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Governor of VictoriaCommittee for Melbourne and Future Focus Group Patron since 2016

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.


Scott Tanner, ChairDirector since 2014

Scott Tanner is an experienced Chief Executive, Chairman and Company Director.

Scott is Managing Director of SMT Advisory Services, a Corporate Advisory business which he founded in 2018. 

He is the current Chairman of Committee for Melbourne having been appointed in February 2014.  Committee for Melbourne is a member organisation founded in 1985 that contributes policy suggestions to government and helps drive initiatives to ensure that Melbourne continues to be a great place to live and to do business.

Scott is Chairman of rapidly growing non-bank lender PropertyShares and is also Chairman of parking solutions company UbiPark.

Scott is also a Director of the Melbourne Business School.  He was previously a Trustee of Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, and a Director of Tennis Australia.

In his corporate career Scott was most recently Chief Digital Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Westpac Group's Consumer Bank division.

Prior to this 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.

Before this Scott 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.

Scott is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Gerard DalboscoDirector since 2013

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.

Professor John DewarDirector since February 2019 

Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick, and worked for the London law firms Allen and Overy and Farrer and Co. Professor Dewar came to Australia in 1995, and held leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne before joining La Trobe.  

Professor Dewar is a Deputy Chair of Universities Australia, UA Lead Vice-Chancellor on Health workforce issues and a member of the AHEIA Executive Committee. He holds a number of other Directorships, including Education Australia Pty Ltd, The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, AARNet, the Committee for Melbourne and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China. He is a member of the University of Lincoln’s 21st Century Lab Higher Education Reference Group and a Male Champion of Change.  

He is an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, an Adjunct Professor in the Melbourne Law School and the La Trobe Law School, and a Visiting Professor at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University.

Danny EliaDirector since Sep 2019  

Danny is Head of Global Asset Management for Infrastructure at IFM Investors. Danny leads the asset management strategy for IFM’s Australian and Global Infrastructure investments.  

He has over 27 years of executive experience in finance, governance and business operations across multiple sectors, including infrastructure, energy, renewables, construction, transport, public-private partnerships, pharmaceuticals, retail and FMCG gained through senior executive positions with Ausgrid, Pacific Hydro, Transurban, CPB (formerly Leighton) Contractors, Linfox, Coles-Myer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Unilever, General Mills. 

Danny is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (operator of Melbourne and Launceston Airports) and previously served as a Non-Executive Director on other Boards, including Southern Cross Station and Praeco Pty Ltd (operator of Defence Headquarters Joint Operations Command in Bungendore NSW). 

Dale FisherDirector since 2013

In December 2018, Dale Fisher was appointed CE of Silver Chain Group, a national provider of home-based health and aged care.   Prior to joining Silver Chain, Dale was the CE of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) for five years where she led the relocation of Peter Mac’s East Melbourne site to its new home in Parkville in 2016 as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.  Prior to her role at Peter Mac, Dale was CEO of Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital for nine years.

Dale qualified as a Registered Nurse before completing a Bachelor of Business and subsequently, her MBA.  Dale was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University in 2016 and honorary Professor in Public Health at Swinburne University in 2018. Recognition for Dale’s significant community contribution includes as a Fellow of Monash University (2018); the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence list (2013); the Victorian Honour Roll for Women (2011); and Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist (Victoria, 2002 and 2007).


Dale has participated in several international trade and investment missions on behalf of the Australian Government.

Lorenz GrolloDirector since 2012

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 HodderDirector since 2017

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.

Virginia LovettDirector since 2016

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 MacveanDirector since 2013

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 OrtonDirector since 2013

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 SavageDirector since 2017

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 WandmakerDirector since 2015

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 WongDirector since 2017

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 LettsChief Executive Officer

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.


Tilley ByrneMembership & Engagement Coordinator

Tilley is responsible for the committee’s membership retention, acquisition, and event coordination. In her role, she reports to the Events Manager and the Director of Engagement to help strengthen and develop our membership initiatives, requisition operations, and events.

Tilley joins us from a state and federal government background with work in the private sector, she has recently worked on the 2016 and 2019 campaigns.

