Focusing on learnings from the recent QLD and NSW floods, this panel discussion delves deeper into identifying gaps in our systems, discussing impacts on industry operations, and offering solutions to continue improving planning for, and responding to disaster and emergency situations.
Meet the keynote speakers on this year’s panel.
Andrew Coghlan, National Manager Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross
Andrew is responsible for ensuring Red Cross can promote resilience and build community capacity to disasters throughout Australia. He was pivotal in the development of REDiPlan; coordinating response to Cyclone Larry, Black Saturday Victorian bushfires, Queensland floods, Cyclone Yasi, and the 2019/20 bushfires.
Geoff Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Disaster Relief Australia and Team Rubicon Australia
Geoff served for 19 years in the Australian Army’s Special Operations Command as both a commissioned and non-commissioned officer. He also had a 13 year career as a fire-fighter with Fire and Rescue NSW. In 2014, Geoff was appointed to the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans Mental Health where he served for six years.
Greg Leach, Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
With over 33 years’ experience in the emergency services, Greg is a highly-regarded emergency services executive with both country and metropolitan fire and ambulance services. He has managed responses to some of our nation’s worst fires, including responses to large wildfires and major structure fires.
Elly Bird, Councillor, Lismore City Council
Elly is a prominent community leader with lived experience in recovery across multiple events; flooding in 2017 and 2021; bushfires in 2019-20; the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2022 floods. She is passionate about the critical need for effective partnerships between governments and communities as climate change becomes increasingly prevalent.
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