several advisory committees to the Minister for Planning.
Peter Galvin

Peter Galvin

Getting To Next Impact Investment and Advisory

Chair, Director, Investor and Advisor

Peter's experience encompasses roles as CEO, Board Advisor, Company Director, Chairman and Investor. Peter's Investment and Advisory business is spread across a number of industries and includes an Impact Investment business placing new technology to deliver essential services in remote communities internationally. He has overseen iconic projects in various parts of the world including the refurbishment of Westminster Abbey. Peter's current pro-bono work includes Board mentoring for Not for Profit organisations and executive coaching to people seeking to establish new businesses or further their corporate careers. Peter is a Teaching Fellow in entrepreneurship and innovation at the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship. He is a long-time competitive cyclist, skier and rugby fan.
James Garriock

James Garriock

Insync

Executive Director

James Garriock is an owner and executive director of Insync; a consultancy providing employee, stakeholder and board surveys and consulting. Prior to Insync James was at KPMG. His interests are utilities, leadership, engagement and economics.
Dennis Gentilin

Dennis Gentilin

Deloitte Touche Tomatsu

Director

Melbourne is central to Dennis's unique story. He is the son of post World War II Italian migrants who moved to Australia seeking the better life and wanting the best for their children. After spending their formative years in a modest flat in Coburg, they moved to Donvale where the larger allotments provided ample space for the vegetable patch and fruit trees. After attending the local high school, Dennis was admitted to Monash University, a prominent Melbourne institution. For Dennis, university was more about personal growth and discovery than academic achievement. Despite this he managed to complete a degree in banking and finance with honours. After completing his degree, Dennis joined the National Australia Bank, one of Australia's major financial institutions headquartered in Melbourne. He completed a graduate program in the bank's financial markets division before securing a position as a trainee on the FX options trading desk. Little did Dennis know that this role would provide an experience that would define him. Three years after joining the FX options trading desk, Dennis was publicly named as one of the whistlblowers in a trading scandal that rocked the National Australia Bank and resulted in the resignation of the then chairman and CEO. Fortunately for Dennis, he went on to spend a further 12 years at the National Australia Bank. The incident ignited a strong interest in human and organisational behaviour and was the catalyst for Dennis authoring "The Origins of Ethical Failure", a book that won the textbook prize in the 2017 UK Chartered Management Institute Management Book of the Year Awards. After publishing the book Dennis left the National Australia Bank. He spent three years working independently before joining Deloitte's Risk Advisory practice in Melbourne. He advises senior leaders across both the private and public sectors on issues relating to governance, risk, conduct and culture. Dennis is married to Kate and the proud father of two teenage daughters, all of whom were born in Melbourne. He lives in Blackburn and, being the son of Italian migrants, supports the Carlton Football Club. Decorations / Awards / Honours : B Bus (Hons) - Monash University Grad Dip Psych - Monash University Adjunct Fellow Macquarie University Honorary Fellow Centre for Ethical Leadership Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Community member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the Royal Children's Hospital
Paula Giles

Paula Giles

We Are Singularity

Founder

Working at the intersection of strategy, customer experience, service design, culture and change. Curious about the world, creative enterprise and public policy. I have held executive and line management roles in large global organisations and led complex reform and business improvement programs in the public and private sector. Industry experience in aviation, utilities, engineering, professional services and government. I have led teams working across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Former chair of several cross jurisdicational reform programs and start ups, board member of IPAA (Vic).
Prof Billie Giles-Corti

Prof Billie Giles-Corti

RMIT University

Director, Urban Futures Enabling Capabilities Platform

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform and Healthy Liveable Cities Group, Centre for Urban Research, at RMIT University. Previously she was a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health, the University of Melbourne. For over two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on a range of health and wellbeing outcomes including walking, cycling, public transport use, sense of community, mental health, obesity and chronic disease. Billie currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities established in 2014; which works closely with local, national and global policy-makers and practitioners; is a co-investigator responsi ble for the non-health sector on the NHMRC-funded Australian Prevention Partnership Centre; and leads the liveability theme for the National Environment and Science Program's Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub. She is also a Chief Investigator on Brisbaneäó»s longitudinal HABITAT study of the individual, social and environmental determinants of physical activity in over 10,000 residents; and the London ENABLE project, a natural experiment study evaluating the impact of relocating low income residents into the London Olympic Athletes Village. She has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations, is ranked in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally. She is an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association, a Fulbright Scholar and in 2016, was awarded an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship as the top ranked female fellow in public health in 2015.
Dr Stewart Gill OAM

Dr Stewart Gill OAM

Queen's College

Master

Stewart Gill MA (Hons) Edin, MA Tor, PhD Guelph, FRHistS, FQA, FISCAST, MAICD Stewart Gill is Head of Queen’s College within the University of Melbourne. He is a graduate from the Universities of Edinburgh, Toronto and Guelph—the latter two on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. Prior to his current appointment was Warden of Ridley College and Dean of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and Principal of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland and an adjunct-Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. While at UQ he founded the Emmanuel Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society. He has published articles and books in Australian, Canadian and Scottish History. Stewart is a past President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand, the founding Chairman of the Pacific Asia Network of Canadian Studies. He is immediate past-President of the International Council for Canadian Studies. Stewart is an honorary-councillor of the Australian Institute for International Affairs in Victoria and was previously Vice-President in Queensland. While at Trinity College the Indigenous scholarship program was introduced which led to the extended degree program. At Emmanuel College he introduced a similar program and has been active for over 20 years in supporting the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In 2019 he was appointed as an Ambassador for The Association of Commonwealth Universities. In 2016 he was awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his contribution to tertiary education and the wider community. Decorations / Awards / Honours : OAM Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Advisory Council of The Global Foundation Honorary-councillor AIIA (Victoria) Councillor Melbourne Scots Councillor of Society of St Andrew of Scotland (Qld) Board of International Council of Canadian Studies (Ottawa) Other Interests: Scottish History Canadian History First Nations Issues International Affairs
Emeritus Professor Jayne Godfrey

Jayne Godfrey

Analytics Institute of Australia

Company Director

Emeritus Professor Jayne Godfrey has high-level experience as a director, advisor and manager. These have been recognised by her receipt of the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through business leadership, and her selection as a Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. Jayne has a strong and sustained record in roles with governance or management budget responsibilities ranging from $55m to $4bn. Her expertise in strategic organisational and financial reform has been applied in relation to corporate boards, educational organisations, professional member organisations and government reforms. She has led strategic change management initiatives that have resulted in significant cultural and multi-million dollar financial improvements, and she has been responsible for the line management of more than 450 staff at a time. In providing leadership, management and consultancy services nationally and internationally, and within both private and public sectors, Jayne has frequently addressed international and national forums about her areas of expertise, including financial, water and sustainability reporting; auditing; financial management; business strategy; organisational culture; leadership and governance. She is currently a judge for the Telstra Best of Business Awards (Promoting Sustainability Category). Jayne’s financial and natural resource reporting expertise has been acknowledged beyond her multiple terms on the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the (national) Water Accounting Standards Board: her strategic and technical advice have been sought by the US Securities Exchange Commission, the US Financial Accounting Standards Board, and other international financial and sustainability-related standard-setting bodies. She has also provided legal expert opinion on accounting matters, and served on Finance, Audit, and similar committees of Boards and Councils. Jayne’s career spans company directorships such as Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation (TasCorp). It also includes governance and senior management roles such as Councillor of Monash University and Dean of Business and Economics at the Australian National University (ANU) and at the University of Auckland. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through business leadership Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Other Interests: Reading; Theatre; Art; Sport - skiing, tennis, hockey, hiking; Travel
Dennis Goldner AM

Dennis Goldner AM

Company Director

Bio Public policy and competition policy economist. Twenty years with Federal and State public sector agencies, then 30 years with Deloitte. Now in governance roles with NFP and government organisations, including as chair of several. Decorations / Awards / Honours : AM FAICD Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Oxfam Australia Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Castlemaine State Festival Kilfinan Australia She Matters Other Interests: Bushwalking, bridge, music, travel
Alan Goldstone OAM

Alan Goldstone OAM

Tisher Liner Fc Law

Lawyer

Alan graduated from Melbourne University with a Law Degree and was thereafter admitted to practice in 1975. He joined Frank Tisher and Dennis Liner as a Partner of Tisher Liner & Co in 1979. Alan practices in the areas of Commercial Law, Liquor Licensing, Business and Property Law. He was a founding member of the Law Institute of Victoria Liquor Committee in 1984 and was Chairman of that Committee for some years. Alan was also Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Property and Environmental Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria. In 2011, Alan received an award from the Law Institute of Victoria in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the LIV and the legal profession".Alan has served on Law Institute Committees continuously since 1984 Alan's clients include a diverse group of commercial organisations from public companies to family run businesses. He acts as a sounding board for many of the Firm's clients with regard to commercial and legal matters. He has a hands on approach to his clients and work and is very client oriented. Alan is also communally active , has been a member of the Bialik College Council since 1985 and served as President of the College President for 7 years. For the last 12 years , Alan has also been a Co Chair of the Australian Council of Jewish Schools , the peak body of Jewish Schools in Australia. in 2018 , Alan was awarded an OAM for his contribution to Jewish education & to the Law. . Alan has a keen interest in all sports and is an avid golfer, walker ,scuba diver & traveler .
Michael Gorton AM

Michael Gorton AM

Russell Kennedy Lawyers

Principal

Michael Gorton is the Principal at Russell Kennedy Solicitors, Chairperson at Patient Review Panel (IVF legislation), President at the National Ageing Research Institute a Board Member of the Agency Management Committee at Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Vice-President at International Alliance of Law Firms and a Board Member at Melbourne Health. Michael has previously served as a Board member at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission, Chair at VARTA and President at the United Nations Association of Australia.
Ian Gray AM

Ian Gray AM

Judge Gray is a County Court Judge and State Coroner for Victoria, he commenced these roles in November 2012. His previous role was Chief Magistrate of Victoria. Ian Gray completed his Bachelor of Laws at Monash University and was subsequently admitted to the bar of the High Court of Australia, and the Supreme Courts of Victoria and the Northern Territory. Early in his career Judge Gray worked in private practice as a solicitor in a Community Legal Service, the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and as a Barrister specialising in criminal defence work. From 1987 - 1990 Ian was the Principal Legal Advisor for the Northern Land Council in Darwin, then in 1990 he was appointed as a magistrate in the Northern Territory. In 1992 he was appointed as the Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory. In 1998 Ian returned to the Victorian Bar where he practised in criminal law, administrative law and employment law. In March 2001 Ian was appointed as the Chief Magistrate of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Industry experience 2012 State Coroner 2012 County Court Judge 2001 - 2012 Chief Magistrate, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria 1998 Victorian Bar 1992 Appointed Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory 1990 Appointed Magistrate, Northern Territory 1987 - 1990 Principal Legal Advisor, Northern Territory Land Council Other associations Patron of the Eastern Community Legal Centre Member of the Board of the Australian Intercultural Society Chair, RMIT Juris Doctor Advisory Board White Ribbon Ambassador
Tim Greenall

Tim Greenall

Madgwicks Lawyers

Special Counsel

Tim Greenall is Special Counsel in Workplace Relations at Madgwicks Lawyers and a Sessional Lecturer in Law & Ethics at Leo Cussen Institute and La Trobe University. He is a Board member at St Hilda's College a residential college at the University of Melbourne. Tim has served as the Chairman of the Workplace Relations section of the Law Institute of Victoria and regularly presents seminars to industry. Tim is a Fellow of The Williamson Community Leadership Group and has had a wide range of community involvements in the not-for-profit sector.
Carmel Guerra OAM

Carmel Guerra OAM

Centre for Multicultural Youth

Chief Executive Officer

Carmel Guerra is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Multicultural Youth, the first and largest organisation in Australia to work exclusively with migrant and refugee young people. Carmel is recognized for her knowledge on multicultural youth issues and her commentary has been published in major newspapers and journals. She has served on numerous boards and committees and is Chairperson of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia, the national peak body representing multicultural youth issues. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) Victorian Premier’s Award for Community Harmony Victorian Honour Roll of Women Centenary Medal Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: The John Byrne Memorial
The Hon George Hampel AM QC

The Hon George Hampel AM QC

George matriculated from Melbourne High school, completed his law degree at Melbourne University and was articled to a well-known criminal solicitor. From the beginning of his law studies George was committed to becoming a barrister. He was admitted to the Victorian Bar on 1 April 1958 and read with the late Judge Harold Ogden QC. His practice in the early years was principally in criminal law. It extended from the Magistrates Courts to the Supreme Court. He was admitted to the bars of ACT, NSW, WA, TAS and UK. In 1976, George was appointed Queen's Counsel and his practice extended to civil trial work and appeals. George served on the Victorian Bar Council, became its vice-president and vice-president of the Law Council of Australia before being appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1983. During his 17 years on the Court, George sat in both trials and appeals. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He also served as Chairman of the Leo Cussen Institute, founding member of the Victorian Bar Readers Course, member of the Victorian Council of Legal Education, member of the Victorian Council of Adult Education, member of the Board of the Law Faculty of the Australian National University, Chairman of the Legal Practice Board of Victoria and Chairman of the Constitution Commission of Victoria. As well as training professional advocates, George has taught advocacy subjects at the Universities of Melbourne, WA, Bond and ANU. He continues to teach advocacy as Adjunct Professor of the Monash University Law School. His training experience of professional advocates extends internationally to USA, UK, Scotland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and the Hague. For over 40 years, George developed advocacy teaching methods, case studies and the training of advocacy instructors in Australia and overseas. George was the Founding Chairman of the Australian Advocacy Institute in 1991 and over the following 24 years continued to develop its teaching methodology and workshop programs. He is the principal author of the two editions of the Australian Advocacy Manual, which is now required reading for the Victorian Bar Readers Course and is used as a reference work in most common law jurisdictions. George has developed workshops for training of members of other professions including forensic accountants, doctors, engineers and computer experts in their roles as expert witnesses. He has also trained forensic investigators, such as the police, taxation and fraud investigators in their work in investigation, questioning and presenting of evidence. As a result of his contribution in these areas, George was made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia, received the Centenary of Federation Medal, and a Monash University Teaching Award. George's interest in adult skills education evolved from his work as a ski instructor for 25 years. He adapted the coaching methodology in which he was trained as a ski instructor to training in forensic skills. The advocacy teaching methodology he developed is now used in all common law countries.
Prof Roz Hansen

