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Regional Development Victoria

The Melbourne East RDA Committee

Collaboration - Facilitation - Advocacy

The RDA (Regional Development Australia) Committee for the Melbourne East is funded by the Federal and State Government to provide a strategic and targeted response to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the region.


Steve Kozlowski is CEO of Maroondah City Council. He has more than 25 years of senior local government management experience at Director level across Melbourne and served for 10 years as local government CEO in Gippsland.

Deputy Chair

Dr Andi Diamond, CEO of Monash City Council, was previously CEO at the City of Yarra and has held senior management roles in other municipalities. She is also President of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.


Angeline Achariya, General Manager of the Mondelez International Food Innovation Centre, is a senior executive with extensive FMCG and food service innovation experience across Australia/New Zealand, Japan, China and other Asian markets.

Dr Graeme Emonson, CEO of Knox City Council, has been involved in local government for 33 years and was first appointed as a local government CEO at 25 years of age. He is a Board Member and Immediate Past President of Local Government Professionals (LGPro).

David Ensor, Manager of Deakin University Director Sectoral Partnerships, has been a key architect of a number of regional development initiatives and held executive level roles in the higher education and public sectors. He has extensive project management experience.

Ros Hore is Director Melbourne Precincts at CSIRO. She has held other management roles at CSIRO, was Human Resources Director at Deloittes, and has previously worked in the hospitality, retail and professional services sectors.

Kristin Michaels is CEO of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists and was previously CEO of Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local. She chairs the Board of the Yea and District Memorial Hospital and the Outer East Primary Care Partnership.

Glenn Patterson is CEO of Yarra Ranges Shire Council. He was previously CEO at Baw Baw Council and has had 25 years of senior management experience in metropolitan and rural Councils. He was also Chief Executive of a property development group.

Jo Priest, Company Secretary at MEGT Australia, has diverse management experience across the government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She serves on the boards of Outer Eastern Local Learning & Employment Network and Caladenia Dementia Care.

Juergen Schneider is Head of Market Development – Pacific at SIEMENS. Previously he was Regional General Manager for Siemens Ltd in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, a role he held for seven years. Jürgen has extensive multinational business and government relations experience.

Vijay Susarla has considerable business leadership experience including the establishment of MOUs and joint ventures between stakeholders in manufacturing, education and IT. He was previously chair of the Victorian Multicultural Business Council Trade Mission Programs Committee.

What areas do we cover?

Melbourne East RDA covers the local government areas of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and the Yarra Ranges.

© Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, State Government of Victoria

Last Updated: 15 April 2016