Chair of the Board of Directors - Prahran Market

Job Title: Chair of the Board of Directors - Prahran Market
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Melbourne CBD, Victoria
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: JO-1807-90077_1532656437
Contact Name: Melanie Pecanek
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 27, 2018 11:53

Job Description

Established in 1864, Melbourne's oldest market, the Prahran Market is an iconic community asset retailing a broad range of quality produce in a traditional village square environment. The Prahran Market is known as a pivotal 'foodie' hub frequented by chefs, food writers, restaurateurs, food producers and many regular customers and continues to remain Melbourne's premier food Market with a fantastic community feel.

Owned by Stonnington City Council, Prahran Market is governed by an independent Board of Directors appointed by Council and comprising a diverse array of skills, experience and backgrounds underpinned by exemplary governance standards. Furthermore, the Board is responsible for ensuring the Market's continued growth in a cost effective and efficient manner which satisfies the needs of its customers, the traders, the community and the Council.

To take the helm of the Board, Stonnington Council is seeking a strategic and inspirational Chair.

Given the significance of this role, the Chair must ensure they can devote sufficient time and commitment to properly perform their role and duties on behalf of the Market and Council. This includes attendance at the monthly meetings which are generally held on the last Thursday of the month from 9am - 11am at the Prahran Market. Please note, meetings are sometimes moved to a different day depending on availability of Directors and additional meetings are often required of the Chair e.g. meeting with the General Manager or the traders at the Market.

Responsibilities of the Chair will include (but not be limited to):

  • Providing sound visionary leadership to the Board and to the General Manager;
  • Facilitating the linkage of information between the Board and the General Manager; traders and Councillors;
  • Facilitating collaborative discussions by the Board Members;
  • Providing effective and sound corporate governance;
  • Providing strategic direction and identifying organisational growth opportunities;
  • Liaising with the 90 Market traders;
  • Acting honestly and in good faith at all times and in the interests of the Market and Council.

To be considered for this amazing opportunity, Stonnington Council is seeking an experienced Board Chair who is a strategic leader and who displays strong diplomacy, high emotional intelligence and sound business nous. You will be an excellent communicator with the ability to liaise effectively with management, traders, Council representatives and customers. The ability to ensure the Market's ongoing commercial success and growth is essential. Of high regard is a community orientated executive with a strategic marketing career and market knowledge. Previous experience in a Board Chair role and AICD qualifications is an advantage but not mandatory, however demonstrated Board experience is expected.

This is an incredible opportunity to add value to a vibrant and essential community asset and one where the successful applicant will be paid an annual salary for their contribution.

To apply, please click on the "apply now" button and upload your CV. For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Melanie Pecanek on (03) 9929 9587 or Seamus Scanlon on (03) 9929 9589 who are managing the recruitment on behalf of Stonnington Council.