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Meet your board of local directors

Connected Communities Melbourne directors are all members of the Melbourne community, and they are keen to speak to members of the public about the activities of Connected Communities Melbourne.

Company Directors


Melanie Raymond
Youth Projects Ltd

Melanie Raymond is an experienced independent non-executive director and Chairman with multiple Board and Committee positions.

In October 2012 she was named one of Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Women in the Westpac & Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Specialties: Corporate governance, collaborative infrastructure investment place making, government relations, whole of government policy and planning, corporate social responsibility, not for profit management.

Tony Symons
Managing Director
Clarendon Lawyers

Tony has twenty years’ experience in corporate, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial law. Tony is the trusted adviser for many listed and private corporate clients, family businesses, start-up enterprises and high net worth individuals, in Australia and internationally.

His clients rely on his outstanding legal advice, commercial acumen and innovative thinking. He identifies and understands the most important issues for his clients and leads negotiations to achieve successful outcomes for every transaction.

Tony’s experience includes four years in Hong Kong working with Linklaters. Prior to that he was a member of Herbert Smith Freehills’ mergers and acquisitions team in Melbourne.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne and is also admitted in Hong Kong.


Daniel Dubois
LDB Accountants and Advisors

With over twenty years’ experience in the accounting, taxation and audit fields, Daniel holds financial expertise across a wide variety of disciplines, including accountancy and tax advice and audits for entities ranging from not-for-profits through to ASX listed entities.

Commencing his career in a Big 4 accounting firm in 1993, Daniel was appointed to LDB as a Principal within the business services division in 2016. Throughout his career he has spent over 14 years as partner and director in Melbourne small and mid tier chartered accounting firms.

Playing a key role in solving complex structural issues, over the course of his career he has accumulated complementary skills in audit, corporate governance, due diligence, capital raisings and business valuations. Focusing on client needs, he offers in depth analysis across his core competencies of business services, accounting, audit and tax.

Holding a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Accountancy and Economics from the University of Melbourne, Daniel also holds dual registrations as Chartered Accountant and CPA.

David Mann

David Mann come with 40 years’ experience in the media, best known as ‘Mann About Town’, with 3AW. David also runs his own marketing and public relations company ‘Mann Promotions Pty Ltd’ that consults to many companies and not-for-profit organisations around Australia.

David has a strong community philosophy and over the years has contributed his knowledge and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the ‘Australia Day National Honours List’ in January 2006: “For service to the community through a range of police, nursing, heritage and emergency services organisations.

David’s Government Appointments Include:
• Former Member Australia Day Committee (Victoria)
• Chair Ministerial Small Business Advisory Council
• Chair Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Day Community Council
• Deputy Chair Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation
• Chair Mount Macedon Memorial Cross Reserve Committee of Management
• Australian customer service standards.

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Mat Fitzgerald
Senior Communications and Change Adviser

I'm someone that has always had a keen interest in understanding what really drives people, and to this end I studied a bachelor's degree in Psychology then followed up with a Masters in Marketing.

This drive and fascination to understand people is what keeps me so motivated. In a career that has spanned several industries, the common thread is my ability to bring a testable structure to marketing and promotional activities. Once this part of a business is organized and quantified the zones of improvement become very obvious.

This approach to working life has served me well - working in businesses of all sizes from global manufacturing firms right down to startup projects and running my own business. Working across such a range of industries and work styles has taught me more than staying in one place ever could.


• Building relationships - I build rapport really quickly with people. Colleagues, managers, customers or people that work for me, and this makes it much easier to accomplish goals.
• Problem solving - I enjoy a new problem and I see any kind of challenge as an opportunity to improve the position of the company I'm working for.
• Strategic Marketing - not just setting goals but outlining customer experiences and pathways to achieve those goals, creating reward systems for the user.
The people that hire me are usually doing so because they appreciate my direct and friendly approach to taking on the biggest challenges they face.

Tim Griffin
Director, International Marketing & Business Development
Seyfarth Shaw Australia

Tim Griffin drives the business development, key client relationship and marketing strategies for employment law and industrial relations firm, Seyfarth Shaw.

He has 18 years’ international experience in strategy and marketing with multinational professional services firms and listed corporate organisations as well as start-ups including through his own consultancy, Rapaletta.

Tim is passionate about building profitable long-term relationships and seeking new ways to solve business challenges.

Tim is regularly asked to share his business development and marketing expertise through speaking engagements and has also mentored students and marketing professionals for over five years. He holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Business and Commerce.

He enjoys cycling, playing cricket and drinking Melbourne's best coffee.

Fran Li
General Manager
Lauders International

Lauders is a fully integrated Land Development and Real Estate Group and as General Manager of Lauders International, Fran is responsible for the Lauders brand in the international market place. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the Australian real estate arena and started with the Lauders Group in 2014. Since that time Fran has developed a sound understanding of the Australian land development sector and this knowledge, combined with Fran’s background in accounting and real estate sales and marketing, allows her to effectively communicate opportunities to international buyers and investors.

Fran has an excellent understanding of both Australian and Chinese business cultures and has a proven track record of providing excellent support to the Lauders Group clients in the international market place. Fran is also an authorised representative of Lauders Capital and has been instrumental in securing investors for the Groups two most recent Estate Development projects, forecast to exceed $100m in sales revenue.

Fran is a licenced Estate Agent, has a degree in Accounting and an advance diploma in translation (English/Mandarin).

Felicity Green
Associate Director
Spark Strategy

Felicity is the co-founder and Associate Director of social impact advisory firm, Spark Strategy. Leading the Melbourne practice, Felicity facilitates international strategy projects, has developed an expertise in Not for Profit business models, and was also a co-author in the briefing paper for the National Mental Health Commission review. She also has in-depth knowledge of collective impact and is a specialist in social innovation and creating cross-sector partnerships.

AICD Directors’ Course, Australian Institute of Company Directors, April 2017
Social Return on Investment Practitioner, Social Ventures Australia, Sept 2014
MBA (Strategy), Peking University, China, 2010 – 2012

Charles Qin OAM
Managing Director
& Chief Interpreter
Chin Communications

With over 25 years of experience in Translating and Interpreting, many goals have been achieved. Interpreting at Olympic and Commonwealth Games, at World Expo, APEC, G20 and FTA negotiations. Interpreting for many world leaders including Bill Clinton, George Bush, Presidents Xi Jinping, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, United Nations meetings and many of Australia's political and business leaders.

Chin Communications has been able to provide translation support on an on-going and urgent basis for major world activities including G20, Copenhagen Climate Conference, World Expo, FTA, etc and has been involved in translating and designing many significant publications in Chinese. Author of Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrase Book and World Food Hong Kong.

Appointed Visiting Professor by the Tianjin Institute of Foreign Studies, a key translating and interpreting studies university in China (2006), and in 2007 as a Visiting Professor at Kunming University of Science and Technology and Sichuan University; Industry Adjunct Fellow at Monash University. Awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to International Relations through Interpreting and Translating in 2016.

Specialties: Translation and Interpreting (Chinese, Mandarin, English) including Simultaneous Conference Interpreting, delegation & VIP visits, speeches and high-profile events, meetings, negotiations. Translation of all documents, powerpoints, business cards, brochures, legal contracts, branding; specialised subjects like mining and resources, finance and investment, agriculture, environment and energy, OH&S, food and beverage, architecture and construction, education, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, maritime, etc.

Bank Representatives


Michael Spiegel

Regional Community Manager

Bendigo Bank

Metropolitan Melbourne

Susanna Bevilacqua

Community Relationship Support Manager

Bendigo Bank

Metropolitan Melbourne