The Committee for Melbourne

Annual Gala for
Melbourne’s Top C-Suite

The Committee for Melbourne Annual Gala Dinner was held on Wednesday 22nd May at the recently redeveloped Goldfields Theatre at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in the presence of Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Committee for Melbourne Patron.

List of Special Guests

Mr Tim Smith MP

Shadow Minister for Planning and Heritage, Shadow Minister for Local Government, Shadow Minister for Housing & Shadow Minister for Population

Justin Hanney

CEO City of Melbourne

Lord Mayor Sally Capp

Mr Bruce Atkinson MLC

Ms Fiona Patten MLC

Mr Paul Bird

CEO Australian Volunteers international

Mr Brian Morris

CEO Melbourne & Olympic Parks

Mr Tim Orton

Managing Director – Nous

John O’Rourke

Chairman Plenary Group

Jeroen Weimar

CEO Public Transport Victoria

Peter Konidaris

Partner PWC

Nicholas Tsirogiannis

Partner PWC

Scott Chapman

CEO Royal flying Doctor Service

The Hon. Peter Walsh MP

Shadow Minister for Agriculture,Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leader of The Nationals & Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Mrs. Beverly McArthur MLC

Dale Fisher

CEO Silver Chain group

Michael Sewards

CEO Skybus

Clive Scott

General Manager Sofitel

Dr Amanda Caples

Lead Scientist Department of Jobs,Precincts and Regions

Amy Auster

Deputy Secretary Department of Treasury and finance

Anthony Howard QC, The Hon. Linda Dessau AC and Scott Tanner

The Committee for Melbourne’s prestigious 2019 Melbourne Achiever Awards were announced at the dinner, honouring Peter Clemenger AO and The Australian Ballet for their outstanding contribution to Business and Arts and Culture in Melbourne.

The Award celebrates contributions to Melbourne that will leave a lasting legacy.

Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts applauded Mr Clemenger’s significant innovation in creating a world-renowned agency Clemenger BBDO, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and over 60 consecutive years of philanthropic work. Peter is also a notable patron of the arts, establishing foundations and grants at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre and an Honorary Life Member of The Australian Ballet and Life Patron of the Melbourne Theatre Company.

“Peter is an inspirational Melburnian, and he has enriched Australian business and cultural life through Clemenger BBDO and his support of the visual and performing arts and his philanthropic work. Peter’s generosity and involvement in so many worthy causes have been exemplary. In honouring Peter, we also honour the extraordinary contribution of Joan Clemenger, Peter’s wife and the work of the Joan and Peter Clemenger Trust established in 2001”, said Ms Letts.

“I am a little surprised to have won such a prestigious Committee for Melbourne award. Whatever I have done to deserve it, I have been very happy to support activities the Arts in Melbourne” said Peter Clemenger

Committee for Melbourne, Founder, Pamela Warrender AM presented the Melbourne Achiever Award to a good friend and early Committee advocate,Peter Clemenger AO.

The Australian Ballet was awarded the Melbourne Achiever Award for an outstanding organisation as one of the world’s most renowned ballet companies that has delivered celebrated performances for over 50 years.

“The Australian Ballet continues to evolve, caring for tradition but daring to be different. The recent renovation was ‘en pointe’ with their Southbank home providing world-class facilities to not only dancers, but the talented sports medicine team, onsite costumiers and staff, which truly showcases their commitment to excellence here in Melbourne” noted Ms Letts.

David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, says, “We are absolutely honoured to be receiving the Committee for Melbourne’s Melbourne Achiever Award and even more so, delighted to be acknowledged as a Melbourneborn company which has contributed to and loved being based in this wonderful city for the past 56 years.

The Rt. Hon. Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Andrew Penn, CEO Telstra

Mr John Brumby, Former Premier of Victoria

Tim Pallas, Treasurer of Victoria, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations

List of Special Guests

Ms Cindy McLeish MP

Shadow Minister for Education,Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs, Shadow Minister for Regional Cities & Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party

The Hon. David Hodgett MP

Shadow Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events

Georgia Foster

Head of Uber for Business -Australia & New Zealand

Ms Jacqueline Savage

Director Medcorp Technologies

Ms Joan Clemenger AO

Mr Peter Clemenger AO

Mrs Pamela Warrender OAM

Mr Michael Wandmaker

Managing Director Melbourne Water

Mr Michel Masson CEO

Infrastructure Victoria

Mr Andrew Westacott

CEO – Grand Prix

Mr Matthew Jackson

CEO Parks Victoria

Michael Pearce SC

Honorary Consul of Germany

Ms Louise Staley MP

Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Economic Development

The Hon. Frank McGuire

Member for Broadmeadows,Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, Parliamentary Secretary for Crime Prevention – Representing the Minister for Housing

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Deputy Lord Mayor Aaron Wood and wife Stephanie

The Hon. Time Pallas MP

Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development & Minister for ndustrial

Mr Anthony Howard AM QC

The Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP

Kazuyoshi Matsunaga

Consul-General of Japan in Melbourne

The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Peter Clemenger and Scott Tanner

From the formation of the company in 1962 – when we worked out of somewhat modest our first ever studio in East Melbourne – to today when we are based in our newly refurbished Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre in Southbank, we have been proud to call this city home as we travel around Australia and the world each year. It is wonderful to be based in Melbourne, and to work here from our state of the art “Headquarters of Australian Ballet”. Melbourne and The Australian Ballet attract Australia’s most talented dancers and that inspires creativity, a place where extraordinary people can dream and achieve.

The Australian Ballet looks forward to continuing to inspiring and delighting the people of Melbourne and all Australians as we perform to audiences around Australia and internationally each year. Thank you for this great honour.”

The Committee welcomed several dignitaries to the Annual Dinner including Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp,

The Honourable John Brumby and Leighton Wood, CEO of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre provided the opening address, followed by Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts and Chair, Scott Tanner. The Keynote address by Telstra CEO Andrew Penn looked at the role of Artificial Intelligence in an ever advancing world.

CEO Martine Letts presented an inspirational speech in line with the Annual Dinner’s theme of ‘Thinking Big’ and the need for collaboration.

“The Committee identified a greater need for collaboration along Australia’s Eastern Seaboard underpinned by high-speed land transit as a major strategic need in the ‘Melbourne 4.0 report’. This strategic need is a necessity to boost productivity and to maintain our international competiveness.

Australia needs Melbourne and Sydney to be centres of innovation, working together. On their own, they are unable to compete with innovative regions across the globe.

That’s why Committee for Melbourne, along with our friends at the Committee for Sydney, will to develop and promote this idea of an Australian East Coast Megaregion.

Yes, I know, Melbourne and Sydney working together is downright revolutionary.

But we are convinced that an Eastern Seaboard megaregion is a big idea which needs our collective attention to secure this great nations’ future! ” said Martine.

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Martine Letts and Scott Tanner

His Excellency, Kazuyoshi Matsunaga Consul-General of Japan in Melbourne

Mr Anthony Howard AM QC

Mr Leighton Wood, Chief Operating Officer Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Mr Aaron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne

The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Libby Christie and Scott Tanner