Nikki ChamberlainEvents Coordinator

Nikki is responsible for the Committee’s event coordination. In her role, she reports to the Manager of Communications, Events and Engagement and the Director of Engagement to help strengthen engagement with members and the Committee’s advocacy priorities through live and digital events.

Nikki joins us from the government agency, Melbourne Water, where she produced and delivered events, communications and engagement for projects, plans and strategies that contribute to enhancing life and liveability across Greater Melbourne, such as the Healthy Waterways Strategy, Yarra Strategic Plan and the Enhancing our Dandenong Creek program.

Nikki has worked in events, communications and engagement in both private, education and government sectors including RMIT and many other major events as a contractor. She has qualifications and training in Graphic Design, Events and PR, and Engagement.

Joanna CiminoManager, Finance

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.

Clive Dwyer Director, Engagement

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.

Leanne EdwardsDirector Policy & Research

Leanne Edwards joined the Committee for Melbourne in July 2019. Leanne’s role at the Committee spans issues that contribute to the future of Melbourne such as skills, artificial intelligence, transport, arts and culture, affordable housing and planning.

Leanne is a marketing, policy and communications specialist, having come from Master Builders Association of Victoria where her role of General Manager in each of those disciplines spanned topics like training, building and planning regulation, insurance and industrial relations. During her time at the Master Builders, Leanne rebranded the 140 year old organisation, implemented successful branding and sales campaigns and saw the introduction of the trades registration Bill into Parliament.

Leanne has also worked as a Senior Brand and Strategy Manager at Coles supermarkets; Assistant Director – Regulatory Affairs at the Business Council of Australia; and as a corporate lawyer at law firms Herbert Smith Freehills and Arnold Bloch Leibler. Leanne is very interested in arts and culture and currently sits on the Board of Gasworks Arts Park, where she is Company Secretary and sits on the Finance and Strategy committees.

Leanne holds a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School majoring in strategy and marketing. Leanne also holds Bachelors of Commerce and Law (Hons) from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. Leanne likes to travel and completed a semester of her MBA in New York at Stern Business School (NYU) and a semester of her undergraduate degree in Ireland at University College Dublin.

Matt GaffneyGeneral Manager, Future Focus Group

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. 

Nick HansenAdministration Assistant, Engagement Team

Nick is responsible for improving the Committee’s day-to-day operation and assists other staff members where needed. In his role, he reports to the Director of Engagement and helps maintain the workplace’s administrative systems.

Nick is currently studying his Masters in Public Policy at Monash University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Monash University.

Chrissie HeynOffice Manager and EA to the CEO & Directors

Chrissie Heyn is the Committee for Melbourne’s Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO and Directors, providing executive-level assistance to the CEO, Directors 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 does fund-raising for animal shelters and volunteers at several charities and local community groups.

Laura Kerr MelvinManager, Communications, Events and Engagement

Laura Melvin is responsible for Committee for Melbourne’s communications, media relations, and stakeholder engagement.  In her role, she works closely with stakeholders on Presenting Partnerships, sponsorship and networking opportunities. Laura also manages the Committee's fortnightly eNewsletter; the Committee Communiqué, all other publications, the website, and social media.

Laura joined the Committee after successfully launching the Parks Victoria CANOPY Eco Sleeper Pod pilot - an Eco-Tourism initiative developed as a key outcome of the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Action Plan 2016-2020.

Laura has worked in marketing and communications in both private and government sectors, including Tennis Australia, Victoria Racing Club and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Laura studied a Bachelor of Commercial Law and Marketing and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Laura has been appointed to the Board of Directors on the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) APAC region, a vibrant global association with thousands of members from around the world, representing many of the Global Fortune 500 companies.

Laura is serving as the Partnerships Director for the APAC region.  

Claire McLavertyMarketing & Digital Services Coordinator

Claire is responsible for the committee’s marketing collateral and digital services. In her role she reports to the Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager to help coordinate and implement our communication initiatives, social media and marketing operations.

Claire joins us from the automotive industry, where her 2017/18 campaign was listed as a finalist in the 2018 Australian Marketing Awards for small budget marketing and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and events.

Brett Van Duppen Policy & Research Officer

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.