Mr Greg Vines

Mr Greg Vines has had an extensive career in strategic and executive management within Australia and internationally. The focus of his work has been on organisation and workplace reform, governance, human resource management and labour relations.

Mr Vines has been Deputy Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland since 2012 where he is responsible for the management and reform of the ILO’s operations and service delivery, and is also a member of the United Nations High Level Committee on Management. Prior to this he held the senior diplomatic posting of Minister (Labour) with the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations and was elected President of the Governing Body of the ILO for 2011 to 2012. In these roles he has been a representative to many international organisations and fora and has played an active role in facilitating resolution of significant issues and building consensus at the international level between governments, unions and employers. He has also had close involvement with the ILO’s international law supervisory system.

In 2011 Mr Vines led the ILO High Level Mission to Myanmar to investigate and report on the impact of ILO sanctions, resulting in the lifting of those sanctions by the International Labour Conference (ILC) in 2012 and has been instrumental in achieving the 2015 international Resolution on Advancing Social Justice through Decent Work and the 2017 Recommendation on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience. He is now also leading the planning for the ILO centenary in 2019.

Before moving to Geneva, Mr Vines was Chairman of the Civil Service Taskforce in Timor Leste, responsible to the Prime Minister for the reform and development of the country’s civil service. His earlier appointments included with the Victorian Government as Public Sector Standards Commissioner and Executive Director of Industrial Relations Victoria and with the Tasmanian Government as State Service Commissioner. Prior to moving into government, Mr Vines held a number of senior state and national positions with Australian trade unions.

Mr Vines has had a long association with Monash University as a student and more recently as Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Department of Management. He is admitted to practice as a lawyer and has studied law, management and labour relations in Australia (Tasmania, Monash and Melbourne universities) and the USA (Harvard University).

Mr Vines and his wife Helen have three children and live in Switzerland.