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.
Learn more about our Commissioners below:
Chris Chesterfield (Chairperson)
Chris has spent more than 25 years in the Victorian water industry, primarily in waterway management.
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
Peta Maddy (Deputy Chairperson)
Denis has extensive experience in the Australian water sector, in water
engineering, management, leadership, governance and consulting.
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
Rueben Berg (Commissioner)
Rueben is a Gunditjmara man and the founder and Managing Director of RJHB Consulting.
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.
Jennifer Fraser (Commissioner)
Geoff has a strong management background in natural resources, public administration, community and organisational development.
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
Geoff has held senior managerial positions at Gippsland Water, Latrobe Shire Council and the Australian Securities Commission.