Our Board and Executive members

members of the EPA board

From left to right: Michael Rennie, Carolyn Walsh, Rayne de Gruchy, Elizabeth Wild and Professor Richard Bush. Photo: EPA

The Board

Established under section 15 of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991, the EPA Board is an independent, expertise-based governing body that oversees and monitors the EPA. The Board has five members appointed by the NSW Governor on the recommendation of the Minister for Energy and Environment. The functions of the Board are to:

  • determine, with the support of the CEO, the policies and long-term strategic plans of the EPA
  • oversee the effective, efficient and economical management of the EPA
  • develop, and make available for public information, guidelines relating to the institution of criminal and related proceedings
  • determine whether the EPA should institute proceedings for serious environment protection offences
  • advise the Minister on any matter relating to the protection of the environment (at the request of the Minister or on its own initiative)
  • provide the Minister with an annual regulatory assurance statement.

Other functions of the Board, including additional statutory functions, are to:

  • receive reports from the EPA on any failure of the EPA to comply with its requirement to review environment protection licences every five years
  • approve the EPA granting an exemption to any person or class of persons from provisions of the POEO Act.

The EPA Board members

The current Board members have expertise in environmental law and science, corporate, financial and risk planning and management, as well as established ties to business and community groups.

Rayne de Gruchy
AM PSM

Chair

Term of appointment: 28 September 2020 to 27 September 2025.

Rayne de Gruchy brings to the EPA strong experience in regulation. She was previously chief operating officer at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and executive director of the Australian Financial Institutions Commission.

A lawyer by training, Rayne first worked in commercial and finance law. She spent a decade as CEO of the Australian Government Solicitor.

Rayne holds bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Law (Honours), and has experience as a non-executive director of two public companies. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.

“We support people from a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and abilities and encourage their personal growth within our organisation.”

Rayne de Gruchy

Board meetings held

In 2019–20, the EPA Board met six times:

  • 6 August 2020
  • 5 November 2020
  • 17 December 2020
  • 11 February 2021
  • 15 April 2021
  • 10 June 2021.

Carolyn Walsh was acting Chair until Rayne de Gruchy was appointed to the role in September 2021. Former Board members Chris Knoblanche AM and Julie Savet Ward attended meetings in August and November 2020 until Richard Bush joined the Board in December 2021 and Carolyn moved from the Chair role to a Board member role. Michael Rennie and Richard did not attend the meeting on 17 December 2020.

Chris Knoblanche and Julie Savet Ward were valuable board members from 29 February 2012 to 6 December 2020. Both contributed strongly to the board, supported the Executive team and helped the EPA develop its approach to transparency and accountability. During their appointment, Chris and Julie demonstrated a high level of engagement with the CEO and Executive team, calling for transparency and accountability.

The EPA Board members 2021

The current Board members have expertise in environmental law and science, corporate, financial and risk planning and management, as well as established ties to business and community groups.


headshot of Richard Bush

Professor Richard Bush
Board member
Term of appointment: 16 December 2020 to 15 December 2025

Richard Bush’s career has been dedicated to environmental science and management. He is highly experienced in managing complex stakeholder landscapes, working with multiple government departments and commercial and community organisations across NSW. In 2018 he was appointed as the first NSW Crown Lands Commissioner.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in environmental science, and has completed the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


headshot of Michael RennieMichael Rennie
Board member

Term of appointment: 7 December 2018 to 6 December 2023

Michael Rennie has worked extensively for many of Australia’s large industrial companies, as well as in the mining, oil and gas, telecommunications and government sectors.

He was CEO of McKinsey & Company in Australia and New Zealand for five years, a member of the firm’s Global Board until 2017, and founding sponsor of McKinsey’s environment practice in Australia.

Michael is a Rhodes Scholar, holding a Master of Arts from Oxford University as well as bachelor’s degrees in Jurisprudence (Honours) and Law. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


headshot of Carolyn WalshCarolyn Walsh
Board member

Term of appointment: 7 December 2020 to 6 December 2025.

