Asset management 12 May 2022

Deanne Leaver recognised at the 2022 Top 50 Public Sector Women Awards

Deanne Leaver, Executive Director, Asset Development and Infrastructure Advisory Services at the Victorian Health Building Authority, was recognised at the Institute of Public Administration Australia Victoria 2022 Top 50 Public Sector Women Awards.

The awards recognise the achievements of established and emerging leaders across Victoria’s government departments and agencies during an ‘unprecedented’ period of challenges as the community grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deanne was one of 80 Victorian women public servants honoured across two categories at the award ceremony as ‘COVID-19 heroes’. 

In her role at VHBA she leads a multidisciplinary team of experts focused on environmental sustainability, property management, engineering services and asset management.

‘This award means a lot to me – these past few years have been especially challenging, and I’ve learnt so much from so many amazing and talented people,’ says Deanne. 

‘I’m proud to lead passionate teams developing health projects that deliver tangible benefits to the community and most recently, our support and response to the pandemic.’

COVID-19 health technical advice

In 2021 her team published an Aerosol study that highlighted the importance of effective infection prevention and control strategies in health facilities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. This led to the development of technical advice to help engineers and health services respond to the pandemic and treat COVID-19 patients.

‘The Aerosol study was a key input into Victoria being one of the first governments to recognise aerosol transmission, ventilation assessments and upgrade works. Our representation has also been highly sought on numerous local and national taskforces and committees.

‘I am excited and truly humbled to be recognised by IPAA. I think about every woman on that list and the incredible hard work that got them to this place and the passion they each have to deliver better outcomes for the Victorian community, which is why we all get out of bed in the morning,’ Deanne said.

Congratulations to Deanne and each of the winners. View the full list of winners on the IPAA website.

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