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The Board is the governing body of the VLGA and sets long term strategy and policy for the organisation


VLGA Board

The Board is the governing body of the VLGA and sets long term strategy and policy for the organisation.

The VLGA Board has the power to perform all such acts and things as appear to the Board to be essential for the proper management of the business and affairs of the VLGA.

Elections for the positions of the Board take place in February every two years with the last election held in February 2015.
Each member of the Board holds office for two years and is eligible for re-election. All VLGA individual members, member community organisations and councillors from member councils (who have signed a declaration form) are eligible to vote.

The Board consists of the six councillor members (including the President) and three community members. The Board also has the power to co-opt under the Constitution.

VLGA Board Members

VLGA Board Members

Cr Sebastian Klein

Having developed a genuine passion for community in Hepburn Shire, in 2008 Sebastian extended this passion by becoming a councillor. This passion has evolved to encompass democracy, new forms of community empowerment and decision making - reconnecting electors to their government and making those governments more transparent and accountable.

An avid supporter of rural Victoria, the farming sector and sustainability, has led him to sit on various committees at local, regional and state levels, and pursue a number of academic and extracurricular opportunities like the Building Communities Leadership Journey, The Australian Rural Leadership Program and the International Councils for Local Environmental Initiatives - Future City Leaders Course, as well as a Bachelor in Agricultural Science - specialising in Ecological Agriculture.

With keen interests in taxation theory, economics, philosophy of governance, the future of local government, in addition to some of the others interests apparent above, Sebastian brings a balanced and unique set of skills and perspectives to the Board.

Cr Marg Attley
Vice President

During her time as Councillor, Cr Marg Attley has worked tirelessly to advocate for improved delivery of community services, support for programs for people of all ages and abilities, conservative expenditure and promoting safety.

As a trained primary teacher, mediator and project manager working on youth projects, Marg has worked closely with all communities and is representative on wide-ranging committees.

She brings a strong commitment to, and passion for, social justice and inclusive communities to her role as Board member. Marg also provides an important representation of regional Victoria.

Cr Lambros Tapinos

Cr Lambros Tapinos is an experienced Councillor having been elected in November 2008 and having served two times as Mayor of Moreland. He has served on a number of Council committees including the Audit and Risk Committee, Finance Committee, and as Chair of Urban Planning Committee. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on a number of non-for-profit boards and Victoria University Council.

Cr Tapinos has a passion for local democracy and is committed to empowering communities through strong, democratic and financially healthy Local Government. He has been a strong advocate for public transport, affordable housing, public libraries, community services, better parks and sporting facilities, better urban planning outcomes and addressing the problems caused by problem gambling in our community.

Cr Michelle Kleinert
Board Member

Cr Michelle Kleinert was elected to Manningham City Council in 2012 and appointed Deputy Mayor in 2015.

As a Manningham Councillor, Michelle has been an active supporter of local community groups and in particular the city’s younger residents, advocating for increases to youth services and programs, and seeking out new ways to give them an active voice in community life.

Michelle is passionate about community safety and revitalizing community space and is the co-founder and current Chair of the “Stop, One Punch Can Kill” campaign which contributed to the Coward's Punch legislation being passed by the Victorian Parliament in 2014. She is also an ambassador of the Bully Zero Australia Foundation, actively engaging in workplace bullying training.

Michelle is an advocate for the independence of the Local Government sector. She believes it is vital that VLGA remain relevant in changing and challenging times, maintains a strong voice for both metropolitan and rural communities, and a respectful relationship with the  State Government.

Cr John Sipek
Board Member

John is a Councillor of Moonee Valley City Council, serving as Mayor from 2010 to 2011. He is also a former Victorian Multicultural Commissioner.

Currently he is the Chair of the Waterfab Corporation, the Deputy Chair of ISIS Primary Care Pty Ltd, and is a long-time member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John was elected to the Qantas Super Board in 2004 and is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Battery Section Melbourne. John is a senior union delegate with the Aircraft Workers’ Union and a Justice of the Peace in Victoria.He is a member of the Victorian Electrical Line Clearance Consultative Committee, a member of the Committee – Australian Croatian Community Services, and a member of the Jemena Stakeholder Committee.John holds an Advanced Diploma of Business Management, and is studying for his Masters of Business Administration.

