Breakthrough Victoria Board Director (multiple positions)

Board of Directors | Industry promotion


Role length:
Sessional, 3 years
Monthly, Not specified
Melbourne - CBD
$36,958 - $73,917

About the board

Non-Executive Directors – Breakthrough Victoria

  • Play a strategic role in generating financial returns and social impact for Victoria
  • Work with a passionate Board, focused on making a positive difference
  • Remunerated appointments

Victoria is home to some of the best scientific, digital and knowledge industries and businesses in the world. Whether it's the next generation of medical tech, designing sustainable food sources or uncovering new ways to take action on climate change, Victorian innovators are already developing the research, technology and ideas that will transform our lives for the better.

Breakthrough Victoria exists to support these innovative ideas and technologies to help solve globally significant and challenging problems, create industries for the future, improve health and wellbeing and deliver prosperity and sustainable returns for Victorians over the next decade and beyond. Further details on the Breakthrough's Investment strategy can be found here: Our Investments | Breakthrough Victoria.

A state-owned company, the organisation operates independently and is chaired by the Hon John Brumby AO. Breakthrough Victoria Pty Ltd was established to manage the Victorian Government's landmark Breakthrough Victoria Fund. Breakthrough Victoria is investing in key industry sectors including:

  • Health and life sciences
  • Agri-foods
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • The clean economy
  • Digital technologies

About the role

The Victorian Government is inviting expressions of interest for a number of  board member positions. In terms of commitment, the Board holds meetings at least 10 times a year and devotes up to a further two days for strategy development and review.  Director responsibilities also include preparation for these meetings, site visits and attendance at various industry events as well as serving on at least two board committees.  Board meetings are predominantly based at the Breakthrough Victoria Office in Collins Street Melbourne.

Who we're looking for

To complement the backgrounds and balance of the current Board, we are ideally seeking individuals who present with:

  • Extensive and demonstrable commercial experience, including capital markets, capital raising, product development, global/national markets, investment and asset management and IP Mobilisation.
  • Extensive and demonstrable finance, audit, governance and risk experience.

Candidates with extensive knowledge and experience in successfully translating and commercialising University, MRI and related scientific research will also be considered.

Along with technical expertise, you will bring commercial acumen, financial literacy and a sound understanding of robust governance practices. You will be well regarded for your integrity, emotional intelligence, curiosity and courage and are driven by the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the success and prosperity of Victoria.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring board appointments reflect the rich diversity of the Victorian community. Applications from women, people of all ages, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ people and people living in rural and regional Victoria are encouraged.

What you need to apply

To apply, please contact Davidson Applications should include a current CV and cover letter addressing key selection criteria.


For a confidential discussion, please contact Jarrod McLauchlan on 0407 808 517 or Vanessa Huxley on 0417 708 112 Davidson Search & Advisory.

Applications close on 24 April 2024.