NCEMS Facilitators

Cameron Scott

Cameron Scott is the Network Emergency Response Manager at the National Broadband Network (nbn), responsible for the response to emergencies as well as the development of emergency management capability, including planning, training and exercising. Cameron has had emergency management roles in the State and Federal government, including the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Victoria and the Australian Emergency Management Institute within Emergency Management Australia. Cameron served as a sworn officer with the Western Australia Police for over 13 years, working in the emergency management and counter terrorism sections, with responsibility for emergency planning, capability development and emergency response.

Susan Henry

Susan Henry is a facilitator, developer and writer, specialising in Risk and Emergency Risk Management & Planning with communities, organisations, and all levels of government. Susan worked in education, research and facilitation in a national role for 23 years, specialising for the past 14 years in Emergency Management. Following the closure of the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI), Susan set up a small consultancy in Emergency Management planning & education.

Dr Christine Owen

Dr Christine Owen’s career history spans engagement in academia and industry to help people and organisations engaged in safety critical work to inquire into, learn from and change their work practices. Christine’s PhD dissertation, completed in 1999, explored learning, technological and cultural change in the air traffic control domain. Since then Christine has had a range of funded research and consultancy projects examining and supporting changes in work practice: in the aviation industry; the field of emergency medicine; and more recently fire and emergency services industry. Christine has an interest in using theories of learning to understand work practices and development in work organisations. Her focus is a socio-cultural one and includes intervention-based research practices as well as investigation of what enables and constrains learning, development and change in work.

Carola Washbourne

Carola has her own consultancy business specialising in emergency and disaster management, and with over 17 years full time operational and training experience in these fields, and having obtained the necessary qualifications, skills and expertise to undertake all aspects of emergency and disaster management, Carola is well qualified to deliver all units of study in the Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management. Carola’s work over the years include the planning for, testing of and reviewing of emergency and disaster arrangements across all aspects of the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery spectrum. Carola’s real life operational experience has been attained through coordinating numerous disaster events i.e. cyclones, floods, land slippage etc. Carola is well respected nationally in the field of emergency and disaster management; particularly for her leadership as the Local Disaster Coordinator for Tropical Cyclone Yasi (2011) and Tropical Cyclone Larry (2006), both directly hitting her area of responsibility.

Anne Leadbeater

Anne has her own consultancy specialising in disaster recovery and community resilience. Her background is in emergency management, 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 and cyclone in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, and in 2014, headed up an international team to evaluate the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal for New Zealand Red Cross. Last year she completed a national tour of masterclasses on community engagement, recovery and resilience with IAP2. 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.

Dr Margaret Moreton

Margaret was awarded a PhD from the Australian National University. This PhD was based on an extensive study of four communities across Eastern Australia to identify the key factors that contribute to community recovery after natural disaster. It included fieldwork conducted in communities affected by fire, flood and cyclone. Margaret is now committed to working with communities and organisations across Australia, to focus on enhancing community resilience and in particular planning for and recovering from natural disasters. Margaret has a strong commitment to improving outcomes for individuals, families and communities across Australia. She has excellent skills and experience in community engagement and capacity building; disaster recovery; learning and development; change management; and working with stakeholders to ensure that policies and programs deliver outcomes ‘on the ground’. Margaret’s work practices build on a strengths-based approach, and she develops and mentors individuals and teams to build capacity and deliver long term, sustainable outcomes. Margaret has a record of high achievement in leading and driving change and innovation in a range of social policy fields, including Indigenous affairs, early childhood and families, community development, multicultural services and gender. Margaret typically works with CEOs and senior management teams across the not for profit sector, to address their key organisational challenges. She has built a strong reputation for identifying and addressing difficult and sensitive issues, building trust and confidence with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, developing vision and values statements that motivate and empower high performing teams and individuals, and collaborating with clients to develop practical and implementable solutions to complex problems.

Jason Cameron

Jason has over 20 years of crisis and disaster management. Working at all levels of government and commercially, he has managed and supported a range of events including major flood, fire, pandemic, oil spill, severe storm, major civic/international events, political unrest and counter terrorism. In the process, assisting a wide range of communities found in large metropolitan cities through to small townships and isolated regions. Internationally, has led commercial, military and para-military operations in security, risk and emergency management in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. As the Principal Advisor and Director of Operations in Phoenix Resilience, Jason specialises in Crisis and Emergency Management, Security Operations, Capability Development, Business Continuity and Major event planning. He is the recipient of a number of military decorations and awards, military and policing commendations and, more recently, Lord Mayor Awards for excellence and outstanding performance and achievements beyond the call of duty. Jason is a fellow of the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and qualified international assessor for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) in the United States.

Mark Ryan

Mark has held roles with Brisbane City Council, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the ACT Emergency Services Agency in both operational and strategic development positions. Marks passion is empowering volunteering leadership and building capacity, empowering people through engagement, and seeing lessons management systems be setup to effect real change across the industry. In 2003, he was awarded the Canberra Fire Medal, and in 2016 the National Medal. Mark has undertaken postgraduate studies in Strategic Business Leadership and Planning. In 2012-13 Mark was involved in the National Lessons program sponsored by the Attorney Generals Department, which produced the Lessons Management Handbook, currently published under AIDRs name.

Dave Parsons

David has had more than 38 years experience in emergency management serving as an SES volunteer, Regional Emergency Management Officer, Corporate Emergency Manager and Critical Infrastructure Resilience Manager. David is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management at Queensland University of Technology, a sessional staff member at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Studies at Charles Sturt University, and a visiting fellow with the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University. David has presented at more than thirty five international conferences in the areas of Critical Infrastructure Protection, Business Continuity Management, Crisis Management, Organisational Resilience and Crisis Decision Making. David established the Water Services Sector Group within the Australian Government’s Trusted Information Sharing Network and was a member of the national Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council for 14 years. David is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services, a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute, a Fellow of the Emergency Management Academy New York, a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, and an International Assessor with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. David holds a Masters of Emergency Management and degrees in Social Science and Education. David has completed an Emergency Management Fellowship with the Emergency Management Academy in New York, the Leadership in Crises Program with the Harvard Kennedy Business School and the Lessons Leaned Staff Officer Course with NATO.

Cheryl-Lee Fitzgerald

With nearly 20 years combined public sector experience, including local and State government appointments and military service, Cheryl-Lee Fitzgerald has a strong operational background in emergency management, as well as training and policy development, project management, exercise coordination and community engagement. She has led and delivered a number of major projects from sourcing funds, contracting, through to delivery. Projects include implementation of regional evacuation strategies, training courses, purpose-built cyclone rated disaster coordination and training centres, disaster social networking strategies, mitigation works, GIS disaster standardisation mapping and first UNISDR ‘model city’ accreditation in the Pacific region. Cheryl-Lee’s experience extends across all phases of emergency management prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and resilience activities and she has held lead roles during a major disaster activations, including Severe Tropical Cyclones Ita, Yasi, Monica and Larry, as well as deployments to major disaster events, throughout Australia.