Board members

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) Board was established on 1 July 2013 under section 200 of the Building Act 1993.

A board of commissioners is responsible for the governance and strategic management of the VBA to ensure its effectiveness as a regulator. Members are appointed by the Governor-in-Council upon the Minister for Planning’s recommendation. For information about the terms of appointment for VBA board members, visit Public Board Appointments Victoria.

The Board meets at least six times each year. The CEO, Sue Eddy, attends all meetings of the Board.

The Board is made up of the following Commissioners:

Michelle McLean is an experienced Board Director and an expert in finance, governance and people management.

She is Deputy Chair of the Country Fire Authority and Chair of its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, and currently serves as a non-executive Director on the boards of East Gippsland Water and FrontierSI.

From 1995 to 2018, Ms McLean was an executive and managing partner of Cornwall Stodart Lawyers, where she held several roles, including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Ms McLean is a life member of the Australian Legal Practice Management Association, where she served as national president from 2002 to 2005.

She also served on the executive council of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as a Board member of the Mercy Health Foundation.

Justin Madden is a Senior Consultant at Arup, working in the areas of strategic project planning and infrastructure development across Australasia, and the South East Asian region.

His career includes 15 years in the Victorian State Parliament, having held seven Ministerial portfolios within successive Victorian Labor Governments across 11 years including as Minister for Planning from 2006 to 2010. He retired from the Parliament in 2014.

He is also a registered Architect who operated his own practice prior to entering Parliament.

Carmel Coate is a longstanding and highly respected plumbing and fire protection industry leader, who was appointed a Commissioner of the VBA Board in November 2017.

Carmel has extensive experience in the plumbing sector, having been National Executive Director of the National Fire Industry Association for 30 years and a member of the Plumbing Advisory Council for the past 16 years.

With strong experience in project leadership and team management, business planning and systems implementation, her extensive CV sets out a range of positions on boards, committees and advisory groups in the plumbing, fire protection and industry training sectors. Carmel is the 2018 incoming Chair of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre. She is also Chair of Fire Industry Training Ltd, an industry-owned training organisation, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Yvonne von Hartel is a Founding Principal of the award-winning national architectural and urban design practice peckvonhartel. She is a member of the La Trobe University Council and Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure and Estates Planning Committee; a Trustee of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Chair of the Capital Works Committee; a Member of University of Woollongong SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council; a Board Member of the Queen Victoria Market Pty Ltd and a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee and a Board Member of the Land Development Agency of the ACT Government. She is also the Chair of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee.

Yvonne is also a member of a number of Design Advisory Panels, including the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct; Sydney Metro; The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council; Capital Metro Agency; WestConnex and The Land Development Agency of the ACT Government.

In 2007, Yvonne was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for services to architecture, design and building, to the promotion of women in business and to the community.

Kelly Humphreys is a non-executive director and accomplished financial services and risk management professional with executive experience across the public and private sectors in Australia and New Zealand. She has held the roles of Chairman and Company Secretary and is a current director of the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service and Latrobe Health Services.

Kelly has held senior executive roles, including with Aon, Allianz and Liberty Financial. As General Manager – Government with the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority she led the delivery of risk services and advice to the Victorian public sector.

Kelly holds a Master of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ross Kennedy is a highly respected senior executive and corporate consultant with strong leadership skills, a deep understanding of how to align internal and external business stakeholders to achieve strategic goals, and a trusted governance professional.

Ross is currently principal of Milvian Bridge Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy working with dynamic businesses in technology, property and resources. Prior to this, he worked as a senior executive helping to transform St Barbara Limited from a small exploration group into a multi-national minerals producer with operations in Australia and the South Pacific region. In this role, his executive responsibilities included corporate governance and compliance, management of legal affairs, land and indigenous relations, investor and government relations, and risk management.

Ross is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and a Chartered Accountant. Outside of business, he is a voluntary Director of a medical science research charity and is actively involved in a number of community groups.

Natalie MacDonald is Vice-President (Strategy and Development) at La Trobe University. She was previously the Vice President (Administration) for the University and Director-General of the Queensland Government's Department of Housing and Public Works.

In her role at La Trobe University, Natalie is focused on the development, implementation and monitoring of whole-of-University strategy to grow and develop the University as a key local, state, national and international contributor to knowledge, education and economic and social growth. She has responsibility for developing and delivering on the University’s City of the Future vision, a development which transform the University’s Bundoora (Melbourne) campus.

Natalie has extensive experience in leading organisational reform and strategy, the delivery of corporate services, building and design, information services, and the delivery of government services across wide geographical areas. She has served on a number of Commonwealth and State bodies and not-for-profit, superannuation and research boards and is currently serving on four different boards ranging from affordable housing to development to education.

Dr Julia Cornwell McKean brings more than twenty years of experience in policy, complaint-handling, investigations, regulation and government.

Julia started her regulatory career at the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman in the late 1990s.  For many years Julia was responsible for enforcing spam and telemarketing laws at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.  In this capacity Julia chaired a number of international committees, including at the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum.  In 2015 Julia joined the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to set up and run its cyberbullying complaints scheme for children, which involved close collaboration with global social media providers.

Since mid-2017 Julia has been working as a consultant providing professional advisory services to government and NGOs with a focus on probity, policy review and audit.  More recently, Julia has been providing coaching and mentoring services and delivering training workshops to government and corporate clients.

Julia is also a member of the Merit Protection Boards, an independent statutory body established to hear grievances, appeals and reviews from employees of the Department of Education and Training.

Anna Skreiner is a compliance professional with a background in financial services and regulation. Anna has extensive legal practice and government experience and has held senior roles at MinterEllison, ANZ Banking Group Limited and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, where she managed a wide range of regulatory investigations, outcomes and court proceedings.

Anna's experience as a non-executive director spans government and not-for-profit organisations in the Health and Arts sectors. Anna is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute.

Sam has 40 years’ experience in the Melbourne metropolitan water industry having held numerous senior management positions associated with asset management, growth planning (incorporating Integrated Water Management), asset operations, land and sub divisional development and corporate governance.

He has served on a number of not-for-profit boards supporting regional growth.

He holds Civil Engineering qualifications, a Post Grad in Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.