Executive committee

  • Michelle Kleinert

    Michelle Kleinert


    Michelle has been a Councillor at Manningham since 2012 where she has been a passionate advocate on behalf of her community on especially youth, mental health and equality issues.

    As Manningham Mayor in 2016/17, Michelle led the charge in establishing a youth mental health outreach service with headspace Hawthorn, helping to raise more than $100,000 towards establishing a program for young people aged 12 to 25 in Manningham.

    A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), she is also Vice President of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), a member of the Manningham Charitable Fund Grants Panel, and a member of Manningham Council’s Integrated Transport Advisory Committee.

    Continuing her passion for youth and supporting them to succeed despite today’s challenges, Michelle is currently Patron of ABCD: Arts Building Children’s Dreams, an Ambassador for Scouts Australia, and has been actively involved as a workplace facilitator for Bully Zero Australia.

    With a vivacious personality and a background in theatrical arts, she is well-known for her ability to connect and engage with people of all ages. As President of ALGWA’s Victoria branch, Michelle is focused on growing and strengthening support for women to become an ever increasing and valued voice in the Local Government sector, especially in the lead up to the 2020 Council elections. 

    Michelle can be reached on 0400 902 822 or Michelle.Kleinert@manningham.vic.gov.au  

  • Helen Coleman OAM

    Helen Coleman OAM

    Metro Vice President

    Helen was a member of the Nillumbik Shire Council from 2004 to 2016, and first elected as Mayor in December 2010; she served a second term in 2014/15. Helen has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2008. Helen has a professional background in Community Development and has worked in the volunteer sector.

    Helen was elected to the MAV Board in March 2015, joining former President Coral Ross.  It is believed to be the first time that two committee members had been on the Board together. Helen was also Chair of the MAV Environment Advisory Committee.

    Helen is a Fellow of the AICD, has been appointed to a number of boards, the State government’s Adult Community and Further Education Board (ACFE), 2017 - 2020, Women’s Health Victoria, 2011 - 2019 and is Chair of the Counterpart Advisory Committee (formerly Breacan), a current Member of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers since 2016 and was appointed in 2016 as Deputy Chair of the State governments Northern Metropolitan Partnership. Helen is also a member of the VLGA.

    Helen was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in January 2019 for service to the community through a range of organisations.

    Helen can be reached oncoleman27@gmail.comor 0437 940 930.

  • Barbara Abley AM

    Barbara Abley AM., CGSJ.

    Rural & Regional Vice President

    Barbara was a City of Greater Geelong Councillor. She served three terms representing the Brownbill Ward first elected to council in 2001, previously served as Deputy Mayor (one year), and two years as Mayor, the first female to hold this senior position on the City of Greater Geelong Council, and in the history of Geelong City and Town (1832). She served across many Portfolio areas, Committees and Community groups.

    She was recognised in the 2007 Queens Birthday Honours’ List “For service to Local Government and Regional Development, particularly through the Geelong Region Alliance (G21) and to the community through a range of aged care, disability, health and service organisations”; awarded the Lions International Medal of Merit by the World President;Geelong 2003 Outstanding Zonta Woman of the Year. She has been awarded several Life Memberships of local organisations, the latest being that of the Geelong Regional Art Gallery in December 2012 and GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE in October 2013.

    She is easily contacted on Mobile: 0419358223 or by email: rivendell.b@bigpond.com

  • Helen Harris OAM

    Helen Harris OAM

    Executive Officer & Treasurer

    Helen Harris OAM was first elected to Whitehorse Council in 2005, was re-elected in 2008 and 2012 and served as Mayor in 2008/9. She retired from Council at the 2016 elections, but has kept up her local community involvement, becoming convener of a residents’ group and secretary of Box Hill Historical Society. 

    She was awarded an OAM for services to community history in 1994, holds an MA from Monash University, and works as a professional historian.  She served as Victorian secretary from 2010 to 2016 and was awarded a Life Membership at the 2016 AGM.  She is also the organisation’s honorary archivist.  Helen was asked to become the Executive Officer of the Branch in June 2016 and continues in that role in 2018.  She is also the National secretary.

