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: Kerryn Sandford, President, Michael O’Connor, Immediate Past President, Kate Copping, Vice President, Mei Ong, Chair of Finance Committee, Andrea O'Connor

Executive officer: Peter Saffin, CEO

Finance Committee

Convener: Mei Ong, Chair of the Finance Committee

Members: Michael O'Connor, Justin de Lacy, TBC (Independent finance expert)

Executive officer: Peter Saffin, CEO

Professional Learning

Currently meets each term.

Convener: Patty Mete

Members:  Kylie Slaney, James Mott, Elizabeth Burns, Kerryn Driscoll, Johnson Alagappan, Paul Howard, Peter Karakoussis

Executive officer: Helen Haralambous


Meet quarterly for an operational meeting.

Executive officer: Jen Bowden

Editors of Journals: Prime Number: Angela Rogers, and Vinculum: Roger Walter

Editor Common Denominator and design, layout and marketing for all publications: Louise Gray of Stitch Marketing. 


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

Convener: Ann Downton

Members: Trish Jelbart, Max Stephens, Claire Delaney, Leicha Bragg, Leigh Thompson, Danijela Draskovic, Kate Copping, Peter Saffin

Executive officer: Jacqui Diamond

Life Membership Nominations

Convener: Max Stephens

Members: David Tout, Ann Downton

Executive officer: Peter Saffin, CEO


Meets quarterly in support of various initiatives.

Convener: Michael O'Connor

Members: Louise Gray, Micahela Epstein, Christiana David, Rhiannon Lowrey, Marissa Cashmore, Claire Embregts (MAV Community Strategy Manager), Adrienne English, Peter Saffin, CEO

Executive officer: Claire Embregts (MAV Community Strategy Manager)