The Victorian Environmental Water Holder is comprised of a small team including an executive officer, planning and delivery, administration and communications staff.
It has four part-time Commissioners appointed by Governor in Council, upon recommendation of the Minister for Water.
Denis Flett (Chairperson)
Denis has extensive experience in the Australian water sector, in water engineering, management, leadership, governance and consulting.
He is foundation chief executive of Goulburn-Murray Water and a Victorian Commissioner on the former Murray-Darling Basin Commission. Denis has significant knowledge of Victorian river systems, particularly in northern Victoria.
Geoff Hocking (Deputy Chairperson)
Geoff has a strong management background in natural resources, public administration, community and organisational development.
He is currently a Director of the Gippsland Ports Board and a Director of the Gunai-Kurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, where he developed significant knowledge of river systems in
Geoff has held senior managerial positions at Gippsland Water, Latrobe Shire Council and the Australian Securities Commission.
Chris Chesterfield (Commissioner)
Chris has spent more than 25 years in the Victorian water industry, primarily in waterway management.
He has extensive experience in sustainable water resource and environmental water management as well as solid business management experience as General Manager Waterways Group
at Melbourne Water. Chris is currently also Director, Strategic Engagement at the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He is Chair of the Yarra River Protection Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Rueben Berg (Commissioner)
Rueben is a Gunditjmara man and the founder and Managing Director of RJHB Consulting.
He is also a founder and director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria. Rueben is a member on various boards including Westernport Water, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Indigenous Advisory Board, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board, and the Monash University Indigenous Advisory Council. He is also a founder and director of the Indigenous Ultimate Association and the Chair of the Ultimate Rules Sub-committee for the World Flying Disc Federation. He has a Bachelor of Architecture.
Denis Flett, Geoff Hocking, Rueben Berg and Chris Chesterfield.