On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role, following a distinguished career in commercial litigation and family law.
Governor Dessau has held a broad range of leadership roles in the community, championing judicial education, the arts, social support services, healthcare, and Melbourne’s sporting heritage, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to family law and the community.
Immediately before her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency was President of the Melbourne Festival; Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Victorian Regional Committee and a national Board member of the Trust; a Commissioner of the Australian Football League; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria; a Board member and former Chair of AFL Sportsready and Artsready; a Board member of the Unicorn Foundation; and a Patron of Sports Connect.
Governor Dessau was named Committee for Melbourne and Future Focus Group Patron in 2016. Her patronage will support the Committee for Melbourne's ambition to shape a better future for Melbourne.
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Scott Tanner was appointed Chair of Committee for Melbourne in February 2014.
Scott is a highly-regarded Melbourne business leader with over 30 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industry.
In August 2017, he was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Westpac's Consumer Bank division. Prior to this role, he was the bank's Chief Operating Officer. Westpac Group is Australia's second largest bank group by market capitalisation. Westpac's Consumer division serves 9 million retail customers across the Westpac, St.George, Bank of Melbourne, RAMS and BankSA brands.
Previously, Scott was Chief Executive of Bank of Melbourne. After relaunching the Bank in July 2011, he grew its presence throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. It has been heralded a local banking success story. Today, more than 1,200 staff deliver exceptional service to half a million customers through 108 branches and business banking centres, and a local call centre.
Before joining Bank of Melbourne in 2010, he was a Director at global business consulting firm Bain and Company for 15 years. Scott opened Bain’s Melbourne office in 2000 and led the firm’s Asia Pacific Financial Services Practice for six years. Prior to that, Scott held various senior executive roles with National Australia Bank.
Scott is a Director of the Melbourne Business School and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Gerard Dalbosco is a Managing Partner at EY in Melbourne where he leads a large team of partners and staff. He is responsible for EY’s go-to-market and client service strategies, as well as its involvement in the broader Melbourne community. In addition, Gerard leads EY's efforts on some of the firm's largest Melbourne-based clients.
Prior to his current role, Gerard held a number of senior leadership roles within EY such as Asia Pacific Managing Partner – Markets, where he led EY's client-serving activities across the Asia-Pacific market and played a pivotal role in helping client serving teams deliver on EY's promise to provide seamless, consistent, high-quality client service worldwide.
Gerard is a Director of Mercy Health and Chairman of its Finance and Audit Committee; a member of the Finance Committee, Newman College, the University of Melbourne; and a member of the Finance Committee of Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak.
He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Dale Fisher is Chief Executive of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education and home to Australia’s largest cancer research program.
In 2016, Dale led the relocation of Peter Mac’s East Melbourne site to its new home in Parkville, as part of the $1.1 billion VCCC Project. Prior to joining Peter Mac, Dale was Chief Executive of The Royal Women’s Hospital for nine years.
In recognition of her achievements in leadership and promoting excellence in women’s health to the Victorian community, Dale was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2011 as part of the centenary celebrations for International Women’s Day.
Dale is a Board Member of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and a member of the Centre for Workplace Leadership Advisory Board. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives.
Lorenz Grollo is the CEO of the Grollo Group which encompasses property development, property services, construction, leisure and tourism as well as education and sport in Australia.
He is also the Head of Equiset, the development and construction arm of the Grollo Group which he established in 1998. In 2010, Lorenz co-founded Equiem, a world-first integrated technology and services platform for commercial property owners.
Lorenzo is a Director of Equiset, Grollo Australia and Buller Ski Lifts as well as a member of the Property Council of Australia, Victorian Division (President from October 2013 to February 2015).
Jane Hodder is a Partner at the global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and specialises in property and infrastructure projects across a variety of industry sectors.
She chairs the board of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne and the board of St Catherine’s School Toorak. She is a member of the Queen Victoria Market Board and a member of the External Professional Advisory Committee to the Dean of Monash Law School.
Previous roles include membership of the Freehills’ national board, Herbert Smith Freehills’ global board, Global Partner Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Chair of the Monash Law School Foundation Board.
Rev. Ric Holland is currently Executive Minister of St Michael’s Uniting Church in the city centre. He has also been appointed by St Michael’s as Director of Community Engagement, with a specific responsibility to enhance and develop the church’s role in the city, particularly in the fields of social justice, the arts, corporate partnerships as well as social and psychological wellbeing.
Ric has held a number of CEO positions including Melbourne City Mission, the Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Parkinson’s Australia. In the United Kingdom, he was CEO of a Council of Social Service, as well as Executive Director of Community Service Volunteers, and CEO of Volunteering Scotland.
