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Welcome to the VEWH Commissioners

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder warmly welcomes our Commissioners who began their four-year terms on 1 October 2023.

“Renewal and fresh eyes are important for all organisations and we’re excited to have new Commissioners bringing their great skills and experience to build on the VEWH’s past success,” said VEWH CEO Dr Sarina Loo.

Newly-appointed Commission members are Julie Miller Markoff (Chairperson), Rohan Henry (Deputy Chairperson) and Tim Chatfield (Commissioner). They join returning Commissioner Peta Maddy.

To read more about our commissioners and CEO please click here.

The Commissioners’ considerable experience encompasses:

  • advice to Victorian and Australian governments on state and national water policy and assessment of environmental impacts
  • leadership, strategy, corporate governance, systems thinking and business management
  • collaborating and partnering with Aboriginal Corporations, Traditional Owner groups and their communities
  • supporting, progressing and developing culturally appropriate policies and processes towards First Nations’ self-determination
  • natural resource management responses to accelerating climate change
  • deepening community partnerships to care for catchments and creating shared benefits from environmental water.

Commissioners 2023

The VEWH also gratefully acknowledges the support and contributions of outgoing Commissioners Chris Chesterfield and Jennifer Fraser.

“The previous Commission’s constructive approach to working together embodied the VEWH’s positive culture. They improved our business and governance processes, developed a 10-Year Strategy and Finance Strategy, and strengthened our partnerships with Traditional Owners.”

“We now continue our focus on evolving Victoria’s environmental watering, including supporting Traditional Owner self-determination, getting benefits for the environment and communities, and adapting to climate change,” Dr Loo said.

The VEWH looks forward to working with our new Commission and dedicated program partners, stakeholders and community members to continue maintaining and improving the health of Victoria’s precious rivers and wetlands.

Further Information

For further information please call
03 9637 8951 or email

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Page last updated: 05/10/23