Fortem supports employees and volunteers from 30 agencies, both state based and national. To ensure Fortem’s programs are complementary to existing internal programs, Fortem works with an Advisory Board made up of representatives from the various agencies and services we assist.   


Chief Executive of Ambulance Tasmania

Joe Acker is the Chief Executive of Ambulance Tasmania and a member of the Department of Health Executive for Tasmania. Joe has more than three decades experience as a paramedic, academic, researcher, manager and executive working for large and complex organisations in British Columbia and Alberta (Canada), New South Wales and now Tasmania.


CEO St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc.

Judith Barker is the CEO of St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc. and has more than 20 years of leadership and clinical experience within the ambulance industry. Judith has been appointed to a diverse range of positions across multiple ambulance services. Judith is passionate about ambulance and the positive impact it can have on the health of a community through innovative service delivery.

She is a strong believer in developing the industry and enriching it through diversity and contributes to the advancement of the profession through board membership as well as professional affiliation with a number of universities and their academic programs.

Judith is a Board member of the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and is a member of the Federal Council for St John Ambulance Australia. She holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor with Charles Darwin University and is Chair of the Deakin University Paramedicine Advisory Board. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
Judith is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Bachelor in Health Science Management and a Masters in Business Administration.


Executive Director, Australian Institute of Police Management

Stuart Bartels was appointed Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in 2019 and later that year took up the role of Executive Director. He is currently overseeing the implementation of ‘Future Directions’, a vision of the future of public safety education, and is himself a graduate of the AIPM’s Police Leadership Strategy. As Executive Director Stuart is involved in a range of activities and committees that foster the development of police leaders.

Prior to his current role Stuart spent 36 years as an operational police officer with the Western Australia Police, where he reached the rank of Commander. Notable achievements during Stuart’s police career include the implementation of major reform to the WA Police Forensic Division,
the delivery of the Policing Logistics Operation for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and a two-year period as acting Assistant Commissioner and CIO for WA Police ICT, where he conceived the WA Police Digital Policing Strategy. Stuart left the WA Police as Commander for the Southern Metropolitan Region.

Stuart’s qualifications include a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Forensic Investigation). He has been awarded a Commissioners Commendation, the Commissioners Medal for Excellence and an Australian Police Medal.

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Assistant Commissioner, Australian Border Force

Phil is currently the Assistant Commissioner of South Command within the Australian Border Force, based in Melbourne, Victoria. In this role, Phil is responsible for the ABF’s National Enforcement functions, Special Investigations and for ABF operations in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. 

Phil joined the then Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in 2012 and has since held a number of roles, including command of the ABF in the Pacific and as the Assistant Commissioner responsible for the ABF strategy. 

Prior to joining ACBPS, Phil served in the Australian Army for 16 years. After graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon, Phil joined the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from UNSW, a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University and a Master of Management (Strategic HR) from UNSW.

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Queensland Police Service

Brian is a career police officer with over 36 years service with the Queensland Police Service. His professional experience encompasses investigations, intelligence, covert services, education & training, incident/disaster command, specialist tactical command and regional executive roles. As Assistant Commissioner for Brisbane Region, Brian leads a team responsible for the provision of effective and efficient operational policing and support activities in service to 31% of the state’s population (1.5M) across 2292 km2.

Brian holds undergraduate qualifications in Human Resource Management and Intelligence Practice. His postgraduate qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Further Education & Training and a Masters of Management (Leadership). Brian also chairs and champions the work of the QPS Psychological Wellbeing Committee, established by the Commissioner of Police to guide the development of strategies aimed at enhancing the psychological wellbeing of all QPS members.

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Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria

During his career, which includes experience in senior emergency management and policing leadership positions, Andrew has developed a passion for community safety across metropolitan and regional Victoria and while working overseas in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. 

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, and continues to, work closely with emergency management organisations, agencies, government departments, and communities, focusing on building and maintaining strong relationships and capability across the emergency management sector.He is passionate about connecting communities, with a focus on building an emergency management sector that is sustainable, and reflects and meets the needs of communities.



Deputy Commissioner, Fire & Rescue NSW

Jeremy is a Deputy Commissioner with Fire and Rescue NSW bringing over 20 years fire and rescue experience. During his career Jeremy has worked in metropolitan and regional operations, working with both full-time and on-call Firefighters and has a detailed understanding of the demands their work places on them. 

Jeremy was President of the Australian Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers, an international professional association for the fire sector, and was the Leader of the Institution’s International General Assembly for 2017-2018. Living in an area of high bush fire risk, Jeremy is also a volunteer member of his local Rural Fire Service.   

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Chief Executive Officer St John. WA

Michelle joined St John WA in June 2018 after 34 years with WA Police in many roles including Assistant Commissioner of State Crime. Michelle has a number of academic qualifications including a Master of Leadership and Management. Michelle was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2012. 

In 2017 Michelle received a Telstra Businesswomen’s Award in the ‘WA Public Sector and Academia’ category. 

