Our People

Integrity & leadership

Our CEO and Board Members come from diverse backgrounds, and lead us co-operatively within an uncompromising values-based framework

Kylie Richards


Kylie Richards is a CPA and proven, hands-on leader who delivers strong results for clients and businesses.

As CEO of MACE Inc (Mansfield Adult Continuing Education), she leads the delivery of education and community development programs in regional Victoria.

Kylie also has 20 years’ experience as an accountant, either running her own successful accounting practice or working in accounting companies in Australia and in London. 

As a qualified educational trainer, she teaches Certificates 3 and 4 in Accounting and the Diploma of Accounting.

Kylie is a CPA with a difference - a registered accountant, tax agent and ASIC company agent with international business experience – she has the ability to view matters from both the client and business side.

Janene Ridley


Janene has been a member of the MACE Board since 2014. She is currently the General Manager of Mount Terrible Wines Pty Ltd, a small successful business operating from Jamieson in north-east Victoria. Prior to March 2015, she was the CEO of Mansfield District Hospital. Her extensive experience in the health sector spanned over 30 years with 19 years at Executive level. Janene has a special interest in corporate governance and risk management. She holds a Masters of Health Services Management and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in October 2013. 

Imogen Smith

Vice President & Secretary

Imogen has a background in service management in tertiary education and Neighbourhood houses and is a qualified Career Counsellor, Trainer and Librarian. She also brings to the board experience in compliance and quality systems administration in education, family and children’s services.

She is an advocate for “life-long” learning and is particularly interested in improving access to further education for those who live in rural communities.  

She values volunteering and is currently a member of the MACE board, Fords Creek Landcare group, Mansfield Shire Municipal Emergency Planning Committee, as well trained Manager of Spontaneous volunteers (emergencies) and has over 25 years’ experience with volunteering with Motorcycle racing.

David Roff


David has extensive experience in local government including 8 years as CEO of Mansfield Shire .He has qualifications in local government and business and sits on several boards. He is currently Chairman of the Goulburn Valley Football Netball league. With a history of involvement in community based organisations he looks forward to his love of Mansfield , strong governance experience and interest in community affairs being put to good use.

Megan Kavanagh

Board Member

Sue Hare

Board Member

Sue is known locally for her roles in Tourism & Economic Development, Community Development and Emergency Management with Mansfield Shire Council – local community resilience is her enduring passion.


After completing the Alpine Valley’s Community Leadership Program in 2008-09, Sue subsequently co-developed and ran two leadership courses in Mansfield Shire.


Sue now works in community engagement and education for the CFA. She volunteers as the Secretary for the Mansfield CFA Brigades Group and is a member of the Arts Mansfield committee.

Murray Chenery

Board Member

Murray is a proven marketing leader experienced in rejuvenating and building brands.  He was CPA Australia’s General Manager, Brand (2012 to 2018) responsible for marketing across Australia and Asia.  As Target’s General Manager, Marketing (2001 to 2012), he was a key leader in returning Target to profitability and launching the successful ‘Designers for Target’ program, which included Stella McCartney.  Murray’s leadership roles include helping launch the Fly Buys program; integrating Fosseys into Target Country; and managing Coles Myer’s media buying negotiations.  Previous director roles included Target and the Melbourne Fashion Festival.  Murray has received many marketing and advertising excellence awards

Simon Hicks

Board Member

Simon has worked in numerous roles bridging IT and business. In 1996 Simon started working with SAP, enterprise software founded in Germany. He has taken that structured business process experience in the SAP environment to drive business process improvement.  Experience across multiple implementation partners from partner and client side enables rare insights into software and partner selection, and subsequent implementation. He has worked throughout Australia and overseas through many complete project lifecycles. 

Currently Simon assists businesses to make the right IT decisions or maximise their return given decisions already made.Presently, Simon is also managing a resort in the Howqua Valley which sustains his interest in the area.

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About Us

Mansfield Adult Continuing Education

(MACE) is a provider of vocational education and training, early childhood education and care, and community development.

Contact Us

Telephone: 03 5775 2077
Facsimile: 03 5775 2836
Email: reception@mace.vic.edu.au 
Postal: PO Box 295, Mansfield VIC 3724

Address: 145-147 High Street, Mansfield VIC 3722

Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

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