Melanie has worked in Victorian local government for over 20 years, including 15 years in leadership roles spanning the areas of communications, governance, legal, marketing, risk, property and customer service. She holds a Bachelors in Public Relations, and Graduate Diploma in Group Facilitation. Melanie has worked at Brimbank City Council Maribyrnong and Darebin councils. Melanie now works as a governance consultant to the government sector.
Chris is an experienced local government executive and administrator, with more than 20 years in the sector. He is a former CEO of Hobsons Bay (2012-2018), has held interim CEO roles at LeadWest and LGPro, and is currently an administrator at the City of Whittlesea. He serves on a number of Council Audit and Risk Committees, and is the Independent Chair of the Sunshine Transport Precinct Community Reference Group.
Prior to working in local government, Chris was a successful regional media presenter and executive of almost 20 years. These days he combines those two careers by presenting the VLGA Connect series of YouTube programs and podcasts, as well as a twice weekly local government news podcast called the Local Government News Roundup.
Ruth helps both experienced and emerging leaders to master the power of politics to deliver exceptional outcomes. Ruth is a sought-after trainer, speaker, and executive coach. She is well known throughout the local government sector for her political intelligence training, gender equality advocacy and candidate workshops. Ruth is also an accredited trainer in political intelligence with the UK-based, Academy for Political Intelligence.
Janet Cribbes has a career spanning three decades, working in State government, community services, the private sector, Local Government and more recently Not for Profit. Janet specialises in governance, ethical and authentic leadership coaching and mentoring in the non for profit and Local government agencies. Her community engagement saw her elected to Port Phillip Council in 2004 to 2008 with one term as mayor in 2008. Public life has many rewards and challenges, having a sense of humor is great life skill. Following Council, Janet went to establish and manage the Community Bushfire Recovery Service after the Black Saturday 2009 Bushfires, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Melbourne delivered through CatholicCare. Janet is currently a director and co-chair on a not-for-profit Board and Chairs 2 other not for profit Board.