The City of Melbourne was seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) to fill three vacancies on the Invest Melbourne Advisory Board with subject matter experts in the life sciences, venture capital and retail sectors.

Representatives from a cross section of the investment sector with experience, knowledge and expertise in strategic investment and Melbourne’s economy were encouraged to apply.

The Board was established on 14 December 2021 and comprises of up to eight external subject matter experts with deep commercial and business experience, two Councillors and City of Melbourne management representatives.

The Board provides strategic advice to the City of Melbourne on the potential opportunities for growth of investment for the city and offers feedback on proposed initiatives that support investment in the city.

Applications closed at 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

Board purpose

The Boards purpose is to:

  • Provide strategic advice and independent thinking to inform policy and productive investment in the municipality.
  • Champion and proactively advocate for Invest Melbourne to Australian and international business communities, as well as key government departments, industry associations and other prominent stakeholders.
  • Provide critical understanding of business, market and industry trends while also providing insights and options for improving the delivery of strategic business development initiatives in Melbourne.
  • Provide advice on ways to streamline business processes making it easier for the business community to operate in and with the city.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for subject matter experts in the life sciences, venture capital and retail sectors, with extensive expertise in driving investment growth, and a critical understanding of business, market, and industry trends from both a domestic and international perspective. Board members will have the capacity to offer strategic advice to City of Melbourne on the opportunities to attract and drive growth of investment in the municipality.

The City of Melbourne will make appointments based on merit, skill, expertise and leadership qualities. The members will bring specialist expertise and skills, relevant networks connections, innovative thinking and be an advocate and champion in harnessing domestic and foreign direct investment opportunities to the municipality.

Members of the Board will be appointed for a term commencing from their first meeting through to 31 March 2026. Meetings take place at a minimum of three times per year.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Representatives must be from Melbourne based economy sectors, including peak bodies and those working with local, national, and international networks.
  • Have specialist skills, experience, and knowledge in one of the following sectors: life sciences, venture capital and retail.
  • Available to attend all meetings.
  • How to apply

    Please use the form below to submit an application. Applications must include:

    • The completed online form addressing the selection criteria questions
    • A professional profile/CV document.

    Applicants should refer the Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct for further information.

    Applications closed at 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 July.

    Timeline

    • Timeline item 1 - complete

      Applications open

      9.00am Monday 1 July 2024

    • Timeline item 2 - complete

      Applications close

      11.59pm on Wednesday 17 July 2024

    • Timeline item 3 - active

      Selection and appointment process

      From Thursday 18 July to Friday 13 September 2024

      Short listed applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants should expect to receive a status update within eight weeks of the closure date.

    • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

      Appointment of board members by Council

      September 2024

    • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

      New members are expected to attend the Invest Melbourne Advisory Board meeting

      November 2024

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