Jacinta is currently the Minister for Public Transport and the Minister for Major Projects in the Andrews Government. Jacinta is also the Leader of the House.
In the previous Labor Government, Jacinta held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Regional and Rural Development and Industry and Trade. She has also been the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation, the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment, the Minister for Women’s Affairs, the Minister for Education Services and Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs.
Jacinta was elected as the Member for Bendigo East in September 1999 at the age of 25, making her the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Victorian Parliament.
Jacinta was born and grew up in Bendigo and studied at St Joseph’s Primary School in Quarry Hill then Catholic College Bendigo, before completing her BA (Hon) at La Trobe University in Bendigo.
Before entering Parliament, Jacinta worked in the office of Steve Gibbons MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, and for two years prior to that she worked in the office of Neil O'Keefe MP, Federal Member for Burke, and the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations.
Jacinta is married and has two young children.
As Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta is looking forward to delivering a number of public transport projects including the removal of 50 of Melbourne’s most dangerous level crossings, the Metro Tunnel, extending the South Morang Line to Mernda, overseeing the purchase of new metro and regional rolling stock, delivering a $100 million improvement to bus services and the $500 million upgrade of the Ballarat line.
As Minister for Major Projects, Jacinta will also oversee the Flinders Street Station redevelopment, delivery of the Ballarat West Employment Zone, the State Library of Victoria redevelopment and co-ordinating the long-term development of key precincts like Fisherman’s Bend and Arden-Macaulay.
Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood has a strong interest in sustainability, liveability and city resilience. He runs the environmental education program, Kids Teaching Kids, which has seen more than 120,000 students participating over the past 17 years and won the 2010 Banksia People’s Choice Award.
The Deputy Lord Mayor is Chair of the Finance and Governance portfolio. He sits on the Audit Committee and Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters Committee. Arron is also a Council representative for Committee for Melbourne, the Victorian Local Governance Association and the Fishermans Bend Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Sustainability Victoria Board and Chair of the Ecocity World Summit 2017 Executive Advisory Board.
Named in the top ten education leaders nationally in 2009 as part of the Weekend Australian Magazine, Arron received the Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment. He completed a Churchill Fellowship to New York and Geneva with the United Nations. As the 2007 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year, Arron also won the prestigious Melbourne Award for Contribution to the Environment and was selected to complete Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program.
Adele McCarthy is Director Strategy and Research at Infrastructure Victoria and has more than a decade of experience in infrastructure planning and strategy. In 2016, she led the development of Victoria's first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy. Delivered to the Victorian Parliament in December 2016, the strategy includes 137 recommendations across nine sectors to address the state's infrastructure needs over the short, medium and long-term. Infrastructure Victoria is an independent statutory authority established in 2015 to provide expert advice and guide decision making on Victoria’s infrastructure needs and priorities. In addition to development of the 30-year strategy, Infrastructure Victoria provides advice to the Victorian Government upon request and publishes research on infrastructure matters. Adele holds Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) and Arts from Monash University.
Paul Byrne is the Lead Director of the VPA’s Greenfields team, as well as the Director of Economic Planning and Development.
Paul is involved in the overall planning for Melbourne’s new growth areas, and monitoring the development of new suburbs. Paul is managing the preparation of the East Werribee Employment Precinct. Paul was heavily involved in the development of the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution fund, as well as the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Logical Inclusions Review Process. Paul has an extensive background in urban planning, applied research, business management and urban economic development.
Peter Wilkinson has nearly 30 years’ experience in delivering major infrastructure projects both within Australia and overseas. He is currently overseeing the design and delivery of the proposed construction program for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project. Peter's rail experience in Melbourne includes the delivery of rail/road grade separations at Middleborough Road in Box Hill and Springvale Road in Nunawading, rail duplication and extension to South Morang, as well as the major brownfield works on the Regional Rail Link Project.
Prior to his current role with Melbourne Metro, Peter worked with John Holland Constructions for 28 years, with his most recent roles as Alliance General Manager delivering complex public infrastructure projects across Melbourne.
Julian Lyngcoln commenced as the Executive Director Planning Implementation in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in January 2015. He is responsible for leading the implementation of policy and planning projects of metropolitan and State significance and is a member of the Planning executive leadership team.
Prior to joining DELWP, Julian has over 15 years experience in transport at VicRoads and in Government departments. He has undertaken a diverse range of roles including project planning and delivery, program management, legislation development and policy adviser, and held executive positions in road safety strategy, corporate services and network strategy and planning.
Julian brings an empowering and supportive leadership style and collaborative approach to all of his roles.
