The PRSB comprises the President, three Deputy Presidents (who lead the work of each of the Registration, Professional Standards and Review Divisions) and sessional members. PRSB Members meet 4 times a year to set the overall strategic direction. The President is responsible for overall management and is accountable to the Minister for Police for the performance of PRSB functions. Victoria Police employees support the President to conduct daily business including coordinating hearings, undertaking research, developing policy, managing projects and offering guidance to clients and other stakeholders.
President, Ms Andrea Lester
Ms Andrea Lester appointed October 2015
Andrea worked as a solicitor for 12 years, specialising in public sector workplace relations and employment matters (including in relation to police). She conducted litigation in all State and Commonwealth courts and tribunals. From 2002 to 2010, Andrea acted in senior public policy and management roles with the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments, with a focus on workplace relations, workplace reform and productivity and justice matters. From 2010 she conducted a consulting practice specialising in policy and systems reviews, workplace relations, mediation and workplace and other investigations. Andrea holds degrees in Law (with honours), Science and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Melbourne.
Deputy President Review, Mr Chris Enright
Mr Chris Enright appointed September 2016
Chris served Victoria Police for 29 years in criminal and operational investigation with the Homicide Squad before obtaining a law degree (first class honours) in 2003. In 2004 he was seconded to the Australian Crime Commission. He lectured in criminal law and was a member of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board. Chris worked in legal roles within the Office of Public Prosecutions and several regulatory agencies and was a senior executive with the Fair Work Ombudsman (and now with the Registered Organisations Commission) working on the regulation of industrial organisations. Chris was appointed Acting Deputy President (Review) from July 2017 to February 2018 and again from February 2019 and then ongoing in July 2019.
Deputy President Registration, Vacant
Deputy President Professional Standards, Dr Penny Webster
Dr Penny Webster appointed September 2016
Penny has held academic positions at the University of Melbourne, RMIT, Deakin and Victoria University and has lectured overseas. Penny is also an experienced mediator and was principal instructor training mediators to meet national accreditation standards. She is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal and previously, the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. She holds a Masters of Commerce (Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management) and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. In February 2018 she was appointed Acting Deputy President (Professional Standards) and ongoing from June 2018.
Registration Division, Sessional Members
Senior Sergeant Dermot Avon appointed May 2018
Dermot has served Victoria Police since 1980 in general duties, crime investigation, security intelligence and corporate areas. He has been on the Police Association board for 12 years, vice president of the Cycling Club for 25 years and pivotal in establishing Victoria Police’s peer support network. He holds a bachelor of arts with professional honours and a Masters of business management.
Detective Inspector Chris Murray APM appointed May 2015
Chris currently works in the Surveillance Services Division. He joined Victoria Police in 1986 and has specialised in serious and organised crime investigation with duties in areas including: the Asian Squad; Echo Taskforce; Joint Counter Terrorism Team; and Organised Crime Squad for which he was awarded the Australian Police Medal.
Senior Sergeant Alexandra O'Toole appointed May 2015
Alex is currently Officer in Charge at Southbank Police Station. She has served Victoria Police since 1999 at Melbourne East, Altona North, Footscray, Frankston, South Melbourne and as Officer in Charge of the Prahran Proactive Unit. She is passionate about member welfare and increasing the profile of female officers. Alex holds a Bachelor of Applied Science. She was The Police Association Victoria delegate for Port Phillip and one of two female Executive members of The Police Association Victoria.
Commander Clive Rust APM appointed May 2015
Clive has served Victoria Police since 1973 and currently is Commander, Eastern Region. Previously he led the School of Policing Leadership and Management, which provides development programs to senior police and managers. He was a metropolitan divisional commander and served at the Professional Standards Command, promoting a culture of high, ethical standards throughout Victoria Police. Other experience includes leading investigations into serious and organised crime, general policing and corporate projects. Clive is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal.
