The Northern 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 Northern Metropolitan Partnership’s vision is for a region where all people have access to jobs, services and infrastructure that allows them to be healthy and well.

The Partnerships are generally made up of 15 members from across each of the six metropolitan regions. Membership includes up to nine community and business representatives with varied backgrounds, experiences and networks, the CEO of each of local government in that region and a Deputy Secretary from the Victorian State Government.

NameProfilePosition
Terry Larkins OAM PSM Terry is an experienced leader and practitioner in local government and community development sectors who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2021 for these services. In the region Terry serves on the Broadmeadows and Reservoir Revitalisation Boards. He has held a wide range of roles in both the development of the community and the commercial outcomes in Australia and overseas in Papua New Guinea. Terry was also awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1995 for Outstanding Public Service to Local Government. Chair
Helen Coleman OAM
Helen is a former Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor of the Nillumbik Shire Council and has had recent career experiences in the volunteer sector. Helen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held board member positions with Women’s Health Victoria, the Adult Community and Further Education Board, the Municipal Association of Victoria and is a former President and current Executive Member of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, Vic Branch.
Helen has spent her career working with local communities in all aspects of neighbourhood and community life and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2019 for service to the community through a range of organisations.
Deputy Chair
Phillip Bain Phillip is an experienced health sector leader having held roles as CEO of Your Community Health in Darebin and Goulburn Valley Medicare Local in Wyndham. Phillip has a long-standing interest in public policy, especially as it affects the north of Melbourne and serves on numerous boards and committees in the region including Northern Health and North West Local Jobs and Taskforce. Phillip is the Chair of the Hume Whittlesea PCP.

Member
Georgina DougallGeorgina Dougall is CEO at Banksia Gardens Community Services. She serves on several boards and committees in the region, with roles on the board of Broadmeadows Revitalisation, Sunbury Community Health, Neighbourhood House Victoria and Hume Jobs Taskforce. Gina has held previous position of Chair of the Hume Whittlesea LLEN and Chair of the Hume early years partnership. Gina hold a Masters of Public Health, along with formal qualifications in arts, education and business management. She has been admitted as Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.Member
Nicholas VerginisNicholas Verginis is CEO of Social Enterprise Network Victoria. A strategic executive, Nick has successfully lead and managed dynamic and diverse workforces across the public, private and community sector in Victoria and the United Kingdom. Nick also brings over 20 years experience in the independent arts sector, not-for-profits and small social enterprises. He holds a Master in Public Policy and Management and Bachelors of Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne, and in 2018 completed the Executive Fellow Program with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.Member
Sajeev Koshy OAMSajeev Koshy is a specialist endodontist, public dentist, clinical director and a social advocate. He has an MDS in Endodontics, an MBA from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and an MRACDS (Endo) conferred by the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons. Associate Prof  Sajeev Koshy was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to dentistry in 2016. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has held position of Chair of the North and West Metro Oral Health leadership group for Victoria, and worked extensively with refugees, asylum seekers and ATSI clients adopting different models of service delivery. Member
Syed Asad TaqviSyed Asad Taqvi is a young community leader from a migrant family who thrives on motivating and inspiring others. Syed is a community support team leader with the City of Darebin, where he helps communities navigate issues of connection, employment and education. With a background in arts and career development, Syed speaks multiple languages where he directly supports culturally and linguistically diverse groups.Member
Ashley McInnesAshley is a Senior Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Management executive with extensive experience across the economic, education, justice and health sectors.   Mr McInnes is currently employed by La Trobe University as the Director of Communications and Stakeholder External Engagement and the University City of the Future Group. He is currently a board member of NORTH Link and a working group for the Leukemia Foundation while also on an advisory body for the Shirley Robinson Childcare Centre in Coburg.Member
Sheena Frost          Sheena Frost is CEO of Hume City Council. Prior to this she was Director of Corporate Services at City of Casey. Sheena started her career as a journalist and communications specialist in private and university sectors, before joining Local Government in 2005. Since then, she has worked in operational and strategic roles in both community and corporate services before ultimately joining the executive team at Casey in 2016. Sheena holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication), Graduation Australian Institute of Company Directors and Certificate IV in Workplace Coaching.CEO, Hume City Council
Brett Luxford    Brett is a strong leader with experience across economic development, planning and environment and revitalisation. Brett was previous Director Economy Investment & Attraction at Greater Geelong Council. He has been successful in executive leadership roles across a range of Councils with strong experience working in growth areas, peri-urban and rural areas. Brett has also held senior roles with Hume City Council, Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council. CEO, Mitchell Shire Council
Carl Cowie      Carl is a Scotland native with qualifications in economics, finance, MBA and studies at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Formally CEO at Mornington Peninsula Shire, Carl commenced at Nillumbik Shire Council in October 2018. He has experience in healthcare, facilities management, transport and manufacturing and construction project management and is interested in maximising business performance, executing clear business strategies and increasing customer satisfaction in the work of Council. CEO, Nillumbik Shire Council
Sue WilkinsonFormerly the CEO of Colac Otway Shire Council, Sue was appointed as the first female CEO at Darebin in September 2017. She has extensive leadership experience in both state and local governments having worked for the Department of Planning and Community Development, Monash and Port Phillip councils in planning, environmental and community focused roles.CEO, Darebin City Council
Allison Beckwith Alison Beckwith Allison began as the CEO at Banyule Council in December 2019. She has a long career in local government and has extensive experience in program and service delivery across the Community Services industry. She has led teams to develop policy, undertake strategic planning and deliver programs and services to the community to meet identified needs. CEO, Banyule City Council
Cathy Henderson Cathy is newly appointed to the role as CEO at Moreland. She has a distinguished leadership record in the local government sector where she has held senior executive positions in New South Wales and Victoria. Before working as General Manager Community at neighbouring Darebin City Council, Cathy held senior executive roles at Waverly Council in Sydney including acting as General Manager. CEO, Moreland City Council
Craig LLoydCraig is CEO at Whittlesea City Council. In previous roles he was the the Chief Executive Officer of neighbouring Murrindindi Shire Council, and was previously a Director at the City of Greater Bendigo. Craig has extensive senior executive experience in the public sector, including roles with state and local government, emergency services and not-for profit organisations. Craig holds a Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Project Management and a Post Graduate Certificate in Community Development.CEO,
Whittlesea Shire Council
Kate RattiganKate is the Deputy Secretary, People and Executive Services at the Department of Education and Training where she leads services and advice in human resources, people and culture, communications and media, legal, executive and ministerial services, occupational health and safety, operational policy, school engagement and compliance, integrity reform, audit and assurance. Kate’s group directly services the Department’s 1500 Victorian government schools and provides advice and support to the Early Childhood Education and the Higher Education and Training groups that service those sectors.Victorian Government representative

The Northern Region

Melbourne's Northern Metropolitan Region stretches from the inner city suburbs of Brunswick, Northcote, Alphington and Ivanhoe, to the outer areas of Craigieburn and Sunbury, and to the Kinglake National Park and rural and interface communities of Whittlesea and St Andrews. It is a diverse and vibrant region, featuring Melbourne’s major airport, arts and cultural precincts the National Employment and Innovation Cluster in LaTrobe and new growth area communities on the northern fringe of the city.

Melbourne’s Northern Metropolitan Region is the traditional home of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Read more about the Northern Region.

Local Government Areas

  • Banyule City Council
  • Darebin City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Whittlesea City Council

Contact us

Email: metropolitanpartnerships@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 22/09/21