The PRSB comprises the President, Deputy Presidents 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 Division, 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, Mr Stephen Leane APM
Mr Stephen Leane APM appointed November 2020
Stephen is a former Assistant Commissioner with Victoria Police who served for 39 years across portfolios including road policing; the North West Metro Region; Professional Standards Command; Corporate Strategy and Governance and as a chief of staff to a former Chief Commissioner. He is a highly capable emergency management leader and practitioner. Stephen has extensive experience in delivering change management programs and a deep understanding of service delivery, the community and political environments. He has been awarded the APM. Currently, he is the Road Safety Camera Commissioner for Victoria (part-time) and is also a member of the ESTA Board. He holds a law degree, LLB (Hons) and Masters of Education (Leadership, Policy and Change) from Monash University, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (with Merit) from the Australian National University. Stephen was admitted to practice as a legal practitioner (Australian Lawyer) in 2001.
Deputy President Professional Standards Division, Dr Eva Tsahuridu
Dr Eva Tsahuridu appointed October 2020
Eva is an internationally recognised ethics and professional standards expert who has been researching, educating and advising on business and professional ethics for over two decades. She has designed and delivered ethics and professional education offerings and contributed to the development of national and international codes of ethics and professional standards. Previously, Eva was associate professor and industry fellow at the School of Accounting, RMIT University, manager accounting policy and professional standards and governance policy advisor at CPA Australia and program director at the School of Management, RMIT University. Eva also holds international academic experience from the UK. Her academic bibliography is extensive including edited books, journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. From Edith Cowan University, she was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy for her thesis on Moral Autonomy in Organisational Decisions and a Master of Business Administration; and from Curtin University, a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).
Ms Debra Abbott APM appointed May 2015
Debra’s Victoria Police career began in 1988 and involved operational, corporate and support roles, including the introduction of Protective Services Officers on the public transport network. As Assistant Commissioner State Emergencies and Support Command, she implemented the 24/7 Victoria Police Monitoring and Assessment Centre and reformed custody management. In 2019 Debra joined Emergency Management Victoria as Deputy Commissioner responding to significant state emergency roles during the 2019-20 Bushfires and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership and a Masters of Public Administration. Debra is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal. Debra is appointed to the Professional Standards Division.
Senior Sergeant Dermot Avon appointed May 2018
Dermot is currently Officer in Charge at St Kilda Police Station. He 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. Dermot is appointed to the Registration Division.
Dr Rhonda Cumberland appointed September 2016
Rhonda is currently the Crisis Response Manager at Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre. Prior to that she was 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. Rhonda is appointed to the Review Division.
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. Cindy also acts as a consultant to private and public sector organisations across workplace investigations and integrity training. 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. Cindy is appointed to the Review Division.
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 of the Police Association Victoria for North West Metropolitan Division 5; 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. Carolyn is appointed to the Professional Standards Division.
Mr Bruce McKenzie APM appointed November 2020
Bruce is a former inspector with Victoria Police and former assistant secretary with The Police Association of Victoria. His career spans 47 years, 30 with Victoria Police in general duties; as an instructor on the then sergeant’s course; managing police stations; as staff officer to then various deputy and assistant commissioners; and leading the Victoria Police Youth Affairs office. From 2001, he was the senior Police Association representative supporting the Secretary in all aspects of the organisation’s operations and undertaking joint responsibility for staff management. His role exposed him to high-level industrial relations negotiations including many member disciplinary issues and engagement with Premiers, Ministers and senior public servants. Bruce was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 1990. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from Charles Sturt University. Bruce is appointed to the Review Division.
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. Chris is appointed to the Registration Division.
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. Alex is appointed to the Registration Division.
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. Wendy is appointed to the Review Division.
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. Julius is appointed to the Review Division.
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. Clive is appointed to the Registration Division.
Mr Philip Shepherd appointed November 2020
Phil’s entire working life has been deeply embedded in the policing profession. As a police officer, he spent 26 years with Victoria Police in general policing, homicide, crime operations and a range of corporate roles before moving across to the Australian Federal Police as the Director of Education at the Australian Institute of Police Management, where he developed and delivered a range of executive leadership programs. As a consultant, Phil has worked with all the Australian and many of the international policing jurisdictions. His qualifications include Master of Organisational Leadership, Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of the Art and Practice of Leadership Development. Philip is appointed to the professional Standards Division.
Mr Michael Stefanovic AM appointed November 2020
Michael holds 35 years of investigative experience with Australian and intergovernmental agencies. From 1985 to 1999 with Victoria Police, he worked in the drug squad; in criminal investigations; homicide; and transit safety attaining the rank of sergeant. After leaving mainstream policing he served as a war crimes investigator for the United Nations in The Hague; as a lecturer at the NSW Police College; manager of external investigations for the World Bank; director of investigations for the United Nations and director of investigations for the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. He was director of compliance operations with the Department of Justice and Community Services. In 2021 Michael was appointed as Victoria’s Chief Municipal Inspector. He was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to international relations. Michael holds an Associate Diploma in Police Studies (Chisholm) a Bachelor of Arts – Police Studies (Monash), a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Behaviour (Swinburne), a Master of Arts – Police Studies (Exeter, UK) and Master of Laws – International Criminal Law (Sussex, UK). Michael is appointed to the Review Division.
Mr Neville Taylor APM appointed November 2020
Neville is a former Commander and acting Assistant Commissioner with Victoria Police who served for 42 years in community policing, criminal investigations, specialist operations, road policing and event security. In 2015 he was awarded a 12-month visiting Fellowship as a member of the faculty at the Australian Institute of Police Management. Neville was the capability advisor for Victoria Police and influenced changes to a range of policies and initiatives including work around the recruitment strategy targeting greater gender balance and cultural representation. He chaired selection panels for appointments to the positions of inspector and superintendent. Neville received the Australian Police Medal in 2019 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors He holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, an Advanced Diploma in Investigation and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training. Neville is appointed to the Review Division.