Maree Davenport


Former Member of Parliament, MAICD, Company Director.

Maree is a strategic advisor, community activist, and GCAN’s founding and Managing Director.

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  Minister for Planning’s Building Advisory Council (BAC) comprising of the peak bodies and regulators in the building and construction industry. She was also a Member of 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 and NFPs including the Dandelion Wishes Foundation, Monash Children's Hospital, and Monash Business Awards. 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.


Maree was a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 1996 until 2002, serving as Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Housing, Community Services and Aged Care, on the Joint All Party Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee and other policy roles.