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Ben Lester

NED, GRC & Cyber Exec

I am agile, results-oriented non-executive director and executive with over twenty years’ experience driving Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Assurance, Business Resilience, Cyber Security, Community Safety, Data Analytics, Information Management, and IT & Business Transformation across private industry, state and local government, and not-for-profit organisations. At board level, I drive good governance to ensure risk is effectively managed and utilised, so that an organisation can achieve its vision, mission and strategic objectives. In an executive capacity, I am currently the Director Risk and Compliance for the Department of Justice and Community Safety. Over the course of my career I have held senior roles with organisations such as WorkSafe Victoria, Department of Transport, Wyndham City Council, NAB and Telstra. I have attained post graduate qualifications in business, corporate governance, and security management. I have completed the AICD Company Directors Course, I am a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, and hold international certifications in governance risk and compliance, business continuity, project management and security management, and I am also a qualified fraud investigator. I bring a unique blend of business administration, GRC, and technology skills and experience that is rare to find. In addition I have strong knowledge and experience in the finance and telecommunications industry, and public sector administration (state and local), and I am member of various of industry organisations. This I believe presents a significant value proposition to prospective board or committees.


  • ASX 100 Company
  • Large (200+ employees) organisation – unlisted
  • Small to Medium Enterprise - SME (10 -199 employees) - listed
  • Small organisation (1-9 employees)
  • Not-for-profit organisation Small (10-199 employees)
  • Government owned organisation/entity
  • State or Territory Government
  • Local Government
  • Banking
  • Nonprofit Organisation Management
  • Telecommunications
  • Audit
  • Governance
  • Business Acumen
  • Change Management
  • IT
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Risk
  • Senior Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Other


  • Non Executive
  • Committee Chair
  • Advisory Board Member
  • GM/MD
  • Executive Director

Board or Committee Experience

Title Sub Committee Company Name Industry
Independent MemberCommunity Grants CommitteeCity of Greater GeelongLocal Government
MemberRisk and Technology CommitteeGovernance Institute of AustraliaIndustry Membership Group
AdjudicatorSpecial AwardsAustralasian Reporting AwardsNot-for-Profit organisation
Non-Executive DirectorBoard of DirectorsSail and AdventureNot-for-Profit organisation
MemberEmergency Management Planning Guidelines Reference GroupEmergency Management VictoriaVictorian Government Statutory Entity
ChairRisk Special Interest GroupLocal Government Professionals VictoriaNot-for-Profit organisation
MemberBoard Emergency Management CommitteeMunicipal Association of VictoriaLegislated Membership Association for Victorian Local Government
MemberMAV Local Government Act Review and Municipal Association Act and Rules Review TaskforcesMunicipal Association of VictoriaLegislated Membership Association for Victorian Local Government
ChairVictoria / Australia Chapter Education CommitteeASIS InternationalInternational Not-for-Profit organisation
MemberVictoria / Australia Chapter BoardASIS InternationalInternational Not-for-Profit organisation

Executive Career Summary

Title Company Name Industry
Director Risk and ComplianceDepartment of Justice and Community SafetyVictorian Government
DirectorAeson Business SolutionsProfessional Consulting / Contracting
Senior Program Manager, Victorian Ombudsman Report Recommendations Implementation ProgramWorkSafe VictoriaVictorian Government
Senior Project Manager, Inspections Transformation, WorkSafe 2030WorkSafe VictoriaVictorian Government
Senior Manager, Enterprise Portfolio Risk & ComplianceWorkSafe VictoriaVictorian Government
Executive Manager, City ResilienceWyndham City CouncilVictorian Local Government
Director, Operational DeliveryDepartment of TransportVictorian Government