    Helen can be contacted on 0429 833 324


  • Sandra Wilson

    Sandra Wilson

    Metro Representative

    Cr Sandra Wilson has been a Hobsons Bay City councillor since 2012, serving two terms as Mayor (2013/14 & 2016/17) and Deputy Mayor (2015/16). She has passion for sustainability, protection of open space, advocacy for community needs and opportunities for women and young people (to name a few). She cares about the decisions we make today having the best impact for the future.

    Sandra has worked as a consultant in workplace diversity, equal opportunity, harassment and bullying; a manager of volunteers; and a policy officer for the national peak body for volunteering. She is married and has two teenage sons. She is a Board member of the Western Region Football League and is a diehard Western Bulldogs supporter.

    Sandra can be reached on 0419 287 117 or swilson@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

  • Cr Jill Parker

    Cr Jill Parker

    Rural & Regional Representative

    Cr Parker was first elected to Moyne Shire Council in November 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. 

    Cr Parker has lived at Mortlake for more than 40 years, being a farming partner and teacher for many of those years. She has a background in education and agriculture, and an interest in the environment and sustainability. She is committed to promoting agriculture as an important economic and responsible contributor to our communities; and she believes that education is a life-long process.

    As a councillor Jill is involved in several council and council-related committees including the Corangamite Regional Library Corporation (Deputy Chair). She is also involved in several organisations beyond the shire including Anglican Church, CFA, Leadership Great South Coast (Chair), Australian Coastal Councils Association (Treasurer), Western Coastal Board (Chair), Victorian Coastal Council, and Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group (Chair).. 

    Jill can be reached on JParker@moyne.vic.gov.au 

  • Cr Marg Attley

    Cr Marg Attley

    Committee Member

    Cr Attley was elected to Mansfield Shire Council in 2005 and in 2016 re-elected for a fourth term. On two occasions, Marg had the honour of being chosen as Mayor. With a teaching, community development and mediation background, her role in Council expanded her communication skills, passion for young people and advocacy for the issues of community members.

    ALGWA has been integral in her time in Local Government. For several years, Marg has been President of the successful NE Branch of ALGWA which has provided her with the opportunity to support women in Local Government in rural Victoria.

    In February 2017 Marg was elected President of the VLGA.

    Marg brings a strong commitment to, and passion for, social justice and inclusive communities.

    Contact details: marg.attley@Mansfield.vic.gov.au

    Phone:  0400 256 035.

  • Felicity Frederico OAM

    Felicity Frederico OAM

    Committee Member

    Felicity was first elected to the Bayside City Council in 2008 and was re-elected at the October 2012 Elections. She served as Mayor in 2014-15 and retired at the 2016 elections.  Felicity is a lifetime resident of Bayside where she lives with her young family in Hampton. Felicity led the successful Grass Ceilings campaign to promote increased facilities for girls playing sport.

    Felicity has over ten years experience on boards and statutory authorities, and is currently a board director of the Victorian Amateur Football Association. 

     Felicity has a strong marketing background spanning more than two decades. She has tertiary qualifications in both Tourism and Marketing. Felicity has worked for large multi-national and medium-sized companies and currently works as a Business Advisor specialising in developing and implementing Marketing Plans and Strategies.

    Felicity was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in January 2019 for service to the community.

    Felicity can be reached on ffred@bigpond.net.au or 0425 296 854

  • Cr Coral Ross

    Cr Coral Ross

    Committee Member

    Cr Ross was first elected to the City of Boroondara Council in 2002, and re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. She was Mayor 2007-8; 2013-14 and 2014-2015. She has been Chair of Boroondara’s Planning Committee and Chair of Boroondara’s Services Committee. Cr Ross served as Boroondara’s representative to the Municipal Association of Victoria and in 2011 was elected to the MAV Board. She was re-elected in 2013 and 2015, and in November 2016 was appointed Interim President.  She is also Chair of the MAV’s Planning Advisory Committee and Deputy Chair of the Human Services Committee. 

    She chair’s Boroondara’s Town Hall Gallery Advisory committee and the Library Advisory Committee; she is also a member of the Communications committee, and various working groups.

    Coral retired as President at the 2016 AGM, as required under the Constitution, having served two full terms consecutively, as well as sharing the role with Jean Wise in 2011.

    Coral is also President of the National Board of ALGWA.  Coral was awarded a Hon Life Membership at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.

    She can be reached on