June 24, 2022
In this rich and informative Podcast I discuss matters of leadership during emergency operations with John Cawcutt AFSM. John is an Assistant Commissioner with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services where he leads a multi-disciplinary team of over 1000 fire service officers, emergency managers and public service officers in the delivery of all-hazards prevention, preparedness and emergency response operations for Brisbane city and regional surrounds.
John has been a firefighter for over thirty five years and has served in metropolitan and regional centres in operational and management roles specialising in emergency response, risk and disaster management. In his operational and leadership capacity John has led multiple interstate and intrastate responses to emergencies of national importance and has frequently presented at both national and international conferences. John is an Australian Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Taskforce Leader and led disaster response teams to the Sumatran fires as well as to earthquakes in Padang, Indonesia and Christchurch, New Zealand.
He has represented Australia at numerous United Nations Search and Rescue meetings and is an international Classifier having assessed more than a dozen different countries. In addition, John was the official mentor for the Japan, New Zealand, USA and China international disaster response teams. John is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and has a broad range of academic qualifications that include a Masters in Public Administration, Masters in Leadership & Management (Policing), Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership a Bachelor of Further Education & Training. John has sat on a number of humanitarian Boards and committees and among other awards was proud to receive the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
April 2, 2022
As it is said, from little things big things grow. Robert’s initial experience with the fire services was as an untrained and ineffectual volunteer firefighter with the CFA in the early 1980’s. In 1983 he fled the Ash Wednesday fires with his wife and month old daughter, and shortly thereafter while he worked in TAFE, and before the era of Certificates, he conducted many Train-the-Trainer programs for the CFA trainers at Fiskville. Robert went on to work with the Fiskville trainers to develop training packages to improve the skills of the CFA volunteers. In the mid-90’s he escaped Ballarat’s miserable winters and moved to Maleny. Around that time a major review of Queensland’s fire services lead to a major restructure. 81 fire boards in local government were replaced by a single fire service and this is was the early genesis of the current QFES. Robert worked within the new organisation with its exceptional people for many years to develop the capability of the new teams. He went on to do similar work with QAS and other agencies within the Emergency Services. Robert has also worked on major and minor organisational development projects in other sectors and across the globe. He is currently retired but always happy to support people doing good work with good people.
January 1, 2022
What an opportunity to speak with Doug Beitz, a long-term colleague and friend. Doug was previously an emergency services officer, a successful business operator, with him now moving into the role of life coach. This podcast tells his life story to date, including the many lessons he has gleaned, all with lots of meaning. Doug is incredibly curious when it comes to life, and he is someone who I have learnt from personally. During our conversation, we cover three distinct phases of his life, and knowing Doug as I do - there’s more to come. His desire to support others is expressed through his own Podcast series ‘Conversations with Doug’, and I recommend that listeners may gain benefit in tuning it to episodes that may hold personal meaning.
November 10, 2021
For this podcast it’s a pleasure to have Queensland Ambulance Service - Deputy Commissioner Dee Taylor-Dutton ASM as my guest. In her current role, Dee has accountability for all aspects of QAS frontline operational service delivery. Commencing in 1995 as a Student Ambulance Officer in Townsville, Dee has since held positions in operations, communications, corporate services and management, as well as leading operational service delivery to rural, remote, and urban communities across Queensland. Dee is a recipient of the prestigious Ambulance Service Medal as well as the National Medal, she is also a graduate of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a number of tertiary qualifications, including an Executive Masters of Public Administration, Bachelor degrees in Law and Science, as well as an Associate Diploma in Applied Science. It’s great to be able to have this important discussion with Dee. I certainly learnt a bit more about psychological safety in the workplace, I’m sure other listeners will as well.
August 29, 2021
My guest for this Podcast Nick Dunn is a corporate professional with over twenty years in management and leadership positions with his current role with global insurance firm Aon as their Operations, Projects and Facilities Manager for Queensland and Northern Territory. Nick also travels nationally, project managing, design and construction of new office sites for Aon; as well as being the lead for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity.
Nick has been volunteering with the SES for nearly ten years and is currently a Deputy Local Controller with the Brisbane Unit, occasionally back filling the Local Controller position when required. Nick has a passion for developing leaders and has created a leadership coaching program for new and emerging leaders within the SES which is available to all volunteers to help with their own leadership development. Nick is well known as an innovator and intuitive problem solver, with a strong empathetic leadership ethos and culture that includes nurturing, confidence, empowerment, openness and inclusion within the people that he leads and works alongside.
An avid triathlete, challenging his own abilities, both physically and mentally is one catalyst for Nick wanting to help others grow and be the best (SES member) they can be. Nick's favourite quote mirrors his attitude toward developing people being, "If you're not making someone else's life better, you're wasting your time”. In this Podcast we discuss the critical aspect of supporting our emerging leaders, so they can avoid making the mistakes many leaders unfortunately make during their leadership journey.
