8 - 9 June 2022



Cheryl Batagol will speak on the panel of the 'Putting our industry at the centre of the circular economy' session

Cheryl Batagol PSM

Cheryl Batagol was Chair of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria until recently, stepping down after a decade of service.  She will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the panel of speakers who will discuss ways that we can bring our industry to the centre of the circular economy.

She is currently Chair of Wastech Engineering, a company leading innovation in resource recovery across Australia and the Chair of Victorian Land Registry Services, providing property registry and data services within Victoria.  Since 2012, Cheryl has been the inaugural Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities based at Monash University.  The Victorian Government appointed Cheryl to the Fishermans Bend Development Board in 2018.

Cheryl has been appointed as Chair of two short term projects by the Victorian Government – the Joint Transition Committee for Greater Western Water and Co-Chair (with Ken Lay AO) for the North Richmond Precinct Community Committee.

Born on a dairy farm in South Gippsland, Cheryl started her career in 1970, working in a family waste collection company, which also marked the start of a long career in the waste management industry where she worked for more than thirty years in both private and public companies, retiring from her management and executive career in 2000, from Brambles Australia Ltd’s Cleanaway division.

Prior to her appointment as EPA Victoria’s Chair, Cheryl was the Chairman of Melbourne Water for five years. Cheryl has also served on the Boards of the Victorian Catchment Management Council, City West Water and Southern Rural Water.  She has been a Chair, Deputy Chair and board member of EcoRecycle Victoria the predecessor organisation of Sustainability Victoria, serving for 16 years across both organisations.

Cheryl is committed to social and environmental justice and leads change in sustainability in whatever role she performs.

Monash University awarded Cheryl an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) in 2017 and the Commonwealth Government a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day awards of 2018, and a Centenary Medal in 2000.   Cheryl is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Our program theme for 2023 is “Navigating the Waters: Adapting to Economic Challenges in the Water Sector”

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