Meet the VIC team and council

Victoria Division Council - no ballot required

The Call for Nominations period closed on 27 July 2018 at 5.00pm AEST.

The Victoria Division Council called for nominations to fill its two (2) elected positions made vacant through the annual rotational retirement of Councillors in accordance with the AICD By-Laws.

As permitted by the AICD By-Laws, two (2) Retiring Members chose to stand for re-election immediately upon retirement.

The Call for Nominations period closed on 27 July 2018 at 5.00pm AEST. No additional nominations were received. As a result, two (2) Retiring Members will automatically be elected into (2) two elected seats for a three (3) year term with effect from 1 October 2018 and no ballot is required to be conducted.

Your Division Council (as of 1 October 2018) are as follows:

  • Jennifer Dawson MAICD
  • Chris Thomas FAICD
  • David Bayes FAICD
  • Jane Harvey FAICD
  • Graeme Liebelt FAICD
  • Felix Wong GAICD
  • Ben Hubbard FAICD
  • Sue Dahn FAICD
  • Rebecca McGrath FAICD
  • Kathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD
  • 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

    • Michael Whitty, Acting State Manager, Victoria Division
    • Michelle Picker, Office Services Executive

    Membership Team (Acquisition & Engagement)

    • Tia Trieu GAICD, Members & Directors Manager
    • Joe Beatty, Members & Directors Executive
    • Sam Cressall, Members & Directors Executive
    • Nigel Nalliah, Members & Directors Executive
    • Daniel Green, Members & Directors Executive
    • Victoria McLellan, Members & Directors Executive
    • Garry Wilkins, Members & Directors Executive
    • Robert Falvo, Members & Directors Executive

    Victoria Programs Team

    • Sonia Romeo MAICD, Members & Directors Manager
    • Lisa McConalogue, Members & Directors Executive
    • Rebecca White, Members & Directors Executive
    • Stacey Kirkby, Members & Directors Coordinator
    • Prisca DiJou, Members & Directors Coordinator
    • Mabelle Koh, Members & Directors Coordinator
    • Claire Hepenstall, Members & Directors Executive
    • Desirea Pinto, Members & Directors Executive

    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
    • Yildizhan Yildiz, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator
    • Prisca Dijou, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator
    • Andra Berzins, 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 2018

    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.

    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 FAICD

    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.

    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.

    Rebecca McGrathKathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD

    Kathleen is an experienced company board director, passionate about the opportunities for business and society in the digital age.

    A member since 2003, a Company Director Course graduate and Fellow, Kathleen is known for her deep curiosity about the world. Described as a future focussed, performance oriented director, Kathleen blends strategy and pragmatism, nudging business forward to embrace the complexity and ambiguity of the digital age – across large corporate, SME, government enterprise and NFP.

    She serves on the boards of Melbourne Water Corporation and QBE Insurance (ANZ) where she chairs the HR, Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Kathleen's previous boards include the Australian Government Solicitor, Trinity College (UoM), Chief Executive Women and Diversity Council of Australia.

    Jenny DawsonJenny Dawson MAICD

    Jenny Dawson is the Chair of VLine Corporation and Sandhurst Trustees (Wealth Management subsidiary of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd). She also Chairs Adelaide Managed Fund Ltd and the Bendigo Art Gallery Foundation, and is a Trustee of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo.

    Jenny previously served as non-executive director of ASX listed Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd for 15 years and was Chair of their Audit Committee for most of this time in addition to being a previous Director at Goulburn Murray Water and Coliban Water, chairing both their Audit Committees.

    Jenny has had an active role serving on a variety of regional development committees at both State and Federal levels. She was the inaugural Chair of the Regional Development Australia committee for the Loddon Mallee region.

    Prior to her Non Executive Director career, Jenny worked at Arthur Andersen in the Audit and Risk Management division for ten years. Jenny is a Chartered Accountant with strong governance and audit experience. She holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    Chris ThomasChris Thomas FAICD

    Chris Thomas is a non-executive director of Servco Australia (a wholly owned subsidiary of Servco Pacific Inc). Servco Australia owns and operates automotive dealerships throughout Australia. Chris is also a member of the Victorian Government Expert Innovation Panel.

    Chris specialises in business and digital re-engineering, beginning in the 1980’s when he founded and listed Amskan Ltd, a company that pioneered radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and its application in the transport and mining industries.

    In 1996 Chris formed a joint venture between Transfield and Lockheed Martin to privatise the Victorian Government’s traffic camera operations. Later, he pioneered combining bricks and clicks in a new business model for mortgage broking. Subsequently, Chris worked with Toyota Australia re-engineering the digital processes across its dealer network.

