CCF Regional Chapter Forum - Shepparton

SAVE THE DATE! Join us for our upcoming CCF Victoria Regional Chapter Dinner in Shepparton! This is a great opportunity to network with contractors and suppliers in your local area!

Event Host: Shiga Chakkiath
Client Services Officer – East, CCF Victoria

Guest Speakers:
Lisa Kinross, CEO CCF Victoria


Lisa is a highly qualified, experienced executive and transformational leader with over 20 years’ experience in management, human resources and education/training. Recently Lisa has been a leader and advocate for innovation and driving future skills development across the Water Industry nationally. She is a strategic advisor to industry, invited to sit on a number of industry committees and is highly networked.

Lisa will be providing attendees with an update on the initiatives currently underway by CCF Victoria around training, representation, advocacy, and other major upcoming events for Contractors and Associates to be aware of.

Sam Birell
Nationals Candidate for Nicholls

Sam is a member of the Australian House of Representatives for the division of Nicholls in northern Victoria and a member of the National Party.

After completing the Fairley Leadership program in 2013, Sam was very interested helping the newly formed Committee for Greater Shepparton as a volunteer. He believed that the development of the Committee was a great step forward and an opportunity to align the leadership in the region and ensure their story and aspirations were front and centre in the mind of decision makers in Canberra and Melbourne. Sam became CEO of the Committee in 2016 and remained in that role until 2021.

In the 2022 Australian federal election, Sam won a race between a Liberal Party candidate and independent candidate Rob Priestly.

Sam will address The Coalition’s plan for attracting migrants with in-demand skills, and the need to not only bring workers to this region, but also on the importance of having the infrastructure to support them.

Kirsten Alexander
General Manager Infrastructure & Planning
Mansfield Shire Council

Kirsten Alexander has been appointed Council’s new CEO commencing September 2022. Kirsten has been General Manager Infrastructure and Planning with Mansfield Shire Council since 2020 and has built a strong team which has delivered great outcomes for the community, from the $7m dual court stadium to significant improvements in Council’s planning processes, capital works delivery and maintenance of unsealed roads.

Kirsten will be there to discuss Mansfield council’s major infrastructure plans, upcoming tenders/work packages, investments, and provide a progress report on the status of current works being undertaken.

Josh Lewis
Director – Infrastructure Services, Moira Shire Council

Josh Lewis is a seasoned engineer with highly developed project management abilities. Having directly been involved with the delivery of approximately $100 million of works, he has supervised a further $400 million over the past 20 years, both in local government and with the Department of Transport.  Josh resides in North East Victoria with his five children and enjoys gardening, motorsports and going for a weekend drive or ride. Josh is currently employed as Director Infrastructure Services at Moira Shire Council.

Josh is planning on discussing some of the key topics on the minds of our members and industry including…

  • The current financial climate we’re working in
  • Council’s capital works program
  • Shortages of resources