Governor of Victoria
Committee 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.
Mr Scott TannerChair
Director since 2013
Chair – Nominations Sub-Committee
Appointed Chair in February 2014, Scott was Chief Digital Officer, Consumer Banking at Westpac Group. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Bank division at the Westpac Group and prior to that, Chief Executive of Bank of Melbourne from 2011. In this latter role, Scott relaunched the Bank of Melbourne and served as Chief Executive until 2017.
Prior to relaunching Bank of Melbourne, Scott was a Director at Bain and Company for 15 years. He was Head of Bain’s Melbourne Office and the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing Practice for Asia Pacific. He forged significant experience in international financial markets while at Bain, leading the firm’s Asia Pacific Financial Services Practice for six years, and was a member of Bain’s Global Compensation and Promotion Committee.
Scott is Independent Chairman of GrowthOps (ASX:TGO), a Director of Melbourne Business School and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Gerard DalboscoDeputy Chair
Director since 2013
Deputy Chair since March 2018
Chair – Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee
Gerard is Managing Partner of EY in Melbourne, where he leads a large team of Partners and staff and is responsible for EY’s go-to-market and client service strategies, as well as its involvement in the broader Melbourne community. Gerard also leads EY’s efforts on some of its largest Melbourne-based clients.
Prior to his current role, Gerard has held a number of senior leadership roles within EY, including Asia Pacific Managing Partner – Markets where he led EY’s client-serving activities across the Asia-Pacific market; Oceania Managing Partner and CEO where he was responsible for EY’s Oceania business and Oceania Managing Partner of Transaction Advisory Services where he was responsible for EY’s Transaction Advisory Services business across Oceania.
Gerard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is Chairman of the Board and the Finance Committee of Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak; a member of the Finance Committee, Newman College, Melbourne University; Chairman of the National Gallery of Victoria’s Business Council and a Director of the Melbourne Prize.
Ms Dale FisherDirector
Director 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.
Mr Tony MacveanDirector
Director since November 2013
Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee
Tony is the Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox Lawyers where 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. During his time as Managing Partner, Tony has led the transformation of Hall & Wilcox into a leading national firm.
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.
Tony also is the Chair of Australian Business Community Network (ABCN).
Mr Lorenz GrolloDirector
Director since 2012
Member – Nominations Sub-Committee
Lorenz is Chief Executive Officer of the Grollo Group, where he heads up operations which span property development, property services, construction, leisure and tourism, education, and sport in Australia.
Lorenz is also co-founder and major shareholder in global digital business, Equiem, a world‐first integrated technology and services platform for commercial property owners with operations across Australia, the UK and USA.
Lorenz is a director of Grollo Australia and Buller Ski Lifts and a Member of the Property Council of Australia’s VIC Division Council.
Mr Tim OrtonDirector
Director since 2013
Chair – Membership Services and Growth Sub-Committee
Tim is the founder and Managing Director of Nous Group where he advises leaders across various sectors of the Australian economy on strategy, policy, organisational capability and leadership issues.
Prior to his current role at Nous, Tim was Managing Director of Deakin Australia, a training company owned by Deakin University, and a consultant with McKinsey and Company in Sydney, New York and London.
Tim, a Rhodes Scholar, is Chair of Rhodes Scholarships in Australia and is President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Mr Michael WandmakerDirector
Director since May 2015
Member – Finance, Audit and Risk Sub-Committee
Michael Wandmaker was appointed Managing Director of Melbourne Water on 22 September 2014.
After a long military career, Michael developed extensive senior leadership experience across several industries, both in Australia and internationally. This includes electrical and mechanical engineering, energy, oil, gas, mining and water, having worked at Sydney Water in the mid-2000s.
Michael was previously global President of FT Services out of Nth America, Vice President at Siemens Canada, General Manager in charge of five Tyco Services companies, CEO of Silcar Maintenance Services and various executive positions at Transfield Holdings. Before coming to Melbourne Water, Michael was Group President and acting CEO of UGL Limited’s an ASX listed engineering, construction and maintenance company.
Michael has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Mechanical and Computing
Ms Virginia LovettDirector
Director since 2016
Executive Director, Melbourne Theatre Company
Virginia Lovett is the Executive Director and Co-CEO of the Melbourne Theatre Company. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where she delivered a major funding increase and in 2011 achieved record attendance levels. A highly experienced and well-respected arts executive, she successfully designed a range of strategic initiatives through her roles at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Festival, Zoos Victoria, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Theatre Company and the National Gallery of Victoria. She has also worked as an advisor for state ministers in Victoria and New South Wales.
