Meet the VIC team and council

Meet the VIC team

The Victorian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a dedicated team of staff to assist with any queries and requests for information. As a member you will be assigned your personal Members & Directors Engagement Executive who will provide membership support.

State Manager

  • Sally Leake MAICD, State Manager, Victoria Division
  • Michelle Picker, Office Services Executive

Membership Team (Acquisition & Engagement)

  • Tia Trieu GAICD, Members & Directors Manager
  • Joe Beatty, Members & Directors Executive
  • Simo Buzanin, Members & Directors Executive
  • Scott Cummins, Members & Directors Executive
  • Sanela Osmic, Members & Directors Executive
  • Lisa Snare, Members & Directors Executive
  • Sharon Springveldt, Members & Directors Executive
  • Aaron Valasinavicius, Members & Directors Executive
  • Vanessa Lizarraga-Castro, Members & Directors Executive

Victoria Programs Team

  • Sonia Romeo MAICD, Members & Directors Manager
  • Lisa McConalogue, Members & Directors Executive
  • Rebecca White, Members & Directors Executive
  • Larissa Vaughan, Members & Directors Executive
  • Stacey Kirkby, Members & Directors Coordinator
  • Sarah Torcasio, Members & Directors Coordinator

Business Centre & Member Lounge Team

  • Eadaoin O'Reilly, Business Centre & Member Lounge Executive
  • Heather White, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator
  • Hayley Drinkwater, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator

Further details on Business Centre and Member Lounge can be found here

Please find our contact details below:

Levels 26 & 27
367 Collins St
Melbourne VIC
3000 Australia
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Phone: (03) 9245 4200 Fax: (03) 9245 4222
Phone: (03) 9245 4200 Fax: (03) 9245 4222

During business hours 8.30am - 5.30pm

Meet the VIC council

The Victorian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has a Victorian Council to assist in guidance and strategic input into the direction of the Division. The Council also approves all membership applications and subsequent upgrades of membership.

The Role of the Council

The role of the Council is defined in Article 9.3 of our Constitution. To give effect to that role, the objectives of the Council is:

A: To provide advice to the Australian Institute of Company Directors Board and CEO on:

i) Policy  

A. To provide advice to the Australian Institute of Company Directors Board and CEO on:
i) Policy matters affecting the role of directors
ii) Australian Institute of Company Directors membership matters
iii) The strategy and policies of the Australian Institute of Company Directors itself and management issues that may arise from time to time.

B. To administer the membership of the Division, approving new members and upgrades.

C. To represent the views and aspirations of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in the Division’s territory and to develop relationships with leaders in directorship, regulation and politics who reside or are active in the territory.

D. To support the Division Manager with regard to:
i) Events
ii) Member service, member recruitment and retention and member grade matters
iii) The general conduct of the Division, including Director and Board Development programs

Council Members 2016

David BayesMr David Bayes FAICD, President

David Bayes is a non-executive director of Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd and chair of its People and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk Management and Audit Committee.

David previously served as a non-executive director of Chiquita Brands South Pacific Ltd; the Victorian Government appointed Board of the North Western Health Care Network and as an executive director of McDonald's Australia and Bakers Delight.

He served as CEO Australasia for Choice Hotels International and CEO of Bakers Delight and held senior roles across retail, food and accommodation, financial services and Government health organisations.

Jane Harvey Ms Jane Harvey FAICD

Jane Harvey is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committees of IOOF Holdings Ltd, DUET Finance Ltd and Oxygen Youth Health Research Centre. She is also on the boards of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and Colonial Foundation Trust and a Council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Vic).

Jane is a Chartered Accountant with strong financial and commercial experience. She was previously a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jane has previously served on a variety of other listed company, not for profit, and government Boards including Medibank Private Ltd, David Jones Ltd, the Alfred Hospital, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters of Business Administration both from the University of Melbourne, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Graeme LiebeltMr Graeme Liebelt FAICD

Graeme Liebelt was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Orica Limited, a position he held for six and a half years until February 2012. During his 22 years with the ICI Australia/Orica group, he held a number of senior positions including Managing Director of Dulux, Chairman of Incitec Ltd, a Director of Incitec Pivot Ltd and Chief Executive of Orica Mining Services. He was an Executive Director of the company from 1997 until 2012.

Graeme is Chairman of Amcor Limited and on the Boards of the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and the Australian Foundation Investment Company. He is Deputy Chairman of the Melbourne Business School, Deputy Chairman of the Global Foundation and he sits on the Board of Carey Baptist Grammar School.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Elana RubinMs Elana Rubin FAICD

Elana Rubin is a Director of Mirvac Group, NAB Wealth life insurance, administration & asset management subsidiary boards, Touchcorp, Transurban Queensland, VFMC and LaunchVic. She is Chair of the Major Transport Infrastructure Advisory Board and a member of the Advisory Board for Qualitas Properties and Committee for Melbourne.

