Keynote Speakers at ANZDMC 2017

Back for it’s 6th consecutive year, the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference (ANZDMC) will return to Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast from 22 – 23 May. 

This year we will have delegates attending from South East Asia and further afield, over 100 speakers and poster presenters addressing topics on current and emerging practice, covering a diverse range of themes and issues that are very relevant to emergency and disaster management professionals.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers for 2017 Include:

  • Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service

    Commissioner Ian Stewart is the 19th Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service taking up this position on 1 November 2012.  Commissioner Stewart is a career Police Officer with over 40 years of service having held numerous senior positions across a broad range of portfolios within the QPS.

  • Mr Rod Young, National Emergency Response Manager, Telstra

    Rod has worked at Telstra since 1985 when he commenced as a Trainee Technical Officer and worked in various exchange maintenance roles. He transferred into the Global Operations Centre in 2005 and worked his way up to the real time, national network fault coordination/prioritisation role of Process Controller. In 2011 he was promoted to his current position.

  • Mr John Yates QPM, Director of Security – Scentre Group, Australia and New Zealand, Westfield Corporation – US, UK & Europe

    John has recently joined Westfield (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.

  • Ms Judy Slatyer, CEO, Australian Red Cross

    Judy Slatyer joins Red Cross after seven years as global Chief Operating Officer for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), which operates in over 100 countries. In this role Judy was responsible for the operations of the Secretariat and field programme offices, for global corporate engagement and partnerships, for WWF performance measurement and for supporting the Director General on developing and implementing strategy for how WWF evolved as a Network given global trends.

  • Ms Kate Fitzgerald, Director Relief and Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria

    Kate Fitzgerald is the Director Relief and Recovery within Emergency Management Victoria (EMV). Kate is responsible for leading the Relief and Recovery Directorate to develop and deliver relief and recovery reform across the sector through the recent release of the Discussion Paper: Resilient Recovery and to lead relief and recovery emergency coordination across Government.

  • Dr Susie Burke, Senior Psychologist, Public Interest, Environment and Disaster Response, Australian Psychological Society

    Dr Susie Burke is a psychologist at the Australian Psychological Society promoting the role that psychology can play in helping us understand the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change and other environmental threats, including disasters.

  • Dr Paul Barnes, Head, Risk & Resilience, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

    Dr Paul Barnes is Head of the Risk & Resilience Program at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Canberra and a visiting Associate Professor at Flinders University within the Torrens Resilience Institute.

  • Associate Professor Peter Aitken, Senior Director, Health Disaster Management Unit, Queensland Health

    Peter Aitken is a Queensland based Emergency Physician with a special interest in disaster medicine.

We’re looking forward to another successful event in 2017 and we hope to see you there. If you would like further information on the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference please visit