Cheryl Batagol is Chair of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria, joining the organisation in September 2009 and since 2012 has been the inaugural Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities based at Monash University. She chairs the Emergency Management Victoria Diversity Working Group for Community Connectedness and sits on the EMV Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. She has recently been appointed to the US-based Advisory Board of the litter App, Litterati.
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 over 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 sixteen years across both organisations.
Learning through experiences in the private and government sectors, Cheryl is committed to social and environmental justice and leads change in preventing pollution and reducing the impacts of pollution and waste on human health and the environment.
Monash University awarded Cheryl an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa) in 2017 and she was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day awards of 2018.