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.
Chair | Michael Doery BFA, CFA, GAICD
Trust chair, Executive performance and remuneration committee chair
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.
Deputy chair | Kim McAliney FCPA, Adv Dip Pub Safety (EM), AICD
Trust deputy chair, Community advisory committee member, audit and risk management committee member
Kim McAliney has been a Trust member of the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (GMCT) since 2013 and is a Harrison Ward Councillor in Wyndham City. Kim is a board member of The Pink Foundation Pty Ltd and has also been a member of the Victorian Veterans Council since 2016. Deputy Mayor of Wyndham City Council from 2016-17. Kim is Wyndham Council’s Safer Communities Portfolio Holder and is a former Chair of the Salvation Army State Social Command – Victoria and Director of City West Water from 2015-2017.
Dr Jan Penney BA, Dip Ed, PhD
Trust member, Audit and risk management committee member, Finance and investment committee member
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.
Dana Hlavacek B.Com (Hons), M.Acc, FCA, GAICD
Trust member, 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 as well as of Zoos Victoria and is a former member of the Salvation Army Corporate and Philanthropy Committee.
David Cragg BA, Grad Dip (HRM)
Trust member, 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.
Elizabeth (Liz) Beattie GAICD
Trust member, Community advisory committee chair, Audit and risk management committee 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:
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 and is also on the Council of Victoria University.
Bev Excell B.Sc(Hons), FAICD
Trust member, Executive performance and remuneration committee member, Finance and investment 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.
Kevin Quigley FCA
Trust member, 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.