Cathy Wilkinson has stepped down from her role as EPA Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer.
Wilkinson became EPA CEO in September 2018, and according to the authority’s Governing Board, led the organisation admirably during a period of unprecedented challenges and transformation.
“Her strong commitment and passion for environmental protection and to preventing harm from pollution and waste has been critical to establishing strong foundations for commencement of EPA’s new legislation in mid-2021,” an EPA statement reads.
Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio thanked Wilkinson for her “meaningful contribution” to protecting Victoria’s environment.
“Over the past two years, Cathy has overseen the transformation of the EPA into a modern regulator, by helping shape the strong foundations the Authority needs to stop pollution and protect Victoria’s environment,” she said.
“This includes establishing the Waste Crime Prevention Inspectorate which works with WorkSafe Victoria, Victoria Police, emergency services agencies, local government and other regulators to improve and streamline intelligence sharing, and prevent waste crime in Victoria.”
D’Ambrosio added that Wilkinson’s leadership saw the establishment of dedicated programs designed to support local communities, including setting up local offices in the state’s north and west.
“In the course of her career, she has made a significant contribution to the sector – and to our state – and I wish her the very best for her future endeavours,” she said.
Tim Eaton, currently EPA’s Executive Director of Regulatory Standards, Assessments and Permissioning, will act as the Chief Executive Officer while a recruitment process is undertaken.
Wilkinson has been appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor with Monash University at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.