Welcome and Opening Address​

TRACEY SPICER​

Author, Journalist and Television Presenter

Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour.

Currently, she works as a weekly columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9. Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia. Her essays have appeared in dozens of books, including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than 1.5 million views.​

Agenda

15th March 2018​

08:50 - 09:10

Opening Address

Deputy Commissioner
LEANNE CLOSE, apm

Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police

Leanne is Deputy Commissioner Operations in the Australian Federal Police. This role encompasses Organised Crime and Cyber, Crime Operations and International Operations.

Leanne Close was Deputy Secretary, Criminal Justice Group in the Attorney-General’s Department from March 2016 until March 2017. In this role Leanne was responsible for Criminal Casework, Criminal Justice Policy and Programmes, International Legal Assistance and AusCheck.

Leanne joined the Australian Federal Police in 1986, working in the Sydney Office and attained her Detective Designation. In 1996 she was promoted to Sergeant. In 2002, Leanne moved to ACT Policing performing several leadership roles.  In early 2009, Leanne moved to the role of National Manager Protection and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in July 2009.  In 2012, Leanne was transferred to the role of National Manager Human Resources, which she held for two and a half years. In 2014, Leanne held the position of National Manager Aviation, prior to her promotion to Deputy Commissioner.

In 2005, Leanne was awarded the Australian Police Medal. Leanne was conferred with a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2001.

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote Presentation

COMMODORE MICHELE MILLER (Invited)

Director-General, Navy People, Royal Australian Navy

Commodore Miller joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1988.and assumed the role of Director General Navy People in December 2014.

Commodore Miller’s operational service has included border protection operations (Operations STANHOPE, CRANBERRY, RELEX I, RELEX II and RESOLUTE), and in the Middle East Area of Operations on Operation SLIPPER (Iraq and ICAT). She has a Chief of Navy Commendation for her service in HMAS Newcastle in 1995-1996, and a Maritime Commander’s Commendation for actions onboard HMAS Stuart in April 2004. Commodore Miller holds a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), Graduate Diploma of Management (Defence Studies), Certificate of Maritime Studies (University of Wollongong) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Oceanography and Information Systems

Commodore Miller is married to a RAAF officer and they live together in Canberra with their young daughter. Her interests include running, bush walking, playing touch football, alpine skiing, reading and studying strategic issues in the South China Sea.

09:40 - 10:10

Keynote Presentation

SUSAN WEBSTER

Former Superintendent Ambulance NSW

Susan Webster commenced nursing in 1975 and after 11 years as a nurse and midwife changed direction in Health and became a NSW Ambulance paramedic. After working in metropolitan and rural stations Susan became a Training Officer and educated paramedics for 6 years. During this time Susan undertook her Intensive Care Paramedic training and studied at Sydney University to convert her nursing qualifications into her Bachelor of Nursing.

Susan worked as the Manager of St Ives Station prior to transferring to Sydney Headquarters (Quay Street) as the Station Officer Grade 2. Here Susan developed the Clinical Support role, developed major incident and major event management strategies and managed every major event for Sydney during this period. Additionally, Susan oversaw the Special Casualty Access Teams and was instrumental in deployment of personnel to the Thredbo Landslide, medical management of VIP and Dignitary Protection, looked after world leaders and developed the paramedic team for the NSW Police Bomb Squad.

Susan planned all ambulance responses for the Sydney 2000 Olympic events in the Urban Domain prior to being seconded as Manager Planning and Logistics, Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games. Following this Susan was seconded as the Manager Tactical Support responsible for all major events and incidents in NSW, including the 2001 September 11 incident.

After transferring to Central West NSW Susan acted as the Inspector for the Central West however was seconded back to various State positions such as manager critical infrastructure, assisted in the management of incidents such as 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, 2007 APEC event, 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic, 2009 Samoa Tsunami, 2010-11 Western Floods, Susan was seconded as the Manager Special Operations for 12 months and was responsible for all state, national and international deployments as well as the Malcolm Naden Operation Durkin. Susan was a member NSW specialist operation.

For the last 5 years of her career Susan was the State Manager of NSW Ambulance Volunteer and Community First Responder programs. She was also a mentor on the AIPM Balance program.

Susan has received an Ambulance Service Medal, the National Medal with clasp, the St John Ambulance Serving Sister, NSW Ambulance Meritorious Service Medal and clasp and NSW Ambulance Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and 2 clasps. Susan retired in August 2017.

10:10 - 10:40

10:40 - 11:00

Morning Tea

Discussion Panel

11:00 - 12:30

Where to from here

SUPERINTENDENT VIRGINIA NELSON

 Queensland Police

MARK WILKINSON

Lieutenant Colonel,
Chair of the PNGDF Gender Committee, Defence Cooperation Program - PNG

Group Captain
Kaarin Kooij (Invited)

Director Military Recruitment 
Royal Australian Air Force

12:30 - 13:20

Lunch Break

Development Session

13:20 - 14:20

Dr Janet Smith

Associate Professor (Adjunct)  University of Canberra, Senior Facilitator and Executive Coach

Dr Janet Smith is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Education at the University of Canberra, where she has taught and researched in Educational Leadership and Teacher Education for the past 25 years. During her years at UC, Janet occupied a wide range of leadership positions, including Associate Dean Education, Deputy Head of Schooland Discipline Head. Janet’s recent work at UC involved managing and teaching national and international professional learning courses, specialising in leadership, mentoring, coaching and social and emotional learning. Janet also organised and led UC’s Educational Study Tours to China, and taught a UC Masters of Education course at Hangzhou Normal University in China. Prior to her work at the university, Janet was a high school teacher and school leader for 16 years.

In addition to her work at the university, Janet has also worked extensively as a consultant, focusing on education, leadership, coaching, mentoring, spirituality, professional learning, teacher well being and renewal.

Janet is a Courage & Renewal (C&R) facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) in USA, which is based on the work of Parker J. Palmer. She was the first non-North American C&R facilitator and founded C&R work throughout Australasia. Together with CCR, Janet has prepared 26 other Australasian C&R facilitators. She is a director on the CCR Board of Directors. Janet holds a PhD, Master of Education, BA, and Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education.

Building Career Changing Connections  and Networking Strategically

A major factor that contributes to individual resilience is having a strong and diverse network. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of a strong network; a sense of belonging, increased self-worth and wellbeing, career progression and security. Particularly for women in male dominated workplaces, the data shows that having a network of other women has a significant impact on retention and career progression. This practical session explores the mindsets that hold us back from networking and methods for overcoming them. Participants will take away tips and strategies to build and maintain relationships - the bedrock of a strong network.

Keynote Presentation

14:20 - 15:00

Commissioner KATARINA CARROLL APM

Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Commissioner Carroll joined the Queensland Police Service in 1983 and worked in various roles early in her career including Detective work, a Commission of Inquiry, Criminal Investigation Branches, the Joint Organised Crime Task Force and the Covert Unit. She undertook a number of senior roles throughout Queensland and, in 2010, was promoted to Assistant Commissioner. In 2012 she undertook the role of Program Executive, G20 Group where she planned and was the Operations Commander for Australia’s largest peacetime security operation. In January 2015 Katarina was appointed as the Interim Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and was permanently appointed to the position in August 2015. The QFES is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, and includes Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service.

Commissioner Carroll has several tertiary qualifications including an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Degree in Criminology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. She has achieved numerous international, national and State awards, including the Australian Police Medal and more recently the national Telstra Business Women’s Award for Government and Academia. Katarina was also named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2015. She is married with two teenage children.

Keynote Presentation

15:20 - 16:10

MAJOR MATINA JEWELL (Retired)

One of the most highly decorated females in Australian military history

Major Matina Jewell (retired is one of the most highly decorated females in Australian Military History. Matina’s military career culminated with a coveted posting to serve as a part of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) in the Middle East.

As the only Australian and female on Patrol Base Khiam, Matina was thrust into the middle of a devastating war between Israel and the Hezbollah.

Matina’s story is one of inspiration – of authentic leadership, of resilience in the face of crippling adversity and of thriving through change across a trail-blazing military carer… and beyond!

15:00 - 15:20

Afternoon Tea

Keynote Presentation

16:10 - 17:00

Brigadier GEORGEINA WHELAN, am, csc

Chief of Staff, Australian Defence Force

Brigadier Georgeina Whelan was enlisted into the Army in 1985.  She graduated from the Officer Cadet School into the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps in June 1988.  Brigadier Whelan has extensive experience in the command and management of Defence garrison and combat health systems. Brigadier Whelan deployed to INTERFET in 1999 as the Operations Officer of the 1st Health Support Battalion and Operation Sumatra Assist in command of the ANZAC Field Hospital in 2005. She completed RAN Staff Course in 2000, the US Military Medical Strategic Leadership Program in 2008 and Higher Defence College in 2012.

Brigadier Whelan was directly involved in the early development of the Army and ADF approach to managing wounded, ill and injured personnel in 2003-2004, she led the establishment of the Army Soldier Recovery Centres and the development of the Army Health Modernisation Plan over the period 2009-2011. 

Georgeina recently completed her appointment as the Director General of Garrison Health Operations. During her tenure she embarked on a program of operational reform with the intent of standardising and enhancing health service delivery within a quality construct.  Georgeina initiated a national business improvement program with the aim of enabling national accreditation of ADF health facilities by 2018.  Brigadier Whelan is a fearless change manager who seeks to ignite strong leadership across all levels. Georgeina is an active participant in programs that support diversity and opportunity for all members of the ADF. More recently, Brigadier Whelan was appointed as the Director General, Select Strategic Issues Management in the Office of the Chief of the Defence Force.

Review and closing comments

17:00 - 17:10

TRACEY SPICER​

QUINN CRAMER

Senior Fire Fighter, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service

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