August 2, 2021
Kerry Howard is a best-selling author and psychologist specialising in trauma prevention and treatment. Kerry has won two international awards for her commitment to treating PTSD and improving mental health in Australia. Since 2010, Kerry has presented at a variety of international conferences including the USA, Europe and Australia. She developed professional development training in the promotion, prevention and early intervention of traumatic injury. Kerry is a former executive level leader who developed policy and programs in a variety of health focussed areas.
Kerry’s new book, ‘The Trouble with Trauma’ provides clear guidance for individuals and organisations about how to resolve traumatic experience. See https://thetroublewithtrauma.com
In this Podcast we discuss the challenge and impact of trauma, and the role leaders can play in improving trauma impact outcomes.
May 30, 2021
“Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life… Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself.” W.E.B. Du Bois (Civil Rights Leader and Author). My guest his Podcast Bruce Byatt AFSM is a second-generation firefighter who started his fire service career with the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Service on 14th January 1977 and was promoted to station officer in 1983. He relocated to Queensland in 1992 and worked out of Kemp Place fire station as both a Station Officer and Acting Assistant District Commander before moving into project work. In 1997 he was promoted to Area Commander (Southport) in South Eastern Region, he took on the role of Acting Director of the Queensland Combined Emergency Service Academy in 2006-2008 and oversaw the completion of the $20m scenario/streetscape development project at Whyte Island. Bruce was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in 2009 and served as the Director Regional Operations – Brisbane Region. In 2013 relocated to the Northern Territory and served as Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Deputy Chief Fire Officer, in 2015 moved to Victoria as a Deputy Chief Officer within the CFA managing readiness and response and is currently serving as Tasmania Fire Service Deputy Chief Officer culminating in over 43 years’ experience across 5 jurisdictions. He is now looking to transform the Tasmania Fire Service with a focus on leadership development and creating a service delivery model based on the principles of functional management better reflecting a contemporary emergency service provider. In this Podcast we talk about ‘Frank and Fearless’ Leadership.
April 7, 2021
'Whether we realise it or not, in the battle arena we call life most of our time is spent in one grey area or the another' - Adelle Bradford (Author). Brian Cox is currently a senior officer within the Queensland State Emergency Service. He has an extensive 40-year military career as a regular, and still maintains his ADF connection as a current Colonel in the Army Reserve. His military highlights include joining as a trooper in 1980 driving Leopard Tanks, working with the British Army on the Rhine in 1986 conducting operations on the Berlin Wall, attachment to the British Forces during the first Gulf War 1991 to 1992, Commandant and Head of Corps of the Military Police in 2000, Australian National Commander in East Timor in 2005, and operations as a senior defence investigator in Afghanistan in 2010. Brian also has an extensive disaster management portfolio, working with the ASEAN Regional Forum and United Nations developing operating procedures for Humanitarian Response and Assistance, through to coordinating Defence responses to storms, fires and floods. Brian joined EMQ in 2011 as the Director Disaster Management and continues to contribute as a senior QFES officer. Want to understand Leadership in those grey areas a bit better? Then listen to this Podcast.
February 6, 2021
Such a pleasure to host Assistant Commissioner Joanne Greenfield for this special International Women’s Day episode of ‘Influence Me’. Joanne has extensive experience across emergency management, health services and various international United Nations missions. Prior to joining QFES, Joanne gained experience in many countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe leading responses to pandemics, epidemics and natural and manmade disasters for the UK Government and the United Nations. Joanne has been the UN Cluster lead or UN Coordinator for events across hazards ranging from earthquakes, cyclones, landslides, civil unrest and cholera, HIV/AIDs, SARs and H1N1 pandemics as well as national recovery operations in Kosovo and Pakistan. In this podcast we explore the journey female leaders must take to be the best leader they can be. It’s an absolute pleasure to talk with her.
January 29, 2021
“Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” — Les Brown (Motivational speaker and author). My guest for this Podcast, Ali Lane is a principal at an IT consulting firm called Enable, a role which involves project management, people leadership and managing customer success. Whilst she loves being an “Enabler” celebrating her organisation’s employee-first culture, it is no secret that her passion lies in her “side-gig” in the SES. Ali is an aspiring leader in the Brisbane SES unit, having been appointed as Deputy Group Leader at her group in August this year. As someone with only 3 years tenure in the Service, she understands the challenges faced by new members wanting to make a positive difference in what can be a daunting organisation somewhat resistant to change. Ali is a busy and active person who believes the key to success is being wholehearted, positive and most importantly, showing up. This is a great Podcast for understanding leadership from the perspective of a current emerging leader.