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Corporate structure and management responsibilities

View ESV’s Corporate structure.

View Executive Management Board Charter.

Director of Energy Safety

Paul Fearon

  • Executive direction and leadership of Energy Safe Victoria
  • Exercise of powers under The Act

Mr Fearon was appointed Victoria’s Director of Energy Safety and CEO of Energy Safe Victoria by the Minister for Energy for a term of five years in November 2009. He was reappointed by the Minister for a further term of five years in February 2015.

From 2003-09 Mr Fearon was Chief Executive Officer of the Essential Services Commission (ESC) and prior to that worked in the energy industry for 23 years, holding senior executive roles in regulation and strategy, business development and commercial operations for CitiPower, Electricity Services Victoria and the SECV, including a period of secondment to government as Energy Advisor.

In 2003 Mr Fearon was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for services to the industry through major structural reform.

Mr Fearon holds bachelor degrees in arts (public administration and politics) and business (economics and accounting), a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors and Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Deputy Director

Neil Fraser

  • Licensing approval and renewals
  • Certification development
  • Project management – ESV

Chief Operating Officer

Sharife Rahmani

  • Finance and Business Services
  • Human Resources
  • Media, Communications and Marketing
  • Information Services
  • OH&S

Risk, Regulatory Planning and Policy General Manager

Dr Roanne Allan

  • Legal/legislation
  • Risk and assurance
  • Compliance, enforcement policy and prosecutions
  • Complaints
  • Freedom of Information (FOI)

Electrical Safety and Technical Regulation General Manager

Ian Burgwin

  • Electrical infrastructure safety
  • Bushfire mitigation
  • Electrical installations and equipment standards
  • Electrical equipment approvals
  • Electrical equipment point of sale audits
  • Data analytics – ESV

Gas and Pipeline Safety and Technical Regulation General Manager

Steve Cronin

  • Licensed pipelines
  • Gas infrastructure and supply
  • Gas installations
  • Gas appliances
  • Electrolysis mitigation
  • Emergency management policy – ESV