Executive committee


  • Mayor Kylie Spears

    Mayor Kylie Spears

    President

    Mayor Kylie Spears was elected to Maroondah City Council in October 2016. Kylie was re-elected in 2020 and was sworn in as the Mayor for Maroondah for 2020/2021.  Kylie has successfully run her own local business for the past 12 years; She is a qualified workplace trainer and assessor with over fifteen years of event management experience.

    Kylie has an active involvement with many local community groups, including a number of volunteer roles; She has been President of Melbourne East Netball Association since 2010.

    Kylie brings a strong commitment to, and passion for, social justice and inclusive communities, community engagement, the provision of library services, Family Services, advocacy for community needs, opportunities for women and ensuring development in Maroondah is well designed, sustainable and responsive to community needs. Kylie wants the decisions we make today to be the best they can be for now and the future.

    Kylie is married to Malcolm and has two daughters - Caitlin & Aimee and a Labrador retriever named Maverick.

    Kylie represents Council on the Maroondah Arts Advisory Committee, Audit and Risk Advisory Committee, Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee, Maroondah Business Advisory Committee, Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation, and the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter and was Deputy Mayor in 2018-19.

    As President of ALGWA’s Victoria branch, Kylie is focused on continuing to grow participation and strengthen supports for women in the Local government sector.

  • Cr Michelle Kleinert

    Cr Michelle Kleinert

    Executive Officer

    Cr Michelle Kleinert 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.  Michelle holds a Mental health first aid certificate.

    A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Michelle was President of ALGWA Vic Branch  2019-2020 before taking on the role of Executive Officer.   Vice President of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), 2015 - 2019.

    A passionate mental health advocate, in 2020 Michelle became a Multicultural Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation 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 was focused on growing and strengthening support for women to become an ever increasing and valued voice in the Local Government sector.  

    In her capacity as Executive Officer of ALGWA Vic, Michelle is excited to support the new 2020- 2022 committee embarking on the next chapter of ALGWA Vic

  • Sandra Wilson

    Sandra Wilson

    Metro Vice President

    Sandra Wilson was a Hobsons Bay City councillor, 2012 - 2020. Serving as  Mayor (2013/14 & 2016/17) and Deputy Mayor (2015/16 and 2019/20). 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 joined the ALGWA Vic committee in 2018 and become VP metro at the AGM in 2020

  • Cr Janet Pearce

    Cr Janet Pearce

    Rural Vice President

    Janet Pearce was first elected as a Councillor in Macedon Ranges Shire in 2016 and was Mayor for two years, 2018/2019, 2019/2020. Her involvement volunteering over many years in many community groups and graduation from the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LMCLP) reinforced her belief that supported and resilient communities can achieve amazing things and are the heart of regional and rural areas. Janet believes strong connections to Council are important.

    Working as a Registered Nurse and Midwife over the last 36 years drives Janet’s passion for social justice and mental, physical and social health. She is also invested in a small business in the shire, where she lives with her husband and three teenage children.

    Currently Janet is a member of several committees including Council committees such as the Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, Agribusiness Forum and the Central Ranges Local Learning and Employment Network (CRLLEN).

    Janet is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Understanding the importance of good governance processes, strategic planning and long term vision.

  • Cr Virginia Tachos

    Cr Virginia Tachos

    Committee Member

    Virginia Tachos was first  elected to Brimbank City Council in October 2016. A proud history of working in the local community and advocacy led Virginia to run for Council. She believes Brimbank is a destination for many young families to start their dreams and aspirations. Virginias’ priorities include building strong, sustainable communities, and listening to the needs of the community and supporting harm minimisation through strong advocacy for stricter gambling controls. She hopes to achieve a focus on people, improved services, and efficiencies, as well as improving inclusion, reviewing planning schemes, and promoting healthy outcomes for the community.

    Virginia represents Brimbank Council on the Australian Mayoral Aviation Council, LeadWest Ltd Board, LeadWest Special Committee, and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) State Council. Chair of the  Social Justice Coalition Strategic Implementation Group and is a representative of a number of Council advisory committees including Audit and Risk Management Committee, Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters, Sydenham Park Master Plan Steering Committee, Errington Precinct Master Plan Community Reference Group, St Albans Town Centre Partnership Group, and Brimbank Arts Advisory Committee. Virginia is also the Champion Councillor for Resilient Brimbank Portfolio advocating for Brimbank community. 

