Ms Kate Fitzgerald

Executive Director Police and Community Safety Department of Justice and Community Safety Victoria (Conference Co-Chair)

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 Resilient Recovery Strategy and to lead relief and recovery emergency coordination across Government. Kate was previously a Director of the Australian Government Crisis Coordination Centre and Relief and Recovery Directorate in Emergency Management Australia. Volunteering has been a critical part of Kate’s career over the last fifteen years including with the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Australian Red Cross, including operational deployments in the Blue Mountains and Canberra Bushfires, Queensland Floods, Cyclone Yasi and Hurricane Sandy. Kate holds a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Emergency Management from Charles Sturt University and has studied as an International Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.