Who is GMCT?

Who is GMCT?

The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (the trust) is classified as a Class A Cemetery Trust under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic). The trust was established on 1 March 2010 as a consequence of amendments to the Act, enabling the consolidation of eight existing cemetery trusts into one. These trusts were located in Altona, Andersons Creek, Fawkner, Keilor, Lilydale, Preston, Templestowe and Wyndham.

The trust is a body corporate with perpetual succession established by Governor in Council pursuant to regulations under the Cemeteries Act 1958 and updated within the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic) (the Act).

The trust is responsible for the governance of the organisation including the key roles of setting strategic direction, approving the annual budget, monitoring performance, ensuring compliance, developing policy, high level stakeholder management and ensuring that a risk management framework is in place.

The trust is governed by remunerated trust members appointed by the Government.

New trust members announced

As of 1 March 2016, GMCT trust members are:

From left: Dana Hlavacek, Elizabeth Beattie, Dr Jan Penney, Jack Wegman, Geoff Mabbett (Chair), Kim McAliney, Di Rule, David Cragg. 


Trust Member


Geoff Mabbett
Trust chair
Executive performance and remuneration committee chair
 Kim McAliney
Trust deputy chair
Community advisory committee member
Audit and risk management committee member
Dr Jan Penney      
Trust member
Audit and risk management committee member
Finance and investment committee member
Dana Hlavacek            
Trust member
Audit and risk management committee chair
Finance and investment committee member
Elizabeth Beattie
Trust member
Community advisory committee chair
Di Rule
Trust member
Executive performance and remuneration committee member
Audit and risk management committee member
David Cragg
Trust member
Community advisory committee member
Finance and investment committee member
Jack Wegman
Trust member
Executive performance and remuneration committee member
Finance and investment committee member


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Geoff Mabbett




Geoff Mabbett B Eng (Hons), M Eng Sci, MIE (Aust), MAICD

Geoff is an experienced professional director with a range of profit for purpose organisations including roles as Chair of the NetBalance Foundation, the Sustainable Forestry Council, the Yarra Energy Foundation and the Banksia Foundation Audit Committee.
Geoff's executive career included 10 years as a Chief Executive and a further 10 years in senior management positions at a time of rapid transformation in the utilities, infrastructure and environmental services industries.
He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Lime Consulting, providing advisory services to CEO's and Boards on executive coaching, strategy development and change management.
 Dianne Rule  

Di Rule

Dianne and her husband established a niche publishing company nearly thirty years ago. After teaching secondary students at metropolitan and country schools within the public and private school systems, Dianne worked as Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to both State and Federal parliamentarians.
An inaugural member of the Advisory Board of the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre at Epworth and the Friends of kConFab - the Kathleen Cunningham Foundation Consortium for research into Familial Breast Cancer at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute. Dianne is a director of the James Macready-Bryan Foundation; The Wheeler Centre, the centre for books, writing and ideas; and Dental Health Services Victoria.
 Jan Penney  

Dr Jan Penney BA, Dip Ed, PhD

Jan is an historian with an interest in Aboriginal history, local history and the Murray River Region. Between 1998 and 2012 Jan was the Executive Chair of Mint Inc. and for several years has lectured at the tertiary level, including the Master of Public History course at Monash University. Jan was formerly CEO of the Goldfields Library Corporation, Bendigo and Director - Museums at Sovereign Hill Museums, Ballarat. She was also Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria, taking a special interest in the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and archaeological sites as tourism components.


Kim McAliney JP, BJ, FCPA, GAICD, Adv Dip Pub Safety (EM)

Kim McAliney was appointed to the Trust on 1 March 2013.
Kim currently sits on several boards including City West Water and the Salvation Army – State Social Command Advisory Council as Chair. Kim is an experienced Board member in Finance and Audit, and has experience in community and private sector organisations collaboratively working with a broad mix of stakeholders and has a passion for community engagement.
Kim has seven years experience as a Local Councillor and Mayor of the City of Wyndham in 2007/8 and 2011/12. Past Chair of Wyndham’s Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee 2007-2012, Past Director of South Western Melbourne Medicare local , Leadwest, and Wyndham legal Service.
A career spanning over 25 years including accountancy firms, aged care , multi-national company to most recently working for a National Crisis Counselling service responsible for key Federal and State crisis  counselling contracts. Her professional memberships include CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices.

Dana Hlavacek B.Com (Hons), M.Acc, FCA, GAICD

Dana Hlavacek is an experienced corporate executive and independent director with expertise in international treasury and finance, audit, risk and compliance. Her executive career includes roles in the mining sector and audit and assurance. Ms Hlavacek holds a number of directorships including Melbourne Water Corporation where she is the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and also RSPCA Victoria and VicWater.
She is a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and is Chair of the Risk, Audit and Management Committee and OH&S Committee. She is Chair of the Brotherhood of St Laurence Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Salvation Army Corporate and Philanthropy Committee.

David Cragg BA, Grad Dip of Human Resource Management, studied at Melbourne University

David has worked in industrial relations since 1985, and is currently finishing a second term of elected office as assistant secretary of the Trades Hall Council. David was a ministerial advisor during the Hawke Federal Government. He has served in the past as treasurer of a number of community organisations especially in employment and education services, and is currently Treasurer of the Westgate Community Initiatives Group Ltd which supports social enterprises for disadvantaged adults and Deputy Chair of the Industry Capability Network Pty Ltd which assists Victorian employers with procurement opportunities. 
David has worked with Victorian cemeteries since the 1990s, and served 2008-2010 as a member of the Funeral Industry Ministerial Advisory Council in this state. He is a member of the Hawthorn Football Club and of the Stoke City FC Melbourne Group.

Elizabeth (Liz) Beattie 

Liz was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1999-2014. Liz retired from the Victorian Parliament in 2014.
Liz's career included the positions of: 
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Planning
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Education
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Sports
Liz also chaired and participated in Parliamentary Committee work, including:
  • Law Reform
  • Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations
  • Drugs and Crime Prevention
  • Family and Community Development
Previous to Parliament Liz's career was in building and Asset management. Liz is currently involved in bespoke consultancy for a small number of clients and is also on the Council of Victoria University.
 Jac Wegman  

Jack Wegman

Jack graduated from the University of NSW in 1974 with a BA, majoring in political science and psychology. The following year he moved to Melbourne to take up a job in the marketing division of a large national bank. Four years later, after completing post-graduate study in psychology he became the founding market research manager at a leading insurance company.  He then joined Monsanto Ltd as the market research manager for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Jack established his own consultancy which operated successfully for over twenty years, with some of the largest corporations in the country becoming his clients. During that time, he became an officer in the army reserve, a lecturer in consumer behaviour at a tertiary institution and a director on the board of a major grammar school.
In 2002 Jack joined Boroondara Council and went on to chair the urban planning committee twice and be mayor five times (so far) of one of the biggest enterprises in the nation. In 2012 he was elected State secretary of the SSAA (Vic) Ltd, one of the premier shooting sports bodies in the nation. In this role he was responsible for ensuring compliance with significant regulatory and financial obligations. From the 14 January to the 11 September he was acting CEO with responsibility of ensuring the day-today functioning of the organisation and helping guide its strategic direction. On the 12 September the role became permanent.