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Corporate Governance - Authority Members

The 12 member Authority comprises the CFA Chairman and members appointed by the Governor-in-Council.

Kerry Murphy

Kerry Murphy PSM, AFSM

Appointed as Chairman: 1 April 2007
Member of CFA Board since 1 July 2006

Board Committees: Remuneration and Appointments, Industrial Relations

Former joint Executive Director Business Victoria. Retired Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria (a statutory body responsible for coordinating regional development in provincial Victoria). Former Chairman Albury Wodonga (Victoria) Development Corporation.

Awarded PSM (2002) for service to Business in regional Victoria.
Awarded AFSM (2002).

Claire Higgins 

Claire Higgins BComm, FCPA, FAICD

Appointed as Deputy Chairman:   2 October 2007

Board Committees:  Remuneration and Appointments, Audit and Risk

Claire has over 25 years governance, management, finance and accounting experience with major Australian corporates – BHP and OneSteel Limited and major Belgian Corporate – NV Bekaert SA. In addition, Claire has been on the Board of Barwon Health since 2000 and Chair since 2002. She has been a member of the Victorian Health Service Management Innovation Council for 2 years.  During 2007, Claire was appointed to Chair of Victorian State Emergency Services Authority and a Board Member of Barwon Water. Claire is married with 2 daughters and lives in the Surf Coast Shire.

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Dr Zena Burgess 

Dr Zena Burgess PhD

Member of CFA Board since 31 May 2005
Term expired: 1 April 2008 

Board Committees:   Remuneration and Appointments

Zena is an Organisational Psychologist with experience in organisational change, primarily in public sector management, boards and committees of management. Currently Zena works in Human Resource Consulting and is Victorian State Manager of Davidson Trahaire Corpsych which is one of the largest Employee Assistance and Trauma debriefing providers in Australia. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and was Vice President and Director of Membership 1998-2000 of the Australian Psychological Society, Board Member of the Tertiary Credit Union 1995-1997, VCAT Sessional Member 1998-2006 and Member of Rotary 1998-2000.

Kevin A. Erwin

Kevin A. Erwin

Member of CFA Board since 25 September 2007

Board Committees:  -

Joined CFA Board during 2007and a CFA volunteer for the past 37 years. Former Captain of the Callawadda Fire Brigade, DGO and currently Group Officer of the Stawell Group. Former Mayor and currently Councillor for the Northern Grampians Shire Council. Is a Director of the Grampians Regional Waste Management Group; Chairman of Region 16, Regional Planning Committee and member since 1999. Kevin is a primary producer and holds numerous roles in the community.

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David Gibbs 
B.Juris.LL.B., Notary Public, MAICD

David Gibbs B.Juris.LL.B, Notary Public, MAICD

Member of CFA Board since 15 April 2006

Board Committees:   Remuneration and Appointments and Industrial Relations

David has conducted his own Legal Practice at Hastings, on the Mornington Peninsula, since 1980 and is both a Business Law and Family Law Specialist, as well as being accredited as a Mediator and Arbitrator. He has been a member for many years of numerous School Councils and Community Organisations and was Chairman of an Independent School Board until January 2007.

He has been a CFA Volunteer for 37 years, Secretary of the Somers Brigade for 21 years, Deputy Group Officer for 8 years and current Group Officer for 19 years of the Westernport Group. He has been Chairman of the Region 8 Regional Planning Committee for 11 years. Operationally, David holds Level 3 Accreditation as an Incident Controller, Operations Officer, Planning and Logistics Officer and brings to the Board operational experience as well as his professional expertise. Awarded National Medal (1995), Clasp (2001) and Honorary Life Membership (2004).

Lyn Gunter

Lyn Gunter

Member of CFA Board since 1 July 2007

Board Committees:  -

Lyn is the Local Government representative on the Board and has been involved in emergency management since 1987 as Controller of Kinglake VicSES unit, Chairman of the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee and Communication Officer for Flowerdale CFA.

