The Inner Metropolitan Partnership is an advisory group established by the Victorian Government. The Partnership is a way for local communities to engage directly with state and local governments and advise the Victorian Government of the top priorities across the region. This advice ensures a community voice in government decision making.

The Inner Metropolitan Partnership’s vision for the region is to harness the opportunities growth provides in a way that supports a strong economy, a sustainable future and greater social inclusion.

Metropolitan Partnerships are made of community and business representatives with varied backgrounds, experiences and networks, the CEO of each of local government in the region and a Deputy Secretary from the Victorian State Government.

NameProfilePosition
Anna Draffin
Anna is currently CEO of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative, a non-profit focusing on research and policy reform for the Australian news media industry.
Anna is the former Chair of YWCA National Housing and Deputy CEO of Philanthropy Australia. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of ShareGift Australia, a philanthropic fund drawn from the Australian share market and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chair
Carley Scott
CEO, Equatorial Launch Australia
Carley was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List for service to the space industry, and to the community of the Northern Territory.
Carley is listed in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence for 2019.
Equatorial Launch Australia is the country’s first commercial spaceport development company. Her considerable experience in economic development and civic engagement includes working as CEO of Developing East Arnhem Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation specialising in structural transition in mining towns and is a National Director of Economic Development Australia.
Member
Mohammed Yassin
Mohammed is the founder and CEO of Culture and Co, a cultural consulting and training organisation. He served as a community representative Commissioner to the Victorian Multicultural Commission from September 2019 – 2021.
Mohammed is an entrepreneur and advocate with a passion for supporting multicultural communities and young people.  He is a Youth Leadership Trainer at the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and a member of multiple advocacy and advisory boards to government and nongovernment bodies. Mohammed has completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours from the University of Melbourne and worked as cancer research scientist with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Member
Tim RyanTim is CEO of Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse. Tim is experienced in leading and motivating business owners and franchisees, staff, contractors and stakeholders. He is a business owner with experience in the sporting industry. Tim has strong board experience with a focus on outcomes. Member
Charmaine HunzwiCharmaine is an experienced financial industry professional and community leader with experience in stakeholder engagement, relationship management, strategy development, and industry mentoring and coaching. Charmaine is currently employed at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia as Relationship Executive for the Not-For-Profit industry. She is also currently the President and Chair of Incubate Foundation. Member
Martin Brennan
Martin has a long association with local government as both an elected representative and a professional. Martin was a councillor of the City of Melbourne and CEO, ICLEI Oceania (Local Governments for Sustainability). He is a Senior Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. His role has a focus on understanding and addressing sustainability and resilience challenges and the importance of local and regional governance.
Member
Hemant KokularupanHemant has over 15 years of experience in domestic, international marketing and customer engagement, across both the higher education and vocational sectors. He is currently the Head of Student Services at Bendigo Kangan Institute. Hemant’s experience covers university administration, student services, sales and marketing, corporate strategy and stakeholder management. Hemant genuinely believes that education changes lives and has a passion for working with providers to deliver impactful business outcomes.Member
Rohini KappadathRohini is a corporate entrepreneur and non-executive board member with over 25 years of experience in working across Australia and Asian markets. Rohini is currently the General Manager at the Immigration Museum and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Museums Victoria. Rohini has held roles with KPMG and private enterprises including Swinburne Innovation Precinct, International Womens Federation of Commerce and Industry and is a former Chair of the Multicultural Ministerial Business Advisory Council. Rohini is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Member
Nish MosesNish has over 10 years’ experience, both Nationally and Internationally, within sport and community development, using sport and recreation to achieve broader community engagement outcomes. Nish is currently the Schools, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at AFL Victoria and is experienced in Sport and Community Development, People Management and Government Relations.Member
Diana David
Diana is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from the Southern Kaanju Nation Central Cape York Peninsula and Kulkagau Ya Iama (Yam Is) Western Torres Strait Islands. Diana has been the CEO of Reconciliation Victoria since 2018.  Diana has a broad range of academic and professional credentials, including working with the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and a participant of the Cape York Leadership Academy. She also has extensive Government sector experience, working in the past with both Aboriginal Victoria and the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission.
Member
Lill Healy
Lil Healy is Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills, Department of Education and Training. She has held multiple senior executive roles in the Victorian public service and across the private and community sectors. Lill was previously Deputy Secretary, Service Systems Reform, at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. In recent roles, she has overseen industry recovery, supply chain and logistics, pandemic border relations, and the transition of industry under climate change.
Victorian Government representative
Justin Hanney
Justin commenced as CEO at City of Melbourne on 14 January 2019. Justin’s previous role was Lead Deputy Secretary at Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Justin has also held roles within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as CEO at both City of Yarra and Rural City of Wangaratta
CEO, City of Melbourne
Vijaya Vaidyanath
Vijaya Vaidyanath (VJ) has been the CEO of Yarra City Council since 2012. Prior to Yarra, VJ spent over a decade as CEO to two large metropolitan councils in New Zealand. VJ also worked as a Senior Executive in the Reserve Bank in India with brief stints in the USA before migrating to New Zealand.
CEO, City of Yarra
Peter Smith
Peter started as CEO with the City of Port Phillip on 29 May 2017. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience working in CEO and senior executive roles at all three levels of government, notably as CEO of Adelaide City Council (2008 to 2015), Deputy CEO of the South Australian Department of Families and Communities (2005 to 2008) and National Service Manager for Centrelink.
CEO, City of Port Phillip

The Inner Metropolitan Region

Melbourne’s Inner Metropolitan Region extends from the Flemington Racecourse and Kensington to the coastline of Port Phillip Bay at Port Melbourne and St Kilda.. The Inner Metropolitan Region includes some of Melbourne’s most iconic places including the Arts precinct, Melbourne’s central business district, the Port of Melbourne and the MCG. It is a vibrant and proudly multicultural region, with a diverse and growing population.

The Inner Metropolitan Region is the traditional home of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin nation.

Read more about the Inner Metropolitan Region.

Local Government Areas

  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Yarra
  • City of Port Phillip

Contact us

Email innermetro.partnership@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 09/09/21