In 2006 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and is a graduate of the Museum Leadership program. Virginia was the Chair of Arena Theatre Company for seven years before stepping down in February 2018 after successfully securing the company a new home in Bendigo. She is on the board of directors for the Committee for Melbourne, a member of the ABC Arts Reference panel, Chair of the Theatre Panel for Live Performance Australia and Vice President of Arts Project Australia. She was previously Chair of Force Majeure, on the boards of Arena Theatre Company, Craft Victoria and Legs on the Wall, and an Executive Council Member of Live Performance Australia. For the past five years she has been a mentor for the Australia Council Emerging Leaders Course, Teach for Australia and the Council for Museum Directors.
Ms Jacqueline SavageDirector
Director since March 2017
Founder and CEO, MedCorp Technologies
Jacqueline Savage is the Founder and CEO of MedCorp Technologies – a digital health company developing wearable technologies and devices for the healthcare industry.
Jacqueline maintains an active role in innovation, healthcare and education issues. In addition to her duties as CEO, Jacqueline advises nationally and internationally in both the private and government sectors, including: Advisory board member of Swinburne University of Technology’s Innovation Precinct; the Bachelor of Engineering Practice and the Engineering Practice Academy’s advisory course committee.
A multi-award winning and widely celebrated businessperson, Jacqueline has won numerous awards 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), Jacqueline’s success has been celebrated through her multiple achievements and her continuing desire to create lifesaving technologies.
Mr Kee WongDirector
Director since March 2017
Member – Membership Services and Growth Sub-Committee
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).
Kee is a Board member of Carsales.com, an ASX100 company listed on the Australian stock exchange.
He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Australian Information Industry Association and currently Deputy Chairman of Asialink, member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Metro Trains Melbourne Strategic Advisory Committee.
Previously, Kee was a Council Member of Victoria University, a Director of LaunchVic (a Victorian Government Innovation/Startup fund); the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Services Roundtable, Federation Square and Foundation of the National Gallery of Victoria.
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.
Ms Jane HodderDirector
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.
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).
Ms Martine LettsChief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer, appointed March 2016
Martine is an experienced executive within the government, non-profit and international policy sectors, providing high-level expertise in public policy development, formulation, and promotion in Australia and internationally.
Prior to her appointment as CEO, Martine served as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia China Business Council (ACBC), where she led the development of the organisation’s national strategy, and prior to that as Deputy Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. From 2001-2004 she was Secretary-General (CEO) of the Australian Red Cross.
Martine was a senior Australian diplomat for 17 years and an adviser to Foreign Minister Evans from 1992 to 1994. She is a non-executive Director on the board of AVI (Australian Volunteers International) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tilley ByrneMembership & Engagement Coordinator
Tilley is responsible for the committee’s membership retention, acquisition, and event coordination. In her role, she reports to the Director, 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 CiminoFinance Manager
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 DwyerDirector, 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 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.
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 HansenPart-Time Administration Assistant, Engagement Team
Nick provides part-time administration and database support to the Engagement team and assists other staff members where needed. In his role, he reports to the Director of Engagement.
Nick is currently studying for a Master’s 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 is actively involved in animal welfare and rescue work and volunteers with several charities and local community groups.
Laura Kerr MelvinCommunications, Events & Engagement Manager
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 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.
Claire McLavertyMarketing & Digital Services Coordinator
Claire is responsible for the committee’s marketing collateral and digital services. Reporting to the Communications, Events & Engagement Manager, Claire helps 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 DuppenPolicy & 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 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.
Steering Committee Chairs
Future Skills Taskforce
Chair of Steering Committee: Derek Scott | CEO & Principal | Haileybury
Housing Mix Taskforce
Chair of Steering Committee: Jane Hodder | Partner | Herbert Smith Freehills
Competitive Internet Taskforce
Chair of Steering Committee: Aaron Belbasis | Digital Specialist, Computational Design | Aurecon
Metropolitan Collaboration Taskforce
Chair of Steering Committee: Cr Bernadene Voss | Councillor | City of Port Phillip
Digital Capability Taskforce
Chair of Steering Committee: Scott Tanner | Chair | Committee for Melbourne
Arts & Culture Taskforce
Chair: Martine Letts | Chief Executive Officer | Committee for Melbourne
Chair of Steering Committee: Scott Chapman | Chief Executive Officer | Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria)
Chair of Steering Committee: Ishaan Nangia | Partner | McKinsey & Company
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 AM
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