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Trust members

Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust was established on 1 March 2010. We currently have nine trust members.

Our trust members

The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (the trust) is classified as a Class A Cemetery Trust under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003 (Vic) (the Act). The trust was established on 1 March 2010 following amendments to the Act, consolidating eight existing cemetery trusts into one.

These trusts were 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 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.

GMCT trust chair- Michael Doery

Chair | Michael Doery BFA, CFA, GAICD

Trust Chair, Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee member

Michael has had a successful business career which has included CEO and Executive Director roles with listed, public and private companies. As a long-term senior partner at KPMG, Michael developed extensive skills in governance, finance, technology and risk management. Most recently, Michael’s career has focussed on digital and technology.   Michael is a Non- Executive director and his chair roles include Freehold Property Investment Limited and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. Michael is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

GMCT trust member - Elizabeth Beattie

Elizabeth (Liz) Beattie GAICD

Deputy Chair, Chair Community Advisory Committee, Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee member, Infrastructure Working Group member

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

Prior to parliament, Liz's career was in building and asset management. Liz is currently involved in bespoke consultancy for a small number of clients, on the Council of Victoria University and Victorian industry representative for the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

Katerina Angelopoulos

Katerina Angelopoulos MAICD, BSW, DipWS

Audit and Risk Management Committee member, Community Advisory Committee member

Katerina has an extensive background in Public sector management, health issues planning, human resources and community engagement. Katerina has held a number of board directorships and committee positions and is currently a member of Bendigo Health and the Australian Government Professional Services Review Determining Authority. Katerina is passionate about creating health services and settings that are responsive to community needs and enabling continuity of care for clients. She has a reputation for both effective advocacy and enabling community engagement in policy and service development.

Vedran Drakulic

Vedran Drakulic OAM MPubAdv&Act, EMFIA, MAICD

Finance and Investment Committee member, Infrastructure Working Group Convenor

Vedran is a philanthropy executive with significant senior-level experience and background spanning not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic sectors both in Australia and overseas.  Vedran is the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest private family foundations in Australia, and brings with him skills in governance, asset management, audit and finance.

His current board-level roles include AMES Australia, the Betty Amsden Foundation and the Hobsons Bay Community Fund, and he is also the RMIT’s Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social and Global Studies . Vedran held a number of non-executive roles in the past, including the President of International Social Services (ISS) Australia, Vice President of Volunteer West and Member of the RDNS Assets Committee.

GMCT trust member - Dana Hlavacek

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

Audit and Risk Management Committee Chair, Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee member

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 has held a number of directorships including for the Melbourne Water Corporation where she was the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and also RSPCA Victoria and VicWater. She was a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and Chair of the Risk, Audit and Management Committee and OH&S Committee. She is a non-executive director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and a board director of Zoos Victoria and is a former member of the Salvation Army Corporate and Philanthropy Committee.

GMCT trust member - David Cragg

David Cragg BA, Grad Dip (HRM)

Community Advisory Committee member, Finance and Investment Committee member

David has worked in industrial relations since 1985, and is currently assistant secretary of the Victorian Trades Hall. David has extensive experience in human relations management, including specific experience in the 1990s with cemeteries, funeral directors and coffin makers throughout Victoria. He was a member of FIMAC, the Funeral Industry Ministerial Advisory Council, which assisted the Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs in the mid 2000s. 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.

GMCT trust member - Bev Excell

Bev Excell B.Sc(Hons), FAICD 

Executive Performance and Remuneration Committee Chair, Finance and Investment Committee member, Audit and Risk Management Committee member

Bev is an internationally experienced executive and independent non-executive director.  She has over 15 years directorship and governance experience across a range of organisation types and sectors, with significant audit and risk management experience. Bev is currently on the boards of Travellers Aid Australia, the Australasian Association of Philosophy, an advisory governance committee in the tertiary education sector as well as local and state government audit committees. 

From 1982-2012, Bev worked for BP where she held various positions in Australia and overseas. 

GMCT trust member - Kevin Quigley

Kevin Quigley FCA

Finance and Investment Committee Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee member

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand

  • Certified Information Systems Auditor

  • Executive Certificate in Public Policy, Monash

  • Fellow of the Australian Health Services Financial Management Association.

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and has worked as a senior auditor for several large firms, as the Chief Financial Officer of a large regional hospital and as a director of a medium-sized management consulting practice.

Kevin has a long standing interest in governance and experience as a board member and chair of various board committees. His board and committee roles over the last decade include the Department of Justice (Victoria), Ballarat University, Dental Health Victoria, Federation Training and the State Library of Victoria. Kevin has also had roles on the boards of a number of community organisations.