On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM 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.
Read the Governor's complete biography.
Scott Tanner was appointed Chair of Committee for Melbourne in February 2014.
A highly regarded Melbourne business leader with over 25 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industry, Scott was appointed Chief Executive of Bank of Melbourne in 2011. In this role, he relaunched the Bank of Melbourne in Victoria, with the aspiration of developing it into the retail and business bank of choice for Victorians, with strong local community ties.
Prior to Bank of Melbourne, Scott was a Director at global business consulting firm Bain and Company for 15 years, including Head of Bain’s Melbourne Office and the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice specialist for Asia Pacific. He forged significant experience in international finance markets while at Bain, leading the firm’s Asia Pacific Financial Services Practice for six years from 2000.
Scott is a Director of Tennis Australia; Director of Melbourne Business School; Trustee of Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust; 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.
Dale is leading the relocation of Peter Mac’s East Melbourne site to its new home in Parkville in 2016, 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).
Ric Holland is a consultant at TX:RX Consultancy. Prior to starting his own consultancy business Ric Holland was Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne City Mission from 2010 until 2015.
Before his appointment at Melbourne City Mission, Ric held CEO positions including Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Parkinson’s Australia. In the United Kingdom, he was CEO of a Council of Social Service and worked extensively in the broadcasting industry. He is an ordained Uniting Church Minister.
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.
Elana Rubin has extensive experience that extends across the property, infrastructure, regulatory, insurance and financial services sectors.
Elana is currently a Director of Mirvac Group; NAB Wealth/MLC Life Insurance (Administration and Asset management subsidiaries); Touchcorp Ltd; Transurban Queensland and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation. In addition, she is a member of Qualitas Properties Advisory Board and the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Board Member of SecondBite and most recently was appointed Deputy Chair of LaunchVic.
Elana’s previous board roles include Chair of AustralianSuper; Chair of Victorian Rail Track Corporation (VicTrack); Chair of the Victorian WorkCover Authority (WorkSafe) and Director of the Transport Accident Commission and PPB Advisory. She was a member of Infrastructure Australia and the Climate Change Authority.
Elana is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; the Australian Institute of Management; the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women and Women Corporate Directors.
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.
Martine Letts 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 in conjunction with the Director, Policy and Research 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.
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. Matt is also currently Steering Group Chair of the Future Focus Group Alumni Network.
Jennifer Ure provides the Committee with strategic policy development, research and analysis on a wide range of issues that affect the Committee’s agenda for change. She has many years experience in government and non-government sectors, particularly in education.
Most recently, she has worked for Asia Education Foundation (Asialink) on national leadership programs for principals of school education and web development management.