Although not being affiliated to a particular team, Michelle is an avid AFL supporter and is a self-described cricket tragic. This summer will be spent watching all forms of the game alongside her husband Mark and daughter Sarah.

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Chief Police Officer for the ACT

Neil Gaughan’s career with the AFP spans over 30 years. On 18 May 2020, Neil was appointed the Chief Police Officer for ACT Policing. In this role, Neil focuses on reducing recidivism in the ACT, reducing road trauma, and improving mental health support for ACT Police.

Previously, Neil was promoted to Deputy Commissioner to lead the AFP’s response to disrupting serious and organised criminal networks, combating economic and serious crimes, countering cybercrime, leading national responses to human exploitation, and managing the AFP’s international engagement. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Neil led the Organised Crime portfolio of the AFP, and the Counter Terrorism (CT) portfolio of the AFP as Assistant Commissioner.  For the first 15 years of his policing career, Neil worked in a variety of roles within ACT Policing including, General Duties, Diplomatic Protection Unit, Accident Investigation Squad, Criminal Investigations Branch, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team and Professional Standards.


Dominic Morgan


NSW Ambulance Commissioner and Chief Executive

Adjunct Associate Professor Dominic Morgan has over 30 years of ambulance experience across a broad range of roles in the areas of operations, clinical practice and leadership within Ambulance Services and the Financial Sector. After commencing his career with NSW Ambulance, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Tasmania in 2009 and returned to NSW Ambulance in 2016 as Chief Executive and Commissioner.

He is a Board member and Chair of The Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities, the peak body representing the Ambulance sector in Australia and New Zealand and he has also chaired a number of international sub-committees. He is also a member of the Ambulance Service Advisory Board.

Dr Morgan has a number of professional affiliations including Adjunct Associate Professorship with the University of Technology, Sydney, as well as being a Registered Paramedic.

Dominic holds a Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Business Administration. He completed his PhD in 2018, undertaking a study into the factors that influence early access to defibrillation following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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Deputy Commissioner NT Police Force

Michael Murphy APM joined the Northern Territory Police Force in July 1997 and has served in various roles across the NT within general duties and crime in Alice Springs, Hermannsburg, Papunya, Yuendumu, Kintore, Ngukurr, Katherine and Darwin. Deputy Commissioner Murphy’s leadership strategy is to lead by example and to provide a respected and strong role model with clear and consistent values for colleagues. He promotes values-led leadership and a situational leadership style.

Mr Murphy was appointed to Superintendent in 2008 and to Commander in 2011. He then went on to become Assistant Commissioner in 2017 and was then appointed to Deputy Commissioner Operations in 2018.

Deputy Commissioner Murphy has been awarded the National Medal, the NT Police Service Medal and the Remote Service Ribbon. He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2018 for his distinguished service and his ability to shape strategic thinking.

Deputy Commissioner Murphy has a Diploma in Public Safety, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Management from Charles Darwin University and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) and has completed the AIPM Australian New Zealand Leadership Strategy.

Deputy Commissioner Murphy is also a member of the Board of Management for the NT Police Legacy.

Ian Parrott


Assistant Commissioner South Australia Police

Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott commenced with South Australia Police in April 1987 and has enjoyed a wide variety of policing roles throughout his career including significant experience in tactical policing, counter terrorism and general duties policing in regional and metropolitan areas. He is an experienced senior SAPOL executive and leader with a strong outcome focus, and a consistent proven track record in enhancing public value.

Assistant Commissioner Parrott has a breadth of senior level management, leadership and command experience across a diverse range of SAPOL services including metropolitan and regional operations, road safety, emergency communications, counter terrorism and human resources. He also has significant senior level strategic project management and governance experience at organisation, State and National level.

He is the current Chairperson of the National Emergency Communications Working Group – Australia & New Zealand (NECWG-A/NZ) and the ANZPAA Road Policing Network (ARPN). Assistant Commissioner Parrott is also a member of other State and National committees relating to Regional Development; Aboriginal Affairs & Reconciliation; Public Safety Mobile Broadband; Triple Zero Coordination Committee; and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Assistant Commissioner Parrott holds a range of qualifications including a Master of Business Administration, Strategic Human Resource Management, General Management and Emergency Management and is a Fellow – Governor’s Leadership Foundation Alumni. He has been awarded the South Australian Police Service Medal (30yr clasp); National Service Medal (+ clasp); and National Police Service Medal.

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Director Human Resources, WA Police Force

Karen Roberts has worked in first responder organisations for over 20 years, with over a decade of experience in chief human resource officer roles with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and current appointment as the Director Human Resources for the WA Police Force. Both roles have had a strong focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of emergency service workers (paid and volunteer) and she has a keen interest in the impact of shift work and protracted emergency response events on sleep and wellbeing. 

As the partner of a former long-serving police officer, improving support for police families and assisting police officers to have a successful transition beyond policing are also areas of importance to Karen.

