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.
January 13, 2021
Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect who gardens with his hands and his heart and in 2019 won the Australian Logies award for the Most Popular Presenter. Costa has an all-consuming passion for plants and people - he knows how to bring out the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. In this podcast I discuss matters of people and he shares what he’s learnt along the way about influencing people in working together for a common cause. Enjoy!
December 4, 2020
Jason Sertori is a former QFES officer who courageously took an opportunity with the United Nations in 2016. Currently based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jason Sertori is the Chief officer of the United Nations largest fire service, and has held this position since leaving QFES in 2016. In 2019, Jason was temporarily appointed as the Senior Coordinator for the Tactical Operations Centre for the Ebola Emergency Response, a position he held for several months, before returning to his normal role once that mission was achieved. In this podcast we discuss the many important points relating to moving from a frontline leadership role to a senior level leadership position. There are lots of pitfalls, however with the right counsel and some decent personal reflection, people can successfully make this jump. Enjoy the podcast!
November 1, 2020
Stuart Ellis AM is an experienced leader in the emergency management sector and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AFAC in 2012. Stuart is focussed on national initiatives that progress the effectiveness and professional standing of fire and emergency services and has a focus on progressing an industry wide, integrated approach to emergency management. Previously, Stuart Ellis was the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Officer of the South Australian Country Fire Service. In 2002 he established a consultancy company and has been involved in over 20 operational reviews including the Canberra Bushfires, the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission and the operational response to the Christchurch Earthquake. Prior to that Stuart was an Army Officer for over 22 years serving with the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment. Stuart’s view is that simple leadership habits form the foundation of a successful and resilient leadership, and during this podcast we explore what has worked for him over many years, and why?
October 8, 2020
Shannan Quain is a senior executive leader with experience across all levels of government. As the Chief of HR for a large Queensland Government Department she isn’t your typical CHRO as she started her career as a sports scientist and brings a different lens to the typical issues that organisations face. She isn’t afraid of a tough challenge and speaks with authority and respect as someone who has met many challenges head on to come out the other side a stronger and more capable leader. In this podcast, the topic is “Leadership in a time of disruption”. When considering the VUCA world (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) we now live in, there’s benefit in considering how best to frame our world view in the VUCA context, thus allowing us to accept and then confront the challenges that lie in wait. “The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” – Peter Drucker