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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

CEO

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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

President

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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. 

Megan Lilly
Vice President

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Megan is Head – Education & Training at the Australian Industry Group.  Over her 30 career, Megan has been consistent in the belief of the capacity of education and training to transform lives. 

 

Megan is currently a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee, board member of National Apprentice Employment Network, Deputy Chair – Worldskills Australia, and the Australia Pacific Training Coalition.

 

Megan was also on the AQF Review Panel and the Digital Transformation Expert Panel and chaired the Manufacturing Industry Skills Council for over a decade. 

 

Megan regularly presents at national and international conferences. She has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration and is a GAICD.

David Roff
Treasurer

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David has recently retired after a 44 year career in local government which included 8 years as CEO of Mansfield Shire.

He has qualifications in local government and an MBA.

As well as being Treasurer of MACE he is Treasurer of Mansfield District Racing Club and a Committee member of Mansfield Football Netball Club.

 

Previously he served on the Board of the Goulburn Valley Football Netball League for 11 years, 6 of those as Chairman and in 2021 was made a Life member of the League

 

He also served on the Board of Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program for 10 years, 5 of those as Chairman . In 2012 he was the first person to be made an Honorary Graduate of the Program.

David Mims
Secretary

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David brings with him decades of retail experience in large and small businesses. Completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree at Monash in 1987, he then joined Target as a Management Trainee in 1988 & served Target Stores division for 16 years in various roles, including Stores Operations Manager & Stores Project Manager.

 

In 2004 David & his family decided it was time for a "tree change" & moved to Mansfield permanently. Since then, David has worked in local retail and hospitality businesses, was a journalist at the Mansfield Courier, and opened his own business, High Country Wine Cellars.

 

Volunteering & participating in community life has always been important to David & his family, with roles in various committees including Mansfield Tennis Association and MMuDS. As well as being a volunteer for the Mansfield CFA for seventeen years, David also plays violin in the local MAD Orchestra.

Murray Chenery

Board Member

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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.

Robert Graves

Board Member

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Robert currently works for the Mansfield Shire Council managing their Geographic Information Systems.  Robert has been living in Mansfield for the past 25 years, on a small beef cattle farm on the outskirts of Mansfield.

Robert has 4 decades of experience in Information Technology at both a management and hands-on level.  He has worked for a range of Australian and international companies, both in Australia and overseas.  His specialist areas include spatial information systems, databases and programming.

Robert holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Imperial College London.

Dallas Daniels
Board Member

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Dallas has a thirty-two year teaching background, and has experience of working in both primary and secondary schools, in a variety of disciplines and leadership roles.

Since moving to Mansfield in 2003, she has been involved in MMuDS, Radio Mansfield and more latterly, Rosehaven Hospice. She has served at various times on the Management Committee of MMuDS and continues to serve on the Radio Mansfield Board.

Dallas is currently completing a Masters degree in Arts (Writing and Literature).

Irina Zubareva

Board Member

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Irina moved to Mansfield in 2019 from Moscow, Russia.

She has many years of experience as a corporate lawyer for large international companies. 

Before moving to Australia Irina was the CEO of the Swedish manufacturing and project management company, operating all over the world with offices in the US, Russia and Sweden.

 

Irina hopes that her vast business and legal skills, acquired within these years, as well as new “foreign point of view” in some situations will be valuable to MACE, and the Mansfield community in general.

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