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 in 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) in 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 in September 2016 and Deputy President (Review) in 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.
Acting Deputy President Professional Standards, Dr Penny Webster
Dr Penny Webster appointed in September 2016 and Acting Deputy President (Professional Standards) in February 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.
Review Division, Sessional Members
Dr Rhonda Cumberland appointed in 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 in 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 in 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.
Professor Jenny Morgan appointed in 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 in 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.
Registration Division, Sessional Members
Commander Shane Cole APM appointed in 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.
Sergeant Alexandra Griffith appointed in May 2015
Senior Sergeant Alexandra Griffith 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. Ms Griffith is passionate about member welfare and increasing the profile of female officers in Victoria Police. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science. Ms Griffith was The Police Association Victoria delegate for Port Phillip and one of two female Executive members of The Police Association Victoria.
Detective Inspector Chris Murray appointed in 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.
Commander Clive Rust APM appointed in 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.
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.
Sergeant Carolyn Deer appointed in May 2015
Sergeant Carolyn Deer has served in Victoria Police for over 28 years, working in operational and non-operational areas both metropolitan and regional. She is currently based at Eltham Police Station. Ms Deer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration) with Distinction, a Diploma of Frontline Management and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.