MBN marks new era

The Melbourne Business Network (MBN) unveiled its new committee at an event at Victory Lounge on Collins St on September 19. 

Following the recent resignations of MBN’s much-loved pair Bev Friend (president) and the retiring executive officer and “Mr Melbourne” John Stock, the organisation is now embracing a new era under new leadership.  

Former committee member and national brand manager of Victory Offices Wendi Dawson takes over from Bev Friend as president, while CEO of InterAct Melbourne Anita Bowtell assumes the role of executive officer. 

The rest of the committee consists of Libby Dale (vice-president), Brian Jones (secretary and treasurer) and Dianne Schmidtke, Frank Gambera and Grant Leibbrandt (committee members). 

Having joined MBN in late 2017, president-elect Wendi Dawson told CBD News that she was delighted to be taking on the role and said she believed a “bright and exciting future” lay ahead for the organisation. 

“With change comes opportunity,” Ms Dawson said. “The committee already has new faces from diverse backgrounds, and we are looking to recruit a few more.”

“We want to be representative of those we serve so that we are much closer to the challenges faced by those organisations and are better able to source and deliver solutions.”

“Additionally, we are fortunate to have Anita Bowtell as our new executive officer who brings even more skills, expertise and insights to the group.  Based on the feedback from our recent event, we are overwhelming on a path that resonates with our members.”

Having collaborated and worked closely with the now retired John Stock, who was given a formal send off at an event on August 24, Ms Dawson said the committee would continue working with John’s same passion for creating value for its members. 


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