Anna Burke was the elected representative for the Victorian electoral division of Chisholm in the Australian Parliament from 1998 until 2016; she served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the 43rd Parliament from 2012 to 2013.
Prior to becoming Speaker, Anna served as Deputy Speaker in the both the 42nd and 43rd Parliaments as well as on a number of Parliamentary Committees including Economics, Finance and Public Administration, Climate Change, Environment and the Arts, Petitions, Privileges and Public Accounts and Audit.
In parliament Anna saw her role as local representative as paramount and was well known throughout her local community and was successfully re-elected six times.
Many people know Anna not only for her role in the Speaker’s Chair, but for her highly successful campaign to protect people from unwanted telemarketing calls. In 2005, she moved a Private Member’s Bill in Federal Parliament to create a national ‘Do Not Call’ register, which led to the former Government adopting her policy.
Prior to entering Federal Parliament, Anna worked at VicRoads and Victoria University in their Industrial Relations departments and then as a National Industrial Officer for the Finance Sector Union, representing workers in banking and insurance. Anna is currently serving as a full time Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, following her appointment this year by the Attorney General.
After retiring from parliament Anna has been actively involved in leading a range of public purpose organisations. She is currently serving on the Boards of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, RedR Australia, veski, Institute of Breathing and Sleep (IBAS), Member Advisor Committee Dementia Victoria, Chair of the Advisory Group for Transforming Humanities Focus Research Area at Latrobe University and Chair Master of Public Policy and Management Advisory Board
During her time as an elected representative Anna saw herself as a parliamentarian and not a politician. As a Presiding Officer of the Parliament Anna had the opportunity to work with Parliaments in the South Pacific developing their capacity and strengthening their democratic processes. She has been able to continue in this work by facilitating training with the Samoan Parliament and working with the International Parliamentary Union in Kenya undertaking gender sensitivity audits and exercises. She continues to work in the Western Pacific region and Africa mentoring and advising women with political aspirations about election to their Parliaments.
Anna was born in 1966 in Melbourne. She and her four siblings were raised in Ashwood, part of the Chisholm electorate Anna represented. All five Burke children graduated from Monash University. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Monash University and a Master of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Jillian has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with First Class Honours, who was the Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year and Sydney University’s Young Alumni of the Year. She established a project management and civil engineering firm in 2009 that continues to serve regional NSW. Jillian used her scholarship to study a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at Stanford University.
Upon graduation, Jillian founded The Infrastructure Collaborative, a US-based Public Benefit Corporation where she is a strategic adviser to public agencies and private sector clients. Jillian’s mission is to move horizon infrastructure projects from planning shelves to be shovel ready.
She splits her time between San Francisco and regional NSW, and her other interests include: Past Chairman of the Civil and Structural Engineering Panel, Sydney Division of Engineers Australia and Member of the Dubbo Group of Engineers Australia; to provide technical seminars for continuing professional development for the Members of Engineers Australia Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation of NSW providing funding initiatives to build vibrant and strong rural and regional communities for youth Deputy Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Youth Group; developing engaging and educational initiatives for young people in rural NSW and at the Sydney Royal Easter Show Participating in the voluntary working group for the development of an Indoor Equine and Rodeo Arena for the benefit of the community in Coonamble Member of the Sydney Division Engineers Australia Steering Committee for the NSW Infrastructure Report Card, released to the State Government in July 2010.
Ken is the former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police. Roles within Victoria Police included the Deputy Commissioner of Road Policing where he was responsible for the delivery of the police road policing strategy and working with partners to deliver the State’s Arrive Alive Strategy.
He has extensive networks within all levels of government and the broader community. He is the Chair of Ambulance Victoria Board of Directors, Chair of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) and a Member of the Medically Supervised Self Injecting Room Review. He is also a non-Executive Director of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the Essendon Football Club. Previous appointments include Chair of National Mental Health & Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services (Beyond Blue), the Co-Chair of the Review of Victoria’s Terrorism Policies and Legislation and Chair of the Prime Minister’s Ice Task Force.
He is currently the co-convenor of the Defence Inclusive Leadership Network. In November 2017, Ken was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria. He is also an Officer of the Order of Australia, and an Australian Police Medal recipient.
John Merritt is an advisor to Ministers, Boards and Chief Executives, on leadership, culture, engagement, strategy and change. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Transport Accident Commission, an Advisor at the global engineering firm, Arup, a member of the advisory council for the Monash University Accident Research Centre, and a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee at the St Kilda Football Club. He is passionate about helping organisations, and particularly their leaders, get the very best out of their people.
John successfully led large and complex organisations for over twenty years. He was the Chief Executive of VicRoads, the CEO of the Environment Protection Authority, and Executive Director of WorkSafe Victoria. He was also the Chief Executive of the National Safety Council of Australia, and held senior management roles in the Fletcher Challenge organisation.
John has extensive experience in working directly with stakeholders and communities across a multitude of issues. He was one of the public sectors more experienced communicators, holding monthly spots on commercial and ABC radio, and appearing regularly in print and television.
John holds a degree in economics, completed the Advanced Management Program at Melbourne Business School, and has undertaken post graduate research at the London School of Economics under a British Government scholarship. He is a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Frances is a Judge of the County Court of Victoria and a Vice President of the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). She held several earlier appointments, either as a Judicial Registrar of the Industrial Relations Court of Australia or the Federal Court of Australia; and as a Sessional Member of VCAT.
Frances is a Monash University Alumni. She graduated Bachelor of Jurisprudence; Bachelor of Laws; and Master of Laws. She practiced as a solicitor and was appointed a senior associate with Phillips Fox & Masel before joining the Victorian Bar in 1983. Frances served as Chair of the Victorian Bar’s ‘Equality Before The Law’ Committee and as Convener of the Victorian Women Barristers’ Association.
Frances is an active participant in judicial education programs. She is a member of the Judicial Conference of Australia. She currently represents VCAT on the Law Library of Victoria Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges (the IAWJ), and Vice President of the Australian Association of Women Judges (the AAWJ). Frances has presented papers in Australia and overseas on a variety of topics, including a presentation in Prato, Italy in 2009 on ‘Serious Injury: A Victorian Perspective’ as part of Monash University’s program on ‘Road Trauma Prevention and Compensation: Comparative Analysis’.
Frances is a former Council member and Deputy Chair, of Kildonan Child & Family Service. She is a panel member for selection of post graduate students for scholarships awarded by the General Sir John Monash Foundation, as well as a member of the Foundation’s Chairman’s Circle. Among other activities, the Chairman’s Circle funds one of several scholarships awarded each year. Frances is a member of the Lyceum Club.