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Featured Speakers 2019

Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Victoria

Andrew Crisp APM is Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner and has overall responsibility for coordination before, during and after major emergencies, including the management of consequences of an emergency.

As the former Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner, Regional Operations, Andrew has almost 40 years’ policing experience in roles focused on community safety across metropolitan and regional Victoria and overseas, including key emergency management leadership positions.

During his career, he has been involved in responses to a number of major incidents, such as the Ash Wednesday Bushfires, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, Christchurch earthquake, Queensland floods and the 2017 Bourke Street Tragedy.

Andrew has worked closely, at both the strategic and operational level, with emergency management organisations, agencies, and government departments for a number of years. While focused on building even stronger relationships and capability across the emergency management sector, Andrew will ensure that the community is at the centre of that work.

To help the emergency management sector thrive, Andrew is keen to ensure it better reflects the communities that we work with and to continue building a more open, respectful, and inclusive culture.

Mr Tony Dell, Founder, Stand Tall 4 PTS

Tony Dell was a national serviceman in 1966 to 1968 and deployed to Vietnam with 2RAR in 1967/68. On his return he played five seasons of Sheffield Shield cricket with Queensland and was lucky enough to play two test matches for Australia with Ian Chappell as his captain.

Forty years after he got home from Vietnam he was diagnosed with PTS and only then did he realise the reasons for the multitude of things that had gone wrong in his life. He then qualified to receive a TPI pension and after being told there was a stipulation of only being allowed to work just eight hours a week he decided to set up a not for profit entity to create national awareness for PTS and in so doing help to reduce the stigma, help to educate our youth and encourage governments to do more.

Dr Michael Eburn, Associate Professor, ANU College of Law

Dr Michael Eburn is a barrister and Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law, Canberra. An expert in the law of emergency management Michael is best known for his popular blog – Australian Emergency Law (https://emergencylaw.wordpress.com/).  He is an associate of the Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University (UK) and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (NZ). He is a chief investigator on a BNHCRC funded project looking at preparation for catastrophic disasters.  Michael has served with St John Ambulance (NSW), NSW Ambulance and the NSW State Emergency Service. He is a member of the board of Paramedics Australasia.

Mr Rob Gordon, Psychological Consultant for Emergency Recovery to Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Rob Gordon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has worked in disasters since the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires. He has been psychological consultant to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for Emergency Recovery since 1989 and consulted to Australian Red Cross emergency services for 10 years. He works with government and non-government agencies in health, welfare, justice, environment and education for fire, flood, earthquake, storm, cyclone and drought as well as mass shootings and terrorist events throughout Australia and New Zealand. He conducts a private psychotherapy practice in Box Hill, Victoria and is the President of the Australian Confederation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies.

Lieutenant Colonel David Laurie, Directorate of Operations & Training Area Management VIC & TAS, Department of Defence

Lieutenant Colonel Laurie entered the Army through the Royal Military College in 1988 and graduated as a Lieutenant into the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps in 1989. He had postings around Australia as a junior officer prior to being posted as a United Nations Military Observer in Lebanon, Syria and Israel for 12 months during 1999-2000.

Upon return to Australia, Lieutenant Colonel Laurie completed two postings as a Company Commander prior to attending Command and Staff College in Canberra. He was subsequently posted to Darwin as an Operations Officer within the 1st Brigade.

Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he completed a number of postings to a Brigade Headquarters in Sydney, as the senior logistician in the Headquarters of the 1st Division in Brisbane, and the Operations Officer for the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group in Melbourne.

Lieutenant Colonel Laurie also served three years as the Director Systems Support in the Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System, a multinational headquarters based in Butterworth, Malaysia.

Lieutenant Colonel Laurie has been deployed on operations to the Middle East as a Military Observer, as an Australian embedded officer within the US-led Multi-National Force Iraq in Baghdad and also with Australian Forces in Afghanistan. Most recently, he completed a deployment to South Sudan in 2017 as the senior logistician within the United Nations Mission In South Sudan.

In his current role, Lieutenant Colonel Laurie is responsible for both the training area management for Victoria and Tasmania, as well as the operational liaison function between the Australian Defence Force and State Governments and civil combat agencies.

Lieutenant Colonel Laurie holds a Masters of Management and Defence Studies.

Ms Anne Leadbeater OAM, Director, Leadbeater Group

Anne has her own consultancy specialising in disaster recovery and community resilience. Her background is in community development and adult education working first in the neighbourhood house sector, and then for 16 years in local and state government.

Anne has worked with communities recovering from drought, fire, flood, cyclone and earthquake in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, and Christchurch. In 2018, she undertook a review of the national Community Recovery Handbook for the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience. Anne lives in Kinglake, Victoria and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in the aftermath of the 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires.

Mr Brendan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Reconstruction Authority

Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), Brendan Moon leads Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency. Since 2011, QRA has overseen a Commonwealth/State funded disaster reconstruction program worth $14.4 billion, with Mr Moon leading Queensland’s contribution to the Commonwealth’s recent reform of disaster funding arrangements.

Mr Moon started with QRA in 2011, following the Queensland floods and Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi and led QRA operations for Cyclone Oswald and recovery efforts for Cyclone Debbie, described by the Insurance Council of Australia as the costliest cyclone to impact Australia since 1974.

Mr Moon was appointed the State Recovery Coordinator following five separate natural disasters to strike Queensland in early 2018 and is the State Recovery Policy and Planning Coordinator, assisting with the recovery of disaster-impacted communities.

He is a regular contributor to national and international dialogue on disaster risk and resilience and was invited to address the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction’s Asian Ministerial Conferences in 2016 and 2018.

Mr David Nicol, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, BlackBerry Australia

David Nicol is the Managing Director for BlackBerry in Australia and New Zealand. With over two decades in leadership roles in the IT sector, David heads a team of software and cybersecurity experts to help companies and governments to mitigate security risks, protect endpoints and communicate securely and privately.

For more information about BlackBerry solutions, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

Major Graeme Wren, Directorate of Operations & Training Area Management VIC & TAS, Department of Defence

Major Graeme Wren enlisted in the Australian Army in 1977 and after recruit training was allocated to the Royal Australian Artillery, where he progressed through the ranks to Warrant Officer Class One and appointed as a Regimental Sergeant Major.

Major Wren commissioned in 2002 and corps transferred to Royal Australian Infantry. Some of the key positions held were; Adjutant, Company Commander, Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer and Manager Joint Operations Support Staff.

Major Wren has served in South East Asia, multiple tours of East Timor, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. Major Wren has been detached to units from the UK and US.

In the Solomon Islands Major Wren commanded troops from Tonga, New Zealand, New Guinea and Australia.

In Afghanistan, he was an Advisor/Mentor to the Kabul Garrison Command, a three star General Head Quarters, as the Director Joint Operations Centre Advisor, tasked with Kabul security. Major Wren was also responsible for advising/mentoring resilience with the Afghan National Government.

In his current role, he is an advisor/liaison officer for state/national emergency and counter terrorism plans, exercises and activations and support to local law enforcement.

Major Wren holds a Grad Dip in Strategic Leadership, six Advanced Diplomas and an Advanced Certificate in Hazardous Materials Control. He is a Justice of the Peace Qualified with professional memberships with the Australian Institute of Management and the Queensland Justices Association.