Victorian Government Purchasing Board
Achieving Excellence in Government Procurement

VGPB Board Members

The Board consists of a chairperson and not less than six other members. Board members are selected based on their experience and expertise in procurement-related matters. They can be internal or external to government.

Board members can be contacted via the Department of Treasury and Finance:

VGPB Secretariat
Level 4, 1 Macarthur Street
VIC 3002, Australia
Ph: (+613) 9651 1699



Dr Williams worked in the state and federal public sectors for over 30 years, and held several senior executive roles specialising in economic policy, primarily in central agencies. Dr Williams has a number of other board positions including on the Victorian Legal Services Board, the Victorian Building Authority, the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.



Ms Brandi has over 25 years procurement experience in both the public and private sectors. Throughout her career, Ms Brandi has assumed many different operational management roles and delivered key procurement projects and initiatives in the goods and services, mining and construction industries. Some of these achievements include developing procurement supply chain strategies and risk management assurance processes. In addition, Ms Brandi was the first female in Australia to gain fellow status in the Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (FCIPS).


Ms De Cicco is the Deputy Secretary, Criminal Justice Division at the Department of Justice and Regulation. She has experience in policy advice and development, formulation of strategy and legislation, procurement and contracting.


Mr Lyons has extensive experience in government procurement policy and has been a member of numerous public and private Boards. In addition, Mr Lyons has held many directorships and has gained expertise in the areas of industrial relations, financial services, public policy, governance and risk management, not-for-profit management and communications advocacy.


Ms Price brings over 20 years of government procurement experience in the construction sector to the VGPB. During her ten year career with the Department of Health and Human Services, Ms Price has been responsible for the long-term planning, development and implementation of the health capital program, including oversight of new hospital developments such as the Royal Children's Hospital and Box Hill Hospital rebuilds and the new Bendigo Hospital development. In addition, Ms Price's former role within the public transport sector, which saw her play a pivotal role in the redevelopment of Spencer Street Station (now named Southern Cross Station), equips the VGPB with strong procurement knowledge.


Mr Rooney has over 25 years of procurement experience in the public, private and consulting environments with demonstrated success derived through strong business management, financial management, strategic thinking, customer focus and people leadership skills. Mr Rooney is currently Regional Manager of Porter Davis Homes having initially been the Group Procurement Manager and has held a number of senior procurement management positions at CSR Sugar, Madison Cross Corporate Advisory and Coles Group.


Mr Straw is a former Deputy Secretary, Innovation and Technology/Industry and Trade at the Department of Business & Innovation. He has an extensive background in technology innovation, policy, planning and implementation with Victorian public sector agencies. Mr Straw is currently Chair of CenITex, Chair of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resource's Investment Committee, Member of VicTrack Telecommunications Committee and Member of the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, ICT Committee. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012.


Mr Yardley is a successful entrepreneur and business owner. Mr Yardley has strong governance skills and is an experienced board member. His career focus has been on innovation, ideas strategy, business and planning in the ICT industry in particular.

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