Melbourne Achiever Award

We recognise the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisations by awarding them the Melbourne Achiever Award.

Since 1993, the Melbourne Achiever Award acknowledges and celebrates significant and sustained contributions to our city that will leave a lasting legacy.

The 2017 recipient, which will be selected by the Committee for Melbourne Board of Directors, will be presented with the Award at our Annual Dinner on 11 May at the Melbourne Museum and will be our special guest for the evening.

The 2016 Melbourne Achiever Award was awarded to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in recognition of its significant impact on the Victorian community and economy, which in turns highlights Victoria's status as the 'creative state'. The gallery is a dynamic, vibrant and essential community asset that contributes to the cultural, educational and social well-being of all Victorians.

Presented by Committee for Melbourne Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, the Award was accepted by NGV Director, Tony Ellwood, on behalf of his organisation. Tony Ellwood said the organisation he leads aims to make a true and lasting impact on every visitor and highlighted the fact that he has been delighted by the support and enthusiasm from the people of Melbourne.


Housing more than 65,000 works, the NGV is the oldest and most visited public art museum in Australia and the 21st most visited gallery in the world. The NGV is truly Melbourne's own.

Listen to Director of the NGV, Tony Ellwood's sppech.

View the 2016 Annual Dinner photos.

Read the related coverage: 'Committee for Melbourne calls for city to become world design capital', Herald Sun. 


For more information:

Director, Engagement
Clive Dwyer
9667 8120 / 0410 220 521

Past Melbourne Achiever Award winners

The National Gallery of Victoria 

CSIRO Manufacturing Precinct 

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute 

Australian Open Tennis Championships 

Melbourne Zoo 

Myer Family - Mr Baillieu Myer AC; Lady Marigold Southey AC 

Royal Children's Hospital 

Ms Christine Nixon Former Chief Commissioner of the Victoria Police and Head of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority

Prof. Rob Adams AM City of Melbourne

The Right Hon. Lord Mayor John So City of Melbourne
Mr John Cleese British actor and comedian

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE Philanthropist, Patron of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Founding member of the Deafness Foundation of Victoria
Mr Jack Smorgon AM Former Chairman of the Committee for Melbourne; Chairman of the Future Focus Group and Patron of the Future Focus Group Alumni Association; Director of Escor
Mr Barry Humphries AO International entertainer

Prof. Andrea Hull AO Director of the Victorian College of the Arts
Prof. Mark Burry Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT
Mr Adam Elliot Animator Ideas to outcomes

Ms Sue Lloyd-Williams Deputy Chief-Executive, Victoria Racing Club
Mr Paul McNamee Chief Executive, Tennis Australia
Mr Geoff Pollard AM President, Tennis Australia
Mr Ron Walker AC CBE Chairman, Grand Prix Corporation; Chairman, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games


Mr Richard Weatherly Victorian grazier and conservationist, Yarra Valley Water
Ms Sheree Marris Director, Visions of Blue


Dr Brendan Crabb Laboratory Head, Infection and Immunology Division, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Dr Patricia Edgar AM CEO, Australian Children's Television Foundation


Mr Vinny Lauwers Sailing, 2001 World Sportsman of the Year with a disability and first person with a disability to sail around the world unassisted
Mr Jesse Martin Sailing, Youngest person to sail non-stop around the world, alone and unassisted Royal Life Saving Society Surf Life Saving Victoria


Mr Kirby Clark Chief Financial Officer, Melbourne Airport
Dr James (Jim) Fox Founder and Managing Director, Vision Systems
Mr David Fewchuk GM Automotive Strategic Research Industry Foundation


Prof. David de Kretser Director, Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development (Science)
Ms Rhonda Galbally AO Managing Director, Australian Health Institute, University of Melbourne
Prof. Alan Trounson Global Strategic Science Adviser, National Stem Cell
Centre (Science)
Mr Shane Warne Cricketer


Mr John Barber Chairman, Managing Director and Founder of Sigtec
Dr Ruth Bishop Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Warren Hynes Memorial Award for Medical Research


Sir Zelman Cowen Life Member, Governor General of Australia (1977 1 982)
Prof. David Penington Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Melbourne University (Education and Health)
Mr John Lindsay Paralympic Gold Medallist
James Tomkins, Mike McKay, Nick Green, Andrew Cooper, Andrew James Oarsome Foursome


The Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen K.G. A.K. G.C.M.G. G.C.V.O. K.B.E P.C. Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur. Hon Doctorates (Melbourne, Sydney, Griffith Universities and University of Western Australia), Hon. Master, Gray's Inn, London
Mrs Margaret Carnegie AO OAM Life Member
Prof. Graeme Clark Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne Commissioner Duc-Dong Tran, City of Maribyrnong
Ms Susan Holmes Melbourne City Marketing
Mr David Parkin Coach, Carlton Football Club
Mr Leo Schofield Artistic Director, Melbourne International Fesitval of the Arts
Mr Les Twentyman OAM Youth Worker


Ms Kate Doughty Junior Achiever
Ms Cathy Freeman Sportswoman
Mr Troy Innocent Multimedia Artist, Arts — Multimedia
Professor Don Metcalf AC AO Medical Researcher
Mr Bruce Redpath and Mrs Ruth Redpath Oncologist and President of the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria (Health and Community)
Mrs Seelan Singham Partner, McKinsey and Co. (Business
Ms Gailene Stock Director, Royal Ballet School (Arts — Dance)


Mr Peter Armytage Victoria Racing Club — Tourism and Racing
Mr Martin Bowen Science and Technology
Ms Lindell Bromham Rhodes Scholar
Ms Julie Clutterbuck Mathematical Scientist (Science and Technology)
Sir Russell Madigan Chairman, Hamersley Holdings Ltd; IOL Petroleum Ltd; Director, CRA Ltd; RTZ Ltd; Commercial Union Assurance Ltd (Business)
Mr David Marriner Theatre Entrepreneur and Developer
Mr Paul McKessy Community
Mr Kevin Sheedy Coach, Essendon Football Club
Mr Lloyd Williams Developer and Community Activist
HE Fernando Zegers Chilean Ambassador to Australia

"We believe it is important to recognise the significant opportunity that a dynamic arts institution has to transform a city into an international destination."

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV