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, 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, she 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.
Deputy President Registration, Mr Peter Bull APM
Mr Peter Bull appointed Deputy President (Registration) June 2017
Mr Bull 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. Mr Bull is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Police Management, a Williamson Fellow (Leadership Victoria) and was awarded the Australian Police Medal. First appointed in 2014, Mr Bull served as a member of both the Review and Professional Standards Divisions and was re-appointed in 2016. He was appointed Acting Deputy President (Registration) in December 2016 and then on an ongoing basis.
Deputy President Review, Ms Alanna Duffy
Ms Alanna Duffy appointed September 2016 and Deputy President (Review) February 2018
Ms Duffy has worked as a barrister since 2004 (and was previously a solicitor), practising mainly in employment and industrial relations law and administrative law, including discrimination and disciplinary matters. She has appeared in various courts and tribunals, including the High Court and provides advice on a wide range of matters. Ms Duffy holds a Masters in Law from the University of Melbourne and has completed the AICD company directors course. She is a member of a number of sporting tribunals and is Chair of the Harness Racing Victoria Appeals and Disciplinary Board.
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 holds 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 Avon has been a member of Victoria Police for 38 years, primarily undertaking operational roles in general duties, criminal investigation, the Arson Squad, Security Intelligence Unit and Property Branch. Currently based at South Melbourne Police Station, he has undertaken many corporate governance training courses, holds tertiary qualifications in both 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. He has sat for 10 years on the Board of The Police Association of Victoria and for twenty years, has held the position of vice president of the Victoria Police Cycling Club. He was pivotal in establishing the Peer Support Network and has been an active peer ever since.
Commander Shane Cole APM appointed May 2015
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.
Detective Inspector Chris Murray appointed May 2015
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.
Senior Sergeant Alexandra O'Toole appointed May 2015
Senior Sergeant Alexandra O'Toole is currently attached to the Fitzroy Police Station. She has 19 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 44 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
Spanning 17 years, Mr Brown's career in law enforcement and regulation has included roles with homicide, serious crime, intelligence and counter terrorism as a senior detective. In Europe, he held senior investigator roles with the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Since 2015 as a senior inspector, he has undertaken investigations with the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. Mr Brown holds extensive knowledge of investigations, fraud, public complaints, promoting compliance and dealing with breaches of legislation. He now specialises in leadership, internal investigations, interviewing and resolution of difficult cases and sensitive complaints. Mr Brown holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Ulster and has completed education and training in criminal justice, risk assessment, investigations and intelligence.
Dr Cindy Davids appointed March 2018
Dr Davids is an experienced academic and leader with research and teaching expertise in law and criminal justice, policing, criminology and professional and public sector ethics. Her research portfolio in policing, law and justice includes numerous publications and presentations. She has been the chief investigator on a number of major public sector research partnerships and has received a range of competitive and collaborative grants. Dr Davids is a registered investigator with academic qualifications including 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.
Mr Simon Davies appointed March 2018
Mr Davies is a former Australian Federal Police detective with over 20 years of investigative experience in criminal, civil and military law arenas. He is the recipient of various service medals and a Chief Commissioner Commendation from Victoria Police. He is the Director of Safeguarding Services, a consultancy firm which provides training, investigative and advisory services to organisations who have an obligation to safeguard children and vulnerable adults from abuse. He is also the Director of Professional Standards for the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), with oversight of all professional conduct and child safety in Australia. Mr Davies is an accredited mediator and presents on employee professional standards and conduct, escalated complaint resolution and conflict management and counter terrorism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) from Deakin University.
Dr Rhonda Cumberland appointed September 2016
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.
Mr Chris Enright appointed September 2016
Serving for 29 years with Victoria Police including in criminal and operational investigation with the Homicide Squad, Mr Enright obtained 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 several regulatory agencies. Currently, he is a senior executive with the Fair Work Ombudsman working on the regulation of industrial organisations. He is also a member of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.
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 has 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, joining in 1981 and attaining the rank of detective sergeant. Her work included investigations with the Drug Squad and Major Fraud Group and the training of police and professional personnel. 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. 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 Ms Ribbands is a lawyer in 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 Amanda Upton appointed March 2018
Ms Upton has practiced as a barrister since 2016 predominantly in crime, occupational health and safety and regulation. Previously as lead lawyer (fatalities) with Worksafe, she provided specialist advice about prosecuting occupational health and safety offences. Ms Upton has also been principal advocate with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, undertaking secondments with the Building Commission and Child Protection Litigation Office. With Victoria Police she was an operational member between 1999 and 2003 and a prosecutor from 2003 to 2012. Ms Upton holds knowledge in criminal law, evidence and procedure; skill in advocacy, negotiation and dispute resolution; and experience in prosecuting contested matters across the Victorian Courts and criminal justice system. Her tertiary qualifications are in public safety, arts and legal practice.
Ms Harriet Witchell appointed September 2016
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.
Professional Standards Division, Sessional Members
Assistant Commissioner Debra Abbott appointed in May 2015
Ms Abbott is a serving member of Victoria Police and currently, the Assistant Commissioner State Emergencies and Security Command. Her 30 years of service has been in corporate, operational and support roles. She has managed and led large corporate projects as well as managing inner city stations and divisions. 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
Senior Sergeant Carolyn Deer has served Victoria Police for over 30 years, working in operational and non-operational areas, both metropolitan and regional and now works with the newly developed Enterprise Bargaining Team. She has served as 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. Senior Sergeant Deer is passionate about looking after 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.