Meet the VIC team and council

Victorian Division Council Election 2020

Voting is now open to fill two (2) vacancies on the VIC Division Council.

Three (3) candidates have been nominated to fill two (2) positions on the VIC Division Council.


Kathleen Bailey-Lord FAICD
Wayne Harrison FAICD
Nihal Shah GAICD

Voting is now open and, in accordance with the Australian Institute of Company Directors By-Laws, will remain open until 5.00pm AEST on Monday, 21 September 2020. The date of the Election is Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

How to Vote

To record your vote, mark the box next to the candidates of your choice with an ‘X’.

A maximum of two (2) boxes can be marked on the ballot paper.

You will receive ‘how to vote’ details from Link Market Services, engaged by the AICD as the Returning Officer for the 2020 Division Council Elections.

Please contact the VIC office 03 9245 4200 if you are a member of the AICD and have not yet received details on how to vote.

Meet the VIC team

We have a dedicated team of staff to assist with any member queries and requests for information.

Members & Clients – VIC

  • Michael Whitty MAICD - State Manager
  • Michelle Picker - Team Coordinator (part-time)
  • Amanda Barbuto-Turgoose - Team Coordinator (part-time)
  • Sharon Springveldt - Account Manager
  • Scott Cummins - Account Manager
  • Sam Cressall - Account Manager

Our VIC Programs team deliver our extensive schedules of courses and events

  • Sonia Romeo - Programs Manager
  • Madelaine Coles - Programs Executive
  • Daphne Kechagias - Programs Executive
  • Lisa McConalogue - Programs Executive
  • Eva Sit - Programs Executive
  • Amelia Williams - Programs Executive
  • Ellen Emary - Programs Coordinator
  • Belinda Gizzi - Programs Coordinator

Our Business Centre and Member Lounge team will look after your needs when you visit our Melbourne CBD location.

  • Eadaoin O'Reilly, Business Centre & Member Lounge Executive
  • Renee Howarth, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator
  • Yildizhan Yildiz, Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator
  • Andra Berzins- Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator
  • Armielyn Mendoza- Business Centre & Member Lounge Coordinator

Members & Clients – National (based in VIC)

  • Sally Leake GAICD, Head of State and Territories

Our Membership Experience team are available to speak with you about membership, your ongoing professional development and questions you may have about being or becoming a director.

  • Robert Falvo- National Team Leader - Development
  • Joe Beatty - Membership Partner – Engagement
  • James King - Membership Partner – Engagement
  • Garry Wilkins - Membership Partner – Development
  • Thida Hiep - Membership Partner – Development
  • Michael Tuck - Membership Partner – Development
  • Christos Christodoulou - Membership Partner – Re-engagement
  • Frederick Zuel - Membership Partner – Re-engagement
  • Susan Hambleton – Membership Partner - Support

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 2020

Rebecca McGrathRebecca McGrath FAICD, State President

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.

David BayesMr David Bayes FAICD

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.

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 is Chair of Swinburne University’s Master of Marketing Course Advisory Committee. She has also previously served as a Non Executive Director of WorkSafe and of the Australian Communities Foundation.

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, 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 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.

nihal shah   Nihal Shah GAICD

Nihal has extensive experience in international business leadership roles in multiple jurisdictions including the Australia, the UK and Papua New Guinea.

With a legal background during his early career in the UK and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nihal is Chairman of the Pacific Foam Group - a diversified manufacturing and distribution business with over 40 years presence in PNG.

With his early years spent in Kenya and having had a variety of leadership and Board roles in a multi-generational family enterprise, Nihal brings with him a wealth of experience in commerce, business, law and multi-national organisational dynamics.

Nihal also holds Board/Executive Committee positions on the Manufacturers Council of PNG, the Australia PNG Business Council and the PNG-EU Business Council.

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)

  • 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
  • Jill Kokinos GAICD
  • David Markus MAICD
  • Marie-Claire Ross GAICD
  • Nihal Shah GAICD
  • Jayston Small MAICD (Chair)


  • David Frost GAICD (Chair)
  • Gary Henry GAICD
  • Dr Sue Hookey GAICD
  • Annette Owttrim 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.


  • Allison Batten GAICD
  • Scott Brown GAICD
  • Alex Gillan GAICD 
  • Paul Murphy GAICD
  • Joanne Plummer GAICD (Chair)
  • Dan Simmonds MAICD
  • Kylie Warne GAICD
  • David Worth FAICD


  • Tammy Atkins MAICD (Deputy Chair)
  • Dr Chris Cunningham GAICD
  • Allison Jenvey GAICD
  • Leanne Mulcahy MAICD
  • Rowan O'Hagan GAICD (Chair)
  • Tracey Squire GAICD
  • Helen Tobin-King MAICD
  • Jonathan Green GAICD
  • Nigel Stone MAICD


  • 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)


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


  • 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

  • Richard Zerbe GAICD
  • Dr Bernadette Northeast GAICD 
  • Karen Foster GAICD (Deputy Chair)
  • Lisa Dwyer GAICD
  • Graeme Tivey FAICD
  • Roger Wilkinson MAICD
  • Sharna Westley GAICD (Chair)
  • Georgina Gubbins FAICD
  • Frank Zeigler MAICD

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.

2020 Geelong & Bendigo Regional Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2020 Geelong & Bendigo Regional Scholarships. More information can be found on the AICD Scholarships page.