Carolyn Walsh is a specialist consultant in the areas of industry policy, safety, risk and regulation, with 35 years’ experience in advising private-sector, Commonwealth and State Government clients.

Carolyn is Chair of the National Transport Commission and of the NSW Asbestos Coordination Committee. She has also been Commissioner at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Chief Executive of the Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator, a NSW statutory authority.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Economics. She is qualified in risk management and auditing, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


headshot of Elizabeth WildElizabeth Wild
Board member

Term of appointment: 7 December 2018 to 6 December 2023

Elizabeth Wild is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, and a Partner and Board member of the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. She has more than 25 years’ experience in environmental law.

Elizabeth is an expert in contaminated land and remediation issues. Her understanding of contaminated land regulation in several jurisdictions has allowed her to provide strategic advice to private-sector, Commonwealth and State Government clients.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Environmental Law. She is a member of both the Law Society of NSW and the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association.

Our Executive members

This section outlines the members of the Executive as at 30 June 2021.

Tracy Mackey
Chief Executive Officer

Tracy Mackey has dedicated her career to safeguarding communities. Since entering the public sector in 2002, she has applied her inclusive leadership style and progressive approach to strategy and policy development across a range of government agencies

As EPA CEO, she is responsible for delivering outcomes and providing regulatory assurance that protects the environment and enables industry to contribute to a strong economy.

Tracy has had executive-level experience at a large not-for-profit provider and a multinational consulting firm, has led her own consulting practice, and has been a non-executive director on a number of boards.

Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Housing Studies (Hons).

“People and purpose are at the centre of everything we do at the EPA. That is why in the first year of transformation we have focused on our people. We have been considering the incredible level of skill that already exists in the EPA against the needs of the future, and achieving our vision and strategic intent through the development of our workforce strategy.”

Tracy Mackey

 

zoom meeting during  NAICOC week

Zoom meeting during NAIDOC week. Photo: EPA

Our Executive members

This section outlines the members of the Executive as at 30 June 2021.


headshot of Steve BeamanSteve Beaman PSM
Executive Director, Regulatory Operations Metro

Steve Beaman has worked for almost 30 years on developing and implementing policy change and programs, enabling practical solutions to improve the quality of the NSW environment. In 2017 he was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for his outstanding contribution to the environment.

During his career Steve has overseen a diverse range of policy and program areas, including natural resources management, environmental planning and regulation, resource recovery and community programs. His areas of expertise include evidence-based analysis of complex policy issues and delivering innovative regulation programs to protect the community and environment.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science and is currently completing a Master of Emergency Management.


headshot of Alisa ChambersAlisa Chambers
Director, Governance, Risk and Planning

Throughout her career, Alisa Chambers has worked in areas that deal with highly sensitive and complex social issues, such as aged care, child protection services, early childhood education and environmental regulation. She is committed to improving communities, particularly for the most vulnerable among us.

Alisa leads the EPA’s Governance, Risk and Planning Division, which supports the CEO, parliamentary process and the implementation of the organisation’s strategy. Her inclusive leadership approach, coupled with her qualifications in change leadership, allow her to skilfully manage diverse stakeholder priorities to get the best result.

Alisa holds a Bachelor of Arts and is certified in Agile Project Management.


headshot of  Nancy ChangNancy Chang
Executive Director, Regulatory Policy, Initiatives and Advice

Nancy Chang leads the EPA’s Regulatory Policy, Initiatives and Advice Division, which is responsible for the EPA’s operational policy and practice advice.

Before joining the EPA in 2020, Nancy was the Executive Director of Early Childhood Education at the Department of Education, and oversaw the NSW Regulatory Authority for Early Childhood Education and Care Services in NSW.

