Leadership team - Bushfire Recovery Victoria

Meet our leadership team

Chief Executive Officer

Lee Miezis is the Chief Executive Officer of Bushfire Recovery Victoria.

Lee is the former Deputy Secretary, Forest, Fire and Regions in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). In this role, Lee held broad responsibility for Victoria's State forests, coasts and other public land, including fire and emergency management policy and operations; and for leading project and service delivery in regional Victoria across all DELWP portfolio areas – energy, environment and climate change, water and catchments, planning and local infrastructure.

Lee holds a Bachelor Degree in Forest Science (with Honours), a Master of Business Administration and is a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. He has extensive experience and a record of achievement across policy, operations, service delivery, and regulation, having worked in executive level roles in the Victorian and NSW public service in the areas of public land management, fire and emergency management, and environment.

Executive Director – Recovery Enablement 

Carmel Flynn is the Executive Director – Recovery Enablement.

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

Carmel has a wealth of experience in emergency management from a range of perspectives and organisations, within government, and the not for profit and corporate sectors. Earlier in her career, Carmel was a consultant specialising in business strategy, process and organisational design, as well as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. She has overseen international emergency operations across the world with Red Cross, and in the past 10 years has worked as an executive in the former Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education in emergency management, health protection and regional operations.

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

Executive Director – Recovery Strategy and Planning

Nick Decker 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.

Nick was one of the first appointments to BRV, joining in the very first days of our operation. Prior to leading our Strategy and Planning team, Nick held senior roles across the public sector, including in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Latrobe Valley Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Nick has a Bachelor of Arts and is currently undertaking the ANZSOG Executive Master of Public Administration.

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 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 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 an 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 29 March 2021

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