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Peter Harmsworth  AO
BComm, GradDipDP

Peter Harmsworth AO BComm, GradDipDpP

Member of CFA Board since 26 June 2007

Board Committees:   Remuneration and Appointments and Industrial Relations

Joined CFA Board June 2007. Has extensive experience in management at senior levels across the public sector. Held previous roles as Chairman/CEO, State Services Authority; Secretary, Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development; Secretary, Department of Justice; Director, Office of Training and Further Education; Director General,  Office of Corrections; Manager, Organisational Services, SECV; Director, Management Consultancy Division, PSB and Constable/Senior Constable, Victoria Police.

Undertook a review of CFA and MFB for the government in 1982 and a review of the Ash Wednesday Findings for the Premier in 1983, resulting in the current emergency management legislation.

Recipient of the Centenary Medal and National Fellow, Institute of Public Administration Australia and made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2008

Peter Jamvold 

Peter Jamvold BSc

Member of CFA Board since 1 July 2006

Board Committees:   -

Broad business background. Australian Trade Commissioner in Washington DC, Bangkok and Osaka. Business Development Manager, North West Shelf LNG project and National Government Affairs Manager, Shell. Pearl farmer in the Northern Territory. Regional Manager (Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania), Insurance Council of Australia.

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Ken King
BForSc (Hons), DipFor (Creswick)

Ken King BForSc (Hons), DipFor (Creswick)

Member of CFA Board since 1 July 2003

Board Committees:  Audit and Risk

Recently retired as Executive Director, Land and Fire Management with the Department of Sustainability and Environment and was a Board member of the Phillip Island Nature Park (1997-2003). Has extensive experience in wildfire activities since 1971 and as a forester in the Public Service since 1974. Was previously Regional Manager for Department of Conservation Forests and Lands through to the former Department of Natural Resources and Environment in South Gippsland, North West and Port Phillip Regions.
Awarded the National Medal in 1989. Also a Board member of Parks Victoria since 2005.

Peter Marke

Peter Marke JP, MAICD

Member of CFA Board since 18 May 2004

Board Committees:  Audit and Risk

Captain of Upwey Fire Brigade for the past 35 years, and member of the brigade for 49 years. Retired in 2007 as a provider of Emergency Procedures, Risk Assessments and Disaster Recovery Planning and Training. Held past memberships of numerous national and international Fire Protection industry committees. Served as Chairman and member of MEMC and currently a member of MFPC. Member of various community groups, including the Upwey and District Community Bank Group, for which he is Chairman. Formerly a Shire President and Councillor for the Shire of Sherbrooke for over 7 years. Has held various positions including Manager Fire Safety for Telstra Victoria, Principal Director for Fire and Recovery Planning Pty Ltd. Director of the recently founded Strategic Advisory Board of Bendigo Bank.

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Michael Tudball  
FAICD, AFAIM, MBA, Grad Dip Bus-Mgt, Dip CD

Michael Tudball FAICD, AFAIM, MBA, Grad Dip Bus-Mgt, Dip CD

Member of CFA Board since 28 October 2003

Board Committees: Industrial Relations and Audit and Risk

Currently MD of Strategic and Business Planning consultancy. Professional memberships as a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Member of Institute of Public Administration Australia; Board President of Djerriwarrh Health Services and Councillor with Moorabool Shire Council. Chairman of the Area Advisory Board (CFA Region 14), former Officer and current operational member of Bacchus Marsh Urban Fire Brigade.

Frank Zeigler  
VA, Dip Ed Trg & Asses. GradDip (Disaster Mgt), MOHS, FAICD

Frank Zeigler VA, Dip Ed Trg & Asses. GradDip (Disaster Mgt), MOHS, FAICD

Member of CFA Board since 1 January 1997

Board Committees: -

Managing Director of Hyperbaric Technologies Australia, and Smarter Safer Solutions, Councillor and former Mayor of the Glenelg Shire. Chairman of Portland Eco Trust. 32 years experience in emergency services.

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