Ric has also worked extensively in the broadcasting industry and is an ordained Minister in the Uniting Church.
Virginia Lovett is the Executive Director at the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Prior to her current role, Virginia was General Manager of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where she delivered a funding increase of $5 million and in 2011 achieved record attendance levels. A highly experienced and well-respected arts manager, she successfully designed a range of strategic and audience development initiatives through her roles at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Festival.
In addition, Virginia has extensive marketing and communications experience gained in a range of different organisations including Zoos Victoria, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Theatre Company.
Virginia has also worked as a media advisor for state ministers in Victoria and New South Wales.
In 2006 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. She is Chair of Arena Theatre Company and a member of Executive Council of Live Performance of Australia.
Tony Macvean is Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox, a leading Melbourne-headquartered independent law firm. As Managing Partner of the firm, he is responsible for driving the firm’s strategy, leading the firm’s people, managing the firm’s relationships with its key clients and representing the firm publicly. Tony has led the firm during a period of sustained growth and success.
Prior to and during his time as Managing Partner, Tony has represented clients on a number of substantial merger and acquisition, capital markets and corporate transactions. He has advised on the establishment and operation of numerous managed investment schemes and other collective investment vehicles.
Tony won the Law Institute of Victoria Managing Partner of the Year award in 2009 and has been recognised in the 2014 and 2015 Best Lawyers in Australia published by the Australian Financial Review, in corporate law.
In addition to his active involvement in Hall & Wilcox's pro bono and community program, he is on the Board of the Australian Business Community Network.
Tim Orton is Founder and Managing Director of Nous Group, Australia’s largest privately owned management consulting and leadership development firm. In his role, Tim advises leaders across various sectors of the Australian economy on strategy, policy, organisational capability and leadership issues.
Prior to founding Nous, Tim was Managing Director of Deakin Australia, a training company owned by Deakin University, and a consultant with McKinsey and Company in New York and London. He is Chairman of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust.
Jacqueline Savage is the Founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies; an early-stage digital health company developing wearable technologies and devices for the healthcare industry. Recently, the company has successfully completed product trials of its core temperature-sensing platform: a wearable, non-invasive temperature monitoring system.
Operating MedCorp Technologies from Swinburne University’s coveted Factory of the Future, Jacqueline maintains an active role in innovation, med tech and gender issues and is well known for her strong and decisive leadership style.
Often called upon to consult internationally, Jacqueline is a face of Australian Innovation globally and is known for her gender neutral and forward thinking approach to business.
A multi-award winning and widely celebrated businesswomen, Jacqueline has won numerous awards including: 2016 Telstra Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2016 Emerging Women in Leadership Award, BioMelbourne Network.
Highly respected by her peers, in addition to her duties as CEO, Jacqueline sits on multiple boards and advises nationally and internationally in both the private and government sectors.
Voted Top 100 Global Engineering Innovations of 2014 (NASA Tech Briefs) Jacqueline’s success has been celebrated through her multiple achievements and her continuing desire to create wearable tech that assists to save lives.
Michael Wandmaker is Managing Director of Melbourne Water and has extensive senior leadership experience across several industries, both in Australia and internationally.
Prior to his current role, he was Group President and Acting CEO of UGL Limited’s engineering, construction and maintenance division. He was previously President of FT Services; CEO of Silcar Maintenance Services; Vice President at Siemens Canada Ltd and held various executive positions with Tyco Services and Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers.
Kee Wong is a successful entrepreneur and Managing Principal/Director of e‐Centric Innovations, a business he founded in 1999. e-Centric Innovations is an IT/Management consulting firm operating in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, serving large multinational enterprises and governments.
Kee is a leader and advisor to the ICT industry in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore and has good working relationships with industries in the UK, US, Canada and Vietnam. He is also an advisor to universities linking industry and commerce with academia and R&D activities.
Kee has founded several businesses and has made investments across a number of industries which include technology, services, retail, food and beverage, trading and property. He also invests in startups and established businesses locally as well as globally (Malaysia, Singapore, China and the Silicon Valley).
He is currently the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Australian Information Industry Association; Deputy Chairman of Asialink; member of the Board of Directors of LaunchVic and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kee is also on the Foundation Board of Monash University’s Faculty of Engineering and IT and is a member of the Council of Victoria University.
Kee is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Adjunct Professor of Engineering and IT at La Trobe University.
He was made a Fellow of Monash University in 2010 and Distinguished Alumni in 2014.
Martine Letts FAIIA is an accomplished executive with extensive experience within the government, non-profit and international policy sectors, providing high-level expertise in public policy development, formulation and promotion both in Australia and internationally.
