Chief Executive Officer – Dr Cathy Wilkinson

Dr Cathy Wilkinson became CEO of EPA on 3 September 2018. She is a senior executive with significant public sector experience in the planning, water and environment portfolios. She had led the development and implementation of major policy and regulatory reforms for the Victorian Government.

Between 2006 and 2013 she was based in Sweden. She consulted to governments across Europe, completed a PhD at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and led projects with the Arctic Council, Rockefeller Foundation and the African Centre for Cities.

Governing Board

Since 1 July 2018 EPA has had a new governance structure – making sure we’re better equipped than ever to protect Victorians from the harmful effects of pollution and waste.

The Governing Board was announced on 23 May 2018 and replaced the Interim Advisory Board that had operated since January 2017. You can read more in a media release from the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

Strengthening and modernising EPA’s governance, and establishing us as an independent environmental regulator is part of the Victorian Government’s vision for EPA. This is outlined in its response to the independent inquiry into our role.

EPA's governance arrangements are described in the EPA Governance Charter (publication 1453.3).

EPA Chairperson – Cheryl Batagol PSM

Ms Cheryl Batagol PSM was first appointed as EPA Chairperson in September 2009. In December 2017, she was appointed Chairperson of the EPA Governing Board until June 2020 under the Environment Protection Act 2017. The role of the Chairperson with the EPA Governing Board is to:

  • appoint the CEO
  • set the standards and the strategic direction for EPA
  • liaise with stakeholders
  • monitor EPA’s performance.

Ms Batagol has more than 40 years’ experience in the waste management, water and environmental sectors. She brings to the role her prior experience with numerous government bodies. This includes:

  • Chair of Melbourne Water
  • board member of City West Water and Southern Rural Water
  • Chair of EcoRecycle Victoria
  • Deputy Chair and board member of Sustainability Victoria
  • member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council and the Victorian Sustainability Fund Advisory Panel.

Ms Batagol is also the Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and the Chair of the Heads of EPA Australia and New Zealand.

Greg Tweedly – Deputy Chairperson

Mr Greg Tweedly is the Governing Board’s Deputy Chairperson and has more than 20 years’ experience in regulation, governance, risk, audit and finance.

As CEO of WorkSafe Victoria for nearly 10 years, Mr Tweedly was responsible for the regulation of workplace safety in Victoria. During his time as CEO, WorkSafe recorded the safest year on record and reduced premiums in seven out of nine years. He also oversaw the implementation of the WorkHealth Initiative – a five-year program to offer and deliver health checks for Victorian workers.

Mr Tweedly is currently a non-executive director of Melbourne Health, Chair of Dorsavi Ltd and Chair of the Personal Injury Education Foundation.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, is a qualified Accountant (CPA), a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Alumnus of the Stanford Executive Program and Harvard Leadership Program.

Professor Rebekah Brown

Professor Rebekah Brown is the Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research) at Monash University. In this role she is responsible for leading the university-wide research agenda. She contributes to the development and implementation of the research strategy, enhancing the university’s research performance. She works to ensure responsible research practice, integrity and compliance in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Professor Brown is also a Director of the RISE (Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments) Program, focused on South East Asia and the Pacific, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Previously, Professor Brown was the Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University. This is a leading interdisciplinary research and education centre. It works collaboratively with government, industry and philanthropists to advance the knowledge, policy and practice of sustainable development. She also held roles as the Chief Research Officer at the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and was a Professor of Environmental Sociology at Monash University.

Professor Brown holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) from Monash University and a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of New South Wales.

Monique Conheady

Ms Monique Conheady is a Commissioner at Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, a Board Member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and a co-founder and Director of DC Power Co. Previously, she was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flexicar and held senior management roles at Hertz Australia after it purchased Flexicar.

Ms Conheady holds a Bachelor of Civil/Environmental Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography) from the University of Melbourne. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

Graeme Ford

Mr Graeme Ford is the CEO of the Game Management Authority. He has more than 20 years’ experience advocating for rural and regional communities, having been the CEO of the Victorian Farmers Federation.

For the past 20 years Graeme has engaged with various government regulatory bodies on the design of regulatory regimes affecting the agricultural sector. He has held director roles with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and FarmConnect – a not-for-profit company providing charitable support to the agriculture sector.

Mr Ford has a Master in Business Administration from the University of Ballarat, a Master of Applied Science from the University of Western Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Rural Resource Management from La Trobe University. He is a graduate of the General Management Program of the Harvard Business School.

Ross Pilling

Mr Ross Pilling is a non-executive director of Note Printing Australia, Chair of Swinburne University’s Industry Research Advisory Committee and the Victorian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Innovation Investment Committee of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre. Mr Pilling was formerly the Deputy National President of the Australian Industry Group, and a longstanding board member of the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association.

His senior executive career with leading multinational companies, BASF and BOC, included several General Manager and Managing Director roles in Asia, Australia and Europe. He brings an international, multicultural perspective to leadership and extensive experience of start-ups, post-merger integrations and business transformations.

Mr Pilling has a Master of Science from Cranfield Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering by Swinburne University of Technology.

Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith AO

Emeritus Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith AO is the Head of Injury Prevention Research at the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. In 2016, she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Australia Day Honours List. This was for her distinguished service to public health in the area of accident and injury prevention, to forensic medicine, and to higher education as an academic.

Professor Ozanne-Smith is currently a non-executive director of the Australian China Alumni Association and has previously been a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Professor Ozanne-Smith has qualifications in medicine, public health and sociology, a research doctorate in injury epidemiology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She conducts interdisciplinary research and develops epidemiological data systems in Australia and internationally. She has co-edited several World Health Organization global reports.

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Reviewed 8 November 2019