Executive team

Paul Guerra

Paul Guerra

Chief Executive

Paul is an internationally experienced leader having held Managing Director/CEO and Chairman level roles across Australia and Asia Pacific, spanning several key industries.

Paul was previously the Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), best known for producing the Royal Melbourne Show (attracting half a million people annually), world class food and beverage award programs and venue management and activation of the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Prior to this Paul was Managing Director Asia Pacific for Optum International, a subsidiary of the United Health Group, one of the world’s leading providers of Health services.

Before joining Optum International, Paul was the Victorian State Director for Vodafone, and prior to this, he held an extensive 17-year career with Motorola finishing as the Director and Vice President for Motorola Asia Pacific.

Paul holds an Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from Swinburne University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with a major in Marketing and has completed several short management courses in the USA.

Paul is involved in a number of boards, not-for-profits and start-ups. Paul is also an Australia Day Ambassador and a proud Victorian.

Scott Veenker

Scott Veenker

Chief Operating Officer

Scott Veenker oversees the Chamber’s membership services, internship program, events, marketing, training, health & safety consulting, workplace relations consulting, and the Victorian business of Apprenticeship Support Australia. He is also a Director of Workplace Assured, a separate business that the Chamber has a significant shareholding in. 

Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in banking and finance, having held senior positions across multiple distribution channels with Esanda Finance and ANZ.

Scott is a Fellow of FINSIA, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and holds a Masters of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance).


Gary Egan

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Egan is responsible for the Victorian Chamber’s Corporate Services Division which includes Finance, ICT, Property and Administration and also provides support to the activities of VTIC.

Gary is a CA qualified accountant with a Big 4 background specialising in SME business advice and has more than 20 years of commercial experience. This includes 10 years with Orica in a number of senior finance roles and 4 years as the CFO for an Australian privately owned international management consultancy business. Prior to joining the Chamber, Gary has been running his own consultancy business providing project management services and M&A support to businesses focussed on implementing earnings growth opportunities.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Accountancy, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive), Six Sigma Black Belt and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Dianne Smith

Dianne Smith

Chief Executive - Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

Dianne joined the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce in October 2016 after five years as the Chief Executive of Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC).

Dianne spent 25 years in the tourism industry, working in Melbourne and regional Victoria covering marketing, visitor services, policy and strategy. Her previous roles include Manager Tourism Partnerships, Parks Victoria, Executive Director, Ballarat Tourism, and Marketing and Visitor Services Manager at Melbourne Zoo. Between September 2015 and March 2016, Dianne was seconded by the Victorian Government to undertake the GM Regional role, in the transition to Visit Victoria.

Dianne has also worked in the hotel and computer industries and holds a Bachelor of Economics and Politics, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

She is also proud to be an Adjunct Professor, Victoria University – a role in which she can mentor young people into the industry.

In June 2020, Dianne was appointed as a member of the Emerald Tourist Railway Board of Management (Puffing Billy). 

Dugald Murray

Dugald Murray

Executive Director - Policy, Trade and Public Affairs

Dugald Murray is the Executive Director of Policy, Trade and Public Affairs, responsible for the Victorian Chamber’s policy development, advocacy activities, government and media engagement and stakeholder relations.

Prior to joining the Victorian Chamber, Dugald was a Director at Nous Group, where he was responsible for leading diverse teams to provide strategic, economic, policy, management and organisational change analysis and advice. Dugald has a strong background in policy, government, advocacy and consulting, having held senior positions with State and Federal Ministers, as Chief Economist at the Australian Conservation Foundation and senior public service roles with the Victorian, Australian and Canadian governments.

Dugald holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is also a non-executive director of the Australian Energy Foundation and ICN Victoria.

Felicia Mariani

Felicia Mariani

Chief Executive - VTIC

Felicia has had a long and accomplished career in the tourism and events sectors across Australia, commencing her career here in the early 90’s with Tourism Victoria as part of the team that launched the highly successful and internationally lauded ‘You’ll Love Every Piece of Victoria’ campaign.

Following 7 years in Melbourne, Felicia headed north to Sydney, as Director of Strategic Communications in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics. She subsequently was appointed inaugural Executive GM of Tourism Sydney and then took up the role of Marketing Director for Tourism NSW.

Moving to Tasmania, for 5 years she held the role of CEO of Tourism Tasmania. Her time there saw a major reinvention of the destination, establishing a clear USP for Tassie on the global stage.

Her career has spanned both the public and private sectors, with subsequent roles leading a national industry association; senior leadership in Victoria’s Department of Premier & Cabinet; and CEO of a national Not-for-Profit organisation.

Felicia is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the board of RSPCA Tasmania as Vice President and Deputy Chair.