The Migration Council Australia (MCA) is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit body established to enhance the productive benefits of Australia’s migration and humanitarian programs.
MCA brings together corporate Australia and the community sector to provide a national voice to advocate for effective settlement and migration programs.
We believe that the success of the migration program is critical to Australia’s future prosperity. Assisting new migrants and refugees to settle is an investment in the future of the Australian community, our economy and our prospective workforce.
Our aim is to promote greater understanding of migration and settlement and to foster the development of partnerships between corporate Australia, the community sector and Government.
MCA will contribute to the process of public policy making and encourage the development of support services for new arrivals.
Peter Scanlon is the chair of the Scanlon Foundation. The Foundations primary focus is fostering social cohesion. The foundation funds a range of activities, including social survey research into attitudes to migration and projects to promote the participation of new migrants.
Peter is the Chair and founder of Taverners Group. He has held numerous board positions in public companies, including Director and Chair of Patrick Corporation (1991 -2007), Chair of Wormald International (1993 – 1995) and Deputy Chair of AFP Corporation (1989 – 1998). He was a AFL/VFL Commissioner (1984-1993). He was Chairman of the TAB from 1993 to 1995, setting up the transition from public to private ownership.
Carmel Guerra is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) based in Melbourne.
CMY is a community-based organisation that provides services to and advocates for the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Carmel is the convener of the national Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) and has over 20 years experience in the community sector.
Carmel is a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council and the Youth Parole Board.
Ged Kearney commenced as ACTU President on 1 July 2010. She is the third woman to hold the position.
Ged was elected the Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) in April 2008 and has been an elected official with the ANF since 1997. She has also served as Assistant Federal Secretary, Federal President and Victorian Branch President.
As Federal Secretary, she oversaw substantial membership growth of the ANF and the first national combined strategic growth campaign in the private sector aged care industry.
Ged became a registered nurse in 1985, and has worked in many settings across the public and private acute sectors, predominantly in Melbourne, and has also been a nursing educator, including manager of the Clinical Nursing Education Department at Austin Health.
She also holds the position of director of CBUS Super Fund.
Gail Ker is the Chief Executive Officer at Access Community Services.
Gail was recently appointed Deputy Chair to the Australian Multicultural Council, reflecting her extensive experience in multicultural policy. With a longstanding reputation for innovative service solutions for newly arrived migrants and refugees, Gail has worked extensively to build an integrated community model of settlement.
Gail is the Acting Chair of Logan and Redlands Regional Development Board and sits on the Board for the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ).
Gail’s 20-year long career at Access has seen it develop a national reputation for innovation and quality.
Joe Powell is the Managing Director of SEEK’s Employment and Learning businesses in Australia and New Zealand. Joe has been at SEEK for 8 years and oversees the sales, marketing, customer service, operations and IT divisions. Joe also sits on the Board of SEEK’s joint venture with Swinburne University – Swinburne Online.
Joe’s experience across different business disciplines and industries, together with his strengths in leading large teams and driving collaboration and engagement contributes to making him an effective executive in an ever-changing online landscape. Joe plays a key role in the Executive team at SEEK through shaping the company’s vision, strategy and culture and, he also plays a lead role with SEEK’s indigenous program and SEEK Volunteering initiative – he is particularly passionate about both topics!
Joe has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Tasmania and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He also completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2012.
Cath Scarth was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) in 2011.
Cath has over 20 years experience in designing, implementing and evaluating a wide range of innovative social programs and enterprises both in Australia and the UK.
Prior to her appointment as CEO, Cath was General Manager Of Community and Policy, driving innovation in partnerships with employers, government and the community sector to achieve positive employment and settlement outcomes for newly arrived migrants and refugees.
Cath is also involved in the broader development of social enterprises through her role as a founding board member of Social Traders.
Appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Santos in July 2008, having been appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer in March 2008. Joined Santos in September 2007 as Executive Vice President Growth Businesses. Member of the Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Committee of the Board. Director of Santos Finance Ltd.
Over 30 years of experience in the global oil and gas industry, including as Managing Director for BP Developments in Australasia from 2003 to 2007. Previously held senior positions with BP in Australia, the United Kingdom and Pakistan, and management and engineering roles at ARCO and Shell in the United States, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Norway.
Director of the Migration Council Australia. Chairman of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation and Director of the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in South Australia. Council Member of the Business Council of Australia and Royal Institute of Australia. Chair of the CSIRO Energy Strategic Advisory Committee. Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mechanical Engineering and elected in November 2012 as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Innes Willox is Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire.
Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008, where he represented wide-ranging Australian interests on the west coast of the United States, including in the areas of trade, finance, culture, bio-technology, environment and energy sectors.
He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04).
Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School. He is on the Board of Windermere – Victoria’s oldest family and child services agency. He is based in Melbourne and is a lifetime supporter of the Collingwood Football Club.
Innes is also a Director of Australian Super and Board Member of National Industry Capability Network.