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:

  • Acting Chief Commissioner Justin Madden AM
  • Commissioner Carmel Coate
  • Commissioner Yvonne von Hartel AM
  • Commissioner Kelly Humphreys
  • Commissioner Natalie MacDonald, 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, at minimum, six times each year.

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

Natalie MacDonald is Vice-President (Strategy and Development) at La Trobe University. She was previously the Vice President (Administration) from 2012-2018 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 will see the University’s Bundoora (Melbourne) campus transform into a city with key sports and recreation, research and innovation, retail and commercial, housing and health precincts. She also oversees the development of all campuses and will support the University’s strong mission to contribute to regional growth and development

Natalie has extensive experience in leading organisational reform and strategy, the delivery of corporate services, building and design, accommodation, maintenance, facilities management and procurement services, 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 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.