Governor of Victoria
Committee for Melbourne and Future Focus Group Patron since 2016
On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC CVO 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.
Mr Scott TannerChair
Director since 2013
Chair – Nominations Sub-Committee
Scott Tanner is the current Chair of Committee for Melbourne, having been appointed in February 2014.
Scott is Executive Chairman of leading real estate group Kay & Burton, Chairman of creative and digital agency GrowthOps, Chairman of embedded finance start-up Neeon, Chairman of robotic surgery training company RSE, and Managing Director of corporate advisory firm SMT Advisory Services which he founded in 2018.
Scott was previously a Director of the Melbourne Business School and a Director on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University. He was also 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 has an MBA from Melbourne Business School and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Jane HodderDeputy Chair
Director since November 2017
Member – Membership Services and Growth Sub-Committee
Jane is a partner at the global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and specialises in property and infrastructure projects across a variety of industry sectors.
Jane is the Chair of the Board of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Chair of the board of St Catherine’s School Toorak, member of the Queen Victoria Market Board and member of the External Professional Advisory Committee to the Dean of Monash Law School. Previous roles include being a member of the Freehills’ national board and Herbert Smith Freehills global board, Herbert Smith Freehills Co-Partner Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Chair of the Monash Law School foundation board.
Ms Feyi AkindoyeniDirector
Director since 2022
With over 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, working on some of the most challenging briefs in Australia, Feyi is one of the country’s most sought-after communications consultants. Feyi has a deep understanding of the nexus between policy, politics and business having spent 15 years in public affairs including five years in Canberra leading a bi-partisan team of top government relations experts.
Feyi is particularly effective in facilitating successful strategy development processes that map a clear path for clients, be they technology, education, regional sustainability, health, energy infrastructure or finance. Her counsel is valued by some of Australia’s leading organisations including Google, Bunnings, Officeworks, Uber, CBA, RMIT, Life Without Barriers, the National Farmers Federation, and the federal departments of Health and Ageing, NDIA, Defence, Home Affairs and Education, who look to her for reputational, strategic messaging and engagement counsel around crisis, advocacy, effective stakeholder engagement, public affairs, and digital communications.
Mr Joseph BarbaroDirector
Director since 2022
Joseph is the Partner in Charge of the Melbourne office of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Joseph is a Monash alumni, has been with Corrs for over 21 years, a partner for 12 years, is dual qualified in law and science (biomedical). He practices in the areas of project construction and infrastructure delivery, outsourcing and dispute resolution.
He advises both government and the private sector (including financiers, sponsors, principals and contractors) on all aspects of project and infrastructure delivery across a range of sectors, including energy and natural resources (including water and renewable power), education, health, transport (road, rail and ports), as well as real-estate development.
Having such a broad practice and range of clients means Joseph has a depth of sector knowledge across the industries in which his clients operate – including their immediate challenges. He has developed a deep understanding of private commercial drivers and behaviors, as well as appreciating the connection to and role of government in supporting and facilitating outcomes that deliver benefits both for private enterprise and the broader community. His clients include a number of the Committee for Melbourne’s members.
Joseph has been an active participant in Committee for Melbourne activities for over 10 years. Over this time he has promoted and facilitated the active engagement of his firm (Corrs) and its partners and staff with the Committee and its various activities. This has ranged from hosting numerous events, through to active participation in numerous sub-committees and written contribution to various papers.
Most recently Joseph has welcomed the opportunity to join and participate in the Infrastructure and Sustainability Standing Committee, where he hopes to actively deploy his and the firm’s broader expertise to the committee’s objectives and pursuits.