Prof Roz Hansen

Roz Hansen Consulting Pty Ltd

Managing Director

Professor Roz Hansen is an urban and regional planner with more than 30 years experience working both in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. Roz is a member of various advisory committees and boards including the University of Melbourne Infrastructure Advisory Board,, Salvation Army Housing Victoria, Melbourne Social Equity Institute as well as chairperson of the Geelong Authority. Roz is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University. Roz is also a recipient of an Australian Government Centenary Medal and a Divisional Councillor of the Property Council of Australia (Vic). Roz chaired the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Plan Melbourne and Plan Melbourne Refresh. The Planning Institute of Australia included Roz into its Hall of Fame in 2013 being the first female planner to be added.
Dr John Harte

Dr John Harte

Integrity Governance

Managing Partner

Leading a team of governance, board effectiveness and performance specialists. Working with boards, business owners, ministers, senior public servants, senior managers and executives on all aspects of board effectiveness. Delivering a range of establishment, assessment (e.g. boards of directors, individual directors, CEO's and chairmen) effectiveness, training, strategic planning and dispute resolution services to boards (deliberately avoiding recruitment due to the inherent conflicts of interest). Working in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America with clients ranging from SME's to multinationals.
Bruce Hartnett AM

Bruce Hartnett AM

Flâneur

Bruce Hartnett is the Chair of the State Services Authority, Deputy Chair of VicSuper, a Director on the Board of the RACV, the Chair of Odyssey House (Victoria) and President of the Council of the School for Student Leadership.
Jacquie Hayes

Jacquie Hayes

Madam Wheels

Founder

Having established a strong track record in communications and negotiations, and a comprehensive working knowledge of Australian luxury car markets, I launched Madam Wheels. After developing a diverse client base and service portfolio, the company held its official launch on International Women’s Day in March 2018. Madam Wheels offers clients an opportunity to secure the vehicle that suits their lifestyle, professional requirements and style needs, without the hassle of lengthy dealership visits or drawn-out negotiations with patronising salesmen. Leveraging our knowledge of luxury vehicles, our proven negotiation and interpersonal skills, and our understanding of deal-making, Madam Wheels can put you in the driver’s seat of your dream car. In addition, Madam Wheels works to reduce the mystery and macho associated with high-performance and luxury cars by organising regular ladies-only drive days and other events. Our exciting events allow women to experience the thrill of driving the car of their dreams in the company of other women who share their interests.
Karen Hayes AM

Karen Hayes AM DSJ

Guide Dogs Victoria

Chief Executive Officer

Karen Hayes currently leads the Victorian Division of Guide Dogs Australia, which is currently Australia’s “Most Trusted Charity,” for the 6th year in a row. A past Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award finalist, Karen is currently a Board member of Vision 2020 Australia, Multiple Sclerosis Ltd, The International Melbourne Comedy Festival and presides as President of the VU Western Spurs AFLW Football Club. She is one of the founders of Breast Cancer Network Australia and in her role as a Board Member at Melbourne Football Club, Karen developed a number of strategies to increase the participation of women at all levels of both playing, participating and supporting the AFL. Karen is the co-founder of the Australian chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), and prior to joining Guide Dogs Victoria, she enjoyed an exemplary blue chip career in the Professional Services sector. Karen was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and the community.
Michael Henry AM

Michael Henry AM

The Strategy Shop

Managing Director

Dr Michael Henry is Managing Director of the Strategy Shop, a management consultancy firm specialising in planning, strategy and governance. He is the former Chair of Oxfam Australia, Australian Frontier, and the Old Treasury Building Committee of Management, and former Board member of Film Victoria, the Education Foundation, and the Environment Council of Victoria. He was a founding Board member of Melbourne Forum.
Dr Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins

Emergent Futures Pty Ltd

Futurist

Paul Higgins is a Futurist with Emergent Futures. He holds a First Class Honours Degree in Veterinary Science, a Bachelor of Animal Science (Diagnostic Research) and a Master’s degree in Strategic Foresight Paul is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program, and a venture philanthropy partner at Social Ventures Partners Melbourne. Paul is also a committee member of the Churchill Club in Melbourne. He works with a range of corporate, government and not for profit clients on how to think about the future. Paul writes and presents regularly on future disruptions to business models and consults to a range of organisations on how to think about the future. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Committee Member, The Churchill Club Venture philanthropy partner at Social Venture Partners Melbourne
Geoff Hindle

Geoff Hindle

Retired

Born 1943, attended Canterbury State, Camberwell High, Scotch College, University of Melbourne, where I graduated as Bachelor of Commerce and MBA. Married Judith in 1978, have three children Alex, Miranda and Hugh and five grandchildren. Lived at current address since 1980. Career The first half of my 45 year working life was in the corporate sector in financial analysis and financial management roles. My first job after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Melbourne in 1964 was with Price Waterhouse. In 1969 I completed an MBA degree at Melbourne Business School. The most significant roles after MBA were with Comalco for five years, Jennings Group for four years and AFG Mortgage Insurance as manager for six years where I turned the business around from losses to good profitability. A promotion to a role in a related company did not work out and I sought a new direction. The second half of my career was in the securities industry. I spent several years as a broking analyst, several years as an analyst/fund manager and finally 18 years as an advisor (stockbroker) to private clients, firstly with McIntosh/Merrill Lynch and then UBS as a director. I retired in 2008. Memberships Member of the Australian Club, Kooyong Tennis Club, Victorian Mountain Tramping Club and White Horse Canoe Club. Member of St John’s of East Malvern and a former treasurer/director of its Foundation for 12 years, and a director of Anglican Development Fund. Former director of Canoeing Victoria Interests Business, investments, politics, economics, economic history and sport.
Sally Hines

Sally Hines

Leadership Victoria

CEO

Sally is an experienced leader from the social enterprise, not-for-profit and social service sectors, working at the forefront of cross-sectoral engagement to drive positive change. Prior to her current role as CEO Leadership Victoria she was Chief Operating Officer at The Big Issue and Homes for Homes, leading these social enterprises to diversify and create partnerships across business, philanthropy, government and the social sector to achieve innovative solutions addressing homelessness. Sally also has a depth of executive experience in the health, mental health and employment sectors, leading strategic decision-making and bringing together diverse teams, partnerships and stakeholders to support adaptation, sustainability and meaningful social and economic outcomes. She applies her purposeful leadership as a not-for-profit board member; currently Deputy Chair of Wallara and a non-executive director of Portsea Camp.

Jane Hodder

Freehills

Partner

Jane Hodder is a Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills, a co-chair of the Diversity at Freehills Australian initiative and a member of the Global Board of partners. Jane is also a member of the board of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne and the chair of the Monash University Law School Foundation Board.
The Hon Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth

The Hon Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth

Supreme Court of Victoria

Judge

Elizabeth Hollingworth has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria since 2004, and has sat in civil and criminal trials and appeals. She is currently the principal judge in the criminal division. She is a current or past member of various bodies, including the International Commission of Jurists, the Council of Legal Education, the Public Interest Law Clearing House, the Forensic Leave Panel and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. A Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, she has taught judges, practitioners and students, in Australia and overseas, in a broad range of subjects, including advocacy, evidence, procedure and legal writing.
Assoc. Prof Ian Howie

Ian Howie

RMIT University

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

John Howie AM

John Howie AM

Montsalvat Foundation

Deputy Chair

John Howie is a graduate of the Council of Legal Education Articled Clerks course at the RMIT and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University. He retired as a solicitor on 30 June 2021.He is currently deputy chair of the Montsalvat Foundation. John was formally the President of Film Victoria (2003-2011) and he chaired the board of Victoria Legal Aid (2001-2011). He was a member of the advisory board to La Trobe University Law School and a member of the Law Foundation of Victoria. He was also the Chair of the Sports Federation of Victoria (2002-2008), a board member of the Olympic Park Board of Management (1982-1990), a member of the Melbourne Olympic Park Trust (2001-2011), a member of the board of Vision 2020 Australia and a board member of the Cain Foundation. . In 2015 John was made a member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to the community in Victoria, particularly through leadership of film, arts and sporting organisations, and to the law.” John is a life member of the Australian Labor Party, swims in ocean races and enjoys opera and concerts at the Recital Centre. He is married to Dr Linsey Howie, and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Prof Andrea Hull AO

Prof Andrea Hull AO

Non Executive Board Director

Chair, Melbourne Recital Centre

Professor Emeritus Andrea Hull AO is Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre and former Chair of the ABC Advisory Council and of Melbourne Forum Ltd. She is a non executive director of the Florey Neuroscience Institutes, and The Melbourne Prize. She was Deputy Chair of the National Museum of Australia and of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia. Andrea is an Executive Coach with Foresight Global Coaching Partnership, and has a consultancy specialising in diagnostic and problem solving. Her previous executive role was CEO/Director of the Victorian College of the Arts.
Sue Hunt

Sue Hunt

Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

Chief Executive Officer

Sue Hunt has been the Executive Director (CEO) of The Royal Childrenäó»s Hospital Foundation since July 2010. Prior to this Sue was Founding Chief Executive Officer of CarriageWorks, Sydney (2006-2010); Director of Performing Arts for the Sydney Opera House (2003-06); General Manager of the Queensland Theatre Company (1999-2003) and General Manager of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (1995-99). Sue has also held a number of board memberships across a variety of arts and government organisations. She is an alumni of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, Leadership Victoria (1995) and the Harvard Club Fellowship Program.
Benita Husband

Benita Husband

Pitt&sherry

CEO

Penny Hutchinson

Penelope Hutchinson

Melbourne Health

Director Melbourne Health

My career has been a mix of public and private sector. I completed a degree in German and Music in London in 1979 and then joined a chartered accounting firm before coming to Australia in 1983. In Melbourne, I became a partner in a chartered accounting firm (BDO), leading the consulting division. In 2000, I became a deputy secretary in the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria, mainly in the role of Director Arts Victoria, with responsibility for arts funding programs, the state’s cultural institutions (NGV, Arts Centre Melbourne etc) and many cultural infrastructure projects such as the Melbourne Recital Centre, MTC theatre and refurbishment of Hamer Hall. I served in that role for 13 years. I have served on many boards and committees including the Council of Monash University, the Victorian College of the Arts and Ormond College as well as the boards of Tourism Victoria, Medibank Private and the Federal Airports Corporation. Currently, I serve on the board of Melbourne Health and chair the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. I recently concluded terms on the board of a project management company and the National Local Government Cultural Forum. I have chaired more audit committees than I care to remember. Although I am a chartered accountant, my degree in German and music, the later music diploma and a Masters in Public Policy are an eclectic mix of qualifications. I am really a generalist with some specialist experience. I have worked on many infrastructure projects that are about bespoke buildings for specific purposes, but which also need to work well for all the people that use them. I am regarded as a harmonising influence by people I have worked with, but I also like to get things done. Decorations / Awards / Honours : 2014 Victorian of the Year-Arts Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Chair Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Chair OCC for 499 St Kilda Rd Other Interests: music, theatre, reading, exercise, the dog.
Jen Hutchison

Jen Hutchison

Journeys to Words Publishing

Publisher

Jen is a writer and publisher. She established Journeys to Words Publishing in 2018 after a successful corporate career. Journeys to Words Publishing focusses on the work of mature-age writers, a group often overlooked by traditional mainstream publishing. With 3 books in 2019 and 6 scheduled for 2019, JTWPublishing sits comfortably in the indie publishing space. Other Interests: Skiing, long distance walking, swimming, reading, mentoring writers.
Dr Irene Irvine

Dr Irene Irvine

I Ivine & Associates

Principal

An experienced company director and senior executive of long standing with experience of NFP, Government and the Public Sector. Key areas of expertise are mentoring, education and disability.
Alison Ivey

Alison Ivey

I love living in Melbourne, and have been here since 2006, shifting here from NZ in search of a new way of life. I made a great choice. Currently I am on the Merit Protection Board, the Board of Tenants Victoria and have served on the Board of NMIT. My background is in education, public policy and administration.
Nicholas Jackson

Nicholas Jackson

Jackson Advisory

Principal

Management consultant, non-executive director; Greek-Australian with a [fading] american accent
Margaret Jackson AC

Margaret Jackson AC

Business - Company Director & Advisory Councils

Dianne Jacobs

Dianne Jacobs

The NED and Talent Advisors

Principal

Board Applications, NED and Executive Strategies. Coach-Mentor on Directorships and Leadership. Founder of The NED and Talent Advisors and former partner at the investment bank Goldman Sachs JBWere, a member of its partnership committee and the inaugural diversity council. Her leadership experience, together with being a sounding board to CEOs and their direct reports, means she understands high-impact talent, how they think, achieve success, address strategy and which actions take performance to the next level in complex, networked organisations. She has been a long-time advocate for diversity initiatives and in helping others capitalise on the value of diverse talent. Clients are from a range of ASX and SME companies or c-suite executives. Coaching or mentoring panels have included Melbourne Business School, AICD, Leadership Victoria and Governance Institute. Dianne was appointed to the board of Melbourne Forum at the 2019 AGM. The Ned and Talent Advisors website: www.thetalentadvisors.com
Mark Jankelson

Mark Jankelson

Social Venture Partners Melbourne

Chair

Mark has had over 40 years of global experience in the people management business – 14 of these at CEO level in the management consulting industry, the balance with large multi-national corporations in a variety of senior human resources roles. Mark has served as an advisor to Boards and Chief Executives on the entire range of organisation and people-related issues. Mark has always had a strong affinity with entrepreneurship having grown up and worked in his family’s business in South Africa in his early career as well as working in and for other family businesses. He has a special interest in mentoring and coaching emerging leaders. Currently he is engaged in a portfolio of activities including: running Boonderoo Company, a commercial walnut business with orchards in Central Victoria and Southern NSW with his wife, Hilary; Board Chair and Partner investor in Social Venture Partners Melbourne and Board Member of Social Venture Partners International; and running his own consulting, coaching and mentoring practice. Mark has a B.Com (Accounting and Economics) from Rhodes University and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand Business School.
Kim Jelbart

Kim Jelbart

James Michael (Kim) Jelbart Graduated Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Melbourne, in 1959. 1959-1962 Sales representative, Data Control, Melbourne. 1962-1963 Trainee programmer, Control Data Corp Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA. 1964-1965 Sales representative, Data Control, Melbourne. 1966-1971 Managing Director, Data Centre Pty Ltd. 1971-1983 Managing Director, Adaps Ltd., one of Australia’s first publicly listed information technology companies. 1984-1993 Managing Director, CLSI (Australia) Pty Ltd. 1993-1994 Manager, Library Systems Division, GEAC (Australia) Pty Ltd. 1994-2004 Managing Director, ERA Systems Pty Ltd. 2004-2008 Non-executive director, RMIT Training Pty Ltd.

Liz Johnstone

The Eastern Region Group of Councils

Executive Officer

David Jones AM

David Jones

I was President of LIV Victoria 1977/78 and am a Life Member. I was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987. Educated at Christian Brothers College Victoria Parade East Melbourne. Graduated in law at University of Melbourne. Partner in legal firm Ellison, Hewison and Whitehead [now Minter Ellison]. President Law Institute of Victoria. Chairman Legal Aid Commission. Chairman Australian Broadcasting Tribunal. Judge County Court of Victoria. As Judge, Chairman Accident Compensation Tribunal. As Judge, President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. As retired Judge, Member of the Adult Parole Board. As retired Judge, Deputy Chairman Legal Practitioner's Tribunal. As retired Judge, Deputy President Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal. As retired Judge, Special Investigations Monitor. As retired Judge, conducted a review of Jumps Racing in Victoria. As retired Judge, member of panel that reviewed Terrorism laws in Australia. As retired judge, conducted a review of the role of volunteers in the CFA. As retired Judge, Chaired a panel that reviewed Terrorism laws in Victoria. As retired judge, conducted a review of the unlawful release of prisoners from prisons in Victoria. As retired Judge, Member Law Reform Commission of Victoria. Chairman AFL Tribunal. Chairman AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal.
Simela Karasavidis

Simela Karasavidis

Virago Advisory

Principal

Simela is a Non Executive Director, Company Secretary, Committee Member, former Committee Chair, Consultant and Lawyer with over 25 years of executive and board level experience across the public, commercial and not for profit sectors both internationally and domestically with particular experience in the legal profession. At board level some highlights include: • Non Executive Director, Secretary and Committee Member with Red Nose; • Advisory Board Member, MatX; • Non Executive Director of Breast Cancer Campaign (now Breast Cancer NOW - the UK’s largest breast cancer charity). Simela also has experience as: • President of the Christopher Wren Club in Australia; • a Co-Founder of the Women Leaders in Infrastructure (WLII) in the UK; and • as Vice-President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers in the UK. In an executive capacity she is a Consultant to Pinsent Masons, formerly having been a founding Partner of Pinsent Masons (Australia) - providing advice to global clients to assist in the development of business strategies in Australia. Examples of her recent projects include: • Western Sydney Airport - Bulk Earthworks Package A; • Sydney Metro Northwest and Melbourne Metro Tunnels and Stations; • Melbourne Metro High Capacity Metro Trains; and • Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison. Prior to this she was a Partner with White & Case, in London – one of the biggest law firms in the world. Simela played a key role in building the infrastructure / public private partnerships practice into new and emerging geographies including the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. In this role she was also a member of a number of global committees and initiatives including the Global Diversity Steering Committee and the Global Women's Initiative. Simela has also presented widely including presenting at Capitol Hill, Washington DC to the Congressional Committee for Transport and Infrastructure on “PPP/PFI: An Overview of the United Kingdom Experience and Trends for the Future”. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Majoring in Macro Economics) and a Bachelor and Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. AND, Simela is a former student at St Albans Secondary College in Melbourne's west.
Merran Kelsall

Merran Kelsall

Director RACV, Vic Super and TarraWarra Museum of Art, Deputy Chair Melbourne Water and Deputy President CPA Australia

Experienced independent director with expertise in finance, audit, risk, and compliance. Strong focus on corporate governance including financial and non-financial external reporting to include strategy and risk management and aligning performance management with strategy. Particular experience with organisations focused on outcomes including both member/stakeholder and public interest. Previously spent over 20 years in practice as a Chartered Accountant, including 10 years as a partner at BDO. Industry experience includes financial and professional services; insurance; superannuation; health; education; contract management, utilities and major infrastructure projects, including the water industry. Experienced executive coach and worked in various listed companies. Former appointments include Chairman & CEO Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and Member International and NZ Auditing and Assurance Standards Boards.
Dr Hugh Kelso

Dr Hugh Kelso

Paediatrician

General paediatrician, Frankston Hospital,Peninsula Health. Also in private practice, Frankston. Tutor in paediatric medicine, Monash University.
Jason Kimberley

Jason Kimberley

Cool Australia

CEO

Cool Australia founder Jason Kimberley is an eco-warrior, globally renowned photographer, adventurer and founder of the online environmental resource, Cool Australia. Spurred into action after researching his 2005 expedition to Antarctica with pals Jason Veale and Peter Hillary, Kimberley vowed to protect our fragile ecosphere. His first book, Australia Exposed (2003), was the result of a yearlong camping trip around Australia in 2000 with his wife Caroline. Antarctica, A Different Adventure (2007) describes his journey across the frozen wilderness. Kimberley's love of travel and our environment was formed at an early age, after his family embarked on their first outback adventure. Since then he has traveled extensively throughout Australia and the globe subjecting himself to a number of demanding challenges including: climbing South America's highest peak Mt. Aconcagua (23,000ft), man-hauling sledges around the horseshoe valley in Antarctica, trekking Denali and a month long kayaking odyssey on Prince William Sound - both in Alaska. After the success of the Cool Melbourne campaign, Kimberley took the initiative nationally with www.coolaustralia.org. Cool Australia is a leading educational resource engaging more than 180,000 students in 2013. It explores the challenges we face, the solutions at hand and how we can all become a part of this solution building a cleaner, smarter and sustainable country. Voted best by News Ltd the website enables students to take an active role in caring for our environment and features age-specific learning activities that teachers can download and take directly to the classroom. Kimberley was awarded Environmental educator of the year in 2012. Kimberley is determined to make environmental responsibility a reality. äóìWe must plan a future that can be embraced, not feared,äó he says. äóìAnd to involve all Australian's in shaping our future.äó
Janine Kirk AO

Janine Kirk AO

Non Executive Director

Director

Janine is current a Non Executive Director. In her executive life she was the Founding Chief Executive of The Prince's Trust Australia from Jan 2013 to Jan 2019. The Trust represented the charitable endeavours of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Australia. Prior to her appointment, Janine was a Partner at Ernst & Young (EY) for six years where she was responsible for establishing and leading the Victorian Government & Public Sector practice for the firm. She was also Oceania Leader Community; and a Director of the EY Foundation. Janine joined EY in March 2007 after 12 years as the Chief Executive of the Committee for Melbourne Currently Janine is Chair, Phoenix Australia; Chair, Chair HousingFirst , Chair The Melbourne Prize Trust; Deputy Chair, Council of Women and Families United by Defence Service; Chair, Kukukuku PNG Tribe Advisory Council; she is also an Ambassador for The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Teach for Australia and The Australian Community Foundation, and a Founding Member of the Berry Street Childhood Alliance. Previous leadership positions held include: Director, Australian International Military Games (Invictus Games Sydney 2018); Founding Chair, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute Leadership Advisory Board; Chair, Tourism Victoria; Chair, Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau; Founding Director, The Melbourne Forum; Founding Director, Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge & Innovation; Director and President Berry Street Victoria; Founding Director of The Conversation and The Conversation Media Group and a Director of The Cranlana Ethical Leadership Programme. In 2021 in the Queen's Honour's an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her contribution to the NFP sector. In 2016 Janine was awarded a Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Award for her contribution to business; education and the community. She was Awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her contribution to Melbourne and Child Welfare. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University in 2007 and was appointed a Monash Vice Chancellor Professorial Fellow in 2012-2015. She is a recipient of The Centenary Medal and is a British Chevening Scholarship winner; a VESKI Fellow and has been awarded Life Membership of Berry Street Victoria; the Committee for Melbourne and The BioMelbourne Network in recognition of her contribution to those organisations. In 2019 she was inducted into the Tintern Grammar Avenue of Excellence.
Suzanne Knight

Suzanne Knight

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Program Director, Liveability Victoria International

I'm a Victorian public servant with a keen interest in environment, sustainable development, liveability and engagement with Asia.
Christine Kotur

Chris Kotur

Chris Kotur Consulting

Principal

Christine Kotur is a specialist in strategy, governance, leadership development, evaluations and reviews. She is a highly regarded facilitator and strategic advisor to boards, executives and leadership teams. Chris facilitated community consultations for the Bushfires Royal Commission, the Flood Inquiry and the Inquiry into the 2013 Harrietville fire and works assisting communities to build resilience during times of significant change. Chris is the Inaugural Leader In Residence at Leadership Victoria and is an Associate of the Global Leadership Foundation.
Maria Koutsimpiris

Maria Koutsimpiris

NED and Strategy & Planning Executive

Globally focused executive with experience spanning operation, project and strategic leadership in capital intensive, complex multinationals (automotive and petroleum sectors) including three years living and working in Singapore with General Motors, leading Regional Portfolio Planning for Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Recently graduated from the Company Directors Course (GAICD) and commenced as a NED with Highett Community Bank Branch (a Bendigo Bank Community Bank) and as an Advisory Committee Member for Power of Engineering which promotes Engineering to Year 9/10 female, regional and indigenous students. Passionate about STEM and increasing the attractiveness, retention and professional growth for women in these sectors. Advocate for improving diversity at all levels, removing unconscious bias and fostering inclusive leadership. I have a love of great food and wine and feel blessed with the variety and quality of choices we have in Melbourne. Other pastimes include travelling, cycling and photography.
Stan Krpan

Stan Krpan

Solar Victoria

CEO

Dr Peter Lake

Dr Peter Lake

Knowledge Node Pty Ltd

Director

Peter Lamell

Peter Lamell

Citywide Services & Renew Australia

NED

Non Executive Director
Deirdre Lander

Deirdre Lander

Willis Towers Watson & Obe Organic

Director

Vanessa Lane

Vanessa’s career in the public and private health care sector has spanned more than 20 years with the last 10 years dedicated to clinical quality, safety and risk. She commenced her career in nursing and subsequently undertook further studies in Critical Care Nursing and Business Administration. Her passion to gain a greater understanding of quality and safety systems led her to undertake a Master of Engineering in Quality with the School of Aerospace. Vanessa’s desire to share this passion through training required her to complete a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. For the last ten years Vanessa’s focus has been on clinical incident identification processes, investigation methodologies and clinical governance systems and structures. Her role has included assisting public health organisations to utilise the most appropriate methodology to effectively engage clinicians in undertaking meaningful reviews, so that the learnings can be implemented.
Prof Paul Latimer

Paul Latimer

Swinburne Law School

Adjunct Professor

Paul joined Swinburne Law School after many years as an academic lawyer teaching, researching and publishing in the areas of business law and financial regulation at Monash Business School. He is the author of Australian Business Law (about 1200 pages), which has gone through 35 annual editions. He continues in research and publication, is also now a volunteer lawyer at Fitzroy Legal Service, a member of the Football Federation Tribunal, and has been a volunteer migration agent at Refugee Legal. He joined Melbourne Forum in 2017.
Sally Leake

Sally Leake

Australian Institute of Company Directors

Head of States and Territories

An experienced non-executive director who has served on government, private and not-for-profit boards in the health, education and community services sectors. Also experienced as a General Manager with national responsibilities and now Head of National Board and Governance Services, at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Previous executive roles include senior corporate and strategic management positions at Government House in Canberra, in emergency services, higher education and the private sector. With a career history spanning the regional, state, national and international levels, has developed excellent influential networks across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Appointed an Honorary Aide to the Governor of Victoria in 2019. A Victorian Finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards in 2019. Awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2003.
Nichola Lefroy

Nichola Lefroy

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Development Lead

A community cultivator from way back, my career summary includes: - over 15 years in Development, including corporate, Trusts and Foundations and individual donor cultivation and stewardship, grant cycle management and the creation of impactful philanthropy through private giving. - Governance experience across a range of educational and philanthropic organisations. - Management of IT projects for the Shell Group of Companies in Australia and the UK. - Home educator for one of my sons for 6 years, inspiring and leading a team of volunteers and consulting with a range of specialists to achieve outstanding outcomes for my son. - Long record of establishing strong relationships, debating constructively, communications with integrity and honesty and breaking down boundaries.
A/Prof Crystal Legacy

Crystal Legacy

University of Melbourne

Associate Professor, Urban Planning

Dr Crystal Legacy is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne and a former Australian Research Council DECRA recipient (2014-2017). Crystal has published widely on the topics of transport politics, urban conflict, citizen participation, strategic plan-making, urban governance and infrastructure planning and has acted as a Guest Editor on several journal special issues including most recently for Urban Policy and Research ("Critical Urban Infrastructure" with A/Prof Wendy Steele). She is also on the editorial board for the journals Planning Theory and Practice (Comments and Reviews Editor) and Urban Policy and Research (Reviews Editor). Her current research interests include urban transport politics where she is currently working on a substantial body of work that seeks to reframe the role of citizens in transport planning in the 'urban age'. Her interest in contemporary models of urban governance and transportation planning also extends to the area of autonomous vehicles where she is working with a team of researchers on the relationships between transport innovation, urban governance and strategic planning. Crystal also has a keen interest in planning theory with a particular interest in communicative planning, agonism, post-foundational readings of urban politics and deliberative democracy.
Mark Leibler AC

Mark Leibler AC

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Senior Partner

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie Leslie

Colac Area Health

Non Executive Director

Masters Human Resources Rutgers University New Jersey USA GAICD (Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors) and FAHRI (Fellow Australian Human Resources Institute) NED at Colac Area Health and Board /CEO Advisor with over 20 years’ experience leading efforts for innovation and technological change in the Health sector. Her Executive roles included experience in Asia and the US with Kodak, Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceuticals and biotechnology and Cochlear medical devices. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Melbourne Women's Fund Member Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee Member Women on Boards Mentor CivVic Labs- start up accelerator program Other Interests: Chair CEO Employment Matters Committee Surf Coast Shire Advisor start up medical devices company
Linton Lethlean OAM

