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.

The board consists of:

  • Chief Commissioner Dr Owen Donald
  • Deputy Chief Commissioner Justin Madden AM
  • Commissioner Carmel Coate
  • Commissioner Yvonne von Hartel AM
  • Commissioner Kelly Humphreys, and
  • Commissioner Lynne Williams AM.

The CEO, Sue Eddy, attends all meetings of the Board.

Members are appointed by the Governor-in-Council upon the Minister for Planning’s recommendation.

The board meets monthly.

For information about the terms of appointment of VBA board members, visit Public Board Appointments Victoria.

Dr Owen Donald brings many years of wide-ranging experience in organisational governance and in the housing and construction sectors.

Dr Donald chaired the National Housing Supply Council and Barwon Health, and has held board positions with many other organisations including Southern Health, Aboriginal Housing Victoria, Housing Choices Australia, the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare and the Melbourne Port Corporation.

His executive experience includes CEO of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Director of Housing for the State of Victoria, General Manager in the IPA Group Pty Ltd and CEO of the Employment Services Regulatory Authority. He previously held senior public sector positions, including head of the policy division of the Department of Social Security and head of the labour and international division of the Department of Finance.

Dr Donald is also a consultant specialising in policy development and program management in housing and urban development. His roles in this capacity have included Independent Project Facilitator of the Millers Point property sale and social housing redevelopment plan (NSW), member of the Urban Policy Forum (national) and Chair of the Expert Advisory Panel on Affordable Housing (Queensland).

He has a doctorate in urban research, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria).

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 (NFIA) for 30 years and a member of the Plumbing Advisory Council (PAC) 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 (PICAC), the industry-led training facility in Brunswick.

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 AM 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 (BRAC).

Yvonne is 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 through involvement with a range of professional organisations, 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.

Dr Lynne Williams brings extensive high-level public service experience to the Board. She has held senior executive positions in State and Federal governments for more than 30 years, having most recently been Under Secretary in the Department of Treasury and Finance in Victoria.

Dr Williams has previously held senior executive positions in the departments of Premier and Cabinet, and Industry in Victoria. Dr Williams has considerable Board experience and is the current Chair of the Victorian Government Procurement Board, Deputy Chair of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, Commissioner on the Victorian Legal Services Board, and Commissioner on the Commonwealth Grants Commission.