Maree Davenport

Expert Professional Credentials

Adaptive Mindsets



Critical Thinking

Cultural Engagement

Digital Literacy

Driving Strategic Results

Empowering Others

Leading & Developing People

Problem Solving



Former Member of Parliament in Victoria

NMAS Accredited Multi-disciplinary and Online Mediator 

Master of Leadership; GCertLdshp (Deakin) FacCertComn (Monash); BPRE (RMIT)

CertGov&RiskMgt (GIA); G&MAICD 

Maree is a strategic advisor, community activist, and GCAN’s founding and Managing Director. She is tertiary qualified in property, risk, governance, and communications, and currently completing a Master of Leadership. In addition, she is an Accredited Multi-disciplinary and Online Mediator (NMAS).  


Maree was the youngest woman elected to the Parliament of Victoria, aged 28, and served two terms. She was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Housing, Community Services and Aged Care, Member & Deputy Chair of the Joint All Party Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, Chair of the Redundant Legislation and Regulation Review SARC Committees and other senior policy roles.

Maree’s extensive networks, knowledge, and experience have been developed and honed over 30 years in policy, advocacy, and commercial fields.  She is sought after to scope, frame, and develop strategic industry policy and renowned for her keen eye on the full spectrum of unforeseen challenges, unintended consequences, and impacts of regulatory and legislative change.

Maree is known for her diligence and persistence in delivering tangible outcomes. Bringing a genuine passion to her work, Maree creates impact by readily identifying emerging issues and creating innovative and sustainable policy solutions. Maree cares about the community as a whole, which she serves in many voluntary roles, and is committed to empowering organisations to enable them to thrive.

From 2013 until 2019, Maree served as Chair of the Minister for Planning’s Building Advisory Council (BAC) comprising the peak bodies and regulators in the building and construction industry. She was also a Member of the Building Appeals Board at the Victorian Building Authority.


Additional experience includes the Ministerial Roundtable Industry Skills Consultative Committee, the Critical Incident Protocol Working Group (DJCS), the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Industry Leaders Consultative Group and Building Confidence Report Steering Committee, along with the Victorian Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Committee.


Maree is involved with many charities, serving on the Boards of Endometriosis Australia, and Tradeswomen Australia while supporting NFPs including the Dandelion Wishes Foundation, and Monash Children's Hospital. She was previously President of Wavlink disability service for 7 years, founded Angel Babies Foundation, and supports many organisations which provide a helping hand up to people in need.


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