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Leadership team - Bushfire Recovery Victoria

Meet our leadership team.

Chief Executive Officer

Carmel Flynn is the Chief Executive Officer of Bushfire Recovery Victoria. 

Carmel has over 20 years of experience working as an executive in emergency management across the government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors. As an experienced executive, Carmel has a demonstrated history of values-based leadership, including in global contexts. She’s skilled in crisis management, stakeholder and community engagement, change management, and public policy.

Carmel previously worked as an executive in the former Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education in emergency management and regional operations. In these roles, Carmel directly supported State Recovery Coordination following major State emergencies including the 2011-12 Victorian floods and the 2014 Hazelwood Mine fire, and led innovative and comprehensive bushfire risk mitigation policy and programs for Victoria’s education sector as well as significant operational reform for schools via the establishment of a State Incident Management Centre.

Carmel has a wealth of experience in emergency management. She has overseen international emergency operations across the world with Red Cross. Her role at Red Cross focussed on assisting disaster-prone communities to prepare for, build resilience towards, and recover from major emergencies, including in IDP camps in war-torn Sudan, remote flooded communities in Pakistan, and tsunami-affected communities in Indonesia and in Samoa.

Earlier in her career, Carmel was a consultant specialising in business strategy and processes, as well as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force in logistics.

Carmel is committed to ensuring communities, families, and local businesses impacted by the 2019-20 Eastern Victorian bushfires and other emergencies are supported during every step of their recovery journey.

Carmel holds qualifications in Commerce (BComm) and Technology Management (MBA).

Executive Director – Recovery Enablement 

Michael Hodder is the A/Executive Director – Recovery Enablement.

The Recovery Enablement Division comprises Budget and Finance, Business Services, People and Culture, Workplace Services, Planning Risk and Audit and Communications.

Michael’s substantive role is Executive Director of the Public Land and Environment Recovery Division within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning where he led the establishment of the department’s approach to bushfire recovery.

Michael is an experienced leader across a wide range of areas that involve dealing with individuals, stakeholders and communities at all levels. Michael’s previous roles have all relied on his ability, experience, relationships and knowledge of emergency management operations, innovation, and risk management skills.

Michael has worked in emergency management from a range of perspectives and organisations, within government, and corporate sectors. He is well versed and experienced in dealing with complex political issues and delivery of government policy commitments.

Executive Director – Recovery Strategy and Planning

Andrew Haywood is the Executive Director – Recovery Strategy and Planning. 

The Recovery Strategy and Planning Division comprises the Planning and Coordination Branch and the Evaluation and Reporting Branch.


Andrew Haywood has over 20 years’ experience in agriculture, forestry, policy and indigenous and community development, in both international and domestic arenas, which has provided him with a unique mixture of social, ecological, and economic perspectives. More recently, Andrew has been using his extensive skills and knowledge to lead the Evaluations & Reporting branch in the Recovery Strategy and Planning Division at BRV, for which he is currently in an acting role as the Executive Director.

Andrew has an impressive resume of work experience from all over the world. He has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Natural Resources Management and Policy, Masters of Applied Statistics and Bachelor of Forest Science.

Executive Director – Recovery Programs

Kate Millar is the Executive Director – Recovery Programs. 

The Recovery Programs Division is responsible for the commissioning and coordination of recovery programs under our 5 recovery pillars:

  1. biodiversity and environment
  2. building and infrastructure
  3. people and wellbeing
  4. business and economic recovery
  5. Aboriginal culture and healing

Kate is a highly experienced senior executive with particular expertise in program design, emergency management and stakeholder partnerships. After completing a Bachelor and Master of Forest Science Degrees at Melbourne University, Kate has spent half of her career in rural and regional Victoria leading operational teams and working as a Regional Manager based in Bendigo with Parks Victoria.   

Kate has led infrastructure, aboriginal cultural heritage and environmental policy teams. She also established her own business providing strategic advice to organisations including the Victorian Coastal Council and the National Aerial Firefighting Centre.

In May 2017, Kate joined Regional Development Victoria as Executive Director Regional Programs and Recovery, with oversight of the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund. Since January 2020, Kate has been leading the design of economic recovery programs for the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and more recently joined BRV as Executive Director, Recovery Programs.

Executive Director – Recovery Engagement and Operations

Megan Stiffler is the Executive Director – Recovery Engagement & Operations.

The Recovery Engagement and Operations Division (REO) comprises Operations (including the Clean-up and Short-Term Modular Housing programs and Hubs establishment), Community Engagement, Donations and our Regional Recovery Teams in East Gippsland and the North East.

REO Division plays a critical role in being embedded in the community, coordinating support services, donation and philanthropic coordination, guiding and supporting the Community Recovery Committee network, working closely with local and federal government in the field and delivering flagship programs of Clean-up, Short Term Modular Housing and the Community Hub network.

Megan joined BRV from Queensland, where she has extensive Fire & Emergency Service experience covering preparedness, response and recovery. Before her role with Queensland Fire & Emergency Services, Megan held a range of executive corporate finance, customer and people roles in major Australian companies.

Megan has an MBA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Reviewed 22 June 2021

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