Mr Henry ByrneDirector
Director since 2021
Group Executive, Victoria and Strategy
Henry joined Transurban in 2007 and was appointed Group Executive, Corporate Aﬀairs in July 2017 and Group Executive, Victoria, Strategy in February 2020. Henry’s portfolio includes responsibility for the Victorian market and the Strategy group including strategic initiatives, traﬃc forecasting and analysis and sustainability. Prior to his Executive Committee appointments, Henry was General Manager of Corporate Aﬀairs and Investor Relations, and Commercial and Operations Manager of Airport Motorway. Henry is a member of the Institute for Infrastructure in Society Research Advisory Board for the Next Generation Engagement Project.
Professor John Dewar AODirector
Director 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 & Overy and Farrer & 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.
Mr Danny EliaDirector
Director since September 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).
Mr Cameron McIntyreDirector
Director since 2022
Cameron is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Carsales.com Ltd (ASX:CAR) since 2017.
Top ASX100 Company and one of the original disruptors of traditional advertising and the No1 online automotive classified company in Australia and equivalent businesses in South Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Chile with a market capitalization in excess of ~$7billion AUD.
Cameron is responsible for leading a large (~1,600 employees), dynamic, innovative and fast paced organization of highly engaged professionals in multiple geographic markets and in an industry of constant change and disruption.
Carsales is an organisation with a strong sense of its culture and purpose, executing on its strategy to develop digital marketplaces in both Australia and across global markets, building adjacent market opportunities and preparing for the potential and disruption that future of mobility will one day bring.
Cameron is a passionate and focused leader of a highly talented and experienced executive team and knowledgeable, engaged and collegiate Board of Directors.
Mr Ishaan NangiaDirector
Director since 2020
Ishaan is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Melbourne office. He leads McKinsey’s Infrastructure and Real Estate practice in Australia and New Zealand.
Ishaan chairs the Committee for Melbourne Transport Taskforce and has led a number of research initiatives on transport and infrastructure.
Ms Genevieve Overell AM FAICDDirector
Genevieve Overell AM FAICD is an independent non-executive director on a portfolio of Boards. Her career spans leading executive and non-executive roles in Financial Services, Infrastructure projects, cross-border trade and investment, Professional Services, Government, Property & Construction, Healthcare, not-for-profits and the Arts.
An experienced Board Chair, Genevieve brings significant commercial, legal, governance and advocacy skills. Formerly Deputy Secretary, Victorian Government and prior to government, KPMG Partner advising on Infrastructure projects, Genevieve is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Institute of Public Administration of Australia (Victoria). In the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Genevieve was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to the community.
Current Board appointments: Chair, State Revenue Office Audit Committee, Victorian Government, Chair, Australian Institute of Architects, Non-Executive Director, Cladding Safety Victoria, Non-Executive Director, NW Melbourne Primary Healthcare Network.
Honorary roles: Chair, Victorian Opera, Deputy National Chair, Australian British Chamber of Commerce, Non-Executive Director, German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Ms Jacqueline SavageDirector
Director since March 2017
CEO and Founder, MedCorp Technologies
BEng (Hons) (Biomedical)
Jacqueline Savage is the Founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies; a medical device company developing wearable technologies for the healthcare industry. The applications for MedCorp’s core body temperature sensing technology is widespread, seeing adoption in consumer healthcare, critical care monitoring and the agricultural sector.
Jacqueline maintains an active role in innovation, entrepreneurship, med-tech, commercialisation and digital health. In addition to her directorship at the Committee for Melbourne, Jacqueline is a member of the La Trobe University’s Council, with additional roles including; member of the investment committee for the Strategic Innovation Fund and the Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Committee for Healthcare.
In addition to her role as CEO of MedCorp, Jacqueline is Founder and Director of international award-winning consumer infant health and development brand Mioplay. Jacqueline’s experience in product development, manufacturing and commercialisation, has seen the global brand establish distribution channels across 14 countries, including a network of greater than 4000 pharmacies.
