Victorian Leaders inspires companies through knowledge, connections and resources.
Leaders surrounds growth companies with the expertise and experience of Business and Industry leaders to provide an effective, trusted
community that fast-tracks outcomes and leads to greater prosperity for each Member.
Using this experience and its networks, Victorian Leaders operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different
stages of growth.
These initiatives include:
Victorian Leaders has a vision that includes:
- Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
- Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
- Developing greater link to local, national, international opportunities and capital markets;
- Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.
Victorian Leaders has a nationally recognised Advisory Board, consisting of leading Australian executive and non-executive directors to
assist in developing the ongoing strategic direction of the Victorian Leaders network.
The Advisory Board includes:
John became the Australian Cricket Team coach in 1999 and led the team to a World Record of sixteen straight Test match wins and an unbeaten
record of 24 one day international victories in two successful World Cups. His record of victories makes John the most successful coach in
history with a winning record of over 75% since 1999.
Apart from sport John has worked with Boards, CEO's, senior company leadership teams, coal-face teams and with organisations of different
size and industry. He has a real appreciation that each situation is unique; however the messages and methodologies of High Performing Teams
and his ability to `coach` them is universal.
John has proved extremely popular in the corporate sector with his unique but successful skills as a trainer and motivator. John is also an
author of three books and is an active Patron for REDKITE which is a not-for-profit charity supporting families whose children are suffering
Simon is an accomplished and diverse senior executive with national and international experience gained in the UK/Europe, USA and Middle
East. His career expertise focuses on leadership of complex organisations, governing bodies, industry associations and business
consultancies, and working with or on Governance and Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions within Sport, Health, Start-ups and Social
Gravitating naturally to leadership roles, he has been able to enjoy what he does and to surround himself with smart, good people. He
continues this theme with involvement in organisations he finds motivating and which, create real value.
Simon is a recent Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Approved Advisor of the Advisory Board Centre.
Bryan has considerable experience both working in and growing enterprises across a broad range of industry sectors, including residential
aged care, manufacturing, property development and investment and business services.
Bryan worked in and was a Partner of Melbourne accounting firm, Rees Partners, from 1977 until 2000.
From its commencement in the early 1990s and until 2014 Bryan was the Chairman of Regis (Executive Chairman until 2008). As Chairman, he
oversaw the management and growth of the company. Bryan was also the National President of the former aged care industry body, The Aged Care
Association of Australia, from 2004 to 2012, during which time he was actively involved in the development of the industry and shaping its
Jeff is an independent and practical educator and advisor with over 40 years of expertise and experience in economics, finance and public
policy assisting a wide range of stakeholders to manage the opportunities and risks in this amazing world.
Following a decade at the Reserve Bank up until the early 90s, he worked at NAB until Feb 2009 including some time as CEO of the Australian
Over the past decade, Jeff has continued to do some consulting under the banner of his single shingle think tank – Economics & Beyond –
including a bi-annual report on the financial wellbeing of Australian households for me Bank.He is a Honorary Fellow at the Business and
Applied Finance Centre of Macquarie University and teaches masters students about the economic and financial underpinnings of financial
markets and the global financial system.
Jeff is a director of Giles Wade - an independent financial advisory -focused on private clients and families and also a member of the
Giles Wade investment committee and is also a director of BASS Care - a not for profit provider of aged care services to the Boroondara
community for over 60 years
Vivienne is a highly motivated leader with extensive executive level experience developing and delivering on strategy, building high level
relationships in commercial and academic environments, a proven track record of financial and people management, an ability to represent an
organisation to diverse stakeholders and excellent communication skills reflecting respect, confidence, and drive.
Prior to taking on the CEO role at Victorian Leaders, Robert spent 27 years working in the Banking & Finance Industry with some of
Australia's largest Banks.
Robert held senior leadership positions in Corporate and Commercial Banking in Victoria and Queensland and most recently had National
Executive responsibility for Industry Specialisation focussing on the Health Industry at Westpac.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
After a successful career as owner and operator of a multi office real estate business, Russell worked with Colliers Pty Ltd until the
mid-90’s before taking up a Senior role with George Hume Pty Ltd which subsequently merged with DTZ Pty Ltd and where he remained as
Director until 2011.
Russell then joined the City of Wyndham in the Economic Development Unit of the Council. His primary role was to introduce the Council to major developers, investors and business leaders in Melbourne and encourage those companies and individuals to develop and invest in the City of Wyndham. In 2012, Russell worked for Senator Helen Kroger where he was responsible for the day to day management of that office, spending time in Canberra and assisting the Senator with her electoral responsibilities. More recently, Russell has been working with MLA, Michael Gidley, State Member for Glen Waverley and currently is working for Hon Kevin Andrews MP in the federal seat of Menzies.
Russell's career has also included time as Mayor, City of Waverley and State President of the Liberal Party.
Dr Evan Shellshear
An innovation specialist and a serial entrepreneur. Whether it's companies, apps or books, he gets a buzz out of watching ideas come to fruition. He left Australia in 2005 to get a PhD in Game Theory from the Nobel prize winning Bielefeld University. After that he lived in Sweden for 6 years building and selling software products to the world's largest automotive companies before returning to Australia and becoming heavily involved in the startup scene founding, confounding or helping build up to 9 startups. He recently launched his best-selling book Innovation Tools and is currently an advisor to some of Australia's most exciting technology startups as well as a mentor to many entrepreneurs who are just starting their journey. He has considerable expertise in technical sales, marketing and product development.