Our Board and Executive team

VICSES Board and Executive overview

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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.

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.

 

Our Executive

Stephen Griffin - CEO

Stephen Griffin

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen became Chief Executive Officer in May 2014.
 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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Tim Wiebusch 

Chief Officer Operations

Tim Wiebusch was appointed Chief Officer Operations in December 2017, following 12 years working for VICSES in the roles of Deputy Chief Officer Operations and Deputy Chief Officer Operations (Readiness).

With a passion for emergency management and over 25 years of experience with government agencies, Tim is responsible for the development of operational doctrine and overseeing incident management capability development within VICSES. 

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Kate White

Director Community Resilience, Communications, and Corporate Services

With extensive experience in emergency management, event management, finance and banking across the public and corporate sectors, Kate's areas of responsibility are Community Connections, Emergency Management Planning, Media and Communications and the comprehensive corporate services portfolio. 

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Silvia Silverii

Chief Information Officer

Silvia Silverii joined VICSES as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in July 2018, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in Information Technology and a wealth of experience and skills in optimising the use of data and information flow for organisations, here and internationally.

As CIO for VICSES, Silvia leads the Information Services team. 

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Shelley Cussen

Director People and Organisation Development

Shelley Cussen joined VICSES after extensive experience within the utility sector as a Senior People and Safety Leader.  

She has led several diverse portfolios, including health, safety, environment & quality, human resources, customer service and facilities management.  She brings a deep understanding and passion for improving people and community outcomes.

Shelley leads the People and Organisation Development team.

Our Board

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Greg Wilson 

Board Chair

Greg Wilson was appointed as the VICSES Chair in February 2020. 

Greg was previously with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and was Secretary of the Department of Justice and Regulation, Secretary of the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and Deputy Secretary of the Policy and Cabinet Group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Greg chaired the Victorian Essential Services Commission (formerly Office of the Regulator-General) and has held a number of senior leadership roles including Deputy Secretary (Water Sector) in the Department of Sustainability and Environment, General Manager of Regulatory Policy at the Essential Services Commission, Senior Economist, Department of Treasury and Finance, Melbourne Water and City West Water.

Greg was appointed as Chair of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) in 2020, and has been Chair of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) since 2019. 

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Bernard (Bernie) Cronin

Bernie joined the VICSES Board in October 2014.

Bernie brings skills in board governance, community infrastructure planning and service management.  He has extensive senior management experience in local government and voluntary activities, including Municipal Emergency Recovery Management.

Bernie's qualifications are in company directorship, business, human resources and social policy. Bernie is currently involved on a number of boards across social services and community based organisations.

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Lisa Borowick CA

Lisa joined the VICSES board in February 2017, and is Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee. 

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant with more than 27 years’ experience in commerce. Lisa’s industry experience includes corporate travel, technology, insurance, residential property development, recruitment, risk management and accountancy.   

Lisa has spent over 30 years volunteering for not-for profits, such as environmental groups, and as the National President of sporting body, Maccabi Australia. Lisa sits on the Board of Goldman Group, LNB Projects Pty Ltd, and MAI Board of Governors.  

Additionally Lisa is the International Chair of the English speaking Desk for Maccabi World Union and is a member of the International Sports Committee, who set and preside over the Sporting Regulations for the Maccabiah Games, a multi-sport event held quadrennially, currently the 3rd largest sporting event in the World.

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Casey Nunn ASM

Casey Nunn ASM was appointed to the VICSES Board in February 2020. 

Casey has extensive experience in emergency services, having served as a volunteer with Ambulance Victoria for over 18 years and the Country Fire Authority as an operational support volunteer for 13 years. She was awarded an Ambulance Service Medal in the 2011 Australia Day Honours.

In 2012, Casey was awarded an Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) Scholarship and travelled throughout the United States and Canada studying recruiting, retaining and leading volunteers. 

Casey is a former Hume Young Citizen of the Year and a Youth Parliament Participant. In 2012, Casey was elected to Hume City Council and served as Mayor from 2013 - 2014. Casey serves as a board member of the Salvation Army 3064 Advisory Board and is also a Trustee Director for Vision Super.

Casey is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2019. 

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Nina Brooks

Nina joined the VICSES Board in January 2016 and is Deputy Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.  

Nina is an experienced human resource executive with over 25 years’ experience and comprehensive knowledge of business partnering to achieve organisational results.  She has worked across a variety of industries including professional services, consulting, FMCG, manufacturing and government. 

Nina is recognised as a trusted and insightful advisor across the full spectrum of people and organisational culture. 
She has been a Director of Otway Health where she Chaired the CEO Management Committee and is currently serving as a Director of International Social Services (Australia).

Nina is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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Martin Geerings

Martin was appointed to the VICSES Board in February 2020.

Martin has been a volunteer with the Victorian Country Fire Authority (CFA) for 20 years, and brings with him skills and expertise obtained over 20 years working in the finance sector of a major industry and is the former owner of a small business. 

Martin has a long standing interest and involvement in community welfare organisations and has volunteered with the Wye River SLSC and Leukaemia Foundation.

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Dr. Bernadette Northeast

B.Sci (Hons), PhD, GAICD

Bernadette has post-graduate qualifications in fisheries management and aquaculture and a career background in natural resource management, strategic partnership brokerage, and stakeholder engagement.


Bernadette has been a VICSES volunteer with the Warrnambool Unit since 2002. Holding a number of leadership, training, and operational roles; she has qualifications in almost all of the VICSES response areas.

Bernadette is passionate about community and volunteerism, and her contribution to community development and safety has been recognised a number of times, including a Royal Humane Society bravery commendation for her role in an ocean rescue event; 2017 Warrnambool City Council Australia Day Citizen of the Year, and 2019 Rotary International Peace Award.

Bernadette brings strong governance, risk and strategic planning background from 25 years of experience on private and public sector Boards. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Fisheries Authority, Deputy Chair South West Healthcare, Board Director PrimeSafe and Chair Wimmera & South West Family Violence Partnership.