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 Review, Mr Chris Enright
Mr Chris Enright appointed as a sessional member September 2016, acting Deputy President February 2019, formally appointed August 2019
Mr Enright 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 at RMIT University for 10 years to 2013. Mr Enright worked in legal roles within the Office of Public Prosecutions and other regulatory agencies and is a senior executive with the Fair Work Ombudsman on the regulation of industrial organisations. He is a former member of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board. Mr Enright was appointed Acting Deputy President (Review) from July 2017 to February 2018, and again from February 2019, and was formally appointed on an ongoing basis into the position in August 2019.
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 Officer in Charge at Southbank Police Station. She has 20 years operational experience working at police stations such as Altona North, Footscray, Frankston, Melbourne East 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.
Review Division, Sessional Members
Mr Stephen Brown appointed March 2018
Mr Brown's career in law enforcement and regulation spans 17 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, with extensive knowledge of investigations, fraud, complaints and compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Ulster and has completed study in criminal justice, risk assessment, investigations and intelligence.
Dr Rhonda Cumberland appointed September 2016
Dr Cumberland 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. For 9 years she was a sessional panel member with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and Councillor of the City of Melbourne. She holds a Masters of Social Policy and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Cindy Davids appointed March 2018
Dr Davids is an experienced academic with expertise in law, criminal justice, policing, criminology and ethics. She 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. Currently she is Associate Professor in Law at Victoria University and an Adjunct at the School of Law, Deakin University.
Ms Bernice Masterson appointed August 2017
Ms Masterson is a former Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police. She has a total of 36 years of experience in policing in Victoria and internationally. She worked as a consultant in policing and justice in the Pacific and Asia, including Cambodia and East Timor. She was Deputy Chairperson of the Police Appeals Board (predecessor to the PRSB) from 2004 and served as its Chairperson from 2006 to 2013. She was appointed as Deputy President (Review) in 2013 and at the completion of her term, Ms Masterson was appointed as a sessional member.
Ms Wendy Ribbands appointed March 2018
Ms Ribbands served Victoria Police for 17 years from 1981 with the Drug Squad, Major Fraud Group and in training police and professional personnel, attaining the rank of detective sergeant. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Deakin University) and post-graduate qualifications in superannuation and corporation and securities law (University of Melbourne). She worked in risk and compliance with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the State Revenue Office and National Australia Bank; managed regulatory assurance with the Australian Stock Exchange; and risk and compliance with Mercer Australia. In Asia, she was Chief Compliance Officer with Sun Life Financial and AIG Consumer Finance Group. Currently she is a lawyer with a boutique law firm in Melbourne city.
Mr Julius Roe appointed March 2018
Mr Roe has had experience as a member of public sector boards including the Australian National Training Authority and the Victorian Skills Commission. Recently he retired as a Commissioner of the Fair Work Commission. His expertise spans recruitment, performance management and discipline. He is particularly attuned to gender and human rights issues. Mr Roe enjoys a high-success and satisfaction rate from his work in conciliation and mediation. During extensive experience with the Victorian public sector, Mr Roe managed a number of Victoria Police matters. He was formerly the National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union. Mr Roe 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.
Professor Jenny Morgan appointed February 2016
Professor Jenny Morgan is Dean of 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. She worked with the Australian Football League on its Respect and Responsibility Policy and from 2003 to 2013, as a member of the Victorian Government’s Sentencing Advisory Council.
Ms Harriet Witchell appointed September 2016
In 2001 Ms Witchell founded the national business WISE Workplace which investigates misconduct 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 degree in social policy (with honours) and a Masters in Forensic Psychology. She has operational policing experience from the United Kingdom and the Australian Federal Police and has worked closely on corporate and culture projects with NSW Police.
Professional Standard Division, Sessional Members
Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott APM appointed in May 2015Ms Abbott is a serving member of Victoria Police and currently, the Assistant Commissioner North West Metro Region. 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) with Distinction, a Diploma of Frontline Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.