Linton Lethlean OAM

Lawyer

Peter Lewinsky

Peter Lewinsky

Non Executive Director

Peter Lewinsky is an experienced Board Director and Chairman. His Board experience spans over 25 years and includes Government organisations and private and ASX listed companies. For the last 28 years he has conducted an advisory practice providing strategic, financial and governance advice and is an experienced government, not-for-profit and private sector company director. He has also been a member of and chaired a number of Audit Committees of private and government sector organisations. Prior to commencing his practice in 1991, Peter, who holds a Master of Business Administration, and a qualified Chartered Accountant, worked for investment banks and stockbroking firms in Australia and overseas. In private practice Peter has advised Victorian, South Australian, Tasmanian and ACT governments and the Federal government on a range of governance, financial management, commercialisation, and industry reform issues. He is currently Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; and a former member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services, Chair of the Departments of Justice & Regulation and Human Services and Dep Chair of the ACT Chief Ministers Directorate. Peter has undertaken a range of significant governance assignments for Government including his appointment as Chair of Administrators of Brimbank City Council for a three year period from November 2009, and a further year under a new Chair to January 2014. Peter is currently a member of public and not for profit boards (including key board sub-committees). • Chair of the Board of Holmesglen Institute, • Board member of The Tasmanian Water & Sewerage Authority, • Board member of Ambulance Victoria, • Board member of Carbon Revolution Limited • Chair of TASL Limited, a trustee of a large superannuation fund, and • The Emmy Monash Home for the Aged. In all of these Board positions Peter is Chair of or a member of Audit Committees, and holds various other Board governance roles.
David Lewis

David Lewis

Former public servant

Weston Lewis

Weston Lewis

JBA Consulting Engineers

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Weston is a international sustainability practitioner, global thinker, and innovator. With expertise in buildings, passive design, and energy usage, he has consulted on a range of commercial, institutional, healthcare, educational, and residential projects furthering his in-depth knowledge and commercial context for delivering better buildings, businesses, and communities. He also enjoys sports, cooking, and getting outside as much as possible.
Dr Michael Liffman

Dr Michael Liffman

Non Executive Director

Adjunct Associate Professor and Founding Director

Dr Tim Lightfoot

Dr Tim Lightfoot

St Vincent's Private Hospital

Director High Dependency Unit

I am currently a consultant physician at the St Vincent’s and Epworth groups of hospitals. I founded the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Network and continued as chair when it merged with Foundation House (provider of services to survivors of torture) I was an adviser to the immigration department on health services in detention centres. I chaired the Asylum Seeker Project (providing housing to thousands of community dwelling asylum seekers) I ran a specialist medical clinic for asylum Seekers and help set up the Health clinics at The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. I was the Victorian state physician to the Victorian prison system for 18 years
Annette Lowe

Annette Lowe

Jungian analyst

Qualifications Dip.Anal.Psych (Zurich) 1993 M.A. Dip. Ed. B.A., B.App.Sci. (Comm.Dis.) Experience Annette Lowe is a Jungian analyst with twenty-six years’ experience in private practice, in St. Kilda. Her training was at the Jung Institute in Zurich, which Jung himself founded. She is a past president of the C.G. Jung Society of Melbourne, for which she has given many lectures and workshops. She has also given many introductory courses in Jungian psychology. Before her training, Annette worked for several years as a teacher of English as a Second Language and as a speech pathologist. Her work history is interspersed with travel, mostly in Europe and Asia.
Prof Helmut Lueckenhausen

Prof Helmut Lueckenhausen

Torrens University Australia

Pro Vice Chancellor Academic

Prof Emeritus Helmut Lueckenhausen is Pro Vice Chancellor Academic at Torrens University and Deputy Director Academic Think Education. He leads the academic team within the Office of the Vice Chancellor covering the Centre for Learning, Teaching & Scholarship, Learning Services and chairs the Retention Project, the Executive Learning and Teaching Committee and the Academic Policy and Appeals Committees of the Academic Board. Helmut has many years’ experience in the academic aspects of design, from a lecturer in 3D Design to Dean, Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Helmut led the Faculty (previously the National School of Design) into becoming a significant international force in the field of design, including increasing onshore international student numbers eightfold as well setting up programs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. Successful programs were similarly set up with Billy Blue in Sydney. Helmut led the establishment of the National Institute for Design Research, and the development of new policies and programs for design practice-led research and re-introduced the Swinburne School of Film and Television. Most recently, Helmut was Pro Vice-Chancellor Internationalisation at Swinburne, providing senior academic leadership and advocacy including curriculum developments, staff capability, graduate attributes, and the research endeavour. Previous to this role, Helmut was Pro Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak. Helmut is a leading exponent in the field of studio furniture and design for wood, having maintained a regular national and international lecture program, including forum, conference and workshop presentations. His work is in the collections of the Australian National Gallery and state collections throughout Australia. He was honoured with a survey exhibition of his life’s work 11 April – 11 June 2015 by the Art Gallery of Warrnambool. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Awarded the title of ‘Darjah Utama Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Kenyalang Sarawak Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK (H)), by Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin, the Head of State of Sarawak, on the occasion of the latter’s 89th birthday on 16 October, 2010 for services to education. Other Interests: Apart from continuing exhibition profile: Creative Industries, Arts, History
Jed Macartney OAM

Jed Macartney OAM

Jed most recently moved to develop a portfolio of non-executive director interests after a successful career in the not for profit, corporate and government sectors. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Leadership Victoria and Chair of the Leadership Victoria Foundation and holds several private directorships. His roles in the NFP sector were as the CEO of Independent Disability Services and the General Manager Corporate Services at Able Australia. 

 Before entering the NFP sector, Jed held a number of positions in the rail sector including: General Manager Central and Eastern Regions for Gemco Rail and General Manager Engineering at Freight Australia. 

He was the Joint Managing Director of Avteq, a rail manufacturing and maintenance company that manufactured 12 VL class locomotives. 
 Before the rail industry, Jed’s experience was in civil aviation where he consulted to Regional Express (REX) on regulatory compliance. This followed five years at the Ansett group where he held a variety of senior engineering management roles.

 Jed started his career in the RAAF as a technician. His final role was as the Senior Engineering Officer C130 fleet. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1997 for his services to RAAF Transport Aircraft engineering and logistics.

 His current community involvement is as a Member of the Queen Victoria Market Committee of Trustees, President of the Essendon Canoe Club and a volunteer broadcaster at community radio station 3RRR. He is a Past Chair of the YMCA Bridge Project Community Council and a past President of the Melbourne Rugby Union Football Club.
James Macneil

James Macneil

WSP Australia Pty Limited

Commercial Executive

James Macneil is an experienced corporate executive and project director with over 20-years construction sector experience in Australia and overseas. He was a director of Melbourne Forum from 2014 to 2020.
Dr Rod Macneil

Dr Rod Macneil

Museums Victoria

Chief of Staff

Dr Rod Macneil is Chief of Staff for Museums Victoria with responsibility for corporate relations, governance and strategic leadership. Over two decades working in both Australia and the United States, he has delivered transformative, whole-of-organisation projects in areas including audience development, brand management and planning and governance. Rod completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne and is an alumnus of Leadership Victoria’s Folio Community Leadership Program. He has held a number of board roles and is currently a board member for Chamber Made, one of Australia’s leading experimental performance groups.
Tim Maddock

Tim Maddock

i2i Logic

Co Founder and Managing Director

Grew up in Shepparton before attending secondary school in Melbourne. Attended the University of Melbourne studying Law and Commerce. Traveled through Europe and the Middle East before joining law firm Ashursts in 1993. Joined ANZ Institutional Bank in 1997 where I held various roles as a banker and executive. During 2001 to 2004 I worked out of New York. In 2013, I left ANZ to launch a fintech start up 'i2i Logic'. Fast forward to 2021, we now have offices in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Zurich and London. During 2018 and 2019, I spent 2 years working out of Geneva. Married to Fiona Forsyth QC and father to Amelie (13 yo) and Catie (11 yo). Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Mentor on the Pivott program https://vic.pivottcareers.com.au/pages/pivott-connect Other Interests: Global and local politics Global economics Technology and its impact on the social order Climate change Capital markets Start ups Crypto All mountain sports

Frank Mahlab

Rotu Investments Pty Ltd

CEO

BS Economics, Wharton School 1952 - Univ. of Penn MBA NY Grad School of Business 1954 - NY University. Sent to Australia in 1958 to head Davis and Neck factory. Married in 1959 and moved to Melbourne - later joined Fo economist. Since 1960 I have run my own business in entry property investments. Brothers of St Laurence - Finance Committee Board of Playbox Theatre for 10 years DEAC board - disability services for 3 years.
Eve Mahlab AO

Eve Mahlab AO

Rotu Properties Pty Ltd

Director

Business and Social Entrepreneur.Thought Leader. Feminist Activist.Former Board Member of Bank, Film Company and University. Parent and Grandparent
Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Syneka Marketing

Managing Director and Marketing Strategist

Alex Makin is founder of Syneka , a strategic marketing consultancy. Alex formed Syneka Marketing in 2009, to maintain his professional career, while serving as an elected Councillor for Maroondah City Council. Alex has over 15 years experience in strategic marketing and marketing management. Alex is a former State Chair of the Australian Marketing Institute and a member RMIT's Business Advisory Committee for the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. Alex was also a former Mayor and Councillor for the City of Maroondah and Vice-President of the Public Transport Users Association.
Elise Margow

Elise Margow

Legally Speaking

Principal

Lawyer, Mediator, Director, Board Chair, Author. Understands the commercial needs of a business, legally speaking. Founder and principal of a law practice that assists clients with new market opportunities for increased revenue, innovative risk mitigation, achieving major cost reductions, negotiating million-dollar transactions and resolving deal breakers. Together with her associates, Elise is able to advise clients on the 'A to Z' of legal management, services and strategies. Elise is an experienced litigator and mediator (ranked by Doyles as one of Victoria’s Leading Mediators) with a focus on alternative dispute resolution techniques to assist clients and disputing parties avoid lengthy and expensive court proceedings. She has successfully assisted both her own clients and disputing parties resolve complex disputes using the combination of her litigation and commercial experience together with her pragmatic approach to the resolution of disputes. As a nationally accredited mediator Elise specialises in mediations concerning banking and finance, corporate, commercial, industrial relations and major leasing disputes. Elise is an author of the LexisNexis Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents Sale of Goods, Employment, Banking and Finance and Guarantees and Indemnities sections. Board Chair for St Martins Youth Theatre. Co-founder and director of the charity Australian Books For Children Of Africa. Named in The Age Melbourne Magazine as one of the top 100 most passionate, powerful and provocative personalities of 2012. For more information go to www.legalspeak.com.au
Prof Vin Massaro

Prof Vin Massaro

Consultant and Board Director

Honorary Professorial Fellow in Higher Education at the University of Melbourne; independent member of the Board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and Board Member of Médecins sans Frontières; Strategic Adviser to Deloitte Consulting. He has previously held several senior positions in universities; was Chief Executive of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and of the Victorian State Board of Education. He has been Managing Director of a Consulting company specialising in higher education and health. He has been a member or Chairman of several health Boards. Decorations / Awards / Honours : BA, PhD, FAICD, Hon FATEM Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: MSF Australia Other Interests: Political History, current politics and current affairs and ancient history and archaeology
Stephen Mayne

Stephen Mayne

Crikey

Journalist

Thirty years as a journalist/columnist with The Age, Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The AFR, Crikey, The Eye, The Constant Investor, Ethical Investor, CBD News and The Mayne Report. Press secretary in Kennett media unit. Councillor City of Manningham Councillor City of Melbourne (chair of Finance and Governance committee, deputy chair Planning Committee) Communications Adviser, Alliance for Gambling Reform Policy and Engagement co-ordinator, Australian Shareholder Association Former director (4 years), Australian Shareholders' Association Former director (3 years), Mannacare (aged care provider)
Kate Mazoudier

Kate Mazoudier

Australian National Academy of Music

Deputy General Manager

Creative and strategic leader with two decades' experience in the arts and education sectors as a performer and administrator. Kate has a record of success in fundraising and development, stakeholder and alumni engagement, pr and media comms. She currently leads a high -performing, focussed and collegiate team at the Australian National Academy of Music. ANAM is Australia's leading performance training academy for classical musicians. Based at the South Melbourne Town Hall, ANAM is a one of the Arts8 group alongside other elite arts training institutions such as NIDA, the Australian Ballet, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and NAISDA. Kate was born and raised in Sydney and originally trained and worked as a cellist. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, two children and a faithful, ancient kelpie (so ancient, she preceeded the husband and children!).
Maree McCabe AM

Maree McCabe AM

Dementia Australia

CEO

A dynamic professional who has held Executive Manager and Chief Executive Officer roles, with comprehensive experience spanning the acute psychiatric, health and ageing sectors. A strong track record in leadership, advocacy, policy, championing strategic and operational change, and creating effective stakeholder partnerships. KEY STRENGTHS • Innovation - development of multi international award winning technology transforming care for people living with dementia • Leadership experience in leading a multi site operation in excess of 1,000 staff and promoting a positive change management experience • Expertise in public speaking and media • Ability to inspire, motivate and develop teams • Stakeholder development and relationship building • Raising the profile of organisations by elevating standards of care/services and improving care/service outcomes Decorations / Awards / Honours : Australian Financial Review Boss True Leader 2019 Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: BOARD APPOINTMENTS 2018 – current Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute Deakin University 2018 – current Chair Nominations Committee Alzheimer’s Disease International 2018 – current Queensland Brain Institute Advisory Board 2017 – current: Dementia Australia Research Foundation 2017 – current: NHMRC - National Institute Dementia Research 2017 – current ADI Asia Pacific Regional Committee 2016 – 2018 Speakers Institute Advisory Board 2016 - 2018 Brotherhood of St Lawrence Audit & Risk Committee 2016 – current: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Australia Limited Other Interests: Theatre, arts, movies, exercise, aromatherapy, personal development, F1
Pat McCafferty

