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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.
Timothy Young

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.
Lynda Hamilton

Ms Hamilton has been a CFA member since 2011and as a volunteer fi re-fi ghter has held brigade management roles. Ms Hamilton has been at the forefront of major organisational change, nationally and internationally, working across the private and public sectors. With a strong background in management consulting, organisational development, and project and change management, Ms Hamilton has also shared her expertise with numerous community organisations, and is a member of the Special Olympics Board.
Peter Shaw

Mr Shaw is the Group Offi cer of Knox Fire Brigades Group and has been a volunteer fi refi ghter since 1974. He has a long history in police with experience in leadership and management, particularly in the fi elds of emergency management, critical incident management, major collision investigations and protective security. He has corporate and business planning experience and holds tertiary qualifi cations in public sector management, with signifi cant 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.
Hazel Clothier

Ms Clothier has been a CFA member since 2008, is currently captain at Warburton Fire Brigade and a Deputy Group Offi cer. Hazel’s background is in public health, in which she has experience in planning, preparedness and response for emergencies at state and national level and has held national Government advisory roles. Hazel is also a Director of the Upper Yarra Community Enterprise..

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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.

Freedom of Information

As a statutory authority, CFA complies with Freedom of Information requirements. Download CFA's Freedom of Information Policy (PDF 45k)

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