All Board members are appointed, subject to the Victoria Police Act 2013, by the Governor in Council on the advice of the Minister for Police.
The Police Registration and Services Board (PRSB) consists of a President, the Deputy Presidents of the Review, Registration and Professional Standards Divisions and other members appointed for the proper functioning of the Board. The President is responsible for the overall management of the Board and is accountable to the Minister for the performance of the Board functions.
The President is supported by staff who manage the daily business of the Board, including the coordination of research, policy development and guidance for clients and other stakeholders.
Ms Andrea Lester
Ms Lester was appointed the President of the Board on 15 October 2015. Ms Lester worked as a solicitor for 12 years, specialising in public sector workplace relations and employment matters, conducting litigation in State and Commonwealth courts and tribunals. From 2002 to 2010, Ms Lester acted in senior public policy development and management roles with the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, with a focus on workplace and justice matters. From 2010, Ms Lester conducted a consulting practice specialising in public policy and systems reviews, workplace relations, mediation and investigations. Ms Lester holds degrees in law (with honours), science and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Melbourne.
Mr Peter Bull APM
Deputy President Registration Division
Mr Bull was appointed as the Deputy President Registration in June 2017. He previously served in Victoria Police for 39 years and worked in operational, corporate, training and service roles in metropolitan and rural areas. He performed Government liaison and industrial relations duties, managed corporate projects, a large police station and several operational divisions. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Police Management, a Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria) and was awarded the Australian Police Medal. Mr Bull was appointed to the Board on 4 February 2014 and is a member of the Review and Professional Standards Divisions.
Mr Chris Enright
Acting Deputy President Review Division
Mr Enright is currently a member of the senior executive team of the Fair Work Commission and an active member of the Professional Development Committee for tribunal members. He served in Victoria Police for 29 years and worked in operational and criminal investigation areas, including at several ranks in the Homicide Squad. In 2003, while seconded as a Detective Inspector at the Homicide Squad, Mr Enright was awarded an LLB ((First Class honours) and was later admitted to legal practice. In 2004, he was seconded to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (formerly ACC) and took up a role on its senior executive team in 2006. From 2003 to 2013, he lectured in criminal law in a Juris Doctor program at RMIT University and was a member of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board. Mr Enright has practised as a criminal lawyer with the Office of Public Prosecutions and has administrative law experience acting as Counsel Assisting in disciplinary matters in a number of regulatory agencies. Mr Enright was appointed to the Board on 6 September 2016 and commenced as the Acting Deputy President Review Division on 24 July 2017.
Adjunct Professor Leigh Gassner APM
Deputy President Professional Standards Division
Professor Gassner is a former Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police and was appointed to the Board as Deputy President of Registration and Professional Standards on 17 December 2013. He has a total of 34 years’ experience in policing in Victoria including leadership roles across regional commands and police education and development. Prof. Gassner has in recent years advised government and social services sectors in solving complex social issues including Aboriginal health, violence against women and gender equity in the medical research sector. He was appointed Adjunct Professor, Torrens University in May 2016. Prof. Gassner was re-appointed to the Board on 17 December 2016 as Deputy President Professional Standards Division.
Review Division - Sessional Members
Mr Ron Beazley
Mr Beazley was the Victorian Government Solicitor from 1991 until 2000 during a period of unprecedented change in the management of the public sector. In this role, he was principal legal advisor to the Attorney General, Ministers, statutory office-holders, departmental secretaries and senior officers of departments and Government agencies. Mr Beazley was Deputy Chairperson of the PAB from 2002 to 2013. Mr Beazley is currently the Chair of the Racing Victoria Integrity Council. He was re-appointed to the Board on 27 October 2016.
Dr Rhonda Cumberland
Dr Cumberland is CEO of South East Community Links. She was the inaugural CEO of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand from 2009 to 2015. Dr Cumberland is a former Director of the Office of Women’s Policy in Victoria Government, where she co-chaired the Statewide Steering Committee to Reduce Family Violence with Victoria Police. She was a Victorian Institute of Teaching sessional panel member for nine years and Councillor of the City of Melbourne. She is a former CEO of Safe Steps and holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne. Dr Cumberland was appointed to the Board on 6 September 2016.
Ms Alanna Duffy
Ms Duffy served her Articles and working as a solicitor at Maurice Blackburn & Co and spent two years at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and then worked in the union movement for five years as an Industrial Officer. During her final three years prior to coming to the Bar, Alanna was a Senior Associate with Gill Kane & Brophy practising mainly in the area of Industrial and Employment Law, including equal opportunity and disciplinary matters, Administrative Law, Contract Law and superannuation. She has conducted litigation in a number of jurisdictions and has regularly appeared as an advocate during her time as a Solicitor and as an Industrial Officer. Alanna has significant experience in a wide range of areas, both providing advice and as an advocate, and has recently completed a Masters in Law at Melbourne University. Ms Duffy was appointed to the Board on 6 September 2016.
Professor Jenny Morgan
Jenny Morgan is a Professor at Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne. Professor Morgan has published work on sexual harassment, homicide law reform, reproduction issues, understandings of equality and media representations of violence against women. She has been a part-time member of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and a commissioner with the Australian Law Reform Commission. She has also worked with the Australian Football League on its Respect and Responsibility Policy, and was a member of the Victorian Government’s Sentencing Advisory Council from 2003 to 2013. Professor Morgan was appointed to the Board on 23 February 2016.
Dr Penny Webster
Dr Webster has over 10 years’ experience as statutory decision maker in areas including mental health, workplace injuries and professional performance and conduct. Dr Webster is currently a Sessional Member of the Mental Health Tribunal and was previously appointed to the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. She was awarded a PhD by the University of Melbourne for her research into workplace grievance resolutions systems. Dr Webster has held academic positions at the University of Melbourne and RMIT in human resource management, and has a professional background in social welfare delivery, policy and management. She has over 25 years’ experience as a professional mediator and more than eight years as a Principal Instructor training mediators to meet national accreditation standards. Dr Webster was appointed to the Board on 6 September 2016.
Ms Harriet Witchell
Ms Witchell is the founder and CEO of WISE Workplace and has been engaged in the management of workplace investigations and misconduct since 2001 undertaking engagements for government and corporate clients. She has presented in Australia and internationally on issues such as workplace bullying and procedural fairness and is an award winning author of a guidebook on workplace investigations. She was a lecturer in Policing with Charles Sturt University for 9 years and holds a Masters in Forensic Psychology and Honours Degree in Social Policy. Harriet has operational policing experience from the United Kingdom and the Australian Federal Police and has worked closely with NSW Police. Ms Witchell was appointed to the Board on 6 September 2016.
Registration Division - Sessional Members
Commander Shane Cole APM
Commander Shane Cole joined Victoria Police in 1976 and his policing career in Victoria spans over 39 years. He was appointed to the rank of Commander in 2012 and currently oversees the Health, Safety and Deployment Division of the Human Resource Department. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and has participated in various executive leadership courses. Mr Cole was appointed to the Board on 26 May 2015.
Sergeant Alexandra Griffith
Sergeant Alexandra Griffith is the current Officer in Charge of the Prahran Proactive Unit. Ms Griffith has 16 years operational experience working at police stations such as Frankston, Footscray, Altona North and South Melbourne. Ms Griffith is passionate about member welfare and increasing the profile of female officers in Victoria Police. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and is The Police Association (TPA) delegate for Port Phillip and one of two female members of the TPA Executive. Ms Griffith was appointed to the Board on 26 May 2015.
Detective Inspector Chris Murray
Detective Inspector Chris Murray is currently working in the Surveillance Services Division. He has 30 years of policing experience specialising in serious and organised crime investigation with duties at areas including the Organised Crime Squad, Asian Squad, Joint Counter Terrorism Team and the Echo Taskforce. Mr Murray was appointed to the Board on 26 May 2015.
Commander Clive Rust APM
Commander Clive Rust has served in Victoria Police for 43 years. He is presently the Commander, School of Policing Leadership and Management, People Development Command responsible for providing development programs to senior police officers and VPS managers. Previously, he was a metropolitan divisional commander and also served at the Professional Standards Command where he promoted a culture of high ethical standards throughout Victoria Police. His other experience includes leading investigations into serious and organised crime, general policing and working on corporate projects. Mr Rust is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal. Mr Rust was appointed to the Board on 26 May 2015.
Professional Standards Division - Sessional Members
Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott
Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott is a serving member of Victoria Police currently performing the role of Assistant Commissioner State Emergencies and Security Command. Her 29 years of service has been in operational, corporate and support roles. Ms Abbott has managed and led large corporate projects as well as managing inner city stations and divisions. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership. Ms Abbott was appointed to the Board on 26 May 2015.
Sergeant Carolyn Deer
Sergeant Carolyn Deer has served in Victoria Police for over 27 years, working in operational and non-operational areas both metropolitan and regional. She is currently working at Epping Police Station. Ms Deer has a BA (Criminal Justice Administration) with Distinction, a Diploma of Frontline Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Ms Deer was appointed to the Board on 26 May 2015.