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

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

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. 

David Roff

Vice President & Treasurer

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.

Sue Hare

Secretary

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

David Mims

Board Member

David joined the MACE board in August 2020 after six months in a Board Observer role, and brings with him decades of Retail experience in large and small businesses.

Completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree at Monash in 1987 while working part time at BBQ's Galore, he then joined Target as a Management Trainee in 1988, & served Target Stores division for 16 years in various roles in stores, regional office & head office, including Stores Operations Manager & Stores Project Manager.

In 2004 David & his family decided it was time for a "tree change" & moved to Mansfield permanently in September of that year. Since then, David has worked in local businesses including Retravision (Now Bi-Rite) for 8 years, journalist at the Mansfield Courier for 2 years part time, then opened his own business, High Country Wine Cellars, from 2013 to 2017.  Currently David works in hospitality at the Delatite Hotel & also worked at Delatite Winery in cellar door sales prior to Covid. He is also the local Territory Manager for a local winery, Barwite Vineyards.

Volunteering & participating in Community life has always been a part of David & his family, with 20 plus years in Melbourne on the committee at an Amateur Football Club, then joining Mansfield CFA on arriving in town, where he currently holds the position of 1st Lieutenant. He also served as secretary & president at Mansfield Tennis Association, was on MMuDS Committee for 3 years, & plays violin in local MAD Orchestra & MMuDS productions.

A keen runner, David & his dog are a regular morning sight pounding the roads & parks around Mansfield.

David looks forward to bringing skills & experience learnt from his retail & community background to the MACE Board to assist in it's continued growth & development in Mansfield & surrounds.

Craig Dixon

Board Member

Craig retired to Mansfield in 2019 and has since sought to utilise his business management experience with local community organisations. He previously held senior management roles with Telstra, operated his own property development business and was business manager for a software company.

 

Craig is also on the board of Rosehaven Hospice, belongs to A Third Hand Volunteers and is a voluntary community driver with Mansfield Shire, as well as being a volunteer business mentor for small businesses. He has also served on the management committee for Radio Mansfield.

Robert Graves

Board Member

Bio coming soon

Megan Lilly

Board Member

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.

Irina Zubareva

Board Member

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.

What do we believe in?

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