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VICSES Board & Executive

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is governed by a Board of Directors accountable to the Victorian Minister for Emergency Services, and is run by the executive management team.

The Board

After VICSES was established as a Statutory Authority on 1 November 2005, a Board was appointed to govern the organisation. The Board meets monthly and reports directly to the Minister for Emergency Services.
Between them, the Board members possess a wealth of experience in the emergency services, finance and other business industries.

  • Peter Akers
    Peter Akers
    Board Chair
  • Barbara Yeoh
    Barbara Yeoh
    Deputy Chair
  • Bernie Cronin
    Bernie Cronin
    Board Director
  • Ev Duke
    Ev Duke
    Board Director
  • Helen Dyson
    Helen Dyson
    Board Director
  • Claire Higgins
    Claire Higgins
    Board Director
  • Lawrence Russell
    Lawrence Russell
    Board Director

Executive Management Team

Stephen Griffin
Stephen Griffin

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has been employed in various local government roles including community services, corporate services and as a Chief Executive Officer. His involvement with local communities and various advocacy programs complements his formal qualifications in management, business and education.

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Trevor White

Chief Officer Operations

With many years of operational experience with both VICSES and CFA, Trevor is responsible for the development of operational doctrine and overseeing incident management capability development within VICSES.

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John Casey

Director Corporate Services

John has over 20 years’ experience in financial management roles in the public sector across Commonwealth and State Governments. John’s VICSES areas of responsibility are governance, finance and administration, information communication technology, project management and assets and infrastructure.

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Katrina Bahen

Director Human Resources

Experienced in developing and implementing Work Health and Safety Management Systems, Katrina oversees Human Resources for VICSES including Work Health and Safety, Peer Support and volunteer training.

Kate White
Kate White

Director Community Resilience and Communications

Kate provides leadership and guidance in developing effective stakeholder engagement and communication strategies that promote greater awareness of shared responsibility and self reliance for better connected, safer and resilient communities - before, during and after emergencies. Kate’s areas of responsibility are Emergency Management Planning, Community Connections and Media & Communications.