Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Four Melburnians with a passion for the Queen Victoria Market have been appointed as non-executive members of the market’s board.
Council last week approved the appointment of Jane Fenton AM; Yvonne von Hartel AM; David Mann OAM and Paul Sheahan, who will commence their positions from the 16th July.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that the new appointments added a diverse and talented group of Melburnians to the board.
“The Queen Victoria Market is a much loved icon and the City of Melbourne is committed to securing a strong future for the market,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Times are tough for retailers, and we want to ensure that the Queen Victoria Market continues to contribute to the success of local producers and small business owners, strengthen Victoria’s economy and provide a key community gathering place for Melbourne.”
Jane Fenton AM has served on the board of VicHealth since 1999. As founder of Fenton Strategic Communications, Ms Fenton brings strong strategic communications skills to the Queen Victoria Market.
Yvonne von Hartel AM is a leading businesswoman and Principal of award-winning architectural and urban design company, peckvonhartel. Ms von Hartel is Chair of the Victorian Skills Commission and her expertise will support the Queen Victoria Market as the market looks to a suite of renewal projects.
David Mann OAM has been a much-loved voice on 3AW for almost four decades as the ‘Mann About Town’. His cultural and corporate knowledge of Melbourne and marketing experience will be a great asset in the shaping of Queen Victoria Market.
Paul Sheahan was an international cricketer before a long career in the education sector, most notably as Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School. He now works part-time at the University of Melbourne and is the President of the Melbourne Cricket Club, having overseen the MCG redevelopment. Paul’s leadership experience is a welcome addition to the Queen Victoria Market board.
Chairman of the Queen Victoria Market Board Paul Guerra said this was an exciting time for the market.
“I am really pleased to add these capabilities to an already strong Queen Victoria Market Board. It positions the market very well for the future and places one of the jewels of Melbourne in good hands.”
Cr Brian Shanahan, Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee, said that as owner and custodian of the market, it was the City of Melbourne’s responsibility to ensure it protected the future of the market through good management.
“The new Queen Victoria Market board members bring a combination of experience and abilities to the board. I am confident they will make an incredibly valuable contribution to the future development of Queen Victoria Market to ensure it remains a vibrant part of our community for years to come.”