Our Advisory Board
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 is working with an Advisory Board made up of representatives from the various agencies and services we assist.
Our Advisory Board understand the role connection plays as a protective factor in wellbeing and have already begun to champion evidenced-based activities which complement their own internal offerings for the betterment of organizational wellbeing.
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.
Chair of NSW Police Legacy
Detective Superintendent Gary Merryweather attested to the NSW Police Force in 1987 performing duties in the Parramatta and Granville areas. Gary has also performed duties in Country NSW, Criminal Investigation. He was promoted to the Rank of Superintendent in 2008 taking up Command positions at Queanbeyan, Quakers Hill and Blacktown.
Gary was appointed as Chair of NSW Police Legacy in 2018, in this role he responsible for the support and services provided to the families of police officers who have died ensuring their needs are met. NSW Police Legacy via state government funding runs the Back up for Life program assisting and supporting officers who are medically retired find alternative employment and maintain their link to the Police Family.
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.
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.
Dr Katrina Sanders
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.
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.
Tony Walker ASM
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.
Stuart Bartels APM
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 Acting 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.
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.
Brian Codd APM
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.
Fortem also works with representatives from Australia's National Intelligence Community