Pat McCafferty

Yarra Valley Water

Managing Director

Anthony McClaran

Anthony McClaran

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Chief Executive Officer

Before moving to Australia to join TEQSA as its CEO in October 2015, Anthony was Chief Executive of the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) from 2009-15 and Chief Executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) from 2003-06. A graduate with a First Class Honours degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent, Anthony began his career in higher education at the University of Warwick, where he held a number of posts including Admissions Officer. In 1992 he moved to the University of Hull to take up the post of Academic Registrar, with responsibility for recruitment, admissions, student records, international affairs and academic resource allocation. In 1995 he was appointed Acting Registrar and Secretary. Anthony has served as a member of the boards of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). Currently Anthony has just begun his second term on the International Advisory Board for the US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB). He has held a number of governance roles at all levels of education and was Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire from 2007 to 2009.
Prof Rob McGauran

Prof Rob McGauran

MGS Architects

Director

Rob is a Founding Director of award winning design practice MGS Architects and has held and holds a range of leadership and advisory roles for Government with major design commentary and coordination roles and not for profit directorships. These include: • Ambassador for Future Melbourne 2026: • Member of the Victorian Government Design Review Panel; • Former Member of the Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee; • Member of the Victorian Priority Development Panel; • Former Chair of the Sullivan’s Cove Design Advisory Committee in Tasmania; • Former Chair of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria; • Former Chapter and National Councillor of the AIA.
Steph McGregor

Steph McGregor

Facta NV

Managing Director Energy & Infrastructure

Australian & international career successfully delivering & leading projects/programs in energy networks, economic infrastructure, public assets & land use, at the coalface of change & public/private interfaces. Accomplished in public and private sector leadership roles. Motivated by finding practical ways unlock real value in infrastructure & energy assets & deliver communities, investors & stakeholder well performing, sustainable & high-quality infrastructure solutions. Involved in urban innovation models in mobility (UbiPark & Flexicar) & international innovations in renewable energy network competitions including interconnectors and large scale offshore wind networks. Worked in United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia & the EU Decorations / Awards / Honours : Nominee for Qantas Australian Woman of the Year in the UK (2010) Department of Premier & Cabinet (Victoria) Leadership Award (2004) Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Co-founder YimbyVIC (Australia); Steering Committee Women in Infrastructure (UK); Corporate sponsor & mentor The Cup Effect (UK); and, Committee Member Tait Memorial Trust (UK) Other Interests: Professional: community owned energy & infrastructure, energy network innovation, recycling, Zero Waste models, urban efficiency & resilience. Personal: Paddle boarding, travel, designing a house,, yoga (perpetual beginner!).

Robert McGuirk

Hostelling International

President

A Company Director primarily involved in the development and management of social purpose and sustainable businesses. Expertise and many years experience in Governance, Law, Information Technology, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Not for Profits.
Peter McMullin AM

Peter McMullin AM

Cornwall Stodart

Special Counsel

Peter McMullin is Special Counsel at Cornwall Stodart, and is Chairman of McMullin Group. He has also been engaged in many prominent community and organisational leadership roles, has high level expertise in commercial and financial management, as well as being an experienced consultant and mediator across the public and private sectors. Between 2010 and 2013, Peter was the President of the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI), having been Deputy President of VECCI since 2003. Also in 2003, Peter was awarded the Centenary Medal. He is currently Vice-President of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Anne Mellino

Anne Mellino

Editing + Projects

Program Manager / Corporate Writer

Fiona Menzies

Creative Partnerships Australia

CEO

Fiona Manzies is the first Chief Executive Officer of Creative Partnerships Australia. Previously, Fiona worked for two Federal Arts Ministers as an adviser, then chief of staff. Fiona has also worked as a corporate affairs director for a property investment firm, then ran a childrenäó»s cancer organisation, before returning to the arts as the inaugural Development Manager for the Wheeler Centre, prior to her current role.
John Merritt

John Merritt

Aeon Advisory

Principal

Leadership Victoria Group

LV MF

Prof Simon Molesworth AO QC

Prof Simon Molesworth AO QC

Barrister

Queen's Counsel

Simon R Molesworth AO QC is one of Australia's leading environmental lawyers.From Jan 2017 to May 2019 he was a Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW. He was the honorary Inaugural Executive Chairman of the International National Trusts Organisation (2006-15) and at Monash University he was a Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow to 12/2016. Until June 2010 he was the non-executive chairman of ASX listed Greenearth Energy Limited and from 2010 to 2014 he was an Adjunct Professor in La Trobe University's Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability. From 1980 to 2005 Mr Molesworth was a councillor of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), having been its honorary chairman and then president for almost 20 years. In 1994 Simon was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and then in 2012 elevated to an Officer of the Order for his distinguished service to conservation and the environment, heritage preservation, the professions and natural resources sector, and to community health organisations. Returning to the Victorian Bar as a practising barrister from July 2019, he had previously been at the Bar from1984-2016, specializing in environmental, planning and natural resource law, in 1995 he took Silk.
Peter Moore

Mr Peter Moore

Flyford Communications

Director

I am currently a company director working with non-for-profit and start-up companies. I am Acting Chair of Transparency International Australia, director of Montsalvat arts community, Chair of Vastigo Limited and on advisory boards of start-ups. I had a 27 career as a management consultant with Accenture and became a Managing Director working in business consulting, Asia Pacific and the resources industry.
Prof Maxine Morand

Prof Maxine Morand

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Chair

Maxine has a background in health, cancer research, government and management. Maxine began her career in general and specialist nursing and then worked as a Victorian Transplant Coordinator. During this time Maxine completed her Bachelor of Arts and later a Masters Preliminary (Hons) in Sociology. A love of stats led to a research role at the Cancer Council of Victoria. In 2002 Maxine was elected to the Victorian Parliament and served for eight years including three years as Minister for Children, Early Childhood Development and Women's Affairs. Maxine was CEO of Breast Cancer Network Australia for three years and is currently Chair Board of Directors at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Maxine is a Professor at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash uni.
Dr Karen Morley

Dr Karen Morley

Karen Morley & Associates

Principal

Stuart Moseley

Stuart Moseley

Victorian Planning Authority

Chief Executive Officer

Hassan Mounzer

Hassan Mounzer

Honeywell

Service Consultant

Peter Mousaferiadis

Peter Mousaferiadis

Cultural Infusion

CEO

My area of expertise is culture: particularly in how it can be harnessed to transform humanity on an individual and collective level. I use my position as a thought leader and champion of intercultural understanding to foster such relationships, assisted by my decades of experience working closely with government and education bodies. In 2002 I founded Cultural Infusion, a cultural enterprise that works through education and the arts to promote social cohesion and build global harmony through intercultural action. Cultural Infusion has delivered countless innovative art workshops, cultural education programs, digital resources, education and community programs and courses. Our programs have an average annual audience reach of more than 350,000 people across the globe, and have received international recognition. As of 2019, Cultural Infusion is a formal partner of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. Other major partner organisations include the United Religions Initiative, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the Dialogue of Civilizations, the Australian National University, and the Victorian State Government Department of Education and Training. Decorations / Awards / Honours : October 2017 – Peace Ambassador Award Peter received the Peace Ambassador Award from the Center of Peace Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka, recognising three decades of contribution towards promoting intercultural harmony through education, arts and interactive digital media. November 2013 – HACCI Award for Community Excellence Peter is presented the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) Award for Community Excellence. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual for serving the Community or the promotion of Hellenism via community or philanthropic organizations. June 2013 – Cultural Revolution Award This award was presented to Peter Mousaferiadis in conjunction with the Government of Punjab, Pakistan, and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in recognition of 25 years of contribution to cultural diversity through arts and cultural programs. May 2013 – UNAOC Do One Thing for Diversity Campaign – Winning Slogan Peter Mousaferiadis, in a collaborative process with the team at Cultural Infusion, developed the winning slogan for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) Do One Thing for Diversity campaign. The slogan, ”Divided We Fall, United We Stand, Diversified We Grow”, was launched at the opening of the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue by the UN High Representative H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser in Baku, Azerbaijan. February 2013 – Intercultural Innovation Award Cultural Infusion is presented a winning prize for UNAOC’s Intercultural Innovation Award for its Sound Infusion project. The Intercultural Innovation Award is presented to organisations which have developed innovative and sustainable projects around the world that use novel and creative methods to encourage dialogue and cooperation among people from different cultural backgrounds. As a winner, Cultural Infusion is granted membership to the “World Intercultural Facility for Innovation”. June 2006 – Victoria University Faculty of Business and Law Legend Peter was among ninety legends recognised by Victoria University for their active contributions over the lifetime of its Faculty of Business and Law. December 2005 - Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) Business Corporate Award Peter is presented the award for excellence in multicultural affairs at the Victorian Government House by then-Premier of Victoria Steve Bracks. The award recognises “the inclusive practices and initiatives by a business that utilises and promotes Victoria’s multicultural advantage”, and was the culmination of more than a decade of hard work that began with the idea that entertainment and the arts were areas lacking appropriate representation of Australia’s cultural diversity. Peter saw the award as a validation of his mission to faithfully represent Australia’s multicultural identity by elevating the status of “world artists” from the periphery toward the mainstream. July 2000 – AGAPI Care Award for Valuable Contribution Peter received the Award for Valuable Contribution to AGAPI Care Inc, an acknowledgement of Peter’s contribution of cultural services and his work as a composer that assisted and benefited AGAPI. AGAPI is an organisation that provides respite and support for children and adults of different abilities. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Current & Ongoing 2017 – Member of the Australian Industry and Skills (AISC)’s Culture and Related Industries Industry Reference Committee 2017 – Recipient of Centre for Peace Studies (Sri Lanka) Peace Ambassador Award 2017 – Deputy-Chair of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Board 2017 – Chair of the ECCV Policy Advisory Committee for Entrepreneurship, Education, Employment and Training 2016 – Chair, Lahore International Conference on Culture 2015 – BMW Responsible Leaders Network member 2015 – Associate of the UNESCO Chair for Interreligious & Intercultural Relations for the Asia–Pacific Region 2015 – First election to the ECCV Board 2015 – Advisory panel member of the Youth Revolution Club of Pakistan 2014 – Advisory member of the Global Dialogue Foundation 2014 – Music Council of Australia – Councilor (representing world music) 2014-2018 – Global Trustee of United Religious Initiative 2014 – Patron of the 2014 Model Global Parliament 2014 – Member of the Music Council of Australia’s Education Advisory Group 2014 – Member of the Cultural Advisory Committee of Innovation & Business Skills Australia Industry Reference Committee for Culture and Related Industries. 2013 – UNAOC World Intercultural Facility for Innovation (WIFI) 2013 – Member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network 2004 – Director of the Cultural Infusion Foundation One-off & Past 2017 – Speaker at the EdTechXEurope Summit 2017 – UNESCO International Seminar “The Great Moments of Dialogue in Human History: Assessment, Lessons and Prospects” – Samarkand, Uzbekistan (presenter and participant) 2017 – World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) – presenter and panelist 2013 - 2017 – World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan (panel and speaker) 2015 - 2016 – WISE Learners’ Voice Mentor 2015 - 2016 – Advisory panel member of the Department of Education’s (VIC) Strategic Partnerships Program 2015 – Member of Carlton Football Club diversity committee 2015 – Board member of the Victorian Peace Council 2014 – United Nations Association of Australia (Sydney) Workshop Committee for Peace 2012 - 2014 – Regional Leader – Global Trustee for the United Religious Initiative (URI) - South East Asia and Pacific Region 2014 –Ambassador for the Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) and panel member of the Global Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul 2011 - 2013 – Member of various Multicultural and Arts Panels, including Groundswell, International Music Forum & World Music Colloquium, at Macquarie University 2011 – Participant and presenter in the UNAOC pre-forum in Doha 2011 – Member of the UNAOC Integration Building Inclusive Societies (IBIS) Organising Committee 2006 – Member of the Multicultural Arts Advisory Committee (VIC) 2006 – Member of the Melbourne Recital Centre workshop committee 2004 – 2008 – Chair (and current director) of the Cultural Infusion Foundation 2003 – Member of the City of Hume’s workshop committee 1997 - 2001 – Board member of the Footscray Community Arts Centre 1996 - 1998 – Goodwill Ambassador for AUSTCARE (Australians Caring for Refugees), Australia’s specialist refugee agency Other Interests: From 1988 until 2013 Peter worked extensively as a conductor. During this period he conducted more than 60 music groups in more than 700 presentations, and developed a passion for championing Australian and Eastern European musical works. From 1995 until 2000 Peter was the Artistic Director of the Orana Chamber Orchestra. During this period Peter premiered more than 30 Australian and world premieres. In 2003, Peter conducted the premier performances of the Populist Opera “1975” by acclaimed composer Irini Vela. From 1990 – 1994, Peter studied conducting in the Czech Republic, Italy and in the USA. In 2000, Peter was selected to take part in the ABC Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program under the distinguished Finnish conductor Jorma Panula as an active master class participant. • Artistic Director, Conductor and Founder of the Orana Chamber Orchestra, 1995-2000 • Music director of the Glen Eira City Choir, 1997-2000 • Music Director of the Hellenic Choir of Melbourne, 1995-2002 • Chorus Master of the ‘Aurora Australis Choir’, a mass choir of 300 singers, 1999 • Board member of the Footscray Community Arts Centre, 1998-2002 • Music Director of ‘Canto Coro’, 2000-2013 • Music Director of the Greek Orthodox Community Children’s Choir Program, 2001-2008 • Chorus Master of the Multicultural Choir, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 1996-2005 Peter has also established himself as a composer of lyric melodies. To date he has composed over 100 songs, (including the popular oratorio “Snow in Brunswick” - a mass for choir, piano and didgeridoo), arranged over hundreds of songs for choirs, and has set music to a documentary and composed for a national radiothon. He has composed and directed much of the music for numerous events including the Opening of the SBS Federation Square Celebrations 2003, and the Voyages Concerts at the Australia Day Celebrations 2004 to 2012, Music Theatre Events conceived by Peter. In 2009, Peter’s Mass for soloists, didgeridoo, choir and orchestra was featured in the Opening Ceremony of the Parliament of World Religions and was broadcast globally by the BBC.
Katherine Murray

