Our board and CEO
Meet the CEO
CEO - Michel Masson
Michel started his career at Deloitte before joining the Bollore Group where he held various senior finance positions in the transport and logistics division in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2005 he joined Keolis as head of Finance and Operations for the International Division where he was responsible for leading public transport operations in seven countries and held various non-executive director positions in UK and German rail franchises.
Michel was appointed CEO of Yarra Trams in 2009 and helped lead the development of Keolis Downer throughout Australia, before joining the Calibre group in 2014 to create and lead its Transport Infrastructure business.
Michel is a graduate from the EDHEC Business School in France, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.
In 2017, Michel was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Technology from Swinburne University in recognition of his contribution to shaping infrastructure in Victoria.
Michel became an Australian citizen in 2014.
Meet the board
Infrastructure Victoria is led by a board of seven members comprising four members from the private or non-government sectors, and three from the public sector.
Chair – Jim Miller
Jim Miller was an Executive Director at Macquarie Capital from 1994-2015, with experience across a range of sectors, working with both government and private sector clients. Jim has extensive experience in infrastructure having worked in the areas of regulated assets, transport, energy, utilities and resources and social infrastructure. He has both a Bachelor and Masters of Economics from Macquarie University. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries Australia.
Deputy Chair – Maria Wilton
Maria Wilton is the Managing Director of Franklin Templeton Investments Australia and is also a director of the Financial Services Council of Australia and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Maria has previously held board roles with Melbourne Water, the Australian Government Employees Superannuation Trust, Emergency Services and State Super, and Victoria Legal Aid. She has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.
Professor Margaret Gardner AO
Professor Margaret Gardner AO is the current President and Vice Chancellor of Monash University. Prior to this, Margaret was the President and Vice Chancellor of RMIT from April 2005 to August 2014. Margaret is currently the chairperson of the Museum Victoria board, as well as a director of Universities Australia and the Fulbright Commission Advisory board. She has a first class honours degree in economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney, as well as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship.
Ann Sherry AO
Ann Sherry AO is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carnival Australia, the leading cruise ship operator in Australia. Prior to this role, Ann was the CEO of Westpac New Zealand, as well as the CEO of the Bank of Melbourne. Ann has several non-executive roles including with ING Direct (Australia), The Myer Family Company Holdings Pty Ltd, Australian Rugby Union and Jawun. Other roles include the Chair of Safe Work Australia, Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) and Deputy Chair of the Tourism & Transport Forum. She also has extensive experience in the public sector, including as the First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in the Australia Government. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Industrial Relations.
Chris Eccles was appointed Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet in December 2014. As Secretary, Chris leads the department and the Victorian Public Service in advising the Premier and the Government of Victoria. Chris has extensive public sector experience, having been Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2011 to 2014, and Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet from 2009 to 2011. He has also held leadership positions at the ACT Chief Minister’s department and with the Australian National Training Authority. Prior to moving into the public sector, Chris was an Associate Director with KPMG and then a foundation Director of the consulting firm, Phillips KPA. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.
Adam Fennessy has been Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning since January 2015. Adam leads the department in protecting and enhancing Victoria's natural and built environment and heritage. Adam has extensive public sector experience, having held senior positions at government departments across a range of portfolios including infrastructure, resources and environment. He is a member of the national Senior Officials Committees for environment, water and planning. Adam is a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.
David Martine has been the Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) since 2014. He leads the department in providing economic, policy and service delivery advice to the Victorian Government. Prior to joining DTF, David held a number of senior roles in the Commonwealth public sector, most recently as Deputy Secretary Aged Care in the Department of Social Services. He has also worked for the Commonwealth Treasury and was Deputy Secretary, Budget Group in the Department of Finance and Deregulation. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration.