As part of the MAV's ongoing strategic planning process, Council reviews the MAV committee structure at the beginning of each Council term. This year, the following committees will support the Council of MAV. Membership involvement is encouraged. If you would like to become involved please contact the President, Michael O'Connor.

Each of the committees has dedicated members delivering high-quality services for the Association and without the tireless support of the voluntary workers there would be no Association!

The responsibilities of Committees include:

  • Overseeing the Portfolio area for Council
  • In conjunction with the CEO, developing for Council any policy recommendations in the Portfolio area
  • Providing MAV staff with support and direction for the Portfolio area.
  • Financial planning and advice for the portfolio area.


Meet 6 times per year.

Members: Michael O’Connor, President, Michaela Epstein, Immediate Past President, Kate Copping, Vice President, Juan Ospina Leon, Chair of Finance Committee, Trish Jelbart

Executive officer: Peter Saffin, CEO

Finance Committee

Convener: Juan Ospina Leon, Chair of the Finance Committee

Members: Daniel Craine (Independent finance expert), Dan Cloney

Executive officer: Peter Saffin, CEO

Professional Learning

Currently meets each term.

Convener: Peter Karakoussis

Members: James Mott, Elizabeth Burns, Duncan Symons, Kerryn Driscoll, Johnson Alagappan

Executive officer: Helen Haralambous


Meet quarterly, regular e-mail discussions.

Convener: (Vacant)

Members: June Penney, Terence Mills

Editors of Journals (Prime Number: Michael Minas, and Vinculum: Roger Walter) and Louise Gray of Stitch Marketing also attend this committee.

Executive officer: Ellen Corovic


Meets regularly throughout the year. Supports selection of keynotes, speakers and review of abstracts.

Convener: Ann Downton

Members: Trish Jelbart, Max Stephens, Kate Copping, Thomas Moore, Leicha Bragg, Danijela Draskovic, Peter Saffin

Executive officer: Jacqui Diamond

Student Activities

Occasional face to face meetings, regular e-mail discussions.

Convener: Clare Delaney

Members: Jane Lockwood, Janeane Anderson, Kylie Slaney, Allason McNamara, Lauren Newton, Mark Gleeson, Kelly Gallivan, June Penney, Andrew Nordhoff

Executive officer: Jennifer Bowden

Life Membership Nominations

Convener: Allason McNamara

Members: David Tout, Max Stephens, Ann Downton

Executive officer: Peter Saffin, CEO

Membership, Marketing, and Communications

Meets quarterly in support of various initiatives.

Convener: Kylie Slaney

Members: Peter Karakoussis, Michael O’Connor, Michaela Epstein, Kate Copping, Christiana David, Jim Spithill

Executive officer: Peter Saffin, CEO