Melbourne Achiever Award

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

Nominations for the 2020 Melbourne Achiever Award are now open.

Do you know an individual and/or an organisation that deserves recognition for a significant initiative that will leave a legacy for Melbourne’s future?

Since 1993, Committee for Melbourne has recognised the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisation by awarding them with the Melbourne Achiever Award at our Annual Dinner. As a Committee for Melbourne member, you can nominate an outstanding contributor to our future.

Please submit your nomination form to Laura Kerr Melvin by Thursday 30 April. 


Selection criteria

The criteria for nomination is: significant, and sustained, contributions to our city that will leave a lasting legacy.

Your nominee can be either an individual and/or organisation. You are welcome to nominate your own company, another organisation or individual you feel is worthy of this recognition.

The following should also be taken into consideration when submitting your nomination:
• Relevance to the Committee’s four policy pillars: Future Economy, Urban Optimisation, Infrastructure and Liveability
• Relevance to our Melbourne 4.0 agenda
• Inspirational achievement
• Reflects the spirit of Committee for Melbourne

Please submit your nomination via email.

Our Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Laura Kerr Melvin, will then follow up by contacting you directly.

Please note, we do not need extensive background on the reasons behind your nomination as we conduct our own research.

The Committee for Melbourne Board of Directors will select this year's recipient(s) who will be notified prior to our 2020 Annual Dinner.

Since 1993, Committee for Melbourne has recognised the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisations by awarding them with the Melbourne Achiever Award at our Annual Dinner.

As a Committee for Melbourne member, you have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding contributor to our future – an organisation and/or individual.

We look forward to celebrating the outstanding achievement of the winner(s) who will be our special guest(s) at our 2020 Annual Dinner in the presence of our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.


2019 Melbourne Achiever Award Winners


The Committee for Melbourne’s prestigious 2019 Melbourne Achiever Awards were announced during our 2019 Annual Dinner on the 22 May, honouring Peter Clemenger AO and The Australian Ballet for their outstanding contribution to Business and Arts and Culture in Melbourne.


The recipients accepted the award at the Committee’s annual gala dinner on the night at the recently redeveloped Goldfields Theatre at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in the presence of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Committee for Melbourne Patron.

The Award celebrates contributions to Melbourne that will leave a lasting legacy. Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts applauded Mr Clemenger’s significant innovation in creating a world-renowned agency Clemenger BBDO, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and over 60 consecutive years of philanthropic work. Peter is also a notable patron of the arts, establishing foundations and grants at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre and an Honorary Life Member of The Australian Ballet and Life Patron of the Melbourne Theatre Company. “Peter is an inspirational Melburnian, and he has enriched Australian business and cultural life through Clemenger BBDO and his support of the visual and performing arts and his philanthropic work. Peter’s generosity and involvement in so many worthy causes have been exemplary. In honouring Peter, we also honour the extraordinary contribution of Joan Clemenger, Peter’s wife and the work of the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust established in 2001”, said Ms Letts. “I am a little surprised to have won such a prestigious Committee for Melbourne award. Whatever I have done to deserve it, I have been very happy to support the Arts in Melbourne” said Peter Clemenger.”

Peter Clemenger AO 


The Australian Ballet was awarded the Melbourne Achiever Award for an outstanding organisation as one of the world’s most renowned ballet companies that has delivered celebrated performances for over 50 years.

“The Australian Ballet continues to evolve, caring for tradition but daring to be different. The recent renovation was ‘en pointe’ with their Southbank home providing world-class facilities to not only dancers, but the talented sports medicine team, onsite costumiers and staff, which truly showcases their commitment to excellence here in Melbourne” noted Ms Letts.

“We are absolutely honoured to be receiving the Committee for Melbourne’s Melbourne Achiever Award and even more so, delighted to be acknowledged as a Melbourne-born company which has contributed to and loved being based in this wonderful city for the past 56 years.

Libby Christie, Executive Director, The Australian Ballet

From the formation of the company in 1962 – when we worked out of somewhat modest our first ever studio in East Melbourne - to today when we are based in our newly refurbished Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre in Southbank, we have been proud to call this city home as we travel around Australia and the world each year. It is wonderful to be based in Melbourne, and to work here from our state of the art “Headquarters of Australian Ballet”. Melbourne and The Australian Ballet attract Australia’s most talented dancers and that inspires creativity, a place where extraordinary people can dream and achieve” said Libby Christie, Executive Director of The Australian Ballet


Our prestigious 2018 Melbourne Achiever Award recipients were announced at our Annual Dinner on 10 May at the Forum Melbourne, honouring Naomi Milgrom AO and Melbourne and Olympic Parks for their outstanding contributions to our city.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts applauded Naomi Milgrom's significant role as an actively committed investor and thought leader to the world of arts, health, science, education and community life.


 Naomi Milgrom AO


Upon accepting the Award, founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and MPavilion, Naomi Milgrom, thanked the individuals and organisations that helped bring her ideas to life enriching and enlivening our city. 

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter, who accepted the Award on behalf of VicHealth last year, presented the Award to Melbourne and Olympic Parks, recognising its crucial role in cementing Melbourne's brand as the sport and entertainment capital of the world.

Accepting the Award on behalf of his organisation, Melbourne and Olympic Parks Chief Executive Brian Morris said "we take great pride in delivering the Australian Open, world's best concerts and an unbeatable calendar of incredible's a privilege to be operating arguably the best sport and entertainment precinct in the world".


 Melbourne and Olympic Parks Chief Executive Brian Morris


The recipients accepted the award in presence of our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria. 

 Read the related coverage: 'Businesswoman and philanthropist Naomi Milgrom and Melbourne Park win awards'



For more information:

Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Laura Kerr Melvin
9667 8160

Past Melbourne Achiever Award winners

Naomi Milgrom AO
Melbourne and Olympic Parks 

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)

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 (1977-1982)
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 Festival 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

"I thank the Committee for Melbourne for recognising the importance of VicHealth’s groundbreaking role, lasting legacy, and future work in improving the lives of Melburnians". 

Jerril Rechter, CEO, VicHealth