A New Chief Executive Officer for AFAC
The new Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) has been named.
I am very pleased to announce that the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) is Mr Stuart Ellis, currently Director of Leading By Example Pty. Ltd. Stuart is well known to many of you as a previous Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Country Fire Service (1996-2001).
Stuartís early career was with the Australian Defence Forces during which time he served with the United Nations Forces in Somalia and was the Commanding Officer / Chief Instructor at the Royal Military College. He served on the Board of Inquiry into the Black Hawk Disaster.
In his consulting capacity Stuart has worked nationally with emergency services, government and the broader industry providing a range of advice, training and mentoring to management professionals in the public safety and volunteering spheres. Stuart has worked with a number of AFAC agencies providing operational performance audits, investigations, leadership and teamwork development. He has facilitated the AFAC annual Executive Command Forum for the four years
since its inception and collaborated with AIPM to develop the inaugural AFAC Strategic Command Program conducted in 2012.
Notably, Stuart was engaged as a consultant to the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission in 2009, chaired the COAG national inquiry into bushfires in 2004 and was a member of the team that conducted the 2012 Review of the Bushfire CRC.
Stuart has qualifications that include a Bachelor of Arts (History and Government) and Graduate Diplomas in Management Studies and Strategic Studies.
The Board is delighted to have someone with Stuartís credentials and experience to take AFAC into the future. He will formally take up the CEO role on 26 November 2012. I know that you will all make him most welcome.
Lee Johnson, AFSM
Commissioner Ė Queensland Fire & Rescue Service