Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust – announcement of Trust appointments

Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) has recently been advised of a number of appointments to the Trust, effective from Tuesday 1 March 2016.

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Class A Trust Appointments are a process coordinated through the Department of Health and Human Services, Cemeteries and Crematoria Unit and legislated through the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003. Each Class A Trust member is appointed for a term up to 3 years and are eligible for reappointment. The appointments are made by the Governor in Council.

SMCT are delighted to announce that the current Trust Chairman, Sue Renkin, has been reappointed to the role of Chairman for another term. This is testament to the sound governance acumen and strategic foresight that Sue brings to the role of Chairman, honed by years of experience across a range of portfolios including the medical and science sectors. Sue has been Chairman of SMCT since its inception in 2010 and has driven innovation and development during this time, significantly growing the organisation and embedding a customer centric culture.

Significantly, Sue has led the development and implementation of the consultative framework that guides the development of all service offerings for SMCT. This framework is truly responsive, and tailored for cultural sensitivity to enhance listening to the needs of diverse communities.

Trust Member Julie Busch has also been reappointed. Julie’s involvement in the Community Advisory Committee has been invaluable to our ongoing engagement platform and we are pleased to have the continuity of these principles with her reappointment.

SMCT also welcomes three new Trust members who joined us, effective from 1 March 2016.

Leigh Mackay, LLB

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.

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.

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.

SMCT look forward to introducing the newly appointed Trust members to the organisation and the range of projects underway across our eight beautiful locations, our service platforms and the masterplan development program in progress at Bunurong Memorial Park.

As we welcome the new Trust members, it is also a time for farewells. SMCT formally announces the departure of two Trust members, Felicity Frederico and Phillip Davies, and acknowledges their highly valued contributions through a time of great growth and success for the organisation.

Felicity, as Chair of the Community Advisory Committee and with a background in local government, augmented our consultative framework with local communities. Phillip, with a legal and commercial background, provided strong oversight and strategic thinking as Chair of the Infrastructure Planning Committee.

We thank them both for their dedication over their past term as Trust Members, and warmly wish them well for their future endeavours.