Featured Speakers 2018

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.

  • Superintendent Cameron Edgar, Zone Manager, NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopters, SCAT Helicopter Paramedic PSO, Health Emergency and Aeromedical Services
  • Mr Dave Greenberg, Emergency Management Consultant
  • Mr Paul Carlyon, Board Member & Clinical Psychologist, New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Board
  • Mr Mark Hutchings, Commander, Marine Area Command, NSW Police