Martine joined the Committee in March 2016 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC), where she led the development of the organisation’s national strategy.
Prior to her role at the ACBC, Martine was Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, where she spearheaded the organisation’s business and organisational development. As Secretary-General of the Australian Red Cross (ARC) from 2001-2004, based at its national headquarters in Melbourne, she worked on a national transformation strategy to help the ARC improve its delivery of community and relief services across Australia and globally.
Martine was a senior Australian diplomat for 17 years and an adviser to Foreign Minister Evans from 1992 to 1994. Martine served on the Australian National University Council from 2004-2014 and is a member of the Australian Volunteers International board. She speaks French, German and Spanish.
Sander van Amelsvoort is responsible for undertaking high-level policy and research work on a wide range of issues that affect the Committee’s agenda for change. In this role, he helps to formulate strategies for change that add value to the long-term development of Greater Melbourne as a major internationally competitive city.
Sander is also leading the Committee's new flagship taskforce, Melbourne 4.0.
He joined us from VECCI with a wealth of experience in both public and private sectors and proven abilities in strategy development, advocacy and shaping debates.
Sander is the President of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Australia. He speaks Dutch, German and English.
Sophie Bigaignon manages all aspects of the Committee's communication and media activities. In this role, she is responsible for the Committee's communications and media strategy as well as promoting the activities and events of the Committee through online and print marketing materials, social and traditional media.
Sophie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and International Studies from Monash University and an Executive Masters of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She speaks English and French.
Joanna Cimino manages the Committee's accounts and payroll. In addition, she ensures the Committee's legal obligations to the Australian Taxation Office are met and prepares financial reports and budgets for the Board.
Joanna has many years experience in financial management roles and concurrently holds the position of Finance Manager for other not-for-profit organisations in Melbourne.
Brett Van Duppen provides the Committee with strategic policy development, research and analysis on a wide range of issues that affect the Committee’s agenda for change. Brett is also working on the Committee's flagship taskforce, Melbourne 4.0.
He joins us from the Whitehorse City Council and has experience in the private and government sectors.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from Monash University and is studying for a Master of International Business at the same university.
Clive Dwyer has over 30 years’ experience in strategy and business development for major government projects, destination management, project advocacy and complex stakeholder engagement.
Clive joined the Committee in 2017 and is responsible for strengthening the Committee’s membership, stakeholder engagement and supporting the Committee’s thought leadership and advocacy work.
He recently returned to Melbourne from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was Executive Director of Destination Yas Island and Executive Director, Destination Management at Miral Asset Management. Reporting to the Abu Dhabi Government Executive Affairs Authority, he was responsible for establishing the Yas Island Destination Management Strategy as well as stakeholder engagement, product development, global marketing, communications, infrastructure planning, major events and visitor services program.
Prior to his time in the UAE, Clive was Director of Business Development for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, relaunching the largest combined convention and exhibition centre in Australia. During this time, he was Director of the Club Melbourne Ambassador program, which has delivered over 100 international conferences worth over $590 million to become the world's most influential Ambassador Program.
Before this he directed the international marketing, industry engagement and visitor services for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Other career highlights include the development of Melbourne’s annual International Mining and Resources Conference and the delivery of the globally acclaimed ‘Jigsaw’ campaign for Tourism Victoria. Clive has also held a range of industry and non-executive board positions in Melbourne.
Matt Gaffney is responsible for the Future Focus Group business leadership program conducted by Committee for Melbourne. His role includes program leadership, design and facilitation of key events, support of project teams as well as interactions with nominators of the participants from within member organisations.
In addition to running his own practice, Matt has over 20 years experience with leading international professional services firms.
Chrissie Heyn is the Committee for Melbourne’s Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO, providing executive-level assistance to the CEO and Board and ensuring the smooth day-to-day operation of the office.
Chrissie comes to the Committee with a wealth of experience as a senior EA and Office Manager in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. When she is not at work, Chrissie volunteers for her favourite charities and local community groups.
Kim Powell provides strategic research, analysis and policy development on a range of issues that affect the Committee’s focus areas. Kim is also working on the Committee's flagship taskforce, Melbourne 4.0.
She comes to the Committee with a decade of experience as a journalist.
Kim has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts in Journalism, and a Doctorate investigating how young adults use comedy and social media to become informed about the world and participate in the political process.
Tarryn Whelan provides the team with administrative support, including effective database management. She also assists with the coordination of all engagement activities.
Tarryn joins us from a logistics company with experience working in government and events.
She holds a Diploma in Event Management from Victoria University.