Victorian Chamber Executive Team

Mark Stone AM

Chief Executive

Mark Stone AM is the Chief Executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victoria’s most influential business organisation. Mark was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (2016). Mark is a Director on the Board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), an Australia Day Ambassador and Fellow of the Williamson Leadership program. Mark was on the Board of Tourism Australia for 6 years.

Prior to joining the Victorian Chamber, Mark was the Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria. This followed a 12 year period as Chief Executive of Parks Victoria, which manages one fifth of Victoria’s land area, employs 1200 staff and has a $4 billion asset base.

Nick Edwards

Chief Financial Officer

Nick is responsible for the corporate operations teams including finance, HR, ICT and administration.

Nick started his career in the corporate training ground of KPMG where he became a qualified Chartered Accountant. Since then, Nick has spent almost two decades working in senior financial positions for many leading companies in Australia, Netherlands and the United Kingdom, including Nike, Shell and UXC.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Business/Accounting and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Scott Veenker

Executive Director – Operations

Scott Veenker is Victorian Chamber’s Executive Director of Operations, responsible for membership services, events, sponsorship, marketing, branding and communication strategies, and overseeing and supporting the activities of VTIC.

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 AICD, and holds a Masters of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance).

Dianne Smith

Executive Director - Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

Dianne joined the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce in October 2016 after five years as the Chief Executive of Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC).

Dianne spent 25 years in the tourism industry, working in Melbourne and regional Victoria covering marketing, visitor services, policy and strategy. Her previous roles include Manager Tourism Partnerships, Parks Victoria, Executive Director, Ballarat Tourism, and Marketing and Visitor Services Manager at Melbourne Zoo. Between September 2015 and March 2016, Dianne was seconded by the Victorian Government to undertake the GM Regional role, in the transition to Visit Victoria.

Dianne has also worked in the hotel and computer industries, has a Bachelor of Economics and Politics, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

She is also proud to be an Adjunct Professor, Victoria University – a role in which she can mentor young people into the industry.