Photograph of people dining, and others walking, on Chapel Street South Yarra

The Inner South-east Partnership is one of six Metropolitan Partnerships established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

The Partnership’s vision is for a region that is liveable, equitable and agile.

Meet our members

The Inner South-east partnership is in its second term, with the current membership appointed in August 2021. Each partnership is 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.

Josef possesses 20 years’ experience in multijurisdictional CBD creation and regeneration projects in Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. He is the current Regional General Manager, Development at Vicinity Centres. Josef led the transformation of Chadstone into an alternate CBD environment and a mixed-use destination. He has a background in master planning and redevelopment of resorts, precincts and shopping centres. Josef holds a Bachelor of Arts and is committed to the Inner South-east ongoing economic growth by creating places of the future where people can work, play and live in one community.

Dr Michelle Lim is the Chief Scientific Advisor and Chairperson for Ending Loneliness Together, a national Australia not-for-profit focused on reducing chronic loneliness in Australia. Dr Lim is the Director of the Social Health and Wellbeing Laboratory at Swinburne University, which generates the latest evidence-based research and solutions addressing loneliness. Dr Lim is part of VicHealth’s inaugural research expert advisory panel and the co-Director of the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection.

Lizzy is currently works as an inclusion capability officer in transport sector and has facilitated opportunities for young people’s perspectives to be captured through the Metropolitan Partnership. Lizzy established a group for South Sudanese youth in 2008. In 2012, she was awarded the Empowering Monash Women's’ Award for her role as a dedicated youth leader and human rights activist. In 2021, Lizzy was appointed to the Victorian Multicultural Commission - strengthening the Commission’s work advocating for Victoria’s multicultural communities through their diverse skills and lived experiences.

Get to know Lizzy in the video below.

Diane is an academic at Swinburne University and researches new ideas about the interaction between citizens and social authorities (such as the police). Her research is focused on the way we design those interactions between social authorities and citizens, and their contribution to social cohesion and trust in government. Diane is passionate about using her learning and networks to work closely with state and local government to codesign solutions to isolation, loneliness and many other pressing issues in the Inner South-east region.

Philip is a transport planner with strong local connections as a former councillor and active volunteer in several community groups across the inner south-east region. He has a background in urban planning and public policy and has held roles across several sectors, including Deputy Chair of the Eastern Affordable Housing Alliance, President of the Melbourne International Relations Society and Co-Convenor of Maptime Melbourne. Philip has been a Partnership member since 2017.

Gheran Steel, a traditional owner of the Boonwurrung peoples, has 20 years of experience in operations and people management in the commercial sectors, as well in the not-for-profit sector, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Boon Wurrung Foundation. He has established relationships with Glen Eira, Stonnington, and Bayside local councils, as well as many others with the purpose of creating a better understanding of indigenous heritage.

Sue Boyce is CEO of Ability Works, a certified social enterprise providing employment to 197 members of the community with a disability and those experiencing social disadvantage. Sue was previously on the Executive Management team at Beyond Blue and General Manager for Fundraising and Community Engagement for 4 years. Sue also brings 25 years of commercial experience in senior business management and business development roles.

Devendra has been a Regional Advisor for the Victorian Multicultural Commission representing the Southern Metropolitan Region where he provided support for migrant and refugee settlement services, employment, education, housing and connection to culture. Devendra brings experience in a range of engagement roles within multinational corporations, media houses, educational institutions, national peak bodies, associations, local government and state government.

Megan is a Development Consultant with more than 20 years’ experience spanning Australia and the Middle East. She is currently the Principal Consultant for Megnik Consulting and Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Hybrid Energy Australia. Megan’s expertise is in business development, training & development, and project management, with experience working in a diverse range of sectors including renewables, global countertrade offset, government and education. Megan has served on the Victorian Multicultural Small Business Advisory Council and brings to the table a wealth of demonstrated experience in cross-cultural understanding.

Laura is currently the Evaluation Lead of the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and assesses the impact and effectiveness of primary health projects in mental health, suicide prevention, after-hours primary care and chronic disease. Laura holds a Master of Business Administration major in Health and Human Services Management and Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University.

Mick was appointed Director Corporate Services in June 2012.  Prior to his roles at Bayside, Mick was General Manager Corporate at Frankston City Council.  Mick has extensive local government experience in the areas
of finance, governance, organisational development, customer service and community services.

Phillip holds qualifications in town planning and was Boroondara's first Director of Infrastructure. During his career, Philip has advised Council on a number of challenging projects.

Rebecca is an accomplished leader with a successful career at executive level across three countries and three sectors. Before joining Glen Eira City Council, Rebecca’s roles included CEO at Mitchell Shire Council in Melbourne’s north and Director of Corporate Services for Yarra Ranges Council.

Jacqui joined the City of Stonnington as CEO in July 2019. She has a strong leadership record in the government sector and in Australian sport. She was previously the CEO of the Greater Melbourne Cemeteries Trust which is responsible for administering 19 memorial parks and cemeteries across Melbourne. Jacqui has also worked at a senior executive level in local government including the City of Boroondara and Benalla Rural City Council and project managed significant transformations whilst in those roles.

Inner South-east Metropolitan Region

Melbourne’s Inner South-east Metropolitan Region extends from Kew in Melbourne's inner east to Brighton on port Phillip Bay. The area captures high density residential and retail precincts such as South Yarra as well as quieter residential streets through middle suburbs such as Balwyn, Bentleigh and Black Rock. The Inner South-east Metropolitan Region is a desirable residential location with strong retail employment.

The Inner South-east is the traditional home to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.

Read more about the Inner South-east Metropolitan Region.

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Local Government Areas

  • Bayside City Council
  • Boroondara City Council
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Stonnington City Council

Contact us

Email metropolitanpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 23/09/21