The team

The Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Office is made up of advisers and project managers experienced in public sector and health strategy development, policy and planning. The team is led by a Chair and a Deputy Executive Chair, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria).

Harold Mitchell AC
Chair

Harold Mitchell is the Chair of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Office and the Precinct Leadership Group.

The founder of Mitchell & Partners, Harold has seen his company evolve into Australia’s largest media and communications group. He is well known across Australia in both business and philanthropy, distributing more than $10 million to projects related to health, education and arts through the Harold Mitchell Foundation

Harold serves as Chairman of a number of organisations, including the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel, which in its 2016 report to Government identified the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct as offering significant potential for job creation and growth and increased investment. Its recommendations underpinned establishment of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Office in 2016. He is also Chair of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, a key Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Partner.

In 2010, Harold was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the community through his leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.

Brendan Flynn
Deputy Executive Chair

Brendan Flynn provides leadership support to the Executive Chair and in particular drives government engagement with a strong focus on infrastructure and land use planning. He is Chair of the Precinct Inter-Departmental Committee, the key government group of executives working together to deliver improved outcomes for the Precinct.

Brendan’s career spans senior executive roles across both the public and private sectors, including as Deputy Secretary with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Treasury and Finance. In the private sector he has held executive positions with ratings agency Standards and Poor’s and the ANZ Bank.

He is commercially oriented, playing key leadership roles in significant state and national transactions. Brendan has advised successive Victorian governments on policy development and delivery across infrastructure, economics, health, education and human services, as well as major projects.

Fiona Herco
Principal Adviser

Fiona Herco works across strategy development with a key focus on driving increased partnership prospects for the Precinct.

Fiona has more than ten years experience in health service management in both leadership and operations, including Chief of Staff for Melbourne Health.

Fiona's experience includes oversight of large scale projects, organisation-wide business planning systems, innovation and quality.

Julie Browning
Director Communications

Julie Browning leads communications strategy and support to position and promote the work of the Precinct and its partners.

Her career has been built on multifaceted, issues rich briefs through her consulting and in-house roles with government, corporate and not for profit. Negotiation, collaboration, influence and engagement underpin her approach.

She has a strong background in health, including five years as the Executive Director Communications and Marketing at The Royal Children’s Hospital during the build of and move to a new world class hospital. Further health work includes the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Perth Children’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Austin Hospital and Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network.

More recently Julie has led the media, community engagement and communications teams at the City of Melbourne and communications and engagement for Infrastructure Victoria. She has worked extensively with senior levels of state, federal and local government as well as both public and private boards.

Lucy Dalton
Principal Adviser

Lucy Dalton leads engagement with Precinct Partners, the City of Melbourne and Victorian Government and its agencies on land use and infrastructure planning.

Lucy is working closely with the Deputy Executive Chair, as well as the Victorian Planning Authority, to develop a Framework Plan for the Precinct.

Lucy has a ten-year career working with and advising the Victorian Government on policy issues across a range of portfolios - from early childhood education to transport reform. Her expertise in policy development and government decision making is being utilised in the development of the MBP Office's strategic advice to Government, and coordination of government processes.

Scott Edwards
Principal Adviser, International

Scott Edwards' key focus at the Melbourne Biomedical Office is to grow the international recognition of the Precinct, and help foster new research collaborations and industry partnerships.

Scott has clinical and leadership experience across a range of private, public and community settings in Australia and the UK, both as a physiotherapist and manager of projects, largely in workforce development and systems thinking.

Scott has led a number of key projects including an award winning workforce redesign of the Austin Hospital’s physiotherapy department and a new partnership program with Royal Melbourne Hospital and residential aged care facilities.

Dr Sky Gross
Biomedical Director, Trade and Investment, Tel Aviv

Sky Gross is based in Tel Aviv, at the Victorian Government’s Trade and Investment Office. The office was established in 2017 to drive new investment and exchange opportunities between Victoria and Israel.

In addition to marketing Melbourne’s biomedical expertise, Sky works with both markets to identify and build Israeli-Victorian biomedical research partnerships and related commercial opportunities. Her role is fundamentally about bringing people together across both markets, to create greater impact for our world-class research through commercialization and in doing so build growth and jobs for Victoria.

Sky’s career has been built on research and professional roles in health and social sciences, particularly in medical sociology and anthropology. More recently she reported directly to Israel’s Chief Scientist and was responsible for policy setting and implementation, as well as research funding and priorities. Sky is passionate about gender equality and as CEO led the National Council for the Advancement of Women in Science and Technology, bringing together government, NGOs and the private sector.