Trust Members

The strategic direction of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) is overseen by a board of appointed Trust Members.
This board is responsible to the Minister for Health & Ageing and must ensure good governance of the cemeteries entrusted to its care. Members of the Trust are recruited through a publicly advertised process and are appointed by the Governor in Council for a three-year term. Members may seek to be reappointed after their first term.

2016 - Trust - _0001_Sue Renkin - Trust Chair

Sue Renkin - Trust Chairman

BBS, MBA, Grad.Dip.Corp.Gov., MAICD, FCDA.

Sue Renkin is Director of General Practice Victoria and GMHBA Health Insurance.

Sue’s board experience includes:

  • Chairman Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing
  • Chairman Green Chemical Futures
  • Chairman Monash Biomedical Imaging Institute Director GMHBA Health Insurance Director GPV
  • Chair of Monash Centre for Biomedical Imaging and Research
  • Chair of Monash Centre for Green Chemicals Future
  • Prime Minister’s representative on the Australian Bravery Decorations Council, since 1999
  • Member Australian Private Hospitals Association committee
  • Member St John Ambulance committee
  • Member Shelford Anglican Girls’ School committee.

Sue was CEO (Vic) and National Policy Development Manager for Ramsay Health Care for 11 years. She has also held CEO roles with Open Family Australia, St John Ambulance and Mercy Private Hospital.

Sue holds an MBA Monash Uni, Grad Dip Corporate Governance UNE and Grad Cert Competition & Strategy Harvard Business School RN

2016 - Trust - _0005_Julie Busch

Julie Busch

B.A.(Journalism/Psych.),  Grad.Cert.Shop.Cen.Mgmt., Grad. Dip. Business,  GAICD

Julie Busch is Chairman of Dandenong Market and Director of Western Leisure Services for City of Wyndham.
Julie’s board experience also includes:

  • Director of Interact Australia
  • Director of Marriott Support Services
  • Deputy Chairman Dianella Community Health
  • Chairman Retail Committee Property Council

Julie has worked extensively in private and publicly owned retail property, local government and community sectors.

Julie has previously held senior management roles at:

  • Prahran Market
  • Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
  • Coles Myer Properties in Victoria and South Australia.

In addition to the above, Julie is also Vice President of Caulfield South Community House, Chairman of Judging Panel for the Tourism Victoria Marketing Awards, and a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.

2016 - Trust - _0006_Richard Jones

Richard Jones

MBus., Grad.Dip.Bus.Tech., FCPA, ACSA, AFIN.

Richard Jones is semi-retired following a career in accounting, finance and governance. Richard spent the last 16 years in CFO, governance and corporate planning roles within Victorian local government. He retains his involvement in the sector through consultancy projects and membership of the Brimbank City Council audit committee.

Richard’s prior board experience in the Cemetery and Crematoria sector includes:

  • Member of the Lilydale Cemeteries Trust from 2007
  • Chair of the Lilydale Cemeteries Trust’s Administration and Audit Committee from 2008.

Richard also works in a number of local community volunteering roles.

Richard holds a Master of Business (RMIT) and a Graduate Diploma of Business Technology (Monash), and is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA), an Associate of Chartered Secretaries Australia (ACSA) and an Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, (AFIN).

2016 - Trust - _0004_Gaye Mason

Gaye Mason

MBA, Grad.Dip.App.Corp.Gov., Grad.Dip.App.Info.Sys, B.Bus.(Acct.)

Gaye Mason is an experienced finance and governance professional having previously held positions with Telstra, including as Director Business Development Telstra Wholesale, and prior to that with a number of predominately telecommunications related organisations.

Gaye’s board experience includes:

  • Director of Central Highlands Water, where she also sits on the Audit and Customer Participation committees
  • Member of the Victorian Department of Health Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Chair of the City of Port Phillip and the Wyndham Council Audit & Risk Committees
  • Member of Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Director of the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) Foundation
  • Past Victorian President, and board member, of CPA Australia.

Gaye holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (RMIT University), a Graduate Diploma Applied Corporate Governance (Chartered Secretary), Graduate AICD Diploma course, Graduate Diploma Applied Information Systems (RMIT University), and a Master of Business Administration (Deakin University). She is also FCPA, FAICD, AGIA and ACIS.

2016 - Trust - _0003_Matthew Mills

Matthew Mills


Matthew has extensive experience in Business Operations, Management and Development of large-scale entertainment, hospitality and retail within Australia and Europe.

Matthew has previously delivered and managed multisite Cinema megaplex operations, new chains of Supermarket stores, been BDM of an Australian network of advertising sites and is currently involved at Garden City Plastics, a major national manufacturer. In addition, while holding the role of General Manager, he has operated Multi outlet retail and hospitality sites in Vic and NSW.

Matthew's current board experience includes:

  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust
  • Trust for Nature Victoria
  • Chair of the Dandenong Ranges Gardens Advisory Committee for Parks Victoria.
2016 - Trust - _0007_Stephen Shipp

Stephen Shipp

B.Ec., LL.B.

Stephen Shipp has more than 25 years experience as a solicitor in property, commercial law and deceased estates. He currently practices with Taylor Splatt & Partners.

Stephen is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the current president of the Mornington Peninsula Lawyers’ Association.

Stephen’s board experience includes:

  • Past president of the Rotary Club of Seaford-Carrum Downs
  • Past president of the Frankston Primary School Council
  • Past trust member of the Necropolis Springvale and chair of its Information Technology committee.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting), and a Bachelor of Law (Monash University).

2016 - Trust - _0008_Leigh Mackay, LLB

Leigh Mackay, LLB, GAICD

Leigh Mackay works as a governance consultant, advising on boards on governance and strategic planning. She is a member of the Victorian Heritage Council, the Risk Audit & Finance Committee of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Leigh spent 15 years in the legal profession, held management positions with CSR Limited, Port of Geelong Authority, Port of Melbourne Authority and the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and was corporate secretary of two major Victorian statutory authorities – the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the National Gallery of Victoria.

2016 - Trust - _0000_Brian Oates, JP

Brian Oates, JP

Brian Oates is the current Chair of the Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre (SMRC) and has been a long serving member of the SMRC Board for 18 years.

He has previously been Chair of the Southern Health Consumer Advisory Committee, and a member of a number of other boards.  Brian was elected to the Casey Council in 1997, was Mayor of Casey in 2003 and Deputy Mayor in 2004.  He is recently retired from the Australian Workers' Union.

2016 - Trust - _0002_Sam Afra, JP

Sam Afra, JP

Sam Afra worked for the Victorian government for over 20 years and is currently self-employed as a consultant.
As a dedicated advocate for cultural diversity, Sam is heavily involved across the community sector.  He served as Chairman of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria from 2007 to 2011 and is currently a Board member.  Sam is also Hon Secretary of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia.  Sam is Deputy Chair of ERHMA where he has been a director since 2003.  He is also a former elected Councillor for the City of Casey from 1997 – 2000.