Dr Cathy Wilkinson has left her role as Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (EPA), after overseeing its transformation into a modern regulator over the past two years.
She has been appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor with Monash University at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and will continue to collaborate on projects “that enable lasting sustainability transitions and benefits to the environment,” according to the Governing Board of Environment Protection Authority Victoria.
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.
The Board said that Wilkinson’s leadership also saw the establishment of dedicated programs designed to support local communities, including setting up local offices in the north and west.
She also established 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.
The Board thanked,Wilkinson stating that “she has made a significant contribution to the sector – and to our state – and I wish her the very best for her future endeavours.”