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Board Members

Board President

Dr Andi Diamond

Appointed to the Board May 2015

Appointed President May 2015

Andi is the Chief Executive of Monash Council, one of Victoria’s most populous municipalities, where she has been for three years. In this role she oversees a $160 million budget and a workforce of 770 equivalent full time staff.

Prior to her current role she served as CEO of Yarra Council for four years. She holds a BA Social Work, Master of Business Administration and a Doctorate of Business and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andi started her career as a social worker, working as part of Victoria’s first sexual assault team. She went on to train both child protection workers and Victoria Police officers in interview techniques.

Her career in local government grew after Andi took on manager and director roles at Boroondara Council, Shire of Melton and Monash Council.

Andi is Deputy Chair Regional Development Australia Melbourne East Committee.


Board Member

Ken King

Appointed to the Board July 2008

Appointed Deputy President July 2011

Ken served as a member of the CFA Board from 2003 to 2012 and had a long and very successful career in the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

Ken has held senior positions in land management, forestry and bushfire management, including as the DSE’s Regional Manager for northwest Victoria, South Gippsland and the Port Phillip area, which covers metropolitan

Ken serves on the Boards of the Natural Resources Conservation League, the Bjarne K
Dahl Trust and the Habitat Melbourne Trust.

Board Member

Jay Bonnington

Appointed to the Board July 2006

Jay is a chartered accountant and has worked overseas and in Australia with the Transfield Group, as CFO/Finance Director of Yallourn Energy Ltd, and the National Electricity Market Management Company. She then moved into financial services and became CEO of a national not-for-profit organisation.

Jay now serves as a professional non-executive company director on a number of boards, including Utilities of Australia and the Australian Rail Track Corporation. In addition, she serves on several community boards, including as Deputy Chair of The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Deakin University Council. She is on the Advisory Board and is Independent Chair of the Audit/ Risk Committee of the Salvation Army’s Southern Territory.

Board Member

Stuart Alford

Appointed to the Board September 2013

Stuart joined the MFB Board following a distinguished career as a chartered accountant, having worked for international accounting firm Ernst and Young for 40 years, including 27 years as a partner.

He is currently Chair of the Centre of Excellence for Intervention and Prevention Science Limited, a board member of Eastern Health; Eastern Health Foundation and Kilvington Grammar.

Stuart is also an Audit Committee Member of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority; Chair of the Audit Committee, Australian Accounting Standards Board, and Chair of the Audit Committee, Auditing and Assurance Standards. Stuart is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Board Member

Therese Ryan

Appointed to the Board August 2013

Therese is an experienced professional and non-executive director who has worked across a diverse range of industries. She is non-executive director of Burson Group Limited, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, VicForests, Yarra Valley Water, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and a trustee director of WA Super.

She is also an independent member of the audit committee of the City of Melbourne and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Office of Correctional Services Review.

In her last senior executive role in General Motors, Therese was a member of the senior leadership team for its international operations, as well as General Counsel. She lived and worked in China for four years, leading a team delivering projects not only in China but across the globe, including India, Korea, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.


Board Member

David Purchase OAM 

Appointed to the Board July 2011

After graduating with a law degree from Melbourne University in 1972, David spent 15 years at the Victorian Employers Federation and was appointed Deputy Executive Director. In 1986, David was appointed Executive Director of the Life Insurance Federation of Australia, the representative body for life insurance companies.

In 1994 he joined Norwich Union Financial Services Limited as Group Company Secretary and in 1995 became General Manager of Lifescreen Australia Pty Ltd (a subsidiary company of the Norwich Group).

David served as Executive Director of Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) from 1997 to 2014. He also sits on the boards of MotorTradeCard Pty Ltd, Motor Industry Holdings Limited, Motor Industry House Pty Limited and is a Panel Member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Committee.


Board Member

Lieutenant General (Retired) Des Mueller AO

Appointed to the Board July 2014

Des served as an Australian Army officer for more than 37 years after graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1964. As a senior officer he filled a number of command, force development and logistic appointments. These included Director General Force Development (Land), General Officer Commanding Logistic Command and Commander Support Australia after the merger of Navy, Army and Air Force logistics. In 2000, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and became Vice Chief of the Defence Force until his retirement in 2002.

Des was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1998.

Since retirement he has been involved in part time activities including as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and La Trobe University. He is a former member of the Serco Asia Pacific Strategic Advisory Group and the Victorian Defence Industry Advisory Council. During 2003-2009 he lectured in strategic leadership and strategic management at the Australian Defence College.


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