2018 Featured Speakers

Dr Jeannette Young, Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director-General Prevention Division, Department of Health, Queensland Government

Dr Young has been the Queensland Chief Health Officer since 2005. Previously she worked in a range of positions in Queensland and Sydney. She has specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and as a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

Her role as Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director-General includes responsibility for health disaster planning and response; aero-medical retrieval services; licensing of private hospitals; and policy regarding organ and tissue donation; blood, poisons and medicines; cancer screening; communicable diseases; environmental health; preventive health; and medical workforce planning and leadership.

Mr John Yates, Director of Security, Scentre Group & Westfield Corporation

John joined Westfield in November 2013 in a newly created role as Director of Security for Scentre Group in Australia and New Zealand & Westfield Corporation in the United Kingdom, United States and the emerging markets. He also has responsibility for the corporate security requirements of the Lowy family and their private assets.

John retired from the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) in November 2011 after a 30 year career.  He held a number of the most senior positions in UK policing. His last role was as the UK’s most senior counter terrorism officer and as the senior advisor the Prime Minister and Home Secretary on all law enforcement related security matters.

Previous roles included leading the fight against serious and organised crime in London. He also led the UK’s response to the South East Asian Tsunami for which he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

In between leaving policing and joining Westfield John spent time in the Middle East advising the government of Bahrain on police reform before joining G3, the Good Governance Group, a leading international strategic advisory firm, as their Group Executive Director.

John is based in Sydney.

Ms Katarina Carroll, Commissioner, Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES)

Major General Gregory Bilton, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, Department of Defence – Army

Dr John Bates, Research Director, Bushfire & Natural Disaster CRC

Invited Speakers:

  • Mr Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Ms Sarah Chidgey, Acting Deputy Secretary, National Security and Emergency Management Group, Attorney-General’s Department

Plenary Panel

Different Perspectives on Disaster Plenary Panel

  • Dr Erin Smith, Senior Lecturer, Paramedical Science, Edith Cowan University (chair)
  • Marian Fontana – 9/11 wife of responder
  • Gill Hicks – victim, London Bombings
  • Cameron Anderson – responder