Jacqueline’s success has been celebrated through her multiple achievements and her continuing desire to create technology that assists to save lives, including; 2016 Telstra Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2016 Emerging Women in Leadership Award, BioMelbourne Network. Voted Top 100 Global Engineering Innovations of 2014 (NASA Tech Briefs)
Mr Craig ShuteDirector
Director since 2020
Craig is the Managing Director of JLL’s business in Victoria and has over 25 years’ experience in the commercial property sector. Craig has also held Managing Director positions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, San Diego, Las Vegas and Adelaide.
Property plays an integral role in our city’s progression. Having held board positions overseeing operations throughout Asia Pacific and the West Coast of America, Craig brings a unique perspective, insight and value to benefit the Committee for Melbourne.
Mr Roland Van BentenDirector
Director Since 2020
Roland leads development origination projects at Dexus in Victoria.
Prior to joining Dexus, Roland held several senior project roles at Lendlease including Development Executive where he was responsible for the urban regeneration and standalone commercial development opportunities.
Roland’s extensive experience with major Urban regeneration projects gives him unique insights into how property can play a significant role in the evolution of the city.
Mark MelvinChief Executive Officer
Mark Melvin was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer at Committee for Melbourne in May 2022.
Mark has a broad and international background having worked in 7 industries and across two continents.
With 30 years’ experience in executive roles across Australia and Europe, Mark has a background in retail banking, franchising, oil and gas, and retail.
Since coming to Australia from his role overseeing franchising for Abbey National’s retail banking business, Mark has held senior distribution roles at ANZ, National Australia Bank and Westpac’s franchised mortgage network RAMS.
In Mark’s previous role as Chief Executive, Bank of Melbourne and State General Manager Westpac Retail & Premium Victoria/Tasmania, he led a team of more than 2,000 passionate Victorians and Tasmanians who serve over 2 million customers through a network of more than 230 branches and business banking centres.
Having made Melbourne his home in 2003, Mark is a proud Melburnian and enthusiastic Collingwood fan!
Leanne EdwardsDirector, Policy & Advocacy
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 ranging from training, building and planning regulation to 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 Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School majoring in strategy and marketing. Leanne also holds a Bachelor 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.
Mark SinclairDirector, Engagement
Mark Sinclair was appointed to the role of Director Engagement for the Committee for Melbourne in September 2022. Mark’s role at the Committee is leading the engagement, membership and events across a busy annual calendar of activity.
Mark holds a Double Major in Business specialising in Marketing and Sports Management, with over 25 years’ experience in roles across Australia and New Zealand. Mark has a strong background in sport and major events, retail, start-ups, technology, NFP’s and public precincts.
In Mark’s previous role as Senior Manager Programs and Partnerships at Fed Square, he helped increase connection via events with community groups, implemented a new commercial structure that increased non-government revenue, and represented Fed Square in a Board capacity at the Yarra River Business Association.
Mark is an enthusiastic supporter of the Demons, Storm, the Australian Cricket Team and desperately trying to lower his Golf handicap!
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.
Brett Van DuppenSenior Policy & Advocacy Officer
Brett Van Duppen provides the Committee with strategic policy development, advocacy 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 joined 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.
Laura Kerr SurahProject Manager
Laura Kerr Surah 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 was recently 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.
Genevieve HelsonCommunications Specialist
Genevieve Helson comes to the Committee for Melbourne team with a background in marketing and communications across not-for-profit, local government and arts sectors.
Her role encompasses branding collateral, website management, and publications including social media and e-Newsletters.
Genevieve holds a Graduate Certificate in Digital Communication Strategy from RMIT and a Bachelor in Actor Musicianship from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in the UK.
After migrating to Australia in 2017, Genevieve has made Melbourne her home. In her spare time, she travels, hikes, and always enjoys a trip to the theatre.
Leah BunneyMembership & Engagement Officer
Leah has over 16 years’ experience in Corporate Hospitality and Events across Cricket (WACA), Racing (VRC), Tennis (TA) and the Grand Prix (AGPC), as well as various contracts in Health and Defence.
Leah’s love of travel started from a young age having moved abroad at the age of 2 to follower her father’s career as an air traffic controller. Born in Perth WA – she has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Queensland, Perth and has resided in Melbourne since 2016.
As part of Committee for Melbourne’s engagement team, Leah works closely with members to discuss the growth and development of Greater Melbourne.
Lily StephensAdministration Assistant, Engagement
Lily joined as the Administration Assistant to the Engagement Team in early 2022, a complimentary role to her studies. Currently studying full-time at Swinburne University, Lily is undertaking her double Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Sciences, Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Outside of study and work, Lily is an avid member of the Rover Scout section, taking on roles such as Secretary of her unit and Chair of the Melbourne Region Rover Council.
Prof John Dewar AO – SC Chair | VC, La Trobe University
Jacqui Savage – SC Deputy Chair | Founder / Director, MedCorp Technologies
Peter Konidaris | Managing Partner Melbourne, PwC Australia
Vishaal Kishore | Director – Impact, RMIT University
Sophia Grammenos | Chief of Staff, Blackmore Capital
Matthew Hibbins | Managing Partner – Melbourne, MinterEllison
Justin Hanney | CEO, City of Melbourne
Christopher Whitefield | Executive Director, Communications, Plenary Group
Prof Bronwyn Fox | Chief Scientist, CSIRO
Derek Scott | CEO and Principal, Haileybury
Rohan Mead | Group Managing Director and CEO, Australian Unity
Michelle Loader | Managing Director, Fisher Leadership
Shelley Dolan | CEO, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Infrastructure and Sustainability
Roland Van Benten – SC Chair | Manager – Origination, Dexus
Dr Joseph Correnza – SC Deputy Chair | Principal – Member of Australasian Board and Arup University Councillor, Arup
Ishaan Nangia | Partner and CfM Director, McKinsey and Company Ltd
Anthea Roberts | Executive General Manager, Strategic Planning & Programs, NBN Co
Joseph Barbaro | Partner in Charge, Melbourne, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Rodney Piltz | Managing Partner, EY
Brian Herlihy | Executive Development Director, Lendlease
Alison Leighton | Deputy CEO, City of Melbourne
Michael Sewards | Co-CEO, Kinetic
Neil Stonell | Managing Partner, Grimshaw
Patrick McCafferty | Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water
Richard Bolt | Principal, Nous
Michael Caltabiano | CEO, Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)
Liveability and Urban Optimisation
Craig Shute – SC Chair | Managing Director, JLL
Caroline (Ralph) Ralphsmith – SC Deputy Chair | CEO, Fed Square
Matt Cleary | Regional Director, Urbis
Julian Anderson | Director, Bates Smart
Peter Smith | CEO, City of Port Phillip
Clive Scott AM | General Manager, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Jane Hodder | Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Geoff Ward | Group Head, Precincts, Development Victoria
Scott Chapman | CEO, Royal Flying Doctor Service (VIC)
Genevieve Overell AM FAICD | Chair, Victoria Opera
Sam Redston | CEO, M Pavilion/Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Mike Day | Partner, Urban Solutions VIC, Hatch Roberts Day
Dr Catherine Brown OAM | CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust
Mr George Pappas AO
Former Chancellor, Victoria University
Mr Roger Poole
Director, Roger Poole Architects
Mr Hugh Morgan AC
Principal, First Charnock Pty Ltd
Dr Janine Kirk AO
Former Chief Executive, The Prince’s Trust Australia
Mr Gary Morgan
Executive Chairman, The Roy Morgan Research Centre
Prof. David Beanland AO
Professor Emeritus, RMIT University
Mr Jack Smorgon AO
Director, Escor Pty Ltd
Mr Bruce Teele
Life Member, Committee for Melbourne
Executive Manager, GHD
Mrs Pamela Warrender OAM
Director, Melbourne Prize Trust
Mr David Miles AM
Life Member, Committee for Melbourne