Keynote Speaker – Deirdre Griepsma
Deirdre is the Regional Biodiversity Recovery Programme Coordinator with Parks Victoria. She is coordinating the delivery of Parks Victoria’s the Bushfire Biodiversity Response and Recovery program post the 19/20 bushfires in Eastern Victoria. This involves working collaboratively with other agencies to find opportunities and synergies through strategic oversight to integrate the recurrent, reactive, and emerging biodiversity recovery projects.
Deirdre holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Applied Science, has been an EPA Victoria Independent Expert Witness, a signatory for National Association of Testing Authority and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors. She is a qualified Industrial Chemist and has spent 28 years working mostly in the environment , water, and natural resource management sector.
Before coming to Parks Victoria Deirdre worked for 10 years in Victorian local government as the Sustainable Environment Manager and has 18 years in the private commercial and not-for profit sector. Deirdre has a diverse background. She has managed water quality laboratories, worked in industrial waste research, the petrochemical industry and natural resource and environment management.
Deirdre is a skilled leader with a professional brand who makes a positive contribution to the teams, people and places she works. She builds and facilitates strong partnerships and relationships resulting in collaboration to solve complex problems.
Minister for the Environment