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Cladding Safety Victoria CEO Appointed

02 August 2019

The Andrews Labor Government’s world first program tackling high-risk cladding now has an experienced Chief Executive Officer at its helm.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne announced the appointment of Dan O’Brien as the CEO of Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV).

CSV has been established by the Labor Government to oversee a $600 million program of rectification works on hundreds of buildings across Victoria found to have high-risk cladding.

Mr O’Brien will lead the agency as it manages the funding and works with owners corporations from start to finish to make sure buildings are safe and compliant with all regulations.

The establishment of a dedicated cladding agency was a key recommendation of the Victorian Cladding Taskforce, which has worked with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to conduct the most comprehensive cladding audit of buildings anywhere in the world.

Mr O’Brien has extensive experience in the public and private sector. Most recently he was Chief Executive of Incolink – delivering services to Victoria’s building and construction industry.

He’s also held key executive roles at the National Australia Bank and Medibank Private, and senior roles in both the Victorian and Federal governments – including Chief Executive of Regional Development Victoria and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Regional Development, Arts and Sports (Federal).

He was also Chief of Staff to former Victorian Premier John Brumby and is currently a Director of VicTrack and the Brodies Law Foundation.

As Cladding Safety Victoria CEO, Mr O’Brien will report to VBA Chairman Dr Owen Donald when he starts in the role this month.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“Dan O’Brien is a highly experienced chief executive and has the proven skills to lead CSV as it carries out vital work to make Victorian buildings safe.”

“Dangerous cladding is an international problem and Victoria is leading the world in responding to it – establishing CSV to oversee landmark investment to fix hundreds of high-risk buildings across the State.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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