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Scott Veenker

Scott Veenker

Chief Executive - Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

Prior to his recent appointment as Chief Executive of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Scott joined the Victorian Chamber as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the organisation’s membership services, internship program, events, marketing, training, health & safety consulting, workplace relations consulting, and the Victorian business of Apprenticeship Support Australia. He is also a Director of Workplace Assured, a separate business that the Chamber has a significant shareholding in.

Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in banking and finance, having held senior positions across multiple distribution channels with Esanda Finance and ANZ.

Scott is a Fellow of FINSIA, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and holds a Masters in Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance).

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Tim O'Callaghan

Tim O’Callaghan

General Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Prior to his appointment at the Chamber in November 2020, Tim spent 12 months as Ambassador, Business & Corporate Victoria for the Bushfire Recovery and prior to that, he spent 27 years with Qantas finishing there as Regional Manager, Victoria & Tasmania.

Tim has spent nearly all of his corporate life in the Travel, Tourism and Aviation space. Given this background, one of Tim’s key focus areas is the Visitor Economy and how the Chamber represents this dynamic and challenging sector. Another key role is the Government Liaison and building The Chambers relationships with key stakeholders within Government. Other segments to Tim’s role include managing a team obtaining new Melbourne Chamber of Commerce memberships, The Chambers relationship with Regional Chambers and our Exporting and Consulting business.

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Scott Portbury

Scott Portbury

General Manager, Premium Partnerships

Prior to his recent appointment as General Manager Premium Partnerships, Scott joined the Victorian Chamber as General Manager, Membership and Business Sales overseeing the membership team and leading the Workplace Assured sales team in 2017.

Scott has over 25 years’ experience in retail sales management, banking and finance, having recently held roles in retail banking branch manager positions and also leading retail lending sales teams prior to joining the Victorian Chamber.
Scott’s key focus is obtaining new Premium and Melbourne Chamber of Commerce members and relationship managing our key Premium Membership Partnerships.

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Troy Wood

Troy Wood

Senior Relationship Manager

Troy has over 15 years’ experience as a relationship manager, working in customer roles within recruitment and vocational education and training sectors. Prior to joining the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Troy managed the delivery of the Victorian government's Skills for Growth program and the National Workforce Development Fund for two of Australia's largest registered training organisations. In these roles, he led a team to help enterprises address their workforce development and general business needs.

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Lucy Galland

Lucy Galland

Relationship Manager

Lucy has extensive experience in relationship management roles, predominantly in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Lucy worked for Bank of Melbourne where she managed a portfolio of business clients. Her ability to genuinely connect with clients, combined with her financial acumen, proved highly successful in helping businesses achieve their financial goals. Lucy has also worked in the UK where she played a vital role in establishing the credit processes for a new Government scheme set up to assist start-up businesses and promote entrepreneurship.

Lucy comes from a family of business owners in New Zealand, including the founders of Hallensteins, instilling within her a passion for helping businesses to achieve success.

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Karen Parker

Karen Parker

Relationship Manager

Karen is well-respected Relationship Manager, who has over 32 years of Strategic Sales and Customer Relationship Management experience, Karen has effectively managed client relationships across large government enterprise, SME’s, health and wellbeing and the advertising and media sectors.

Prior to joining the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Karen successfully managed an expansive portfolio of clients across large government and top tier private enterprise for a well-established health and wellbeing organisation.

Karen’s extensive experience and strategic approach, enables her to identify and assist clients with their present and future business needs, along with building and strengthening valued relationships with internal and external stakeholders, ensuring an exceptional customer experience at all times.

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Eddie Zhao

Eddie Zhao

International Business Development Manager (MARN:0853270)

Eddie Zhao brings over 20 years of international trade expertise delivering consulting services to members, customers and clients.

Eddie works closely with business owners and senior executives across a wide range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, food and beverages, engineering, medical supply, health, textile and clothing, construction, education and tourism, providing export and import advisory and support services.

Eddie is actively involved with the international chamber network and also organises a number of Chamber’s business programs that help members develop sound global trade knowledge, network and connectivity.

Prior to joining the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Eddie worked for a large international company in Shanghai in various operations management and business development roles across different regions in China. Eddie completed his tertiary education in a Chinese university and holds a MBA qualification from an Australian university.

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Melanie Parkes

Melanie Parkes

Events Manager,
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Melanie Parkes has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate events within the professional services, membership and not-for-profit industries. Melanie and her events team at the Victorian Chamber provide essential events support service for the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce (MCC) members, ranging from intimate Leadership Luncheons, to Best Practice Tours, Cocktail and Gala dinners and Corporate Hospitality along with executing the broader Victorian Chamber events to which the MCC members have access.

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Kerril Williams

Kerril Williams

Kerril is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and works across a variety of other projects, including Internships. She has previous experience in HR and a long history of working in the not-for-profit sector across, Hospital, Allied Health and Insurance.

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