Cheers to 12 incredible years of Club Melbourne

Our annual Anniversary Dinner is one of the Program’s highlights for the year, bringing together a knowledge network of extraordinary researchers, educators, administrators and business leaders to welcome new Club Melbourne Ambassadors into the network, announce the Club Melbourne Fellow, and celebrate the past year’s achievements.

This year’s 12th Anniversary Dinner was no exception, with the celebrations accompanied by the much anticipated Q&A with world-renowned primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall and a performance by four time ARIA award-winning songstress, Katie Noonan. 

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, was in attendance to officially induct the five new Ambassadors into our Program, each regarded as highly influential Melburnians in their respective fields.

The new inductees included;


Associate Professor Greg Adamson – The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Greg Adamson is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, School of Engineering.  He holds a Bachelor of Technology (Engineering) from the University of Southern Queensland and a PhD from RMIT University.  For over 25 years, Greg has been at the forefront of digital technology, and has worked with market leaders like Medibank Private, Telstra and ANZ Bank. He now consults in blockchain, digital risk and cyber security.

Associate Professor Vincent Cousins - Monash University
Associate Professor Vincent Cousins is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery at Monash University. Vincent has practiced Otology and Lateral Skull Base Surgery in Melbourne since 1986, and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has a particular interest in surgical education and skills training in Australia and internationally.

Professor Grant McArthur - Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Professor Grant McArthur is the Executive Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, and the inaugural Lorenzo Galli Chair of Melanoma and Skin Cancers at the University of Melbourne. He is also the national and international study Co-Chair of a number of clinical trials of targeted therapies. Grant has published over 200 papers and is on the editorial boards of various publications. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and holds a Ph.D. in Medical Biology.

Mr Brian Negus - Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)
Mr Brian Negus is the General Manager Public Policy for the RACV and the President of Intelligent Transport Systems Australia. He is a Board member of ITSA, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tracksafe Foundation. Brian has over 40 years of Government and private sector experience, including senior management positions as Deputy Director of Public Transport in Victoria and Regional Director at VicRoads.

Professor Helen O’Connell - Western Health
Professor Helen O’Connell is the Director of Surgery and Head of Urology at Western Health. After completing her Urological training in 1994, Helen became Australia’s first female Urologist and has since established herself as a leader in the field. Her Doctorate in the study of female urogenital anatomy received international acclaim. Helen became a Full Professor at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery in 2013.

During the past 12 years, our Ambassadors have secured 125 international conferences, worth over
$700 million to the Victorian economy. Five of these bid wins have occurred in the past 12 months alone, expected to deliver a combined $16 million in economic impact.  

Congratulations to all our new inductees, and thank you again to all 121 Club Melbourne Ambassadors for your hard work and assistance in attracting and hosting international conferences for Melbourne.