Karen holds a Masters in Human Resources, Masters in Public Policy and Management, and Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Executive Director, NSW Rural Fire Service

Trina Schmidt joined the NSW Rural Fire Service in March 2019 and is the Executive Director People and Strategy. Prior to joining the Service, Ms Schmidt had extensive senior management experience in the public sector in NSW and Queensland, largely in transport and logistics and most recently in education.

Ms Schmidt’s experience is in human resource management, employee relations, transformational change and strategic planning and risk management. Ms Schmidt holds tertiary qualifications in applied psychology from Griffith University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New England.

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CEO, Ambulance Victoria

Tony Walker ASM is Chief Executive Officer of Ambulance Victoria an organisation responsible for the delivery of pre-hospital care and retrieval services to more than 6.3 million people in Victoria, Australia. He is a Registered Paramedic with over three decades experience working in a range of senior clinical, operational and leadership roles within the ambulance sector.

Over past six years Tony has led significant transformation at Ambulance Victoria to improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the response they provide to the community.

He holds an adjunct appointment as Associate Professor in the College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Paramedicine and a Board Director of the Emergency Services Foundation, the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Tony is a recipient of the Ambulance Service Medal (ASM) for his contribution to the development of ambulance services at a state and national level. He has also been awarded the Australian Resuscitation Council Medal for his significant contributions to improving resuscitation practice and outcomes and was finalist for the Australian Mental Health Prize in 2019 in recognition of his work in improving paramedic mental health and wellbeing.



Commissioner of the ACT Emergency Services Agency

Georgeina joined the Emergency Services Agency as the Chief Officer of the State Emergency Service in late October 2017 having completed 32 years of military service, most recently as the Director General, Select Strategic Issues Management in the Office of the Chief of the Defence Force and Chief of Staff, Australian Defence Force Headquarters.


In August 2019, Georgeina was appointed as the first female Commissioner of the ACT Emergency Services Agency.

Georgeina was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2004 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006. More recently she was awarded a Bar to her Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List.

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Assistant Commissioner NSW Police Force

Assistant Commissioner Gavin Wood APM, joined the New South Wales Police Force on the 29th of January 1989. Mr Wood commenced his service at Darling Harbour Police Station in Sydney. In 1992, Mr Wood transferred to Southern Region Major Crime Unit as a criminal investigator and in 1994 transferred to Kings Cross Criminal Investigation. 1996, Mr Wood completed his Detectives Training, earning his designation.

From 1996 to 2001, he performed Criminal Investigation duties in the metropolitan area before being promoted to Detective Sergeant at Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command. In 2003, Mr Wood was promoted at Eastern Suburbs Local Area Command to Inspector, Duty Officer.

In 2007, he transferred back into Criminal Investigation as the Commander, Region Enforcement Squad at Surry Hills where he held this position until 2010 when he was selected to be the Staff Officer to the Assistant Commissioner, Commander of Southern Region. Mr Wood held this position until 2012 when he was transferred to the State Crime Command as the Coordinator of the Gangs Squad, conducting a number of high-profile investigations into Gangs within New South Wales.

In 2017, Mr Wood was promoted to Superintendent and appointed as the Commander of Surry Hills Local Area Command, and in 2019 appointed as the Commander of Sydney City Police Area Command where he remains today.

Mr Wood has relieved extensively over his career in a number of higher duty positions and has a wealth of knowledge in Criminal Investigation, leadership and command management.

Assistant Commissioner Wood has received the New South Wales Police Medal, National Medal, National Police Service Medal and was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in 2020. His career has seen him awarded a number of Commissioners citations, Commendations and complimentary remarks. In addition, in 2015 Mr Wood received the prestigious Robert Faulkner Memorial Award for Outstanding International Investigation presented at the 41st annual International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Association (IOMGA) conference in Nevada, USA.

Assistant Commissioner Wood is currently serving as the Commander of the Human Resources Command within the New South Wales Police Force.

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NSW SES Commissioner

On 30th October 2019, Carlene was appointed NSW SES Commissioner. Carlene leads the combat agency with legislated responsibility for storms, floods and tsunamis. It is also the largest volunteer provider of rescue services in NSW and supports communities through capabilities in urban search and rescue, vertical rescue, road-crash rescue, land search, community first responders, swift water rescue, community engagement, flood planning and preparedness activities.

Commissioner Carlene York joined the NSW Police Force in 1980 and held various roles during this time including the position of Assistant Commissioner, Human Resources. Her career covered several areas including forensic services, operational policing, prosecuting matters of complex and sensitive nature; strategic review of diverse and complex issues within field and specialist operational at an executive level.

Carlene also led several critical commands as Commander in the Forensic Services Group, Northern Region and Human Resources, providing strategic leadership and direction in the areas of human capital, forensics, policy development, operational planning, emergency management response and delivery of frontline police responses.

Carlene was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2014, is a recipient of the Australasian Council of Women & Policing’s highest honour – The Audrey Fagan Memorial Award and the Australian HR Director of the Year in 2017.


Fortem also works with representatives from Australia’s National Intelligence Community.