  • Helen Coleman OAM

    Helen Coleman OAM

    Committee Member

    Helen was a Councillor at the Nillumbik Shire Council from 2004 to 2016, and first elected as Mayor in December 2010; serving a second term in 2014/15. Helen has been a member of the Executive Committee of ALGWA Vic since 2008 serving as President 2016-2018 and Metro VP 2018-2020. Helen has a professional background in Community Development and has worked in the volunteer sector and is currently working with the state government. Helen has remained active in her local community and within the local government sector.

    Helen is a former board member of the Municipal Association of Victoria 2015 – Oct 2016 and joined 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, and has been appointed to a number of boards, the State government’s Adult Community and Further Education Board (ACFE) from 2017, Women’s Health Victoria, 2011 - 2019 and was Chair of the Counterpart Advisory Committee (formerly Breacan), a former Member of the Ministerial Council for Volunteers 2016 - 2019 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.

  • Barbara Abley AM CJSJ FACN

    Barbara Abley AM CGSJ FACN

    Committee Member

    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.

  • Coral Ross

    Coral Ross

    Committee Member

    Coral Ross was first elected to the City of Boroondara Council in 2002, and re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 retiring in 2020. She has been Mayor three times - 2007-8; 2013-14 and 2014-2015. Coral has been on the executive committee of ALGWA Vic since 2008, and served as President from 2012 to 2006. Coral has been on the National Board of ALGWA since 2012 and served as National President for two terms from 2015 to 2019. She is the National Vice-President. Coral was awarded a Hon Life Membership of ALGWA in 2017.

    In March 2019 Coral was elected President of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and represents Victoria on the Australian Local Government Association Board (ALGA). A professional journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, she is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Gender Equality Council, an umbrella body with a membership of 500,000 and has been a Director of the National Rural Women’s Association. Coral previously served on the Board of ALGA from 2015 to 2017. From 2011 to 2017 she was on the Board of the MAV and Interim President from November 2016 to March 2017.

    In 2014 Coral was named as one of 100 Women of Influence by Westpac/Fairfax and in 2019 she was inducted into the Victorian Honour roll of women. Coral was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship in 2018 to improve gender equality in local government by getting more women elected, and she will be travelling overseas to bring best practice back to Australia.

    Before moving to Australia, Coral was a political Journalist in the UK. She became the Australian correspondent for one of the British National newspapers when she moved to Melbourne in 1986.

    She has a degree in Politics and is both a Fellow and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is married with two sons and enjoys bushwalking, skiing, going to the gym and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Denise Massoud

    Denise Massoud

    Committee Member

    Denise Massoud has served as a Councillor for City of Whitehorse since 2012 and elected Mayor for 2016/2017 year. Her interest in local government was initiated by issues around the local environment, aged care, sporting facilities, youth and inclusiveness. Denise was elected to the ALGWA Executive in 2020. Importantly, Denise believes that women should be strongly encouraged to put their hands up and realise they have a significant contribution to make to their community.

    Prior to becoming a councillor, Denise served on local school committees (kindergarten and primary), secretary and girls coordinator for one of the largest domestic basketball clubs, basketball coach, volunteer and committee member for a parkland advisory committee, volunteer for a local education program to support primary and secondary school excursion groups.

    Denise has completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Diploma of Education, Graduate Diploma of Computing, Executive Management (University of New South Wales), is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and current member of AICD, and is a Registered Electrical Contractor. Her career has encompassed secondary and tertiary education, Information Technology (eCommerce and Business Intelligence) for large corporate organisations and government agencies plus project coordination for domestic and commercial electrical projects. Her diverse background and training in Governance have supported her in her councillor role.

    Council committee roles have included Domestic Animal Management Plan Advisory Committee, Visual Arts Committee, Audit Advisory Committee, CEO Development Review, Whitehorse Business Group, Sport & Recreation Network, Disability Advisory Committee, Reconciliation Advisory Committee, LG Waste Management Forum, Eastern Region Group of Councils, MAV Representative.

    Denise works actively to represent her community including advocacy for planning issues, parking issues, trees, project funding, sporting facilities and clubs, drinking fountains, lifts at local railway station to improve accessibility, facilitation to network local community groups. She has a strong focus on good governance, works closely with her community and is responsive to their issues to find resolutions.