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Our Board

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The Board of Authority is constituted under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958. It is responsible for CFA's overall performance and compliance with legislation and governance.

The Board is accountable to the Minister for Emergency Services.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is appointed by the Board and is responsible for implementing policies and general business administration.

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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 Zoos 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 PSM, GAICD

Ms White has over 30 years' experience with the Victorian Public Service and was the State Recovery Coordinator at the time of the 2009 bushfires. Ms White led the recovery operations of the Department of Human Services and in 2012 was the CEO of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction. Ms White also worked on the the Review of the Victorian Floods.

Ms White holds positions on several Government committees and bodies and was the Inaugural Chair of the Commonwealth Emergency Medal Award Committee. She was awarded the Centenary Medal, the Emergency Services Medal and the Public Service Medal for her services to emergency management and her work on vulnerable families. In early 2016 she was appointed Chairperson of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.
Simon Weir

Mr Weir is a barrister with more than thirty years’ experience in personal injury and insurance litigation. 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.
Peter Shaw

Mr Shaw is the Group Officer of Knox Fire Brigades Group and has been a volunteer firefighter since 1974. He has a long history in police with experience in leadership and management, particularly in the fields of emergency management, critical incident management, major collision investigations and protective security. He has corporate and business planning experience and holds tertiary qualifications in public sector management, with significant exposure to change management, project management, training and assessment, and has auditing experience. As a volunteer with CFA he has previously been a brigade captain, and is currently a Level 3 incident controller.
Dawn Hartog

Ms Hartog currently works as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Fire Officer at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Dawn is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the public safety and emergency services industries, and is skilled in Emergency Management, Emergency Planning, Emergency Services, Management and Community Engagement. Dawn has also commenced a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Education focused in fire safety and school education with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Kent Griffin

Mr Griffin is an experienced leader, board director and senior executive in the financial services industry. Kent has more than 30 years of international experience in financial services, including more than 10 years as a Chief Financial Officer and as an executive team member. Kent is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held various director positions on companies since 2001. A qualified actuary (FIAA) and Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary, Kent has extensive experience in this field.

Message from departing Board Member

Lynda Hamilton

"Thank you to the CFA volunteers and staff for your support throughout my term as a board member.  I chose not to re-nominate for another term as I have some family matters and personal health issues that would have conflicted with my ability to continue to give my all to the Board. The newly constituted board together with the executive team will provide the leadership needed to steer CFA into the future and while that future may seem unclear at the moment, our CFA will continue to be the well-respected organisation it is today, thanks largely to you. You are the heart of the CFA."

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Board Communique

Board communique updates provide all staff and volunteers and the broader community with an update on the work of the Board.




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