Who is GMCT?

Executive team

The executive team ensures activities occurring within GMCT are consistent with the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2003, and with the organisation's policies, procedures and strategic plan. 

To make an enquiry, please contact GMCT.  

Chief executive officer
Jacqui Weatherill 
MBA, BA Rec, Grad Dip Sp Sci, GAICD

Chief finance officer 
Brian Smart
B.Com Dip Treasury Mgt Dip Corporate Mgt CA

Chief people officer
Dimi Patitsas
Grad Dip HR, Adv Cert Personnel, RTW Coordinator, CAHRI

Director legal and governance
Andrew Port 
BBus, Grad Dip Finance, MBA

Director operations
David Crowe 
Dip Hort Sci, BAppSc(Hort), FAICD

Director service and engagement
Deb Ganderton 

Interim director infrastructure and development
Andrew Eriksen

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 trust was established on 1 March 2010 as a consequence of amendments to the Act, enabling the consolidation of eight existing cemetery trusts into one. These trusts were located 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 Act).

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.

As of 1 January 2019, GMCT trust members are:

Trust Member


Geoff Mabbett
Trust chair
Executive performance and remuneration committee chair
Kim McAliney
Trust deputy chair
Community advisory committee member
Audit and risk management committee member
Dr Jan Penney      
Trust member
Audit and risk management committee member
Finance and investment committee member
Dana Hlavacek            
Trust member
Audit and risk management committee chair
Executive performance and remuneration committee member
Elizabeth Beattie
Trust member
Community advisory committee chair
Audit and risk management committee member
David Cragg
Trust member
Community advisory committee member
Finance and investment committee member
Kevin Quigley 
Trust member 
Finance and investment committee chair
Audit and risk management committee member
Bev Excell
Trust member 
Executive performance and remuneration committee member
Finance and investment committee member


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Geoff Mabbett




Geoff Mabbett B Eng (Hons), M Eng Sci, MIE (Aust), MAICD

Geoff is an experienced professional director with a range of profit for purpose organisations including roles as Chair of the NetBalance Foundation, the Sustainable Forestry Council, the Yarra Energy Foundation and the Banksia Foundation Audit Committee.
Geoff's executive career included 10 years as a Chief Executive and a further 10 years in senior management positions at a time of rapid transformation in the utilities, infrastructure and environmental services industries.
He is also the Founder and Managing Director of Lime Consulting, providing advisory services to CEO's and Boards on executive coaching, strategy development and change management.
 Jan Penney       

Dr Jan Penney BA, Dip Ed, PhD

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.


Kim McAliney, FCPA, Adv Dip Pub Safety (EM), AICD

Harrison Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor - 2016/17.
First elected in 2005 to 2012, Cr McAliney was Wyndham’s Mayor for 2007/8 and 2011/12 and Deputy Mayor in 2009/10.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Cr McAliney has worked at accountancy firms, in the aged care and retirement sector, a multi-national company and a National Crisis Counselling service and held numerous board directorships.
A Director of City West Water since 2015 and the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trusts (GMCT) since 2013, Cr McAliney has also been a member of the Victorian Veterans Council since 2016.
Cr McAliney is Council’s Safer Communities Portfolio Holder.

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

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 holds a number of directorships including Melbourne Water Corporation where she is the Chair of the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and also RSPCA Victoria and VicWater.
She is a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and is Chair of the Risk, Audit and Management Committee and OH&S Committee. She is Chair of the Brotherhood of St Laurence Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Salvation Army Corporate and Philanthropy Committee.

David Cragg BA, Grad Dip of Human Resource Management, studied at Melbourne University

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 

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
Previous 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 

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

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.