Katherine Murray

RMIT Centre for Urban Research

Partnerships & Development for The Australian Urban Observatory

Katherine Murray is an internationally experienced urbanist with a background in architecture, urban design and sustainable development. She has recently joined RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research, building partnerships and development for the soon to be launched Australian Urban Observatory. Katherine is passionate about achieving better outcomes for cities and driving urban strategy and community engagement to reach these goals. Katherine has returned to Melbourne after 20+ years living, working and studying in a range of global cities, including significant periods in Oxford, London, New York, Tokyo and Singapore. In 2015, Katherine founded Young Urbanists, a social enterprise focused on urban education. Young Urbanists collaborates with schools, institutions and local government, developing compelling educational content, enabling young people to make sense of the cities they live in. Prior to Young Urbanists, Katherine’s architectural and urban design work focused on social infrastructure, particularly in education (designing school and university buildings and masterplans) and international development (participatory interventions in informal urban settings), involving complex projects in numerous cities and contexts. Katherine is a registered architect, holding a BArch from RMIT University, an MSc in Development Practices from Oxford Brookes University and is a graduate of LSE Cities ‘London and Global Cities’ program. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Planning Institute of Australia Rail Future's Institute Parlour: women, equity, architecture
Colin Neave AM

Colin Neave AM

Colin Neave Solicitor and Notary

Principal

Solicitor with extensive private and public sector experience. Decorations / Awards / Honours: AM in 2005 Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Chair of Trustees of the Pentland Foundation Other Interests: Golf and the Melbourne Football Club, Reading, Human Rights preservation, Gardening
Dr Sheila Nguyen

Dr Sheila Nguyen

Sports Environment Alliance

Executive Director

Dr Sheila Nguyen is committed to industry work and research evidencing the influence sport has as a change agent for social & environmental good. Sheila has a PhD from Florida State University (USA), specialising in corporate social orientation and stakeholder management with ongoing research interests including corporate social responsibility, environmental responsibility, measurement and research design. She has had experience working with licensing/marketing (PGA Tour, USA), corporate consulting (William Morris Agency, Beverly Hills, USA), and she worked as part of the broadcasting team at the 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, China) with clients such as NHK, Al-Jazeera, KBS, and CCTV. Sheila is an alumna of both the Committee for Melbourne’s business leadership program and Cranlana’s Executive Colloquia. She passionately advocates for environmental leadership within the sport industry and its communities and does so in her role as Executive Director of the Sports Environment Alliance Inc (SEA), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to: EMPOWERING SPORT TO DO MORE {for the world} WITH LESS {footprint}. Sheila is committed to using her energy to improve our environmental health for public good, and she sees her role at Melbourne Forum as an avenue to do so, starting with her city.
Tony Nippard

Tony Nippard

Non Executive Director

Tony Nippard FCHSM, FCSA, FGIA, GAICD I am a governance professional, and board director. I have had extensive experience as a senior executive in various roles primarily in the areas of public administration, health and human services. I have a BA, B Com (Hons) and MA from the University of Melbourne. I am a Fellow of the Australasian College Health Services Management, a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Secretaries, a Fellow Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I have been a Director of not for profit and public entities since 1988 in the arts, mortgage finance, community health, mental health, health information management, child protection, children services, higher education and training, as well as advisory committees in defence, public sector governance and university sectors. I am currently the chair of Westside Circus Inc, and a board director of Federation Training, Neami Ltd, and Mental Health and Wellbeing Australia Ltd, Alpine School for School Leadership, and the Vic Defence Reserves Support Council. I am a facilitator for the Aust Institute of Company Directors' Company Directors' Course.
Christine Nolan

Christine Nolan

Prof Peter Norden AO

Prof Peter Norden AO

Norden Directions

CEO

Bio Peter Norden is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2007 ‘for services to community development through social research and programs aimed at assisting marginalised young people and offenders, and to the mental health sector in Australia’.
Sue O Connor

Sue O Connor

Yarra Valley Water

Chair

Sue has served as a Chairman, Director and senior business leader with ASX Top10 and global unlisted companies and high profile statutory authorities. A purpose driven leader, she brings to the board her commercial acumen and deep expertise in digital, climate change, financial services and utilities. She is currently Chair of Yarra Valley Water and a Director of Mercer Superannuation, Kordia Group Ltd and Treasury Corporation Victoria. Besides her passion for business, Sue has a matching creative side. She uses her art to promote conversations about the environment and our relationship and response to the natural world. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Director Climateworks Australia and Bush Heritage Australia. Advisory Board Member Monash Sustainable Development Institute Other Interests: Open Water Swimming and photographing wild landscapes and people who live in them
Peggy O'Neal AO

Peggy O'Neal AO

Lander and Rogers

Consultant

Susan Oliver AM

Susan Oliver AM

The Wheeler Centre, Scale Investors, Campus Living Villages, IFM, Fishermans Bend, MTC

Chair and member

Susan is an entrepreneur, company director and deeply committed to Australia’s innovation and diversity agendas. Susan is founding chairman of Scale Investors, a female focused angel investing network, is an angel investor, the co-inventor of two software systems and co-founder of a technology start-up company. Susan is an experienced listed company director of more than 20 years with strong commercial and technical skills.
Vicky Papachristos

Vicky Papachristos

GMHBA, Big River Group

NED

Vicky is an experienced Non-Executive Company Director and currently sits on three Boards. • GMHBA Private Health Insurance, • myOwn Health – a JV with AIA Group and • Big River Industries – an ASX listed micro-cap company. Vicky has also served on Eftpos Payments, Coventry Group Ltd and was the Chair of Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resorts. Vicky’s professional career has been as an executive and a consultant having spent over 30 years in blue chip companies. These include Shell, Westpac, Myer and the Olympics. Her capabilities and focus have been on business strategy, customer engagement & loyalty and she runs her own consultancy. Vicky’s qualifications include: • An undergraduate degree in Engineering (Chemical) from Monash University • An MBA from the AGSM in NSW • A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a mentee for the AICD Women’s Chairs’ Mentoring Program in 2016. Vicky is involved in several other committees & associations. Vicky is passionate about women in the corporate arena & making a change from the bottom-up as well as top-down: Vicky currently is a mentor of young women and is also a Scale Investor – a female led angel investment group where they invest in female entrepreneurs. • Member of Camp Quality Victorian committee • Member of the Lyceum Club and convenor of the Technology Club • Alumna mentoring students at Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School on several projects including Girls Invent • Vicky is also a Road Cyclist, an extreme Skier and a Travel enthusiast.
Carolyn Parker

Carolyn Parker

Non Executive Director

Kador Group

Carolyn Parker was the long-term Managing Director of the Kador Group (a property investment company with assets across the commercial, retail and industrial sectors in Victoria, NSW and Queensland), until June, 2012. Her role involved responsibility for company policy, strategic planning, finance, corporate governance, risk management, identification of new investment opportunities and value-adding projects. Carolyn is now an independent company director, and also sits on the Property Advisory Committee for the Salvation Army, Girl Guides Victoria Finance Committee, and the Program Advisory Committee of RMIT School of Property, Construction & Project Management.
Richard Parker

Richard Parker

Now semi retired

My education included degrees in Economics and Urban Planning and a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics. Now-days I run a 150 acre farm on which I breed wool shedding sheep. I also build things, compete in masters rowing events and coach school rowing. In my former life I was CEO of various State Government infrastructure agencies including the City Link Authority, the Urban Land Authority, (Now Places Victoria), the Victorian Major Projects Unit, the South Australian Housing Trust and Urban Land Trust. In 2003 I was made a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Sapphire Parsons

Sapphire Parsons

KHQ Lawyers

Senior Associate

Over the past 7 years I have obtained experience in industrial relations and workplace law working with national Australian unions and at national commercial law firms like Sparke Helmore and HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Beyond my legal work, I have a keen interest in public policy and economic development. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, Bond University, Dean’s Scholarship for Law, Bond University, Australian Defence Force Leadership Award. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Friend of Grattan, Grattan Institute, Member, Law Institute of Victoria.
Adj Professor David Parsons SC

Adj Professor David Parsons SC

Retired Judge of the County Court of Victoria. I served as a Judge in the General Criminal Division and as Judge in charge (i.e. management) of the Circuit Courts and Confiscation Lists. Involved in the establishment and expansion of the Koori County Court of Victoria. Committee member of the Judicial Officers Cultural Awareness Committee in Victoria. Selected to participate in Judicial decision-making training in the Solomon Islands in 2019 organised by the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of the Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative. Skilled court advocate. Initially as a solicitor and barrister in the Northern Territory (CAALAS, NAALAS, and the Northern Territory Bar), and then 19 years at the Victorian Bar, with more than 5 years as Senior Counsel. Primarily cross-jurisdictional practice in criminal law and Native Title. Instructed advocacy training in Victoria, and Internationally, in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Fiji. Extensive experience working with socially, culturally and linguistically diverse groups particularly First Nations people, as a member and Director of various committees and Boards. Presently a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Affairs Committee. Previously a Director of the Koorie Heritage Trust and the Stolen Generation’s Board of Victoria. Demonstrated understanding of the significance of historical record keeping for First Nations People, as counsel in numerous Native Title trials and Land Rights inquiries, and presently a co-author of a project funded and supported by Latrobe University and AIATSIS titled ‘Aboriginal Land Claims in the Northern Territory – documenting and preserving the records and memories’.
Fiona Patten MLC

Fiona Patten MP

REASON

Member of Parliament

Member for Northern Metropolitan Region in the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Council. Leader of the Reason Party, Fiona was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. Since entering Parliament, Fiona has garnered respect from all sides of politics, working tirelessly to deliver legislative reforms that many thought impossible. Fiona’s achievements in Parliament include: • Establishing fertility clinic safe access zones from protestors • Legalising Uber and other ridesharing services • Securing a trial for Victoria’s first medically supervised injecting centre • Initiating the Parliamentary Inquiry that led to Voluntary Assisted Dying laws • Establishing online e-petitions to Parliament • Secured a spent convictions scheme for Victoria (likely implementation 2020) • Appointed Chair of a review into the de-criminalisation of sex work in Victoria (likely implementation 2020) • Secured a government supported inquiry to reform anti-vilification legislation, including the online vilification of women • Established a Parliamentary Inquiry into the legalisation of Cannabis.
Michael Pearce SC

Michael Pearce

Victorian Bar

Senior Counsel

Michael Pearce is a Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar. Michael practices in most areas of commercial law especially contract, property, trade practices, equity and company law. Before coming to the Bar, he worked as a banking and finance solicitor, spent a year in the Federal Attorney-General's Department, worked as a research assistant at Hamburg University in Germany and for a law firm in Washington D.C. and New York. He is a former Editor of the Victorian Reports and a former President of Liberty Victoria. From 2013 - 2015 he was a sessional Ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service. He is currently a Vice-President of Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange (Vic), a director and the responsible person of The Deloitte Foundation Ltd and the Honorary Consul General for Germany in Melbourne.
Lou Perta

Lou Perta

ptp

Partner

Keiran

Keiran Pidgeon

Mr Pigeon

Developer two

Melbourne CBD based Website developer and online strategy expert, https://www.mrpigeon.com.au .
Wojciech Pluta

Wojciech Pluta

Denton Corker Marshall

Director and Architect

Amy Poynton

Amy Poynton

Jaen Corp

Managing Director

Currently, I am Managing Director of Jaen Corp - a family enterprise with interests in entrepreneur start up's, sports management and executive coaching. I am on a variety of boards including Children's Ground, Project Respect and The Lyceum Club - Melbourne. I have been fortunate to combine my academic interests of culture and people into a business career that has spanned over 25 years giving me executive leadership opportunities to drive large-scale transformation, coach fantastic individuals and teams and deliver sustained business performance improvement.My experience has including being a senior partner in a big 4 consulting firm, global client executive in a top technology company through to regional sales development in banking & finance. Amy is a dual citizen of Australia and USA. She currently resides in Melbourne with her dog, Zelda and her husband, James (in that order).
Robert Pradolin

Robert Pradolin

Housing All Australians

Founding Chair

An engineer by background and has been active in the property industry for over 30 years most recently as General Manager of Frasers Property Australia (formally Australand). Over his career, Robert has always had a keen interest in the development of all housing types and in particular, a focus on housing affordability. His experience extends from the development of and subdivisions through to medium density housing and apartments. Over his time with the Company, Robert steered it into the social and affordable housing space with the redevelopment of two significant Victorian government housing estates. Robert believes that “housing for all – rich and poor” is not only a fundamental human need but it is also in the long-term interest of the economy as it will reduce social service costs. Consequently, he believes that social and affordable Housing is economic Infrastructure. He is currently the founding chair of Housing All Australians, on the Board of the Property Industry Foundation and the HIA in Victoria. Robert is also a past Board member of the Property Council of Australia, Residential Development Council, UDIA (Vic), Livable Housing Australia and the Heritage Council of Victoria.
Anthony Privitelli

Anthony Privitelli

DuluxGroup

Business Manager

Anthony is an experienced senior business leader in the corporate sector with broad capability across supply chain and commercial business functions with a focus on change and strategic management and developing business capability. He has an undergraduate degree in Engineering and Business Administration in addition to an MBA. In 2018 he completed the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP). Decorations / Awards / Honours : Williamson Community Leadership Program Alumni (2018) Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Vice-President on the board of Extended Families Australia, a NFP organisation that provides support services to people with a disability through engagement and community programs. Other Interests: My family, designing my new house, running and community activity.
The Hon Justice Michelle Quigley QC

The Hon Justice Michelle Quigley

Supreme Court of Victoria

Justice

Michelle Quigley has been a practicing Barrister since 1988, and was appointed Senior Counsel(now Queens Counsel) with the Victorian Bar in 2002. Michelle specialises in planning and environmental law, and has had professional involvement in a wide range of cases including water and transport infrastructure, residential and commercial development and community facilities. These have involved diverse issues in architecture and design, indigenous and post contact heritage and the natural environment.
Dr Vinay Rane

Dr Vinay Rane

Melbourne Mothers

OBGYN and Lawyer

Erin Redmond

Integrative Psychology

Consultant Psychiatrist

I am a fully self-employed psychiatrist these days. I work in East Melbourne. I recently resigned from St. Vincent's where I worked part time for 10 years in Indigenous psychiatry. I have two sons, now grown up though still not off my hands (!). Finally, there is time to pursue a life outside of work and family.
Deborah Remfry

Deborah Remfry

I have lived and/or worked in Greece. Malaysia, United States and Sydney prior to coming to Melbourne in 1984. I have had a 40-year career in urban planning and community engagement in planning and health related fields. Board member South East Community Links (NFP) Other Interests: Art, music, theatre, film, books, politics and tennis.
Katrina Reynen OAM

