Chief Executive Officer
Mariela Diaz is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Emergency Recovery Victoria (ERV).
Mariela returned to ERV as CEO and was previously instrumental in the establishment of Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) following the 2019-20 Eastern Victorian bushfires. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in emergency management and people-centred service delivery to the role.
With 30 years of experience in diverse public and private sector roles, Mariela has a demonstrated history of values-based leadership, with a community-focused approach. She’s skilled in strategic planning, project management, stakeholder relations, people management and driving change through developing and implementing reforms. Mariela’s previous role of Deputy Secretary and Deputy State Controller, Industry Engagement and Enforcement Operation, where she led the high-profile operation ensuring industries are COVID-19 compliant and critical community safety outcomes were being delivered.
Mariela is committed to ensuring communities, families, and local businesses impacted by all emergencies are supported during every step of their recovery journey.
Executive Director – Strategy, Policy and Evidence
Dean Purkis is the Executive Director – Strategy, Policy and Evidence Division.
The Strategy, Policy and Evidence Division (SPED) supports the coordinated development, design and implementation of recovery policy, strategy, evidence, evaluation, and research.
It works to ensure there is a clear and considered purpose, relationship and connection between planning activities, policy, funding, and an effective approach to monitoring, evaluating, and measuring success.
The Transformation Division has recently moved to sit within SPED under Dean Purkis until they finish on 30 June 2023. It is made up of the Transition project team and the Communications branch.
The Transformation division supports Emergency Recovery Victoria’s (ERV) transition from BRV to ERV which is a business unit of the Emergency Management Group within the Department of Justice and Community Safety.
Executive Director – State Coordination and Operations
Kate Millar is the Executive Director – State Coordination and Operations Division.
The State Coordination and Operations Division is responsible for the commissioning and coordinating of recovery programs under five recovery lines of recovery.
To ensure a holistic approach to recovery we've identified five lines of recovery to prioritise, plan and deliver recovery efforts:
- biodiversity and environment
- building and infrastructure
- people and wellbeing
- business and economic recovery
- Aboriginal culture and healing.
Executive Director – Regional Coordination and Operations
Sue Jamieson is the Executive Director – Regional Coordination and Operations Division.
The Regional Coordination and Operations Division comprises Operations (including the Clean-up and Short-Term Modular Housing programs and Hubs establishment), Community Engagement, Donations, Residential Rebuild and our Regional Recovery Teams in the South East, South West, North East and North West.
The Regional Coordination and Operations Division leads stakeholder management with local, state and Commonwealth governments in regions.
The Regional Coordination and Operations 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.
Executive Director – Accommodation and Housing Relief and Recovery
Clint Bambrick is the Executive Director – Accommodation and Housing Relief and Recovery Division.
The Accommodation and Housing Relief and Recovery Division is responsible for the provision of temporary and emergency accommodation to community members displaced by the October 2022 floods. It provides fit for purpose accommodation to ensure residents remain safe, avoid homelessness or disadvantage and successfully transition from emergency and temporary accommodation to permanent housing.
Reviewed 18 May 2023