Peter Bingeman was appointed the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Visit Victoria in May 2016.
Having achieved a double degree in Economics / Marketing and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, Peter commenced his fast-moving consumer goods career with Procter and Gamble and has since worked for Cadbury / Schweppes, Kraft and Mondelez.
Over the last decade Peter has held senior leadership positions across sales and marketing. He has been instrumental in organisational success where acquisitions have changed the landscape considerably. Prior to joining Visit Victoria Peter was Managing Director, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Indochina with Mondelez International.
Having spent four years living in Singapore and Malaysia, Peter has returned home to Melbourne bringing his global business, change management, and strategic marketing / sales experience to the newly formed Visit Victoria.
James has a wealth of experience in the development and delivery of complex and challenging civic projects and has well established relationships with both government and private sector stakeholders.
His respected understanding of the construction and property industries has been developed through over 30 years of senior management and leadership positions with tier one building contractors and successful property development organisations including AbiGroup/Lendlease, Multiplex, Probuild, Devine and ING Real Estate Development.
He has tertiary qualifications in construction and in addition to lecturing at the University of Melbourne is an active member of both whole of government and external committees.
Paul Kenny is the leader of the Allens National Government Advisory practice. He has more than 25 years' experience advising government and private sector clients on commercial transactions, financing arrangements, major infrastructure projects and industry reform and restructure assignments. He is a specialist in energy sector reform, privatisation, contracting and regulation.
Paul's work has included advising governments in Australia and the Asia Pacific region on the comprehensive reform of electricity and gas supply industries and their ongoing economic regulation. In the area of infrastructure project development and regulation, Paul's experience includes substantial work on public transport franchising and infrastructure procurement projects in the transport, water, defence and other sectors. Paul has led the Allens team that has worked with the Victorian Government to reform its regional and metropolitan train and tram network under a rail franchising model, as well as its procurement and financing of new rolling stock.
David Clements is the Program Director - Major Projects Victoria for Transurban. He has over 20 years’ experience in the infrastructure and construction industry and has delivered a diverse range of projects including high rise buildings, process plants and large scale transport infrastructure projects. David joined Transurban in October 2014 and has since lead the delivery of the CityLink Tulla Widening and Monash Freeway Upgrade as well as playing a key role in the development of the West Gate Tunnel Project. Prior to Transurban, David spent seven years working in Asia on building and civil construction engineering projects, before returning to Melbourne to work on projects including the Southern Cross Station Redevelopment and Dynon Port Rail Link. David was the General Manager of Southern Way, the Project Company responsible for the Peninsula Link Freeway. David has extensive exposure to a broad range of project delivery models including managing contractor, design and construct, EPC, alliances and public private partnerships.
Alton Abrahams joined AsheMorgan in 1995 and has been instrumental to the growth of both the Sydney and Brisbane offices. With a solid background in commercial property financing and with his hands-on approach to property investment and development, Alton has led the company in more than $1.0 billion of direct property investments covering retail, shopping centre developments, residential sub divisions and large scale mixed use developments.
Development Victoria (DV) is the state government’s development agency. Formed in April 2017 with the underlying goal of bringing the state’s development expertise together. David joined Development Victoria as General Manager of Business Development in late 2016. He has an extensive understanding of the Australian property market and the demographics and economic drivers that shape the market.
David’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer (and Victorian General Manager) of MacroPlan Dimasi, and Director at Lendlease across land, urban renewal and new business. His experience in property and land development, plus his networks within the Victorian property industry help him to understand the policy drivers and priorities of governments which assists in creating planning pathways and identifying new projects.
Brian Herlihy is Project Director of Melbourne Quarter, a $2.5 billion urban regeneration project in central Melbourne. Brian leads a large multi-disciplinary team of development, project management, design and construction personnel in the development and delivery of this major mixed-use project.
Located opposite Southern Cross Station and bordered by two of Melbourne’s most iconic streets, Collins and Flinders, Melbourne Quarter is the latest chapter in Lendlease’s global urban regeneration footprint and is set to bring together world class design, city living, future workplaces, dining, shopping and green spaces. It is the biggest new mixed use project to be delivered in central Melbourne in over a decade. On completion, Melbourne Quarter will include approximately 130,000m2 of office space, 1,700 apartments, 4,000m2 of retail space, community facilities and extensive public open space linked by a network of laneways.
Brian joined Lendlease in 2008 and has held a variety of development roles in urban regeneration, mixed-use and commercial projects. His experience includes property development, project acquisition and conversion, master planning and delivery on major urban regeneration projects across Australia including Victoria Harbour (Melbourne), Waterbank (Perth) and Melbourne Quarter.
