Our executive team brings a wide range of experience and qualifications to the EPA.

Tony Chappel

Chief Executive Officer

Leading the EPA since August 2022, Tony is a senior executive with extensive experience across the public and private sector, specialising in sustainability, corporate affairs, risk and governance, regulatory strategy, and policy.

His comprehensive experience as a senior leader in highly regulated industries means Tony brings a unique perspective on licensee obligations and the impact industry actions can have on NSW communities.

He is a dedicated advocate for the environment and committed to the task of supporting all stakeholders in their transition to a net-zero economy. Tony has played a critical role in the delivery of the EPA’S Climate Change Policy and Action Plan and is committed to working collaboratively with each sector to reduce emissions while also driving new opportunities.

Tony has a Masters in Environmental Change and Management from University of Oxford and a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.

Jacqueleine Moore

Executive Director, Legal, Governance and People

As head of the EPA’s Legal, Governance and People, Jacqueleine is an experienced lawyer and executive who has focused her career on achieving better community outcomes through government.

She has worked in senior roles in NSW Government agencies, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet and many NSW natural resource, environmental and regulatory agencies, as well as legal roles with the Australian Government Solicitor and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

In her current role, Jacqueleine is passionate about addressing environmental challenges, taking a strategic approach to delivering better outcomes, and holding polluters to account. She is proud of the enviable EPA success rate in taking regulatory action.

Jacqueleine holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts.

Nancy Chang

Executive Director, Strategy and Policy

Nancy is an experienced executive in the NSW Government. She was Executive Director of Early Childhood Education at the Department of Education and oversaw the NSW Regulatory Authority for Early Childhood Education and Care Services in NSW.

She is recognised for her contributions to the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, funding for 600 hours of early childhood education in the year before school, and major child protection reforms.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Economics (Economics and Econometrics) and a Bachelor of Laws.

Stephen Beaman

Executive Director, Regulatory Practice and Services

Steve has worked for almost 30 years on developing and implementing policy change and programs, enabling practical solutions to improve the quality of the NSW environment. In 2017 he was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for his outstanding contribution to the environment.

He has worked across a diverse range of policy and program areas, including natural resources management, environmental planning and regulation, resource recovery and community programs. His areas of expertise include evidence-based analysis of complex policy issues and delivering innovative regulation programs to protect the community and environment.

Steve has a strong interest in the power of building and leveraging strategic relationships with stakeholders to achieve aligned responses in sensitive or contentious environments.

He holds a Bachelor of Science and is completing a Master of Emergency Management.

Jason Gordon

Executive Director, Operations

Joining the EPA in September 2023, Jason is an experienced executive and has held senior positions at the Department of Planning and Environment (Water) and Transport NSW.

Prior to working in the NSW Government, he ran his own business and has over 20 years experience working in local government with various Councils around the state.

Jason has a Degree in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in Commercial Law, and a Masters Degree in Planning. He is a Qualified Mediator and also a JP. Jason is a Qualified Powdermonkey. Jason is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and a Fellow/Engineering Executive Member of Engineers Australia.

Alex Geddes

Executive Director, Programs and Innovation

Joining the EPA in December 2023, Alex is an experienced executive and has held senior positions at Service NSW, the Department of Industry and Department of Trade and Investment.

Alex is an experienced senior executive, having delivered major digital and community focused initiatives and led strategy, advocacy and communications units. Alex loves to drive continuous improvement with a focus on delivering customer service excellence and enhancing service delivery.

She is passionate about delivering great outcomes and shares this passion through speaking engagements on customer experience, fraud mitigation, transformation initiatives, agile ways of working and digital disruption. 

Alex has a  Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) / Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Evie Madden

Director, Corporate Affairs

Evie is a dedicated communications professional with extensive experience in both the private and public sector. She specialises in media, communications, government relations and stakeholder management.

She has worked in broadcast journalism and across key industries in energy, construction, agriculture, water and trade. She has been recognised for her strategic approach to crisis management while also protecting and enhancing organisational reputation.

Evie is committed to mentoring younger communications professionals. As a member of UN Women Australia, she is particularly passionate about helping young women to not just hone their skills but also find their voice in the industry.

She has a Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of Journalism and is commencing a Masters in Global Management.

Sam Gray

Director, Risk and Governance / Chief Risk Officer

Sam has wide-ranging experience, having worked at the federal, state and local levels of government across mental health, law enforcement, health service planning, governance and education. Stemming from a healthy addiction to learning new things, Sam has held roles in policy, regulatory practice, business improvement, program management and stakeholder engagement. Most recently, Sam’s roles within the NSW EPA included responsibility for regulatory practice and IT.

As Director Risk & Governance, Sam leads on risk management, governance, continual improvement, strategic planning, reporting (such as the State of the Environment report). Sam is an advocate for using public administration to further community participation in government decision-making and serving the public interest.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry).