Executive council

All Victorian Chamber Board members are part of the Executive Council.

David Abela

Managing Director, 3 Degrees Marketing

David is the Founder and Director of 3 Degrees Marketing, a Melbourne-based marketing agency specialising in providing clients across Australia and New Zealand creative marketing and communication solutions.

Tom Berryman (Regional Chairperson - Gippsland)

Director, Swoop Telecom

Tom is the Victorian Chamber’s Gippsland Regional Chair and brings with him extensive experience in the IT sector. Tom is the Director of Swoop Telecom, a marketing agency specialised in digital strategy, data analysis and various strategic marketing services including brand development and campaign measurement.

The Hon Mark Birrell

Chairman, PostSuper

Mark is a Past President of the Victorian Chamber and served on the Chamber Board from 2007-2018. He is a full-time non-executive director and currently is Chairman of PostSuper and board member of Transurban. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kevin Brown

Chief Executive Officer, RPM Real Estate Group

Kevin served a 16 year term on the Victorian Chamber Board from 2003 – 2019. He is the CEO of RPM Real Estate Group, innovative leaders in the property and development industry focussed on the marketing of residential land both developed and undeveloped.

Dan Feldman

Managing Partner, HR Legal

Dan is the Managing Partner of HR Legal, an employment and safety law firm providing human resources solutions, strategies and legal advice to employers Australia-wide for almost 10 years.

Richard Holyman

Managing Director, Martin & Pleasance

Richard is the Managing Director of Martin & Pleasance, an Australian made and owned natural remedies company. Based in Melbourne, Martin & Pleasance has provided an extensive range of homeopathic products via manufacturing, importing and exporting for over 150 years.

Jeremy Johnson AM

Immediate Past President, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Jeremy is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also chairs the Central Highlands Regional Water Corporation and is a Director/Trustee of CARE Super Pty Ltd. He is a qualified Company Secretary and a Justice of the Peace.

Nerida Kerr (Regional Chairperson - Wodonga)

Executive Officer, AgBiz Assist (RFCS VICTORIA - North East)

Nerida commenced her role as the Executive Officer of AgBiz Assist in 2012. Established by Goulburn Murray Hume Agcare, AgBiz is a social enterprise working to provide rural financial counselling as well as other services such as farm business planning and succession planning to local communities and businesses.

Wendy Killeen

Chief Executive Officer, Stanton & Killeen Wines

Wendy is the Chief Executive of Stanton & Killeen Wines, a leading family business since 1875 and a nationally and internationally recognised winemaker from the Rutherglen region in north east Victoria.

Kate Mannix (Regional Chairperson – Bendigo)

Chief Executive Officer at AFS & Associates

Kate was appointed CEO of AFS & Associates in 2017 after 10 years with the organisation working in audit, formation of its share registry department, and as General Manager of Corporate Services. Prior to working at AFS, Kate gained experience at PwC and Blockbuster Australia.

Graham Margetts

Managing Director, Balluff

Graham is the Managing Director of Balluff, a leading manufacturer of sensors, barcode, and safety products used in the Victorian manufacturing and automotive industry.

Amanda Purdie

Head of Campaign and Insights, Xero

Amanda is the Head of Campaign and Insights at Xero, one of the world’s fastest growing software companies. Amanda possesses extensive experience in public relations and corporate communications. Prior to joining Xero, Amanda was the Head of Edelman’s Reputation Practice in Melbourne and the Corporate Communications Manager at Commtract.

Michael Ryan FCA (Regional Chairperson – Ballarat)

Chartered Accountant

Michael is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants, Australia & New Zealand, a Registered Company Auditor, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company directors. From 1977 to 2008 he was an employee and then Partner in Green Taylor Partners, Chartered Accountants, Horsham. Michael is a member of the Council of Federation University Australia, sits on its Audit and Risk Committee, and Chairs its Finance Committee. He is the current President of the Ballan & District Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Valentine (Regional Chairperson - Geelong)

Chief Executive Officer, Geelong Taxi Network

Peter is the Chief Executive Officer of Geelong Taxi Network, Victoria’s largest urban taxi fleet providing extensive services in Geelong and surrounding areas including Torquay, the Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast region.

Carlene Wilson

Director of Policy and Government Relations, University of Melbourne

Carlene leads the University’s Policy and Government Relations team in coordinating the University of Melbourne’s relationship with governments at state and federal levels.

Carlene has experience across various sectors including banking, health, education, legal and public affairs. She was previously the Manager, Public Policy at BHP Billiton and Senior Manager, Government and Regulatory Affairs at the ANZ Bank.

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