Meet the Directors

Voices of Mornington Peninsula has been formed by residents like you and me; residents who love where we live and recognise the urgency for our values to be reflected by government.

 

Meike Suggars - Co-Chair

Meike moved to Rosebud from Melbourne with her toddler and dog in 2017 - her family had a holiday house in Blairgowrie and she'd been holidaying on the Peninsula since she was 4. She wishes she'd made the move years earlier! Her work experience includes running her own small business in financial services as well as head of marketing for a trade industry journal and online publication, and volunteer marketing manager for non-profit Seven Women which educates and empowers marginalised women in Nepal. Meike joined VMP when the lack of action on climate and the very poor handling of revelations around culture and sexual harassment within Parliament House just became too much! She felt getting an independent elected for the seat of Flinders would help progress these issues and other concerns of the local community.

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Janelle Magee - Co-Chair & Secretary

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Janelle has a background in fashion, both as a designer and teacher in tertiary and vocational education settings. Janelle led the education department of The Social Studio, a social enterprise that uses fashion and creativity to create work and learning opportunities for Melbourne’s refugee and new migrant communities. She has lectured across several programs at RMIT's School of Fashion and Textiles, has freelanced as a Technical Designer for independent Melbourne fashion labels and more recently has returned to study a degree in Environmental Science. She relocated from Melbourne to the Westernport Bay side of the Mornington Peninsula in 2016 with her partner and two young children. Janelle’s other interests include sewing, textile design, rock ‘n’ roll and exploring the natural world alongside her family. She is passionate about empowering communities to reimagine the way we live, work and play.

 

Adrian Burrage - Director

Adrian believes democracy requires listening to perspectives across the spectrum of culture, gender and age. Educated as a Youth Worker, Adrian has managed teams and led innovations in not-for-profit, university, local and state government settings with a focus on youth services, housing, education & wellbeing.  Currently a Student Counsellor and a dedicated Dad, Adrian is committed to enabling social justice and ensuring the planet is a healthy place for the generations to come. The Mornington Peninsula has been home to Adrian and his family for the past 12 years. He thrives on riding anything from local trails to waves, playing music and being an active part of a flourishing community.

 

Kim Robbins - Director 

Kim's family has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for 20 years and Kim moved here in 2016. Kim is a marketing manager and has worked in diverse industries such as international banking, education and membership-based organisations both here and overseas. Kim is enthusiastic about improving the accountability in government and ensuring that people who are making our laws are adhering to them too. Kim fervently believes more independent representation will help make accountable governments a reality. Kim lives in Seawinds with Jeff, her husband, Monty the elderly cocker spaniel and Lainy the ginger cat. 

 

Nick Arnott - Director

Nick moved to the Westernport Bay side of the Mornington Peninsula with his young family over 17 years ago, after many visits in preceding years to visit family and friends in the wider Balnarring area.  Through involvement with local kinders, schools, and tennis clubs, Nick's family has established many life-long friendships with a variety of people who share the love of living in this area, and who make an active contribution to social and economic health of the local community.

Following more than 20 years as a project engineer and manager working across Australia on infrastructure construction and maintenance, Nick completed his teaching degree in 2018 and commenced his secondary school teaching career at Dromana Secondary College.  It is through roles on school and kinder management boards, and now at a local secondary school, that Nick recognises the importance of leadership at all levels for our community, especially for our youth.  He wants our federal parliament, including our local federal MP, to reflect the values of integrity, respect to our fellow citizens and care for our environment. Voices of Mornington Peninsula want this too, so he's a passionate member of VMP!

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