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Our Board


Our Vision for Fed Sq

To be recognised internationally as a contemporary world site and Melbourne’s inspirational public space.

To manage and develop Fed Square to actively support and reflect Melbourne’s pre-eminent civic and cultural strengths.

Ms Deborah Beale


Deb Beale has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia and a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. Deb began her working career in the finance industry where she was employed by Merrill Lynch for over a decade. She then moved to Ernst & Young where she specialised in governance and risk management. Deb has also served and continues to serve on a number of government, public, private and not-for-profit boards. Her broad experience includes the areas of finance, corporate governance, public relations and risk management.

On 26 January 2019, Chair of the FSPL Board Deborah Beale was awarded as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the business and public sectors, and to the community of Victoria.

Ms Kathleen Wilson

Board Member

Kathy Wilson is the Principal of Kathy Wilson Legal. Kathy has a background in property law, commercial litigation and succession law, and has over 25 years’ experience advising in litigation and dispute resolution, asset structuring, wills and succession planning and guardianship matters.  Kathy has served on a number of boards and committees in the private, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Kathy is presently a non-executive director of the Law Institute of Victoria Limited and the Institute of Legal Executives Limited.  She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, accredited mediator, accredited specialist in wills and estates and a qualified trust and estate practitioner.

Ms Pamela Mitchell

Board Member

Pam Mitchell is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the establishment, documentation, financial management and reporting of property and investment funds management businesses and superannuation funds in a range of small and medium-sized enterprises in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Pam is currently a non-executive Director of State Trustees Limited and a member of the Audit Committees of the Victorian Government’s Department of Transport and Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. She also chairs the Audit Committee for the Australian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Agency.

She was a Director of the Emergency Services and State Super Board and has held many roles as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in the investment and property sectors.

Mr Patrick Conlon

Board Member

Patrick Conlon is a former South Australian politician who represented the electoral district of Elder in the South Australian House of Assembly as a member of the Australian Labor Party from 1997 to 2014. He was Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, and Minister for Energy, as well as the Leader of Government Business in the Lower House. Until early 2005, Patrick was also Emergency Services Minister.

Patrick served in many portfolios between 2002 and 2013 as a senior cabinet member, including Government Enterprises, Police, Emergency Services, Industrial Relations, State/Local Government Relations, Housing and Urban Development, and Transport and Infrastructure. Since retiring from Parliament, Patrick practised law at Minter Ellison before opening his own consultancy.

Mr Ari Suss

Board Member

Ari Suss is CEO of Fox Special Projects, part of the private family investment arm of the Linfox Group, joining the company in 2004. Ari is also a Board Member of Avalon Airport Australia.

Between 1999 and 2004, Ari was a senior adviser to former Premier Steve Bracks. During this time, he specialised in policy and advice in the areas of infrastructure development, transport, ports, major projects, multicultural affairs and parliamentary strategy.

In 2011, Ari also commenced in his role as General Manager of the Linfox-owned Australian Automotive Research Centre, a 1000-hectare vehicle test facility in Anglesea, Victoria.

In October 2015, Ari was appointed a Director and Board Member of Goulburn Murray Water.

Ari has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Monash University, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed executive studies at Harvard Business School.

Mr John Lee

Co-opted Member of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

John Lee is a Chartered Accountant and consultant. John has a Graduate Diploma (Company Directors) from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is an Associate Member of AICD. John is also an Associate Member of Chartered Accountants, ANZ and has a Fellowship Diploma of Business Studies (accountancy) from RMIT University.