Katrina Reynen OAM

Brightest Horizons

Managing Director

Senior advisor on leadership, innovation and strategy with experience as global education lead for Cisco, Singtel and VP Schools at Pearson. Senior bureaucrat in DET responsible for ICT, innovation, research and leadership development. Chair of the Board of Skyline Education Foundation and Director of Skyline for 15 years. Keynote speaker, panellist, professional learning consultant. Decorations / Awards / Honours : OAM GAICD LV alumnus MBA MEd BSc Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Chair Skyline Education Foundation Advisory Board member Centre for Youth Policy and Education Programs, Monash University Other Interests: PhD research in education if gifted disadvantaged students PGA legends tour caddy
John Ridley AM

John Ridley AM

Consultant

John was one of the founders of MF. He lead the charge in 2009 to have the Athenaeum Club open membership to women. Having lost that battle, he and others did not give up on forming a new forum where all Melburnians could get together. John was the first chair of MF. For many years, he led the communications strategy practice for The Clifton Group. John has had a range of community involvements and is currently on the board of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He lives in Warburton and concentrates on is garden and current affairs. He dreams of overseas travevl!
Jill Riseley

Jill Riseley

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group

CEO

Jill is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group. An accomplished executive and Non Executive Director with more than 20 years experience across corporate and public sectors. A leader with experience in complex environments and considered one of Australia’s preeminent sustainability and public affairs professionals. Throughout her career, Jill has been an advocate of sustainability and responsible business and is a sought after thinker on the development of holistic approaches to address systemic economic, social and environmental issues. She has widely consulted and led corporate, public sector and industry strategies in complex stakeholder environments. Her career has built significant experience in public and consumer affairs; ESG impact and risk; intangible asset management; sustainability; social responsibility; corporate reputation; and governance and reporting. Her previous executive and leadership roles include Vicinity Centres, REA Group, Telstra and Sensis. Jill has been appointed to key industry and government panels and her work has been recognised through numerous awards including by the Australian Government for leadership in combating climate change (in particular the carbon neutral certification of the Yellow Pages and White Pages - an industry world first). Jill is also an experienced Non-Executive Director and has served extensively on Boards including the Royal Botanic Gardens (VIC), the Thin Green Line Foundation and currently as Chair of the Property Committee and Board Member at Launch Housing. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and her academic qualifications include a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and Executive business qualifications from Australian Graduate School of Management. Jill is also a judge of the Melbourne Awards and guest lectures at Leadership Victoria and RMIT and Monash universities. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Personal: Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International (2013); Professional: Westpac Business of Tomorrow (2017); ARN IT Award (2012 & 2013); National Disability Award (2013); ITU-MCMC Transformational Power of Broadband Award (2013); ACCSR Leading Company (2011; 2012). Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Member: Lyceum Club Member: Landcare Member: Australian Institute of Company Directors Member: Cambridge Society of Victoria Volunteer: Launch Housing (Board Member) Other Interests: Travel, viticulture/wine, organic farming.
Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

AusNet Services Customer Forum

Chair

Phil Ruthven AM

Phil Ruthven AM

Ruthven Institute

Founder and CEO

Phil Ruthven is the founder, owner and a continuing director of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services. It operates in Australia, NZ, the United States (NY and LA), Canada, China, United Kingdom, Germany and Indonesia. Other major countries will be opened over the next 5 years. It is now the world largest and most sophisticated market & industry database. Phil contributes regularly to radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and documentaries and is widely considered the nation’s most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters. He now limits his addresses to around 25-30 congresses, seminars and conferences each year. Phil is a science graduate (UNSW) with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes, and was a Rotary awardee to the United States in the late 1960s. He spent over 10 years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in 1971. Phil is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology (Sydney), and a member of the ANU College of Business & Economics Advisory Board. He is a past board member of the Melbourne Institute, CEDA, and is an Ambassador for the Whitelion/Open Family youth charity. He is a fellow of the AICD and the AMI. In 2017, he created the Ruthven Institute, an online business success service aimed at showing how businesses can consistently earn world best practice returns on shareholder funds of over 20% after tax. The Institute has formed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with the University Faculty of Economics & Business. In 2014, Phil became a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his significant service to business & commerce, and to the community. Other hobbies: Reading, Research, Relaxing short holidays - occasionally overseas, Public Speaking Sloth (if only I had time!)
John Ryan

John Ryan

Penington Institute

CEO

John Ryan is a recognised leader in public health and safety approaches to drugs. John is the CEO of Penington Institute. John has contributed to a number of public policy changes, linking real world problems to policy solutions. These include expansion of overdose prevention programs including take home naloxone, increased access to and referral from needle and syringe programs as well as enhanced availability and funding support for opioid substitution programs. John actively works to promote evidence-based responses to drug use in the community, media and with government and is currently a member of the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood-Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissable Infections, and the Premier of Victoria’s Ice Action Taskforce. In 2018, John was appointed by the Victorian Government to the three member Medically Supervised Injecting Facility Review Panel. John is President of Harm Reduction International. Based in London, HRI is a leading non-governmental organisation working to reduce the negative health, social and human rights impacts of drug use and drug policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University and in 2012 received a Churchill Fellowship to study ways to enhance public health approaches to drug policy.
Kerry Ryan

Kerry Ryan

Retail Food Group, Richmond Football Club, Aligned Leisure, Kids First Australia, Mental Health First Aid International

Non Executive Director

Lawyer with over 20 years' experience in Australia and Asia; non-executive director with experience across a broad range of organisations and industries, including professional services (law and accounting), retail, AFL, health and wellbeing and education. Current board roles: Richmond Football Club, Retail Food Group, Aligned Leisure, Mental Health First Aid International and Kids First Australia. Also external member of the Parliament of Victoria Audit and Risk Committee. Former partner at international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright. Fellow, AICD; Fellow, Governance Institute of Australia. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Recipient of Austrade Business Fellowship to Indonesia Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Australian Institute of Company Directors Governance Institute of Australia Law Institute of Victoria
Ron Salter

Ron Salter

Retired

Ron Salter is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator, a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Arbitration, and when previously a member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia, was accredited as a Grade 1 arbitrator. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and also a member of arbitration panels operated by a number of institutions such as the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, and the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. He is also a member of 18th Commission of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission. He is presently a director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), and has served variously as a director of the Melbourne Commercial Arbitration & Mediation Centre, as councillor and director of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australian Branch), and national councillor and director of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (IAMA). In 2013/2014, he served as chairman of the organising committee for the 10th anniversary conference of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG). Ron regularly acts as arbitrator or mediator, both domestically and internationally, in a variety of commercial disputes, including shipping, aviation, insurance, trade, commodities, partnerships, travel, property, professional liability, and infrastructure projects. He has been listed in four separate Euromoney Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers (shipping and maritime, litigation, insurance and reinsurance, and commercial arbitration), as well as in publications such as Who's Who Legal Arbitration, the International Who's Who of Shipping Lawyers, the Asia Pacific Legal 500, Best Lawyers, and Asialaw Leading Lawyers.
Dr Christine Sammartino

Dr Christine Sammartino

Melbourne Mothers

Physician

I am a Nephrologist, General Physician and Obstetric Medicine Physician. I completed the MBBS at the University of Melbourne in 2004 and attained my FRACP in 2012. I undertook am Obstetric Medicine Fellowship at the Mater Mothers in 2014. I am passionate about women’s health and improving long term outcomes for women with pregnancy complications. I have worked for several years in Queensland in addition to Victoria. I am a visiting medical officer at St Vincent’s Public Hospital but also run my own practice and consult at St Vincent’s Private, Epworth Freemasons and Frances Perry Hospitals. I am also a mother of 3 little girls. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Australian World Orchestra AFLW player sponsor Other Interests: Harp playing Personal training
Prof Graeme Samuel AC

Prof Graeme Samuel AC

Monash University, Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine

Professor

Graeme Samuel AC is a Professorial Fellow in Monash Universityí¢ä‰å䋢s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine.. He is also a Councillor of the Australian National University and Chair of its Finance Committee, President of Dementia Australia, Chair of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, Chair of Lorica Health Pty Ltd, a CMCRC company, Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ), Member of CEDAí¢ä‰å䋢s Council of Economic Policy, Council Member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and Chair of its Health Innovation Advisory Committee and the National Institute for Dementia Research. He is a member of the APRA Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Prof Samuel has held a number of roles in public life including former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Associate Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and President of the National Competition Council.í¢ä‰åŒÂí¢ä‰åŒÂHe was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998. In 2010 he was elevated to a Companion of the Order of Australia "for eminent service to public administration through contributions in the area of economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations".í¢ä‰åŒÂí¢ä‰åŒÂ
Christine Sather

Christine Sather

The Melbourne Marketing Group Pty Ltd

Director

Andrew Saunders

Andrew Saunders

Eastern Health

Independent Board Director

Andrew is a transformational leader for complex digital business and organisational change, with a focus on the health sector.He is an alumni of the Leadership Victoria Williamson program, and is a mentor for the RMIT MBA program.He is an advocate for empowerment of the individual within the health system, and improving quality, safety and continuity of care through digital health adoption.Andrew is on the boards of the Health Information Management & Systems Society (HiMSS) Asia Pacific, Eastern Health Service (Melbourne) and Dental Health Services Victoria.
Dr Nora Scheinkestel

Dr Nora Scheinkestel

Nora Scheinkestel is an experienced company director having served as a nonexecutive chairman and director of companies in a wide range of industry sectors and in the public, government and private spheres. She is currently chairman of Atlas Arteria Ltd and a director of its stapled entity, Atlas Arteria International Ltd, Telstra Corporation Limited, OceanaGold Corporation and Ausnet Services Limited. Nora is also a trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust. Nora's executive background is as a senior banking executive in international and project financing, responsible for the development and financing of major projects in Australasia and South East Asia. She consults to government, corporate and institutional clients in areas such as corporate governance, strategy and finance. In 2003, Nora was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to Australian society in business leadership. Nora is also an Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School at Melbourne University.
Carol Schwartz AO

Carol Schwartz AO

Trawalla Foundation

Director

Carol Schwartz is founder of the Trawalla Foundation (a social investment body) and has played an important role in the development of social enterprise and not-for-profit business in Australia. In 1999, she became the founding Chair and lead investor in the establishment of Our Community, Australia's first major private company established not solely for profit, but to enhance the social good. Carol has extensive experience in business, property, the arts, community organizations and has been a director on a large number of public company and government boards. Carol is also a Past President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival where she served from 2005-2009. Caroläó»s other previous roles include Chair of Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT), and National President of the Property Council of Australia. Carol has most recently launched a high-profile campaign to boost the number of women recognised thr ough the Australian honours system.
Clive Scott AM

Clive Scott AM

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

General Manager

Clive Scott has worked in the hotel industry for more than 30 years. Clive has been the General Manager Human Resources for the Accor group of hotels (Australia/New Zealand/Japan), and is regarded as one of Accor's most experienced General Managers in the Asia Pacific Region, having managed the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Novotel and Hotel Ibis, Sydney Olympic Park, Western Sydney Hotels Accor, and the Sofitel Wentworth Sydney. In 2005, Clive returned to his home town, Melbourne, to complete a $32 million refurbishment to the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins in time for the Commonwealth Games in March 2006. Clive continues in his role as General Manager overseeing further upgrades to the hotel's functions rooms and new restaurant No35, as well as being actively involved in Melbourne's business and arts community.
Peter Seamer AM

Peter Seamer AM

Planning Strategies Pty Ltd

Director

With separate Master’s degrees in Engineering Science and Urban Planning, Peter’s career started in the planning of new towns in the UK and Australia. Much of his career was in Local Government as the CEO of four major Councils, including the City of Sydney. Peter was the CEO of Federation Square during its construction and early operational phase and CEO of the Victorian Planning Authority for a decade from 2007 until 2017. He is an industry Fellow at RMIT and head judge for the Victorian UDIA awards. He has recently published: “Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities” which examines ways to manage growth and make our cities more efficient, liveable and equitable. Peter has been recognised as a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to urban and regional planning and design, to public administration and to local Government.
Samantha Shaw

Samantha Shaw

Orora Group

Group Manager, Risk & Assurance

Peter Sherman

Peter Sherman

Ruthven Institute

Director

Corporate Financial Advisor and Executive Director of Ruthven Institute an affiliate of IBIS World. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Brighton Rotary Club Other Interests: Reading, Bridge, Golf ,Tennis
Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith Optometrist

Awarded scholarship to University of Cambridge to undertake a PhD in 1979 but purchased first practice in Camberwell Junction in 1979 and have been there ever since. Added a second practice in Moonee Ponds in 1996. Married Heather in 1982 and have 2 children. Hayley, born in 1985 is also an optometrist and works in our Camberwell practice. Lachlan, born in 1987 is both an optometrist and audiologist, and works both in Camberwell and Moonee Ponds. We travel and have a keen interest in classic cars, having been a member of the Aston Martin Club for over 40 years with 8 years as Past President. Enjoying semi-retirement and look forward to having more time to participate in community activities and developing new skills and interests. Membership of Voluntary Bodies and Organisations: Kooyong Tennis Club and the MCC. Other Interests: Keeping fit and participating in advancing our society.
Dr Gillian Sparkes AM

Dr Gillian Sparkes AM

Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability

Commissioner

Dr Gillian Sparkes is Victoria's Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability. Gillian is a strategic and outcome focused leader with vision, passion and an authentic style. With experience as an executive in the private and public sectors and at Board level in the public sector, Gillianäó»s collaborative leadership style consistently delivers successful results for the organisation itself, its shareholders and other key stakeholders. Gillian gained three decades of experience working in industries that interface with the environment and community, including in the manufacturing, industrial services, waste management and water industries, before becoming a senior public servant. This has enabled her to be an effective collaborator who has forged strong and productive partnerships between government, industry and community. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Gillian was Chair of Sustainability Victoria and led a strategic transformation of the organisation. Recent executive roles include Executive Director Strategy and External Affairs, Victorian WorkCover Authority and Deputy Secretary Corporate and Business Services, Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. Gillian is a Board member of the Industry Capability Network, Victoria. She holds a PhD in Applied Science (Chemistry) and an MBA. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.
Dr Jonathan Spear