Review Division, Sessional Members
Mr Stephen Brown appointed March 2018
Stephen’s career in law enforcement and regulation spans 18 years covering homicide, serious crime, intelligence and counter-terrorism. He was a senior investigator with the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Since 2015 he has undertaken investigations with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation and holds extensive knowledge of investigations, fraud, complaints and compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Ulster and has studied criminal justice, risk assessment, investigations and intelligence..
Dr Rhonda Cumberland appointed September 2016
Rhonda is CEO of South East Community Links. From 2009 to 2015 she was the inaugural CEO of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and CEO of Safe Steps. As Director of the Office of Women’s Policy in the Victorian Government, she co-chaired the State-wide Steering Committee to Reduce Family Violence. She was a sessional panel member with the Victorian Institute of Teaching for nine years and Councillor of the City of Melbourne from 1988 to 1993 She holds a Masters of Social Policy and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Cindy Davids appointed March 2018
Cindy is an experienced academic with expertise in law, criminal justice, policing, criminology and ethics and has been chief investigator on several major public sector research partnerships, receiving a range of competitive and collaborative grants. She is a registered investigator with a PhD in Law (UNSW), Masters in Policy and Law, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (La Trobe), Postgraduate Diploma in Corruption Studies (Hong Kong University) and Diploma of Education.
Ms Bernice Masterson appointed August 2004
Bernice is a former Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police with 36 years of experience in Victoria and internationally. She worked as a consultant in policing and justice in the Pacific and in Asia, including Cambodia and East Timor. From 2004 she was Deputy Chairperson of the then Police Appeals Board and served as its Chairperson from 2006 to 2013. Bernice was Deputy President (Review) from 2013 to 2017.
Professor Jenny Morgan appointed February 2016
Jenny is a Professor at Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on sexual harassment, homicide law reform, reproduction issues, understanding of equality and media representations of violence against women. She was 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 and is currently on the ANROWS Board. She was a member of the Victorian Government’s Sentencing Advisory Council
Ms Wendy Ribbands appointed March 2018
Wendy is a lawyer with a boutique law firm in Melbourne. She served Victoria Police for 17 years attaining the rank of detective sergeant. She has worked nationally with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, State Revenue Office, National Australia Bank, Australian Stock Exchange and Mercer Australia; and internationally, with Sun Life Financial and AIG Consumer Finance Group. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University and post-graduate qualifications in superannuation and corporation and securities law from the University of Melbourne.
Mr Julius Roe appointed March 2018
Julius is an experienced member of public sector boards including the Australian National Training Authority and the Victorian Skills Commission. He is the Chair of the Portable Long Service Benefit Authority. He was a Fair Work Commissioner from 2010 to 2017 and holds expertise in recruitment, performance management and discipline. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Australian National University and has undertaken mediator training at Harvard and Bond universities and the Judicial College in Victoria. He continues as a workplace advisor, investigator and consultant.
Ms Harriet Witchell appointed September 2016
In 2001 Harriett founded WISE Workplace which investigates misconduct for government and corporate clients. She was a lecturer in policing with Charles Sturt University for 9 years and holds a degree in social policy (honours) and a Masters in Forensic Psychology. She has operational policing experience from the United Kingdom and the Australian Federal Police.
Professional Standard Division, Sessional Members
Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott APM appointed May 2015
Since 1988, Debra’s diverse Victoria Police career has included corporate, operational and support roles. Currently she is Acting Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner. Debra led multiple reforms within Victoria Police. As divisional commander she procured and implemented the Victoria Police Hydra command simulation system and as Assistant Commissioner State Emergencies and Security Command, implemented the 24/7 Victoria Police Monitoring and Assessment Centre. Debra holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership and a Masters of Public Administration.
Senior Sergeant Carolyn Deer appointed May 2015
Carolyn has served Victoria Police since 1988 in operational and non-operational areas and is now with the Enterprise Bargaining Team. She was an assistant delegate for North West Metropolitan Division 5; now sits as an independent on Cost Fund Hearings; and is a member of The Police Association Victoria Network of Women Leadership Group. Passionate about members, Carolyn completed a professional development program in employment relations with the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration) with Distinction, a Diploma of Frontline Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.