Nancy’s key achievements in the NSW Government include her contributions to the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, funding for 600 hours of early childhood education in the year before school, and major child protection reforms.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Economics (Economics and Econometrics) and a Bachelor of Laws.


headshot of Carmen DwyerCarmen Dwyer
Executive Director, Regulatory Operations Regional

Carmen Dwyer is a passionate advocate for regional and remote NSW, having lived in the Western, Central Western and Orana regions of NSW all her life.

She is extremely experienced in dealing with complex environmental problems, policies and regulation, having worked across the mining, coal seam gas, waste and agricultural sectors in the areas of policy development and implementation, and behaviour change.

At the EPA, Carmen leads a team of around 180 staff to ensure compliance with the Acts the EPA administers.

Carmen has experience as a non-executive board director. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) and a Master of Applied Science (Environmental Restoration, Rehabilitation and Management).


headshot of David FowlerDavid Fowler
Executive Director, Regulatory Practice and Environmental Solutions

David Fowler has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental engineering and regulation. He leads the development and implementation of regulatory strategies, solutions and technical guidance. He also works to build the capabilities of the EPA and its people in regulation.

David has held senior positions throughout the environment portfolio. He has managed teams delivering regulatory reforms, providing operational support for enforcement actions related to land clearing, and administering environment protection licences.

Before taking roles in environmental regulation, David spent five years in environmental consulting, working with industrial facilities across Australia.


headshot of Jacqueleine MooreJacqueleine Moore
Executive Director, Legal and Corporate

Jacqueleine Moore has focused her legal career on protecting the community’s interests through a variety of government roles.

She leads the EPA’s Legal and Corporate Division, which represents the EPA in prosecutions and civil matters; provides support and advice on finance, people and regulatory assurance issues; and delivers the government’s legislative program for Acts the EPA administers.

Jacqueleine has previously worked in senior roles in several NSW Government agencies, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the former Department of Industry, and in legal roles with the Australian Government Solicitor and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Jacqueleine holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts.


headshot of Liesba SpanjaardLiesbet Spanjaard
Executive Director, Engagement, Education and Programs

Before joining the EPA in 2020, Liesbet Spanjaard was a senior partner in a global professional services firm, with a focus on infrastructure advice, policy and strategy. She has also worked in the NSW Government’s planning portfolio and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, leading the development of strategy and policy.

Liesbet has extensive experience in engaging with stakeholders and believes strongly in a client-centred approach to engagement and service delivery. At the EPA she leads the Engagement, Education and Programs Division, which is responsible for engaging with stakeholders and designing and delivering effective programs to drive behaviour change.

Liesbet holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, and an MBA.


Executive remuneration

Table 1 Average remuneration of Senior Executive staff*

Band

Range

Average remuneration
2019–20

Average remuneration
2020–21

Band 4 Secretary

$487,051 to $562,650

n/a

n/a

Band 3 Group/Deputy Secretary

$345,551 to $487,050

$405,000

$410,000

Band 2 Executive Director

$274,701 to $345,550

$291,611

$305,131

Band 1 Director

$192,600 to $274,700

$222,470

$235,194

 

* The percentage of total employee-related expenditure for senior executives in 2020–21 was 9.7%.

Table 2 EPA Senior Executive staff Full Time Equivalents (FTE)

  Band 4 Band 3 Band 2 Band 1 Totals
Female 2018–19 0 0.4 2.2 9.6 12.2
Male 2018–19 0 0.6 3.5 12.9 17
Total 2018–19 0 1 5.7 22.5 29.2
Female 2019–20 0 1.2 4.9 10 16.1
Male 2019–20 0 0 1 11 12
Total 2019–20 0 1.2 5.9 21 28.1
Female 2020–⁠21 0 1 4 14 19
Male 2020–21 0 0 2 11 13
Total 2020–21 0 1 6 25 32

 

David Fowler and Steve Beaman chatting

Executive members David Fowler and Steve Beaman. Photo: EPA

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