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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.

Senior Constable Conrad Smith, New Zealand Police (co-presenting)

Conrad Smith is a Senior Constable with the NZ Police. He joined the Police in 2003 recruiting to West Auckland following several years drystock farming in the Manawatu. Conrad’s current role is rural policing at a two person station at National Park Village adjacent to the Tongariro National Park. He has been involved with LandSAR and the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation since 2006. He usually preforms the Incident Controller role for the majority of SAR Operations but occasionally get into the field, usually to fulfil Police obligations to the coroner for the recovery of deceased persons. Conrad is also trained in Disaster Victim Identification.

Senior Constable Barry Shepherd, New Zealand Police (co-presenting)

Barry is a local Community Constable, Area Police SAR team leader and National Disaster Victim Identification team member based at Taupo on the North Island’s Central Plateau. He has a 43 year career in Police and has led hundreds of marine and land SAR Operations.

With Taupo’s proximity to the tourism and adventure playground of the central North Island there is always plenty of SAR activity to keep him busy. Barry has been acknowledged for his commitment, diligence and professionalism to SAR and DVI with a Queen’s Service Medal, District Commander’s and Commissioner’s Certificates of Merit, and the Igor Sikorsky Humanitarian Award.

As well as numerous local events, he has been deployed to Solomon Islands, Australia, Netherlands and around New Zealand on DVI operations. He has also been to Raoul Island and Chatham Islands on SAR missions. Barry brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the SAR section and his presentation at this conference will give more insight in to his work.

Leading Senior Constable Kel Boers BM OAM, Specialist Response Group, Support Capability, Maritime, Australian Federal Police

Kel Boers is a Leading Senior Constable of Police in the Australian Federal Police Maritime unit. Originally from Canada, he immigrated to Australia in 1996 and joined the Victoria Police in 1998 spending 8 years working in rural and remote police stations. Kel was awarded the Chief Commissioners Commendation for courage during the 2003 Bushfires in Gippsland.

In 2005 he moved to the VicPol Search and Rescue Squad and remained there for 8 years training and further developing his skills in alpine rescue, swift water rescue, vertical rescue and police diving.

Kel transferred to the Australian Federal Police in 2013 and after a couple years back in general duties moved to the Maritime unit in 2015. During his 21 years as a police officer Kel has been involved in many major SAR and emergency operations including the Victorian bush fires in 2009, Christchurch earthquake in 2011, Norfolk Island ocean aircraft crash investigation and recovery in 2014, Solomon Islands regional assistance mission in 2016 and the Thailand cave rescue in 2018. For his involvement in the Tham Luang Cave rescue Kel was awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Bravery Medal, an Order of Australia Medal and an Australian Federal Police Bravery Medal.

Dr Matt Brearley, Research Scientist, National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre

Matt Brearley is Australia’s pre-eminent occupational heat stress consultant, conducting and applying research to guide industry practice. He holds a PhD in Thermal Physiology and was the heat specialist of the 2008 Australian Olympic team in Beijing, China, prior to focusing on occupational settings. Matt established a ground-breaking research program in conjunction with the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, developing practical, evidence-based procedures to maximise worker health, safety and performance in the heat, yielding more than 20 papers over the past 5 years.

Mr Mark Morrow, General Manager Response, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

Mark Morrow was appointed as the General Manager Response for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in December 2018. Mark comes from a diverse background of emergency management disciplines. This includes serving as a Police officer with the NSW Police Force from 1986 through to 2003 and then commencing a career with the NSW State Emergency Service in 2006, culminating in him reaching the level of Assistant Commissioner, Operational Response across a 10,000 strong volunteer base.

Throughout Mark’s 30 year emergency management career, he has focused on developing corporate leadership capability.

Previously acting in both CEO and Deputy CEO roles, Mark has developed a broad view of both operational and corporate support functions to better inform strategy development and meet increasing community expectations of government services.

Mark holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Policing. He is a Fellow of the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark is also a qualified Level 3 Incident Controller with significant experience in managing large scale flooding events within NSW.

Dr Katie Bruce, CEO, Volunteering NZ

Dr Katie Bruce is Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand. She leads a small but mighty team working for inclusive, supported and impactful volunteering across Aotearoa New Zealand. Volunteering New Zealand is a network of Volunteer Centres and organisations with a commitment to volunteering.

Before joining VNZ Katie was Director of JustSpeak, leading a movement of young volunteers. Katie has previously worked in academia and policy, including researching volunteering at the Third Sector Research Centre in the UK. She has a PhD in Sociology.