Dr Jonathan Spear

Infrastructure Victoria

Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer

Dr Jonathan Spear is Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer with Infrastructure Victoria. He has previously held senior leadership roles with the Department of Premier & Cabinet, Department of Justice, Victoria Police and Slater & Gordon Lawyers. Jonathan's experience includes leadership and management, strategy and policy in a wide range of sectors, governance, organisational operations and legal practice.
Dr Simon Stafrace

Dr Simon Stafrace

Alfred Health

Program Director, Mental & Addiction Health

Hi there. I am a husband and a father of 3 adult children. I am also a doctor and a psychiatrist, and I work in public health in a large tertiary hospital as the program director of mental health & addiction services at Alfred Health. Even after 25 years in the game, I remain endlessly fascinated by mental health, public health & global health. I am also interested in conversations about resilient & liveable cities, climate change, the future of work, & the translation of big ideas into public policy,
Mikaela Stafrace

Mikaela Stafrace

Women CAN Australia

Founder & CEO

I am an MBA qualified lawyer who is admitted to the High Court of Australia. I have spent many years in corporate settings providing insurance,risk, governance and regulatory compliance advice. I have served as a company director on government boards & industry associations and was Chief Examiner for insurance law at Monash & Melbourne Universities. I recognised early on and was encouraged early on, to embrace education as a pathway out of poverty. In 2019, I founded WomenCAN Australia. The mission of WomenCAN Australia is to assist women become employment capable by connecting peer supported communities of women, with vocational training and onto employment. I also founded a social enterprise called WomenCAN Facilities Services. Our qualified tradeswomen, cleaners and gardeners provide facilities support to women, particularly vulnerable women in their homes. In 2020, I was awarded a Myer Innovation Fellowship in recognition of my work.
Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens

City of Melbourne

Andrew Stops

Andrew Stops

Walpole Menzies

Lawyer

Andrew Stops is a lawyer of just on 30 years standing. In his spare time he like’s to use his skills in community engagement activities. Ironically almost 20 years ago the person who persuaded Andrew to do this was MF member Margaret Jackson. The sorts of things that Andrew has achieved are: 1. With a group of alumni (including member Michelle Beveridge) Andrew started the Melbourne chapter of the AGSM alumni. They are completely self funded and raised more than $50,000 for a scholarship for people working in the third sector supporting disadvantaged people to do an MBA at the AGSM. Two scholarships were awarded before the scheme was taken over nationally by the AGSM. Andrew served 10 years on the Alumni Board of the AGSM assisting in raising the profile of these scholarships and creating similar chapters in Asia, Europe and the USA. 2. Once in 2011 and then again in 2014 Andrew raised funds for and then walked the Kokoda Track with teenagers from disadvantaged areas and the Victoria Police. The 2014 venture was the first time from the Wyndham area and Andrew was the only non-police member on the organizing committee.
Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart

Luna Park Melbourne

CEO

Dr Dahle Suggett

Dr Dahle Suggett

PTR Consulting

Director

Dahle Suggett's experience embraces top level executive management and extensive policy and strategy development in both the public and private sectors. Her focus has spanned strategic planning, management and leadership, social policy and education and training. She now draws on that experience and offers public policy and administration consultancy services and executive education. She has been the Deputy Director-General, Policy and Strategy, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and prior to that, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria. Prior to that Dahle was a Director and consultant in the Allen Consulting Group, a leading economics and public policy consulting group where she specialised in education and training, business strategy and corporate social responsibility. She has also been an executive in the chemical and plastics industry, (Exxon) and had experience in international business and the public sector in United States and Europe and teaching experience in Higher Education and secondary schools. She has also been in the Commonwealth public service as Executive Director of the Youth Bureau among a range of executive positions. She is a Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne , Patron, Skyline Education Foundation and a patron to a number of arts bodies. She has a Ph. D. University of Melbourne; M.Ed La Trobe University; B.A, B.Ed. Monash University; and is a Graduate AICD.
Dr Helen Sykes AM

Dr Helen Sykes AM

Future Leaders

Director

Helen Sykes is the Director of Future Leaders, President of the Trust for Young Australians, Vice President of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Member of the Future Justice Executive, Summit Governor of the Hillary Institute, Board Member of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation and Melbourne Forum. She has published and edited many books.
James Syme

James Syme

I graduated in law from Melbourne University in 1965 and spent most of my working life with one of Australia's largest law firms. I left that firm in 2001 and joined the Victorian Public Service as Victorian Government Solicitor. Since retiring from that role in 2006, I have undertaken a number of consultancies in areas relevant to my legal background.
Antonia Syme

Antonia Syme AM

Australian Tapestry Workshop

Director

Antonia Syme is Director at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Antonia has over 25 years in the arts and cultural sector as a director, consultant, conservator and curator. Antonia has been the Director of Syme Dodson Consulting and a Director of Artbank for over ten years. Her extensive experience has spanned both the private and public sector, in major Australian cultural institutions and as Co-Director of Syme Dodson Gallery in Sydney. Antonia is a board member for the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
Dr Helen Szoke AO

Dr Helen Szoke AO

Non Executive Director

Helen recently retired as Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia and a commentator and advocate on issues of human rights, poverty, inequality, gender and race discrimination. Throughout her career, she has held leadership roles across the health sector, human rights and public policy, and international development sector. Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Melbourne University Council and Life Without Barriers.
Evelyn Tadros

Evelyn Tadros

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Chair

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

Victorian Government

Policy Manager, Strategic Sourcing (Department of Treasury and Finance)

Matthew works across sectors to drive social change. His main focus is on shifting social innovation and entrepreneurship from the periphery to the mainstream, positioning people and the planet at the heart of our economy. Matthew is the co-founder and managing director of MET Designs, a social enterprise that aims to transform lives through education. He is also a policy manager at the Victorian Government and a member of the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum). He began his career as a commercial lawyer, specialising in regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, anti-competitive conduct, consumer protection and regulated industries.
Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Differential Pty Ltd

Investor & Non-Executive Director - Digital Disruption Strategist
Ray Tonkin PSM

Ray Tonkin

Heritage Consultant

Ray is a well known heritage conservation practitioner in Victoria and until 2009 was Executive Director of Heritage Victoria, a position that he held for 22 years. He has been closely associated with the development of heritage protection legislation, policies and the administration of those matters in Victoria and nationally. Ray has degrees in architecture and urban planning and has used these qualifications as a basis for his career in heritage conservation Over the past nine years he has undertaken a number of heritage projects as a consultant, including work for rural and regional councils. He is also a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria and has sat on numerous panels, primarily dealing with the application of heritage controls. Decorations / Awards / Honours : Public Service Medal Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Australia ICOMOS National Trust of Australia (VIC)
Noel Turnbull

Noel Turnbull

Retired

Noel Turnbull was formerly CEO of Turnbull Fox Phillips and Turnbull Porter Novelli, then Australia's largest public relations consultancy. His publications include, A History of Port Melbourne (Oxford University Press); The Millennium Edge (Allen & Unwin); How PR Works, but often doesn't (www.noelturnbull.com); and chapters in Government Communication in Australia (Cambridge University Press); Marketing in the Board Room; and, The Influence Seekers (Australian Scholarly Publishing). He is an honorary Doctor of Communication (RMIT University) and a Public Relations Institute of Australia Fellow.
Dr Zita Unger

Dr Zita Unger

Non Executive Director

Ziman Pty Ltd

Professor Emeritus Barbara van Ernst AM

Prof Barbara van Ernst AM

Consultant

Yvonne von Hartel AM

Yvonne von Hartel AM

peckvonhartel

Senior Principal

Yvonne von Hartel AM is a Founding Principal of peckvonhartel. Yvonne has practiced as an architect for over 47 years, working on some of Australiaäó»s largest and most significant infrastructure projects. Yvonne is currently Chair of the Southbank Arts Precinct Working Group; a Director of the Linking Melbourne Authority, a Trustee of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, a Director of the Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd, a Director of the University of Wollongong, SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council, a member of the Victorian Premier's Business Roundtable and the Independent Specialist Advisor äóñ Design for the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct.
Meena Wahi

Meena Wahi

Cyber Data-Risk Managers Pty

Director

Currently, I am the Director of Cyber Data -Risk Managers- specialist insurance brokers for Cyber Insurance/Data Breach Insurance. I have been interacting with stakeholders in the evolving cyber risk/data privacy space in Australia and overseas since 2011. My specialties include cyber insurance, cyber risk, data privacy, intellectual property risk, cyber crime, D&O liability, reputational risk,online fraud and digital risks & liabilities. I also speak at conferences on these topics. I research on the topic of women & money through my my social venture the Women's Investment Club with the aim to achieve equal wealth in our communities.
Dr Ingmar Wahlqvist

Dr Ingmar Wahlqvist

Brandon Capital Partners

Investment Manager

Ingmar Wahlqvist is an Investment Manager at Brandon Capital Partners. Ingmar was the Business Development Manager at Melbourne Ventures, Investment Manager at Melbourne Ventures / GBS Venture Partners, Senior Marketing Manager, Global Marketing at sanofi-aventis, Assistant to EVP, Operations at sanofi-synthelabo and Director at Med-e-Serv.
Lee Wapling

Lee Wapling

FMD Financial Pty Ltd

Chief Executive Officer

Lee Wapling is the CEO at FMD Financial. Lee was previously Chair of Infoxchange and State Manager Perpetual Private Clients.
Adam Watson

Adam Watson

Transurban

Chief Financial Officer

Rachel Watson

Rachel Watson

Pacific Hydro Pty Ltd

CEO

Meg Webster

Meg Webster

Retired Special Education Teacher

Meg is a retired Special Education specialist and former Angus stud co-proprietor.
Pera Wells

Pera Wells

Institute of Economics and Peace

Member of the Board

Pera Wells was an Australian career diplomat, who served overseas in Africa, with the United Nations, New York, with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and as Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi, India, from 1991- 94. Pera developed a strong interest in working on multilateral issues, and in 2000 joined the World Federation of United Nations Associations, serving as the Secretary-General from 2004-2009.
Amy Wells

Amy Wells

Manager

I am an engineer with deep operations and people development skills. In times of change I am a foundation stone for teams and organisations that are looking to scale, adapt or reshape. I anticipate change pains for organisations, teams and individuals and then deliver strategy to close these Decorations / Awards / Honours : Finalist for Women In Industry 2016 Guest speaker as Having Difficult Conversation and Women in Male Industries Membership of Voluntary Bodies & Organisations: Institute of Engineers Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia #Notinmyworkplace Mentor, Leadership Victoria

Lynda West

Barrister, and recently retired VCAT Member with some 50 years experience in the law, bookended by the Fitzroy Legal Service and RSA certification for the local fishing club. In between: TAB telephone betting operator, various jobs as a law clerk, articled clerk, wife, criminal law solicitor, common law solicitor, mother(1), barrister, instructor at Leo Cussen Institute , mother(2), conference facilitator and mediator, appointment to VCAT. Peripheral involvement in voluntary organisations including Richmond Legal Service, Quit Campaign, Sacred Heart Mission, Hanover Housing, City of Port Phillip adult literacy and AMES. Two emigrant children and two Irish grandchildren.
Janet Whiting AM

Janet Whiting AM

Gilbert + Tobin

Partner

Janet is head of Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations practice in Melbourne. Janet is recognised as one of the pre-eminent commercial litigators in Australia. Janet’s client portfolio includes global corporations, ASX top 50, governments and regulators. Janet is the current President of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, the first woman to hold the position in the Gallery’s 158 year history. In addition, Janet is the Chair of Visit Victoria, on the Council of Newman College, The University of Melbourne and is Patron of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Janet’s previous appointments include Deputy Chair, Victorian Major Events Company, Director of National Australia Day Council, Bell Shakespeare Company, Tourism Australia and President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust. In 2015, Janet was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the community through the arts, health and major events sectors and as a legal professional and was inducted onto the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women by the Premier of Victoria. Janet was named one of Australia’s 10 Most Influential Women in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015 and won the category for Culture.
Jenny Wilkins

Jenny Wilkins

Jenny Wilkins and Associates

Director

Independent consultant to the health sector for 30 years working in major hospitals and regional health services to improve outcomes for patients. Governance experience as executive member of committees and boards in hospitals and health services in corporate consulting role. Past member of government tribunal, regional health service board and not-for-profit boards. Current member of health service community advisory committee, government review panel and human research ethics committee. Mentor to professionals from a diverse range of industries specialising in emerging leaders, career changes and entrepreneurship.

Melanie Wilkinson

Fenton Communications

CEO

Melanie is Director and CEO of Fenton Communications. She has a diverse background spanning more than two decades in communications and marketing. Melanie's experience includes community engagement and activation, positive health promotion, brand and reputation management, stakeholder engagement and integrated social marketing campaigns.
Kerry Willis

Kerry Willis

Department of Justice

Sessional Mediator

After moving to the Dandenong Ranges from Sydney via Canberra I spent a term as Councillor and Deputy Shire President of the Shire of Sherbrooke, worked as the inaugural Coordinator of Volunteers Unlimited, getting it off the ground from scratch, and then for the next ten years as part-time Executive Officer of the Roadsides Conservation Committee encouraging the disparate groups on the Committee (CFA, SEC, Bird Observers, RACV, Victorian Farmers Federation and others) to recognise and manage sensitive roadside vegetation.During that time I also managed a couple of statewide consultations: the State Conservation Strategy for Victoria and an Industrial Waste Strategy for the EPA, and trained as a mediator in neighbourhood mediation. This background led me to a position with VicRoads, (some thought VicRoads had made a í¢ä‰åñcourageousí¢ä‰åŒ decision to appoint me), first as Sociologist managing community consultation on major road projects and developing Strategies and Guidelines for Community Participation to guide our practice, and then as Manager of VicRoadsí¢ä‰å䋢 Environmental Services Section.I retired 2002 and continue as a sessional neighbourhood mediator with the Dispute Settlement Centre, have dabbled in political cartooning, have joined a small local group working with refugees, and travel when I can.
Sally Wills

Sally Wills

Small Change Design and Construction Pty Ltd

Director / Registered Builder

I am a registered builder and sole director of Small Change Design and Construction Pty Ltd which specialises in very small energy efficient housing. I have been lobbying the Victorian State Government directly and with the assistance and support of MBAV to change the secondary dwelling rules to increase the supply of small affordable rental properties in Melbourne's established suburbs.

Gillian Wong

St Barbara Limited

Manager Legal & Deputy Company Secretary