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About the Southern Melbourne RDA Committee


Garry McQuillan, appointed 2015, is the CEO of Cardinia Shire Council. Garry has a long history in local government, having held executive positions with the Shire of Portland, Shire of Hastings, City of Boroondara and the City of Fairfield in New South Wales. He has been CEO of Cardinia Shire Council since 2002.

Deputy Chair

Faith FitzGerald, appointed 2009, is a Principal of Whole Systems Work. She was CEO of RMIT Commercial, International Marketing Manager for an Australian ICT company and a senior executive in the Victorian Government. She has been a Councillor and Mayor of the City of Doncaster and Templestowe and a member of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.


Committee Members

  • Greg Hunt, appointed 2011, is the Executive Officer, South East Councils Climate Change Alliance. He was previously national manager of Waterkeepers Australia and held senior education positions at the Melbourne Museum and the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board. He was previously a board member of Chisholm Institute.
  • Stephen Chapple, appointed 2011, was a Director at Mornington Shire Council. He was previously CEO at Ararat Shire Council and held senior positions with Baw Baw Shire and Frankston City Council. He was National Chair of Economic Development Australia for 8 years.
  • Lyndon Joss, appointed 2012, works with regional manufacturers in the areas of lean systems development, business planning and strategic positioning. He was President of South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA) and Managing Director, Excel Pacific Die Casting. He is a previous member of the board of Chisholm Institute.
  • Geoff Spring, appointed 2012, is the Executive Director for GAP Strategic. He has held executive positions in the CFA, Department of Justice, Public Transport Corporation and Vic Roads. Currently he is working with the University of Melbourne establishing the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety.
  • Dr Vinita Godinho, appointed 2015, consults to government and industry on financial and economic inclusion. She is a director on the board of the Good Shepherd Foundation and has held senior positions with ANZ, Genix Ventures and Indigenous Financial Services.
  • Julie Reid, appointed 2015, is Director Engineering Services at the City of Greater Dandenong. She has extensive experience in local government, having held senior positions at the Cities of Whitehorse and Bayside, Westminster (UK), Lancashire (UK) and Gloucester (NSW).
  • Grant Radford, appointed 2015, is the Chief Operating Officer at Chisholm Institute. He has previously worked with the Department of Treasury and Finance and held other senior roles within the Higher Education and Skills Group.
  • Jillian Walsh, appointed 2015, is a partner at Acto Pickering Metal Industries. She has been extensively involved in manufacturing, with a focus on rail. She was a founding member of the SEMMA Board of Directors, is currently a member of the Committee for Dandenong and sits on the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel.

Southern Melbourne RDA Committee support

Anita Buczkowsky
Manager Southern Melbourne RDA
Level 6, Government Services Office
165-169 Thomas St, Dandenong 3175

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Last Updated: 15 April 2016