In 2013, Elana retired as the Chair of AustralianSuper, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds, and as a Director of TAL, the specialist life insurance company. Previous directorships include Director of PPB Advisory, the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Australia Council, Climate Change Authority, Chair of the Victorian WorkCover Authority, Director of the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, Chair of the Victorian Rail Track Corporation (VicTrack) and Director of Industry Super Property Trust. She also recently retired from the Board of SecondBite, a national food rescue organisation.

Elana is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, and Financial Services Institute of Australasia. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Felix WongMr Felix Wong GAICD

Felix Wong GAICD has enjoyed a 26 year career in international business, working with several leading American and Asian multinational conglomerates.  A graduate of the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, his business career has taken him to over 20 countries across North America, Asia, Europe, and Australasia.

After living in various parts of the world, Felix and his wife migrated to Melbourne in 2001. His Australian experience includes being appointed as a CEO of an ASX-listed food company, as a Non-Executive Director of several public and private companies, and also concluding several joint ventures involving overseas and Australian businesses.

Felix currently serves on the State Council of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as the Boards and Committees of the Australia Malaysia and Indonesia Business Councils. His work specialty is in joint ventures, business development and marketing, and his industry experience spans various sectors including food & agribusiness, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, commercial building products, and consumer goods.

Felix also serves as an Asian Literacy Ambassador, a federal government initiative to develop the human capital necessary to strengthen Australia's linkages with Asia.  In this role, he is able to share his knowledge and experience of working in cross-border and cross-cultural business environments, including working with cross-cultural boards.

Ben HubbardMr Ben Hubbard GAICD

Ben Hubbard is General Manager of Public Policy and Strategy at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Australia’s leading social justice law firm.

Ben was Chief of Staff to Australia’s former Prime Minister, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP from 2011-2013. Prior to that, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Victoria Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, the Government agency that coordinated the recovery of communities affected by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

Ben has served in senior Government and Parliamentary advisory roles including Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2007-09) and Principal Advisor to the Victorian Premier (1999-2002 and 2004-2007).

Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.

He is a Victorian Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the University of Melbourne School of Government Advisory Board and is a Director of YMCA Victoria and the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank.

Leah SertoriMs Leah Sertori GAICD

Leah Sertori currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Bendigo Business Council and as a Victorian Councillor at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Leah has previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Regional Australia (SRA), Melbourne Cares (a subsidiary of the Committee for Melbourne) and as a Non-Executive Director of Regional Management Group Pty Ltd and Sustainable Regional Australia Pty Ltd.

Leah is an Alumni of Leadership 21 at Melbourne Business School.

As Chief Executive Officer of Bendigo Business Council Leah leads the Bendigo Region’s Smart City Strategy to apply capital and technology in smarter ways to realise the potential of the city and its citizens. Leah also convenes collaborative effort in the Bendigo Region to grow export from agri-business, tourism and education in partnership with ANZ, City of Greater Bendigo and Central Victorian Agribusiness Forum.

Leah’s role in the energy sector as CEO and then later Non-Executive Director of Sustainable Regional Australia included the construction of Victoria’s first solar parks in Bendigo and Ballarat and innovative cost reflective pricing trials to reduce energy consumption. Sustainable Regional Australia was the lead proponent of a consortium including CitiPower and Powercor, Origin and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

Leah’s current roles with Bendigo Business Council and AICD include policy and advocacy, member services and investment attraction.

Sue DahnSue Dahn FAICD

Sue Dahn is a partner/executive director in the Investment Advisory division of Pitcher Partners Melbourne with responsibility for approximately $4.2 billion of funds under management and advice. The practice provides investment advisory, investment management, portfolio administration reporting and analysis services to the firm’s private clients, family groups, superannuation funds and not-for profit and membership organisations.

Sue has in excess of thirty years experience in the provision of financial and investment advice and has earned an enviable industry-wide reputation.

Prior to joining Pitcher Partners, Sue worked as an accountant in both the profession and industry, and subsequently held a number of senior financial positions in the Victorian Government Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. Sue joined Pitcher Partners Melbourne in 1998 and was admitted to the partnership in 2003.

Sue is presently a Director of McMillan Shakespeare Ltd and MTAA Superannuation Fund. She is a member of the Victorian Council of AICD, Trinity College Investment Committee and Australian Communities Foundation Finance and Investment Committee.

Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Business Administration (University of Melbourne).

Rebecca McGrathRebecca McGrath FAICD

Rebecca McGrath is an internationally experienced business leader. She is currently Chairman of Investa Office Management Pty Ltd and Non-Executive Director of three ASX listed companies: OZ Minerals Ltd, Incitec Pivot Ltd, and Goodman Group. She is a member of the Advisory Council for JP Morgan in Australia, and she is an independent director with Scania Australia and Barristers’ Chambers Limited.

Rebecca is involved with several not-for-profit organisations: she is Chairman of Kilfinan Australia and Project New Dawn Ltd (a homelessness/unemployment initiative). She is a member of Chief Executive Women and is an ambassador for the National Association of Women in Operations.

