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ESV appoints CEO

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) has appointed Leanne Hughson as Chief Executive Officer, commencing 26 April.

ESV Commission Chairperson Marnie Williams said Ms Hughson was the right person to lead ESV as it responds to energy safety challenges both now and into the future.

Ms Hughson comes to ESV from the Department of Health and Human Services, where she played a key role in Victoria’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19) as the Commander of Enforcement and Compliance.

Prior to this role, she led the transformation of WorkSafe to become a safety-first, data-driven, and customer focussed safety regulator. ESV is currently undergoing a similar transformation, and Ms Hughson’s experience and knowledge will be fundamental to a successful and enduring outcome.

Ms Hughson was also previously WorkSafe’s General Counsel and oversaw a record number of investigations and prosecutions.

ESV introduced the role of CEO as part of its recent governance change from a single Director to a Commission of three that is responsible for ESV’s regulatory decision-making. The Commission was appointed earlier this year by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio. The CEO’s role was introduced to provide a clear distinction between regulatory decision-making and the day-to-day operations of ESV.