Media release – 13/01/16

Committee for Melbourne announces new CEO

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Committee for Melbourne Chair Scott Tanner today announced the appointment of Martine Letts to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Melbourne.

Ms Letts is an accomplished executive with more than 15 years’ experience in leadership roles in the not‐for‐profit and international policy sectors. She has an extensive background in diplomacy, policy advice, policy design and implementation through her previous roles at the Australian Red Cross, the Lowy Institute, the Australia China Business Council and as an Australian diplomat.

Speaking about her appointment, Ms Letts said “I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with the Committee’s Board and membership. Together we can help Melbourne retain its outstanding reputation in Australia and globally as an attractive, productive and inspiring place to live and work. This is an exciting and challenging time for Melbourne ‐ a city I love and admire. We live in the world’s fastest‐growing economic region, and our economic and political environment is changing rapidly. We have a unique opportunity to build on Melbourne’s economic, intellectual, philanthropic, cultural and sporting strengths and its diversity”.

Committee Chair Scott Tanner said he is thrilled to welcome Ms Letts to the Committee. “We’re pleased to announce Martine’s appointment as CEO of the Committee following an extensive search process in conjunction with an executive search firm. Martine’s strong experience in policy advice and design make her an exceptional candidate for this role,” said Mr Tanner.

“Martine’s experience will be invaluable as we develop and advocate our policy positions. She will work closely with the Board and our members to tackle the key issues facing Melbourne and help drive positive outcomes for the future,” he said.

Committee for Melbourne Policy Manager Sander van Amelsvoort is Acting CEO until Ms Letts commences on 1 March 2016.

The Committee will continue to focus on its four priority policy platforms in 2016: productivity and prosperity, infrastructure development, urban enhancement and liveability.

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