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.

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).

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.

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.

Dugald Murray

Executive Director - Public Policy and Corporate Affairs

Dugald is the Executive Director of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, responsible for the Victorian Chamber’s policy development, advocacy activities, government and media engagement and stakeholder relations.

Prior to joining the Victorian Chamber, Dugald was a Director at Nous Group, where he was responsible for leading diverse teams to provide strategic, economic, policy, management and organisational change analysis and advice.

Dugald has a strong background in policy, government, advocacy and consulting, having held senior positions with State and Federal Ministers, as Chief Economist at the Australian Conservation Foundation and senior public service roles with the Victorian, Australian and Canadian Governments.

Dugald holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is also a non-executive director of the Moreland Energy Foundation.

Felicia Mariani

Chief Executive - VTIC

Felicia has had a long and accomplished career in the tourism and events sectors across Australia, commencing her career here in the early 90’s with Tourism Victoria as part of the team that launched the highly successful and internationally lauded ‘You’ll Love Every Piece of Victoria’ campaign.

Following 7 years in Melbourne, Felicia headed north to Sydney, as Director of Strategic Communications in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics. She subsequently was appointed inaugural Executive GM of Tourism Sydney and then took up the role of Marketing Director for Tourism NSW.

Moving to Tasmania, for 5 years she held the role of CEO of Tourism Tasmania. Her time there saw a major reinvention of the destination, establishing a clear USP for Tassie on the global stage.

Her career has spanned both the public and private sectors, with subsequent roles leading a national industry association; senior leadership in Victoria’s Department of Premier & Cabinet; and CEO of a national Not-for-Profit organisation.

Felicia is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the board of RSPCA Tasmania as Vice President and Deputy Chair.