Cr Sandra Wilson
Board Member

Cr Sandra Wilson was elected to Hobsons Bay City Council in 2012 and served as Mayor in 2013/14. She credits the VLGA and its Building Communities Leadership Journey with kick-starting her interest in better leadership and good governance.

Sandra works hard at developing meaningful relationships and making connections between people, ideas and the potential for better community outcomes. She has a passion for sustainability, protecting urban open space, supporting the viability of social enterprise and creating opportunities for young people (just to name a few). She cares about the decisions we make today having the best impact for the future.

Sandra has worked as a consultant in workplace diversity, equal opportunity, bullying and flexible work practices; a manager of volunteers; and a policy officer for the national peak for volunteering. She is married with two school aged boys with whom outdoor adventures such as camping and bushwalking are the family activities of choice. She is a diehard Western Bulldogs supporter and has a long held passion for op-shopping, which feeds her growing interest in up-cycling.

Terry Larkins PSM
Vice President

Terry Larkins PSM joined the VLGA as a community member in 1995 and first became a Board member in 2013. His interests in the community and Local Government were developed through working in the public and not-for-profit sector (including rural and urban Councils).

Terry brings extensive Board experience through his past participation including TAFE, Health, Water and community organisations. He has a broad understanding of public policy, through membership of organisations such as Local Government Managers, International City Managers, Victorian & International Water Associations, and Health Sector organisations.

Terry strongly supports the vital role played by the VLGA in developing local leadership and building community capacity and relationships between Councils and the community. He supports a policy framework for Local Government which focuses on delivering effective governance for its services, financial performance and soundly based land use and strategic planning for the community.

In 1996 Terry was awarded a Commonwealth Public Service Medal (PSM) for his contribution to Local Government.

Beth Ripper
Board Member

Beth was a Councillor from 2005 to 2011 and became Mayor of Wellington Shire (the first female Mayor of the Wellington Shire Council) in December 2006.

She was born in Sale, Victoria and educated at Airly Primary School and Sale High School. Having studied and worked in education and the arts in Melbourne, she is now living in Stratford, where she is an active participant in many community groups. She is an enthusiastic promoter of community networks, from local to global alliances including the Stratfords of the world sister cities between the five Stratfords in the world and the Wellington Shire and City of Yarra country/city friendship alliance.

An artist, community singer, organic gardener, WOOF (Worker on Organic Farms) host, small business owner and community project worker she also chairs the Shakespeare on the River Festival organisation, the Maffra and District Landcare Network and is Vice Chair of the Victorian Landcare Council.  Beth is an active member of the Gippsland Plains Railtrail Committee of Management, the Avon Landcare Group and also chairs the Women’s Participation in Local Government Coalition.

Mimmie Ng
Board Member

Mimmie grew up in Leongatha in South Gippsland and has returned there following her studies in Melbourne. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2009 and is a lawyer at a local legal practice, practising across a broad spectrum of legal practice, and in particular in property law.

Mimmie was elected Councillor for the South Gippsland Shire Council in 2008. She served one term on Council, including a year and a half as Deputy Mayor and four years as a Director of the Gippsland Regional Waste Management Group.

Mimmie has a keen interest in how individuals, community groups, non-government organisations and governments work together for the common good. She believes that the VLGA has a crucial role in the sector to facilitate best practice and inform policy development. Her particular areas of interest are planning, infrastructure, sustainability, transport, community engagement and governance.

Dr Andrew Hollows
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew joined VLGA as CEO in January 2014 and brings a wealth of experience working with organisations intent on improving social outcomes.  Andrew is pleased to have joined VLGA given its reputation in advancing local democracy and supporting local responses to progressive social issues.

Andrew brings to the VLGA a unique blend of leadership and management experience, expert skills in facilitation, academic credentials, and working in different sectors. This includes extensive experience in direct service community agencies (Berry Street Victoria), State government (the Victorian Department of Human Services) and local government (the Shire of Yarra Ranges and the former Cities of Northcote and Nunawading).

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