Meet the VIC team and council

Victoria Division Council Election 2019

The Victoria Division Council Election has now closed.

The voting period for the Victoria Division Council Election closed on 9 September 2019 at 5.00pm AEST. The Election was held on 10 September 2019.

The successful candidate is as follows:

  • Dr Samantha Smith GAICD

With effect from 1 October 2019, your Victoria Division Councillors are:

  • Mr David Bayes FAICD (President)
  • Ms Kathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD
  • Ms Sue Dahn FAICD
  • Ms Jenny Dawson MAICD
  • Mr Ben Hubbard FAICD
  • Mr Graeme Liebelt FAICD
  • Ms Rebecca McGrath FAICD
  • Dr Samantha Smith GAICD
  • Mr Chris Thomas FAICD

The AICD wishes to thank those members who nominated, were nominated and participated in the voting.

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 Office

  • Sally Leake GAICD, State Manager, Victoria Division
  • Michael Whitty MAICD, Business Strategy and Operations Manager, Victoria Division
  • Michelle Picker, Office Services Executive (Part-time)

Membership Team (Acquisition & Engagement)

  • Tia Trieu GAICD, Sales and Engagement Manager, Members and Clients
  • Joe Beatty, Sales Executive, Members and Clients
  • Sam Cressall, Sales and Engagement Executive, Members and Clients
  • Daniel Green, Engagement Executive, Members and Clients
  • Garry Wilkins, Engagement Executive, Members and Clients
  • Robert Falvo, Engagement Executive, Members and Clients
  • Thida Hiep, Engagement Executive, Members and Clients
  • Michael Tuck, Engagement Executive, Members and Clients

Victoria Programs Team

  • Sonia Romeo MAICD, Programs Manager, Members and Clients
  • Lisa McConalogue, Programs Executive – Education, Members and Clients
  • Rebecca White, Programs Executive – Education, Members and Clients
  • Stacey Kirkby, Programs Executive – Events, Members and Clients
  • Claire Hepenstall, Programs Executive – Events, Members and Clients
  • Daphne Kechagias, Programs Executive – Events, Members and Clients

Business Centre & Member Lounge Team

  • Eadaoin O'Reilly, Business Centre & Member Lounge Executive (on secondment)
  • Hayley Butler, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator, Members and Clients
  • Yildizhan Yildiz, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator, Members and Clients
  • Andra Berzins, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator, Members and Clients
  • Armielyn Mendoza, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator, Members and Clients

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
Email: memberloungevic@aicd.com.au

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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


Rebecca McGrathRebecca McGrath FAICD

Rebecca McGrath is an internationally experienced business leader. She is currently Chairman of Oz Minerals Ltd and a NED with 2 other ASX listed companies, Incitec Pivot Ltd, and Goodman Group. She is also a NED with unlisted Investa Property Group. Rebecca is member of the Advisory Council for JP Morgan in Australia, and she is the independent Chairman of Scania Australia. She is also a member of the ASIC Director Advisory Panel.

Rebecca is involved with several not-for-profit organisations: she is Chairman of Kilfinan Australia; a member of Chief Executive Women; a member of the Victorian Council of AICD; and 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.


Samantha SmithDr Samantha Smith GAICD

Dr Samantha Smith is a Company Directors Course graduate, a member of the AICD since 2015 and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

She is a Non Executive Director of the Transport Accident Commission (Risk and Remuneration Committee member) and WorkSafe (Remuneration Committee member) and is a member of Swinburne University’s Master of Marketing Course Advisory Committee. She has also previously served as a Non Executive Director of the Australian Communities Foundation and remains an external member of their Development and Donor Relations Committee.

Samantha is Director of Melbourne agency, Pinnacle, a thought leader in strategic communications and marketing and a published author on the topics of Generation Y and social media. Her skill set includes strategy development, digital marketing and and media relations.

She has a Doctorate in Business Administration from Monash University which she obtained for her communications and behaviour change related social research into Generation Y. She also has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and a Masters in Communications and Media Studies, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Applied Risk Management and Corporate Governance.

Samantha is passionate about education and opportunities for aspiring and emerging young directors.


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
  • Vivienne Corcoran FAICD
  • Erin Eades AAICD
  • Stephen Ellich GAICD
  • Paul Geyer FAICD
  • Kristin Michaels FAICD (Chair)
  • Jon Miller GAICD

Small to Medium Enterprise (SME)

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

Healthcare

  • Kath Ferry MAICD
  • David Frost GAICD (Chair)
  • Gary Henry GAICD
  • Dr Sue Hookey GAICD
  • Dawn Inman-Wyness GAICD
  • Gillian Leach FAICD
  • Annette Owttrim GAICD
  • Mark Harrison GAICD
  • Veronica Jamison MAICD

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.

Geelong

  • Allison Batten GAICD
  • Alex Gillan GAICD
  • Michelle Heagney GAICD
  • Paul Murphy GAICD (Chair)
  • Joanne Plummer GAICD
  • Beth Ryan MAICD
  • Dan Simmonds MAICD

Albury/Wodonga

  • Tammy Atkins MAICD
  • Dr Chris Cunningham GAICD
  • Allison Jenvey GAICD
  • Rowan O'Hagan GAICD
  • Tracey Squire GAICD
  • Helen Tobin-King MAICD
  • Graeme Welsh FAICD
  • Jonathan Green GAICD
  • Nigel Stone MAICD

Gippsland

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

Ballarat

  • Ian Corcoran GAICD (Chair)
  • Lesley Kenna GAICD
  • Richard McDowell MAICD
  • Jane Smith MAICD
  • Tony Stone MAICD
  • Cora Trevarthen GAICD
  • Robert Tommasini GAICD
  • Damien Varnis GAICD

Bendigo

  • Jan Boynton FAICD
  • Samantha Read GAICD (Chair)
  • Matthew Driscoll GAICD
  • Joe Ciancio GAICD
  • Abhishek Awasthi GAICD
  • Vicki Pearce MAICD
  • Steven Abbott GAICD
  • Carolyn Stanford MAICD
  • Kate Mannix MAICD
  • Annette Toohey GAICD

Great South Coast

  • Marion Truman MAICD
  • Georgina Gubbins FAICD
  • Richard Zerbe GAICD
  • Dr Bernadette Northeast GAICD (Chair)
  • Frank Zeigler MAICD
  • Karen Foster GAICD
  • Lisa Dwyer GAICD
  • Graeme Tivey FAICD
  • Roger Wilkinson MAICD
  • Sharna Westley 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 vic@aicd.com.au.

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 closed.


2019 Geelong Regional Scholarships

Applications are now closed.