Our committee members are experienced experts, responsible for the creation and planning of our annual conference program.
Find out more about our committee members and their experience in leadership, disaster and emergency management, and first response.
National President, AIES & Councillor, Bellingen Shire Council
Steve Jenkins is the National President of The Australian Institute of Emergency Services (AIES) having formerly held the positions of President and Vice-President of the Queensland Division and is the Institute’s representative on the Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Forum facilitated by the Commonwealth Government’s Attorney-General’s Department. Steve is a volunteer fire-fighter with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (Megan Brigade). In September 2016, he was elected as a Councillor on the Bellingen Shire Council in New South Wales and is now Chair of the Dorrigo Saleyard Committee and the Council’s Councillor representative on the Mid North Coast Bush Fire Management Committee.
Steve recently retired from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) following a distinguished 34 year 5 month career. During his career he served in numerous locations throughout Queensland including: Brisbane and suburban areas; Ipswich; Townsville: Cairns; Cooktown; and Mt Isa where he spent a substantial period of time in remote areas, particularly around the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Indigenous communities of Doomadgee and Mornington Island. Steve experienced many facets of policing including: general duties; criminal investigations, he received appointment as a Detective; forensic crash investigations (advanced level); education and training; complaint investigations and disciplinary hearings; police communications centre operations and management; search and rescue mission coordination; project and program management (information and communications technology in particular); and extensive managerial experience which he gained as the officer-in-charge of varying sized stations and sections including a district police communications centre, 24-hour district headquarters station, and a 24-hour watchhouse. He also relieved at commissioned rank as a district inspector, district audit inspector, and regional professional practices manager.
Research Director, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (VIC)
Dr Bates joined the CRC as Research Director in 2017, where he is responsible for managing the research and utilisation program. Before joining the CRC, he was the founding Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.He has formal qualifications in health and life sciences and has worked extensively in the development, translation and commercialisation of research. He has significant experience in tertiary education in Australia and overseas. He has worked in defence, public health, animal health, transport, and food. John is an active volunteer in the Victoria State Emergency Service and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.
Women in Firefighting Australasia and QFES (QLD)
Quinn Cramer is a Board Member of Women and Firefighting Australasia and has been involved with WAFA since 2014 after attending one of their biennial conferences. Through her involvement with WAFA Quinn saw a need to implement and work towards improving communications and mentoring networks for female firefighters in rural areas. Quinn joined the board of WAFA in October 2017 and is involved in membership, marketing and was on the organising committee for the 2018 WAFA conference in Wellington. Quinn Has worked for QFES since 2008 first as an Auxiliary Firefighter before gaining a permanent position in 2011. She obtained the rank of Station Officer in 2018 and is currently stationed in Gladstone, Central Queensland.
Her work in Central Region with QFES led to her being awarded Outstanding Female Leader in an Operational Role at the International Women’s day PSBA awards in March 2017. Quinn also received the award for Outstanding contribution by a Female Firefighter at the WAFA Awards night in 2018.
Board Director, International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management
Matt is an international disaster management professional, specialized in the fields of intelligence, security, and risk management. Based in Australia, Matt is currently working with state government, international NFPOs in SE-Asia, and academia to improve disaster risk management practices.
For the last five years he has been serving on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM). Prior to 2020, Matt was Director at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), where he was accountable for leading Protective Security, Digital Transformation, and Information Management.
Director, Child & Community Wellbeing Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Professor Lisa Gibbs is Director of the Child and Community Wellbeing Program in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. She is also Lead of Community Resilience in the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety.
She leads public health research relating to two main fields:
1) Disaster recovery and community resilience, including leadership of the Beyond Bushfires study, and
2) Child health and wellbeing
These two fields intersect through her research on child resilience. She is committed to working in partnership with key stakeholders to ensure the relevance of her research, translating into direct policy and practice outcomes.
Professor Gibbs also has a Visiting Professorship at University College Dublin, is an Honorary Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales, and a Consortium Member (senior leadership) of International Collaboration for Participatory Health Research (IPHR).
Deputy Director, CSIRO
Dr Daniel Metcalfe is currently the Deputy Director for CSIRO Land and Water, with key responsibilities for strategy, capability and facilities. Land & Water comprises around 500 research staff across 20 sites in all States and Territories. The business unit has foci around water resource management, environmental contaminants, management of landscapes and ecosystems, and human systems and adaptation.
Dr Metcalfe is a landscape ecologist specialising in tropical and sub-tropical ecology and ecophysiology, and the sustainable management of natural landscapes. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge for work in the tropics of South-east Asia, and has also worked across southern and eastern Africa and Australasia.
Dr Metcalfe has spent over two decades working in Queensland’s rainforests on subjects including the dynamics of old-growth forest, seed dispersal, impact and recovery from natural perturbations (fire, disease, cyclones), seed dispersal, weed invasion and management.
He has worked on fire management and its impact on natural systems in the rainforests and savannahs of northern and eastern Australia, and southern Africa, and as a landscape ecologist he has contributed to the development of monitoring and assessment protocols related to sustainable mining, water abstraction and agricultural development, and provided advice and conducted assessments and reviews for state and territory governments and the national governments of Australia and New Zealand.
Dr Metcalfe has spent the past seven years in predominantly research management roles supporting environmental research and impact across Australia.
Daniel is a member of Minister Ley’s Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel, was author of the Land theme in the 2016 State of the Environment Report, and has held multiple board and advisory committee positions.
Emergency Management Advisor, St John Ambulance
Todd Miller, Master in Emergency Management- AUT University, is the Training and Capability Advisor for St John Ambulance, NZ.
Todd’s portfolios have included managing the Ambulance specialist response capabilities, the response and review of the Whakaari/White Island Eruption, providing guidance to the National Ambulance COIVD-19 Crisis Centre and, most recently, the implementation of the National Operational Effectiveness Centre, which provides 24/7 operational coordination, escalation and leadership to ambulance operations.
Todd’s areas of interest include lessons management, adult education and enhancing the capability of response agencies across the 4Rs of comprehensive emergency management.