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 President October 2015
Ms Lester 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, Ms Lester 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, Ms Lester conducted a consulting practice specialising in policy and systems reviews, workplace relations, mediation and workplace and other investigations. She holds degrees in law (with honours), science and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Melbourne.
Deputy President Registration, Mr Peter Bull APM
Mr Peter Bull appointed Deputy President (Registration) June 2017
Mr Bull is a former Superintendent of Victoria Police who served for 39 years and worked in corporate, operational, service and training roles in metropolitan and rural areas. He performed Government liaison and industrial relations duties, managed corporate projects, a large 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. First appointed to the Board in 2014, Mr Bull served as a member of both the Review and Professional Standards Divisions and was re-appointed in 2016. Mr Bull was appointed Acting Deputy President (Registration) in December 2016 and on an ongoing basis in June 2017.
Deputy President Professional Standards, Dr Penny Webster
Dr Penny Webster appointed September 2016 and as Acting Deputy President (Professional Standards) February 2018. She was appointed as Deputy President (Professional Standards) in June 2018.
Dr Webster has over 10 years of experience as a statutory decision-maker in areas including mental health, professional performance and conduct and workplace injuries. She is a member of the Mental Health Tribunal and previously, the Accident Compensation Conciliation Service and the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Her PhD from the University of Melbourne was awarded for her research into workplace grievance resolutions systems. Dr Webster has held academic positions at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University in human resource management and has a professional background in social welfare delivery, policy and management. She has more than 25 years of experience as a professional mediator and more than 8 years as a Principal Instructor training mediators to meet national accreditation standards.
Registration Division, Sessional Members
Senior Sergeant Dermot Avon Appointed May 2018
Senior Sergeant Dermot Avon has served Victoria Police for 38 years within general duties, criminal investigation, the Arson Squad, security intelligence and properties branch. He has undertaken many corporate governance training courses, holds tertiary qualifications in emergency and business management and is undertaking a bachelor of arts with professional honours. He was awarded the national medal, national police service medal and Victoria Police service medal. For 10 years he served on The Police Association of Victoria board and for 20 years, has been vice president of the Victoria Police Cycling Club. He was pivotal in establishing the Peer Support Network and remains an active peer support officer.
Detective Inspector Chris Murray appointed May 2015
Detective Inspector Chris Murray is currently working in the Surveillance Services Division. He has 32 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, Echo Taskforce and Organised Crime Squad - work acknowledged by his recent awarding of the Australia Police Medal.
Senior Sergeant Alexandra O'Toole appointed May 2015
Senior Sergeant Alexandra O’Toole is currently attached to the Melbourne East Police Station. She has 20 years operational experience working at police stations such as Altona North, Footscray, Frankston and South Melbourne. She was Officer in Charge of the Prahran Proactive Unit. Senior Sergeant O'Toole is passionate about member welfare and increasing the profile of female officers in Victoria Police. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science. Senior Sergeant O'Toole 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
Commander Clive Rust has served in Victoria Police for 45 years and presently, is commander, Eastern Region. Previously he led the School of Policing Leadership and Management which provides development programs to senior police and managers. Commander Rust 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. He is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal.
Professional Standards Division, Sessional Members
Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott APM appointed in May 2015
Ms Abbott is a serving member of Victoria Police and currently, the Assistant Commissioner State Emergencies and Support Command. Her 32 years of service has been in corporate, operational and support roles. She has led large corporate projects and is currently responsible for State emergency management, major event planning, operational communications and custody management. Ms Abbott holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership.
Senior Sergeant Carolyn Deer appointed in May 2015
For over 30 years Senior Sergeant Carolyn Deer has served Victoria Police in operational and non-operational areas and now works with the Enterprise Bargaining Team. She was an assistant delegate 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. She is passionate about members and has, with the University of Melbourne, completed a professional development program in employment relations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration)