PANEL: Respect and recovery – state and local government working together with communities
Anne is the director of Leadbeater Group Pty Ltd, specialising in disaster recovery and community resilience. Her background is in emergency management, community development and adult education, working first in the neighbourhood house sector and then for 16 years in local and state government.
Anne has worked with communities recovering from drought, fire, flood and cyclone in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland, and in 2014, she headed up an international team to evaluate the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal for New Zealand Red Cross. Last year she completed a review of the national Community Recovery Handbook for the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience. Anne lives in Kinglake, Victoria and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her work in the aftermath of the 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires.
Director, Emergency Management Branch
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
Andrea has extensive emergency management knowledge, experience and networks, built through significant emergencies such as the 2008 Cranbourne methane gas incident, 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, 2010-2011 Victorian floods, 2013 Aberfeldy fires and the 2014 Hazelwood Mine Fire. Andrea has a degree in Applied Science (Environmental Health) and previously worked in local and state government public health roles. She has held executive roles as the Area Director Inner Gippsland and Director Emergency Management in South Division. Andrea is passionate about recognising and strengthening the capacity of communities and further enhancing the capability of the emergency management, health and human services sectors.
La Trobe Health Assembly
Ange has been involved in recovery as a community representative since the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. After these bushfires she became the chairperson for the Traralgon South and District Community Recovery Committee and was the Gippsland representative on the Community Advisory Committee, responsible for the distribution of the VBAF funds for community recovery. A natural progression from the community recovery process was Ange’s involvement in the Traralgon South and District Association as President. Ange’s profession is teaching with specialities in VCE PE and VET Allied Health/Sport and Recreation, currently working at Kurnai College in Churchill. She is also a community and board member of the Latrobe Health Assembly which was formed in response to the Hazelwood mine fires in 2014. A passionate resident of the Latrobe Valley, Ange highly values the working relationships between community and government.
Director, Resilience and Planning
NSW Office of Emergency Management
Wendy is the Director of Resilience and Recovery in the NSW Office of Emergency Management. She has provided strategic leadership and cross government recovery coordination in numerous disaster events over the last 14 years. Major recovery operations include the Tathra Bushfire 2018, Northern Rivers Flooding Ex Cyclone Debbie 2017, NSW Western Fires 2017, Lindt Cafe Siege 2014, Warrumbungle and Blue Mountains Bushfires 2013, and Hunter/Newcastle “Pasha Bulka” Storms 2007. Wendy has been responsible for the development of disaster resilience strategy in NSW and established the NSW Community Resilience Innovation Program, a grants program designed to resource local grass roots community disaster resilience initiatives. Wendy also established “Get Ready NSW” an all-hazards community preparedness initiative that provides resources to councils, community services and businesses to build resilience in their local communities. Wendy is a Winston Churchill Fellow and researched disaster recovery programs and community resilience in the international setting. This experience continues to inform her practice and passion in working with disaster affected communities.
Bega Valley Shire Council
Leanne Barnes has been General Manager at Bega Valley Shire Council since January 2014. Leanne stepped up into the job following 10 years as a Group Manager with the Council. At the time of her appointment she was challenged by the Council to drive a cultural change in the organisation. The team at Bega Valley is in the early stages of becoming more proactive, flexible, courageous and committed to engagement. In 2009 Leanne was awarded the NSW Ministers’ Award for Women in Local Government in the regional/rural staff category. Previously, Leanne has held leadership and management roles with Planning NSW, the Victorian Country Fire Authority, local government in Victoria, the Victorian Ministry for the Arts and in TAFE. Leanne also has considerable board experience with sporting and cultural organisations and ead the international and Australian campaign for the inclusion of women’s water polo onto the Olympic Games program. As a result of her dedication to this sport she was awarded an Order of Australia Medial (OAM) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2019.
Euan Ferguson Pty Ptd
Euan Ferguson is a forester and fire and emergency manager with over 40 years experience. Recent executive roles include acting as the Recovery Coordinator for the March 2018 Tathra (NSW) bushfire, Recovery Coordinator for the April 2017 Northern Rivers (NSW) floods and Special Inquirer into the January 2016 Waroona (WA) bushfire. Before his retirement, Euan was the Chief Officer of Country Fire Authority (CFA) from 2010-2015 and prior to that, Chief Officer and CEO of the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) from 2001-2010. Euan is currently the Principal Consultant and Director of Euan Ferguson Pty Ltd.
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