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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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.



Advisory Board Chair

Natasha is a Partner within KPMG’s National Security and Justice Practice. She supports public and private sector organisations throughout their transform journey. She has an MBA (Change), a Masters in Taxation Law, a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Practising Program Director with the AIPM.

In 2010, Natasha authored a Review into the support provided to Wounded, Ill and Injured members of the Australian Defence Force. Since completing this Review Natasha has channelled her passion for ensuring those who need help and support are receiving it – including swimming the English Channel with the TM2 team in 2018 and raising awareness about veteran’s mental health challenges (and $60k for Soldier On) and raising mental health awareness within KPMG.

Natasha is delighted to be the Chairperson of the Fortem Australia Advisory Board and supporting our first responder community with opportunities for social connection.

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.



Chief Medical Officer, Australian Federal Police

Dr Katrina Sanders is the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Federal Police. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and is the recipient of Australia Day Achievement Medallion 2019 for her work in health reform in support of law enforcement.

Dr Sanders has experience working with private and government industry on health capability in support of strategic objectives including the Australian government response to the West Africa Ebola crisis and Australian Defence Force operations. She is internationally recognised as a key contributor to health in emergency services personnel through her architecture of a holistic approach to health and wellbeing at the Australian Federal Police. Dr Sanders is a key contributor to government and law enforcement policy on health.



Deputy Commissioner, Australian Border Force

Justine joined the ABF in October 2018 following a 29 year career across the spectrum of law enforcement and policing responsibilities with the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Her last role was as the Chief Police officer for the Australian Capital Territory.

Justine is now responsible for delivering operational continuity through strategic planning and support to achieve the ABF’s operational outcomes. This includes leadership of ABF’s workforce and maritime capabilities and specialist support to operations including the Detector Dog program and technical teams.

She holds a Master of Leadership and Management (Policing), Bachelor of Social Sciences (Policing Studies) with Distinction and Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.


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.