The Board of Authority is constituted under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958. It is ultimately responsible for CFA's overall performance and compliance with legislation and best practice.
The Board is the formal link between the community, the State Government, CFA members and Volunteer Association.
The Board is accountable to the Minister for Emergency Services.
A nine (9) member Board has been appointed as a result of changes to the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 to ensure the CFA Board represents a more diverse skill set. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is appointed by the Board and is responsible for implementing policies and general business administration.
The Board brings a mix of technical, financial and operational experience to lead CFA in best practice emergency management now and into the future. Its members also provide greater expertise and representation of CFA’s 55,000 volunteers, with four of the Board Members being appointed from a panel nominated by Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria.
Chair Greg Smith AM
Mr Smith is the principal of G R Smith and Associates, with decades of experience in industrial arbitration and conciliation. Mr Smith was a Commissioner for the Fair Work Commission and its predecessors for almost three decades, under successive Federal Governments, and was made Deputy President in 2012. He has worked extensively for international organisations, including the United Nations, and was an advisor to the South African Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. He is currently a board member of Ambulance Victoria and Life Education Victoria.
Deputy Chair Michelle McLean
Ms McLean is the CEO and Partner of Cornwall Stodart Lawyers and an expert in finance, governance and people management. She is on the executive council of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Royal Agricultural Society. Ms McLean has previously been a board member of the Mercy Health Foundation, and is a former President of the Australian Legal Practice Management Association.
Dr Gillian Sparkes
Dr Sparkes is the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria, a role she has held since July 2014. Dr Sparkes is an expert in environmental management, governance, public sector management and stakeholder engagement. She has held senior operational roles in the private sector with BHP and Brambles, and executive roles in the public sector with the Department of Sustainability and Environment and WorkSafe Victoria. Dr Sparkes is an experienced company director having previously served on the board of South Gippsland Water and as Chair of Sustainability Victoria.
Ms Pam White
Ms White is the Chairperson of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and has extensive public service experience. She is a former CEO of the State Services Authority, and served as the State Recovery Coordinator in the Department of Human Services. Ms White was appointed as an adviser to the Victorian Flood Review by the previous Coalition Government and also served as CEO to the Victorian Reconstruction and Recovery Authority after the Black Saturday bushfires.
Mr Weir is a barrister with more than thirty years’ experience in workplace law. He has worked as a Partner of Slater and Gordon and was a Senior Legal Counsel for the Victorian Workcover Authority. Mr Weir has consulted for Wisewould Mahony and was a senior associate for Hall and Wilcox.
Mr Young has been a member of CFA since 1980, is Brigade Secretary and Treasurer at Little River Fire Brigade and brings with him an extensive background in law.
Ms Hamilton has been a CFA member since 2011, has held brigade management roles, and has a strong background in managment consulting and change management.
Mr Shaw is a Deputy Group Officer at Knox Fire Brigades Group and a volunteer firefighter since 1974. He has a long history in police and emergency services.
Ms Clothier has been a CFA member since 2008, is currently captain at Warburton Fire Brigade and has a background in biomedical science and epidemiology.
Freedom of Information
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