Rebecca is a speaker, mentor and advisor in a range of industry and professional forums.

Prior to her non-executive career, Rebecca spent more than 23 years as an executive in the oil industry. She held business line and functional leadership roles with BP in Australasia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Her most recent two positions were: Executive Director and Vice President - Operations Australia and Pacific, and Chief Financial Officer - Australasia.

Rebecca holds the degrees of Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons.) and Master of Applied Science (Project Management). She has attended executive management programmes at Harvard Business School, Cambridge University and MIT in Boston. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rebecca was recognised as one of the AFR/Westpac “Australian 100 Women of Influence” in 2014.

Geelong Director Nexus program

Director Nexus is a member subscription service which offers non-executive directors the unique opportunity to connect with other directors.

Director Nexus is a confidential forum for directors to access support, insights and advice from their peers. The Director Nexus allows participants the chance to network with their peers to foster the growth of their businesses and careers. This is a program we encourage every director to undertake.

For further information please visit our Director Nexus page.

To express an interest in your region or if you have any questions please contact Joe Beatty on 03 9245 4200 or

Your place to meet in Victoria

Exclusive and complimentary for members, the lounge area is a modern multi-functional space which can be used for informal meetings, private work or simply to unwind. For meetings that require more privacy we also provide a variety of different size rooms that can be hired on an hourly, half day or full day basis

Regional focus

We recognise the importance of supporting regional directors and members with a focus on delivering events and education courses locally and understanding local needs and issues through our Regional Committees. We invite you to explore the benefits of membership with us and learn more about our focus in your region.

Regional Victoria Partial Scholarships

We recognise the importance of supporting regional directors and members with a focus on delivering events and education courses locally, and understanding local needs and issues.

We are pleased to offer partial scholarships to high calibre applicants; the scholarship will cover fifty per cent of a one year membership and the Company Directors Course fee. As this is a partial scholarship your investment will be $3,700, which will be payable upon accepting the scholarship.

For further information please click here.

Regional committees

Our regional committees are our connection with local communities and members.

We have committees representing each key region and committee members with a range of business and industry backgrounds.


  • Elaine Carbines GAICD
  • Ed Coppe FAICD
  • Mark Edmonds FAICD
  • Alex Gillan GAICD (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr John Harte FAICD
  • Michelle Heagney GAICD
  • Paul Murphy GAICD
  • Beth Ryan MAICD
  • Dan Simmonds MAICD


  • Chris Cunningham GAICD
  • John Evans MAICD
  • Graeme Menere FAICD
  • Rowan O'Hagan GAICD
  • Vincent O'Neill FAICD (Chair)
  • Christine Sanger GAICD
  • Tracey Squire GAICD
  • Graeme Welsh FAICD


  • Alex Aeschlimann MAICD
  • Melissa Bastian GAICD
  • Susan Lloyd FAICD
  • Kirsty Mawer FAICD
  • John Mitchell MAICD
  • Peter Wallis FAICD
  • Tim Weight FAICD (Chair)


  • Peta Clark MAICD
  • Tony Ford MAICD
  • Brett Jones GAICD
  • Lesley Kenna GAICD
  • Jacinta Rivett GAICD
  • Mike Stephens FAICD
  • Tony Stone MAICD (Chair)
  • Marie Thornton FAICD


  • Jan Boynton FAICD
  • Sue Clarke GAICD
  • Deborah Hambleton GAICD
  • Michael Langdon GAICD
  • Pamela Macdonald GAICD
  • Kevin Martin GAICD
  • Samantha Read GAICD
  • Sarah Sammon GAICD
  • Leah Sertori MAICD (Chair)
  • Linda Veronese GAICD

Great South Coast

  • Jacinta Ermacora FAICD
  • Georgina Gubbins GAICD (Chair)
  • Bill Millard GAICD
  • Dr Bernadette Northeast MAICD
  • Marion Truman MAICD
  • Prof Rob Wallis FAICD
  • Carolyn Woods MAICD
  • Frank Zeigler MAICD
  • Richard Zerbe GAICD

Regional focus

The Australian Institute of Company Directors Victoria Division's presence in regional centres continues to grow.

There are over 1,300 members distributed across the following regions:

  • Albury/Wodonga
  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Geelong
  • Gippsland
  • Great South Coast

We recognise the importance of supporting regional directors and members with a focus on delivering events and education courses locally and understanding local needs and issues through our Regional Committees. We invite you to explore the benefits of membership with us and learn more about our focus in your region.

Regional Company Directors Course

Our flagship course, the 5-day Company Directors Course, will continue to be offered regionally throughout 2016.

Upcoming course dates are:

Company Directors Course:

  • Geelong - Mondays over five weeks commencing 5 September 2016
  • Albury/Wodonga - Mondays over five weeks commencing 26 September 2016

Please note: the course runs 1 day a week over 5 consecutive weeks.

Please contact Joe Beatty for more information on 03 9245 4200 or email