With a range of skills and expertise, our VicTrack Board are experienced business leaders who work together to guide our strategic objectives and oversee the implementation of our goals.

Sustainable management of Victoria’s transport assets is a key priority for the group, and maintaining the highest standards of integrity as we work towards the state’s broader transport and economic objectives.

Our VicTrack Board of Directors is responsible for overall business performance and our corporate governance practices. Our Board is made up of independent non-executive Directors:

John Lenders

John was appointed as Director and Chair of VicTrack in April 2015, and has more than a decade of experience in senior roles in public office. He was elected to state parliament in September 1999. After joining the cabinet in February 2002, he held a range of portfolios including Industrial Relations, Consumer Affairs, Finance, ICT, Major Projects, WorkCover and Education.

He was the Victorian Treasurer from 2007 to 2010 and was responsible for delivering the state budget, and providing strategic advice to government on its economic, financial and budgetary policies.

Yehudi Blacher

PSM, B.A. Hons, M.A. FIPA (Vic)
Deputy Chair

Yehudi was appointed a Director and Deputy Chair of VicTrack in April 2012. He brings extensive public sector experience to the Board, including land use planning and strategic management.

Yehudi was the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Community Development from 2002 to 2011. He also held Deputy Secretary level positions in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Human Services. From 1991 to 1996 he was head of the Victorian Office of Local Government.

He is a Fellow of the IPAA (Victoria) and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Yehudi was appointed as the inaugural Chair of the Port of Hastings Development Authority in 2012 and has been a member of the Monash University Council since 2008.

Paula Allen

CFA, FCA, GAICD, BBus (Acc/Comp)

Paula has extensive experience spanning more than two decades across strategy, finance, governance, and technology, principally around highly regulated markets. In this, she has guided businesses to deliver better outcomes (Bankers Trust, Colonial Group, LUCRF Super); where companies she has led have been recognised through listings in BRW Top 500 companies in Australia and the ‘Rising Star’ award in the superannuation industry. More recently, she works through her own consulting firm, working both locally and internationally.

Paula was appointed to the Board effective 1 April 2016.

Collette Burke

B.E (Civil), M.Eng.Sci, PhD, FIEAust, GAICD

Collette has spent more than 24 years in the design and construction sector with major contractors (Leightons, Thiess and John Holland) as well as being a co-founder of boutique engineering consultancy and education firm Exner Group. Collette is also an internationally acknowledged researcher and authority on risk management and the delivery of value for money in major infrastructure projects. Through her experience, Collette has been exposed to major telecommunications projects, rail projects and road and rail signalling installations, which have significant and valuable synergies with VicTrack. Collette joined VicTrack’s board in July 2015.

Geraldine Gray


Geraldine has spent more than 30 years in the legal industry, practising as a solicitor then a barrister in NSW, Hong Kong and Victoria. She has been at the Victorian Bar since 2004 and brings with her broad and invaluable legal experience in the commercial, contractual and construction sectors. Geraldine is a Director of the Australasian Leukaemia and Lymphoma Group Ltd. She was appointed to the VicTrack Board in July 2015.

Randall Straw


Randall has over 35 years experience in government ICT, formerly serving as Deputy Secretary of Innovation and Technology at the then-Department of Business and Innovation and prior to that as Executive Director Multimedia Victoria and a range of other ICT and technology policy related positions. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in the management of large scale ICT and technology related reform projects in government and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2012.

Randall is currently Chair of CenITex, a Director on the Victorian Government Purchasing Board and an Independent Member of the DEDJTR Investment Committee.

Michael Trumble

BComm, LLB

Michael was appointed a Director of VicTrack in December 2012. Michael is Chair of VicTrack’s Property and Environment Committee. He is a leading commercial property lawyer and is the principal of the firm Michael Trumble Legal. He has a wealth of experience in property law in development, construction and management, commercial leasing, purchasing and sales, joint ventures and other related transactions.

He has worked on projects ranging from major office building developments to shopping centres and public infrastructure projects. In particular, his public infrastructure experience includes the Melbourne Airport International Terminal, the Commonwealth Games Village, the Melbourne Convention Centre project and the Regional Fast Rail project.