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Featured Speakers 2019

Dr Katrina Sanders, Chief Medical Officer People, Safety & Security, Australian Federal Police

Dr Katrina Sanders is the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and has extensive clinical and leadership experience in operational organisations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners with a Masters Degree in Public Health specialising in the health of operational forces. Dr Sanders is internationally recognised as an expert in the health of first responders and emergency services personnel, adopting a holistic approach to health through her unique experience as a clinician and an executive leader embedded within the AFP.

Dr Sanders has experience consulting to private and government agencies on health initiatives in support of strategic objectives including the health requirements for deploying personnel in support of the Australian government response to West Africa Ebola crisis, Australian Defence Force experience and health consulting to international police jurisdictions. A key note speaker domestically and internationally, Dr Sanders is widely regarded as a leader in the field of first responder health and assists organisations to achieve better health outcomes for their workers.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sanders provides strategic health advice and protection to domestic and international operations for the AFP. As an advocate for mental health and strategic health reform for first responders, Dr Sanders has redefined the strategic direction of health in support of law enforcement and is a key contributor to government and law enforcement policy on health.


Ms Abigal Trewin, Director Preparedness, National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, AUSMAT International Deployments


Senior Constable Barry Shepherd, New Zealand Police
Senior Constable Conrad Smith, New Zealand Police
Mr Kel Boers BM OAM, Leading Senior Constable – Marine Support Capability, Australian Federal Police

The Conference Committee would like to thank our 2018 Featured Speakers

Superintendent Cameron Edgar

Zone Manager, NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopters

Cameron’s career has spanned several professions, with experience in the military, emergency services and education. Cameron is currently the Manager of Southern NSW helicopter operations, responsible for the operation of four rescue helicopter bases with 150 staff, including medical teams responding to remote areas, canyons, cliffs, caves and aquatic search and rescue missions. Cameron has been a paramedic for 24 years and is certified as Critical Care Helicopter Paramedic and member of the NSW Special Casualty Access Team. Cameron is also a Peer Support Officer and has a strong interest in staff welfare and the role it plays in leadership, safety and organisational effectiveness.

Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead

Queensland State Search & Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer, Queensland Police Service

Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead has been the Queensland State Search and Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer (SSARCTO) since 2007.  His dual responsibilities are to ensure that Queensland has a competent and robust SAR capability and to ensure that SAR training is maintained to a ‘World best practice’ level.

He has several Diploma and Advanced Diplomas of SAR Coordination and Management, a Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management), a Master of Emergency management and is studying for a Doctorate in Search and Rescue.

He is the primary SAR instructor for the QPS, an instructor on the National Police SAR Manager’s Course and was Director of same several years.  He has also provided SAR instruction to the Royal Solomon Island Police, The Solomon Island Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, and the Australian Federal Police in Canberra, Christmas Island, Cocos Island and Norfolk Island.

Ms Lisa Marie Jackson

Manager Standards & Review, Emergency Management Victoria

Lisa completed a Master of Emergency Management through Charles Sturt University in 2015. During this she completed a thesis in lessons management to understand what successful lessons management implementation looks like within emergency management.  The outcome of the research was a “lessons management life cycle” which has been utilised in the implementation of the EM-LEARN Framework for the Victorian Emergency Management sector. Lisa has worked in emergency management for the past 9 years and has been working for EMV since 2014 in Standards and Review and managing the implementation of the EM-LEARN Framework with a focus on governance, process, communication, training and technology.

Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings

Commander, Marine Area Command, NSW Police Force

Mark, joined the NSW Police Force in 1981 and after conducting General Duties on the Central Coast commenced criminal investigations in 1987 at the Entrance Police Station. He continued his career at the Major Crime Squad North Region, National Crime Authority, NSW Crime Commission and Specialist Operations. Mark also performed duties as a Police Negotiator at State and National Level. In 1999 he was awarded a Commissioners Commendation for the arrest of an offender for his involvement in a 1500kg drug importation from Malaysia. He was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, Crime Manager in 2002.

In 2004 he was promoted to Detective Superintendent, Operations Manager Central Metropolitan region and responsible for the coordination of all major events, operations and criminal investigations for this region. This included the operational response to the Cronulla Riots in 2005. In 2006 Mark was appointed as the Commissioners Chief of staff, Chief Superintendent to former Commissioner, Ken Moroney.

In 2008 he was appointed Commander, Marine Area Command responsible for all state-wide marine related crime and the coordination and control of all marine search and rescue incidents. During his career he has been responsible for a number of corporate projects including the `Domestic Violence Intervention Response’ program, NRL Banning notices, NSW Police Bushfire Response and the National Protocols for reporting crimes at sea.

In 2014 Mark was appointed by the Police Minister to Chair, the NSW Safer Waters Sub-Committee to address Coastal and Inland water drowning. Under the auspice of this committee a project to address `Rock Fishing Fatalities’ has led to the introduction of the Rock Fishing Safety Bill, 2016.

Paul Carlyon

Surf Lifeguard, Clinical Psychologist, and member of Surf Lifesaving New Zealand Board of Directors

With 24 years as an active Surf Lifeguard (SLSNZ), significant experience as a practicing clinician and recent election to a SLSNZ directorship following involvement in a range of leadership roles, Paul brings a unique perspective.  Strategic, tactical and operational awareness, combines naturally with a focus on supporting people doing the core tasks on the beach, in the clubs and in governance settings.   Alongside a colleague, Paul has been instrumental in the evolution of a Peer Support programme for Surf Lifeguards and that reflects a firm prioritisation of wellbeing and resilience within the membership.

Mr Dave Greenberg

Emergency Management Consultant

Dave’s first book, Emergency Response, was released by Penguin Random House NZ in October 2017. The book takes a look at Dave’s introduction into the emergency services in New York City, including saving his first life when he was just 13 years old and then explores his highs, lows and lessons from 25 years on the Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Dave is an emergency management specialist (emergency preparedness, health and safety, CIMS, exercise writing and facilitating) and a dynamic keynote speaker. Involved in the emergency services, in the USA and New Zealand, since 1975. Crewman on the Wellington Westpac Rescue Helicopter from March 1991 to May 2016.

Dave has also been heavily involved in looking after International Rugby teams when they visit New Zealand, either for the IRB Sevens or the Rugby Championship and during RWC201.

Mr Jamie Hansen

Operations Manager, Performance Improvement, Country Fire Authority

Jamie joined CFA in 1997 and holds the rank of Operations Manager of Performance Improvement. His team uses data, intelligence, research, and learnings identified through the monitoring and evaluation of activities, to make recommendations for improvement to systems, processes, programs and service delivery.

He has extensive emergency management experience at major events such as Black Saturday and the Hazelwood Mine Fire, and has overseen fire service, and community development programs in Cambodia and East Timor as a contractor to the United Nations.

Jamie has a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and been awarded the National Emergency Medal and National Medal.