Executive team

Paul Guerra

Paul Guerra

Chief Executive

Paul is an internationally experienced leader and businessman having held CEO/ Managing Director and Chairman level roles across Asia Pacific, spanning several key industries.

Paul is currently the Chief executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victoria’s largest business advocacy organisation, and was previously the Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), incorporating the Royal Melbourne Show and venue management of the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Prior to his work with RASV, Paul was Managing Director Asia Pacific for Optum International, a subsidiary of the UnitedHealth Group, one of the world’s leading providers of health services.

Paul was the Victorian State Director for Vodafone, and prior to this appointment, he held an extensive 17-year career with Motorola, finishing as the Director and Vice President for Motorola Asia Pacific.

Paul is a past Chairman of the Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd. His current board roles include Chairman of Myagi and Director at Racing Victoria, Nicolab, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Blue Ribbon Foundation. Paul is an Australia Day Ambassador and a proud Victorian.

Scott Veenker

Scott Veenker

Chief Executive - Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Scott joined the Victorian Chamber as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the organisation’s membership services, internship program, events, marketing, training, health & safety consulting, workplace relations consulting, and the Victorian business of Apprenticeship Support Australia. He is also a Director of Workplace Assured, a separate business that the Chamber has a significant shareholding in.

Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in banking and finance, having held senior positions across multiple distribution channels with Esanda Finance and ANZ.

Scott is a Fellow of FINSIA, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and holds a Masters in Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance).

Chanelle Pearson

Chanelle Pearson

Chief of Staff

Chanelle is Chief of Staff, providing strategic counsel to the Chief Executive and overseeing the Victorian Chamber’s Media and Communication and Events functions.

Prior to joining the Victorian Chamber, Chanelle was a co-Director of her own consultancy and Director – Education and Communication at the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner.

Chanelle has held a range of media, communication and stakeholder engagement roles across local, state and federal government, as well as industry associations.


Deborah Atkins

Deborah Atkins

Executive Assistant to Paul Guerra, Chief Executive

Deborah is the Executive Assistant to Paul Guerra, Chief Executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

She brings to the Chamber over 30 years experience as a C-Suite Executive Assistant across a range of sectors.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Deborah worked in both legal and political sectors and has supported well respected and prominent leaders.

She has raised two sons and has prior experience in running her own business. 


Glen Goodwin

Glenn Goodwin

Executive Director - Information, Communications and Technology

Glenn is the Executive Director, Information, Communications and Technology, responsible for the Victorian Chamber’s technology systems.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Glenn was Chief Information Officer of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, overseeing all technology located at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Glenn brings to the organisation more than 20 years’ experience in developing software and implementing infrastructure. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and holds a Bachelor of Science (Computing).


Mia La Burniy

Mia La Burniy

Executive Director - Strategy and General Counsel

Mia is the Executive Director, Strategy & General Counsel, responsible for the Victorian Chamber’s legal, governance and strategy functions.

Mia brings to the Chamber extensive legal and corporate strategy experience in the major events, sporting and professional services industries. Prior to joining the Chamber, Mia was project managing and consulting on an international major event.

Mia currently holds a Victorian Legal Practising Certificate and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University. 

Fiona MacDonald

Fiona MacDonald

Executive Director - Corporate Services

Fiona joined the Victorian Chamber in July 2020 as Executive Director – Corporate Services. In 2006 she became involved in telecommunication logistics, initially at Brightstar, and in 2019 at Kingfisher Global as Finance Director ANZ. Fiona brings to the Chamber extensive experience in business and finance systems from her previous roles at Ernst & Young and SMS Global. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant, an AICD graduate and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Swinburne University of Technology.

Antoinette Truda

Antoinette Truda

Executive Director - Commerical Services

Antoinette has extensive experience as a Director, Business Leader and Entrepreneur across a range of sectors.  She is currently Executive Director, Commercial Services at the Victorian Chamber and is also Non-Executive Director of the Goulburn Murray Credit Union and Slimline Warehouse.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Antoinette was CEO of Brad Teal Real Estate.  She worked at NAB for 11 years, leading various business units in Consumer and Business Banking, and spent the early stages of her career in Strategy and Corporate Advisory roles.  In between raising three young girls, Antoinette co-founded a brand of skincare for tween girls, launching 15 product lines with international sales, and achieving distribution through 400+ Priceline stores nationally.

Antoinette thrives on helping people and organisations realise their potential through growth and transformation.


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