    More recently Chris worked with the Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner to develop and implement a new information strategy to improve emergency management across the State.

    Chris is a graduate of The University of Adelaide and holds a Master’s in Management (Technology) from The University of Melbourne.

    Victorian Government Women’s Board Leadership Program

    The Women’s Board Leadership Program encourages women to serve, stay, and excel on community and government boards.

    What is the Women’s Board Leadership Program?

    The Women’s Board Leadership Program encourages women to serve, stay, and excel on community and government boards.

    The program offers a range of governance courses from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Leadership Victoria, and includes networking, mentoring, and coursework to develop women’s governance knowledge and leadership skills.

    Why is the Victorian Government running this program?

    The Victorian Government has committed that no less than 50% of appointments to paid government boards will be women, because our boards should reflect the Victorian community.

    Promoting gender equality on Victorian community and government boards improves the social performance of organisations, supports innovation and decision-making, and enhances board effectiveness and financial performance.

    Gender equality on community and government boards also promotes women’s leadership in Victoria, and challenges gender stereotypes that are a key contributor to family violence and other forms of violence against women.

    Why should you apply?

    You will:

    • get relevant governance training suited to your level of board experience
    • build confidence, skills and knowledge to progress a board career
    • make supportive relationships with other women on boards
    • get networking opportunities
    • become more attractive to board selectors and recruitment companies

    The 2018 Women’s Board Leadership Program

    Applications are open now and close on 22 June!

    Visit the Women Victoria website for more information and to apply.

    Special Interest Advisory Committees

    Our Special Interest Advisory Committees are our connection with local communities and members.

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

    Not-for-Profit (NFP)

    • Robyn Charlwood MAICD (Chair)
    • Vivienne Corcoran FAICD
    • Erin Eades AAICD
    • Stephen Ellich GAICD
    • Paul Geyer FAICD
    • Sarah Masters MAICD
    • Kristin Michaels FAICD
    • Jon Miller GAICD

    Small to Medium Enterprise (SME)

    • Julie Cartwright MAICD
    • Andrew Donovan FAICD (Chair)
    • JordanGreen GAICD
    • Mark Harrison GAICD
    • Jill Kokinos GAICD
    • Francis Linnane GAICD
    • David Markus MAICD
    • Marie-Claire Ross GAICD
    • Nihal Shah GAICD
    • Jayston Small MAICD


    • Chris Carter MAICD
    • Kath Ferry MAICD
    • Nigel Fidgeon GAICD (Chair)
    • David Frost GAICD
    • Gary Henry GAICD
    • Sue Hookey GAICD
    • Dawn Inman-Wyness GAICD
    • Gillian Leach FAICD
    • Annette Owttrim GAICD

    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 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.


    • Ed Coppe FAICD
    • Mark Edmonds FAICD
    • Alex Gillan GAICD
    • Michelle Heagney GAICD
    • Paul Murphy GAICD (Chair)
    • Joanne Plummer GAICD
    • Beth Ryan MAICD
    • Dan Simmonds MAICD


    • Tammy Atkins MAICD
    • Dr Chris Cunningham GAICD
    • John Evans MAICD (Chair)
    • Allison Jenvey GAICD
    • Rowan O'Hagan GAICD
    • Tracey Squire GAICD
    • Helen Tobin-King MAICD
    • Graeme Welsh FAICD


    • Alex Aeschlimann MAICD
    • Melissa Bastian FAICD
    • Christine Holland FAICD
    • Kirsty Mawer FAICD
    • John Mitchell MAICD
    • Ormond Pearson FAICD
    • Tim Weight FAICD (Chair)


    • Ian Corcoran GAICD (Chair)
    • Tony Ford MAICD
    • Lesley Kenna GAICD
    • Richard McDowell MAICD
    • Jacinta Rivett GAICD
    • Tony Stone MAICD
    • Damien Varnis GAICD


    • Jan Boynton FAICD
    • Sue Clarke GAICD
    • Andrew Cooney GAICD (Chair)
    • Matthew Driscoll GAICD 

    Great South Coast

    • Jacinta Ermacora FAICD
    • Georgina Gubbins FAICD
    • Dr Bernadette Northeast GAICD (Chair)
    • Marion Truman MAICD
    • Prof Rob Wallis FAICD
    • 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 2018.

    Please contact the Membership Team for more information on 03 9245 4200 or email

    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.

    2019 Albury Wodonga Regional Scholarships

    Applications are now open for the 2019 Albury Wodonga Regional Scholarship. For more information can be found on the AICD Scholarships page.

    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 the Membership Team for more information’on 03 9245 4200 or