Andrew specialises in designing and implementing large scale business transformation programs to help organisations achieve their multi-year strategic goals – through projects, programs and PMO’s across different sectors including Telecommunications, Energy, Retail and Financial Services. Andrew has 20 years’ industry executive experience spanning key leadership roles including: organisation culture, operating models, organisation design, corporate and project/transformation design and delivery.
Chris Keating is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA). The VSBA was established in August 2016. Chris was soon after appointed to the CEO role leading the planning and delivery of the State Government’s $2.5 billion investment in Victorian schools and early childhood centres. Chris is overseeing the delivery of 56 new schools and more than 1,000 projects.
Before being appointed CEO of the VSBA, Chris led the Infrastructure and Sustainability Division at the Department of Education and Training and has more than nine years’ experience delivering public school building projects in Victoria.
Before joining the City of Casey Nicola worked in NSW Premier and Cabinet in a range of policy areas, and in the Victorian state government in senior environment and planning roles. She has a strong background in public policy and strategic thinking. At the City of Casey she has held a range of positions. As Manager Organisational Strategy she kickstarted a three year program of reform focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Council. She now holds the position of Manager City Planning where she oversees a diverse staff of around 50. Her portfolio of responsibilities includes landuse planning across the city including the growth area, Green Wedges and urban areas; environment and heritage management; as well as forward planning stormwater and drainage; sport, recreation and open space; and community facilities infrastructure; and managing the Casey planning scheme.
She is particularly interested in how high level policy and strategic direction translates in real terms on the ground, in a way that ensures the most vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens benefit.
Through his career, Paul has demonstrated ability in delivering high quality architecture that offers well-designed spaces for people and the project’s broader context. Paul’s breadth of experience spans across the residential, hotel, sports, civic, educational, retail, commercial and justice sectors. This breadth of experience provides a greater degree of richness and design evolution in each of the projects that he is involved with. This experience provides a greater degree of richness and design evolution in each of the projects that he is involved with. Appointed as a Director in 2017, Paul leads each of his projects through all stages from the initial feasibility and master planning through to design, documentation and construction services. He is able to translate complex design, functional, technical and pragmatic brief requirements into a complete, functional and cohesive built form. Recently, Paul has been leading our team through a number of signifficant and large scaled projects including Melbourne Square and the Chritchurch Justice and Emergency Services Prcinct.
Annabel joined VAGO in 2016 and has responsibility for performance audits involving whole of Victorian Government matters and central agencies. Previously, she was head of consulting for a national economic and public policy consulting firm where she completed a wide range of projects for federal and state government clients. She has held senior positions in academia and banking, and has board experience with not for profit organisations. Annabel holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Annabel led the performance audits Effec5tively Planning for Population Growth.
Danielle Green MP was elected to represent Yan Yean since 2002. Raised in Regional Victoria, Danielle has two adult sons and lives in Diamond Creek with husband Michael. Previous positions held in government include Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services. In Opposition, Danielle held various portfolios including being Australia’s first Spokesperson for the Prevention of Family Violence. Her interests include snow skiing, football especially AFLW, netball and singing.
The Yan Yean electorate is one of the fastest growing in Victoria and Danielle is a strong advocate for jobs, infrastructure and services in addition to being Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Tourism and Major Events.
Leander has been in the software industry for the last 5 years, he began in the industry helping customers transition to BIM through Revit, but seeing the huge potential in construction software he made the move to Plangrid where he helps customers in the field every day become more efficient and grow their businesses.
With over 17 years’ experience, Kevin Adasko is a lead design Architect with extensive experience in major large-scale retail & mixed-use developments, commercial & heritage projects, master planning, space planning, and façade design.
Having worked in Australia, the U.K and China, Kevin is able to bring global and local design solutions to help clients successfully define their goals and requirements.
Kevin’s approach is underpinned by the balance of pushing the boundaries of architectural convention, commercial realisation and client focussed outcomes to exceed expectations.
Richard Tomlinson is Professor in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning. Before coming to Australia he served as an urban policy consultant in Southern Africa and as an academic in South Africa and the USA. His clients included the post-apartheid South African government, and provincial and local governments, The World Bank, USAID, UN HABITAT, international and local NGOs, and also the private sector. As an academic he has served as a Professor and Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, as a Visiting Scholar and SPURS Fellow at MIT and a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. His current research focus is on metropolitan governance. Related is that in 2012 he edited a book, Australia’s Unintended Cities; and in 2018, together with Dr Marcus Spiller as a co-editor, he is publishing a book on a metropolitan reform agenda for Australia.
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