The EMPS Panel


A panel of senior, experienced practitioners has been brought together to provide technical advice and oversight to EMPS operations. The EMPS panel provides technical input to the professional standards published by EMPS, and is also responsible for the management of the interview process required for all applications to become a Certified Practitioner.

EMPS Panel members are selected on the basis that they have the skills and experience to be Certified Practitioners. The Chair of the Panel is ex officio the CEO, AFAC, currently Stuart Ellis AM.


Current Panel Members



 

 Stuart Ellis AM
Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council 
 Stuart Ellis is the Chief Executive Officer of AFAC and 
ex officio the Chair of the EMPS Panel


Steve Pearce AFSM
Surf Life Saving New South Wales
  Steve Pearce is CEO of
Surf Life Saving New South Wales
 
 

 

Kate Fitzgerald
Emergency Management Victoria
  Kate Fitzgerald is Director of Relief and Recovery at
Emergency Management Victoria


Gregg Paterson AFSM
Country Fire Authority
Gregg Paterson is Deputy Chief Officer Training at
Country Fire Authority Victoria
 
 

 

Jason Heffernan
New South Wales Rural Fire Service
 Jason Heffernan is Assistant Commissioner and Director of 
Response and Coordination at New South Wales Rural Fire Service


Georgeina Whelan AM, CSC and Bar
Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency
 Georgeina Whelan is Chief Officer at
Australian Capital Territory State Emergency Service
 
 

 

Peter Button
South Australia Metropolitan Fire Service 
Peter Button is Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Learning and 
Development at South Australia Metropolitan Fire Service


Andrew Short AFSM
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Andrew Short is Assistant Commissioner, Human Capital 
Management at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
 
 

 

David Nugent AFSM
Parks Victoria 
David Nugent is Director of Fire and Emergency Services
at Parks Victoria


Nicole Hogan
 New South Wales State Emergency Service
 Nicole Hogan is Acting Zone Commander Metro at
New South Wales State Emergency Service
 
 

 

Brad Delavale
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia 
 Brad Delavale is Chief Superintendent at Department of 
Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia


 Scott Turner
 South Australia Country Fire Service 
Scott Turner is Manager of Learning and Development at 
South Australia Country Fire Service 
 
 

 

Paul Turner
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
 Paul Turner is National Operations Manager at
Fire and Emergency New Zealand


Rob McNeil AFSM
Fire and Rescue New South Wales
 Rob McNeil is Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations at 
Fire and Rescue New South Wales
 
 

 

Ian Tanner AFSM
 South Australia Department of Environment and Water
Ian Tanner is Manager of Fire Planning at 
Department of Environment and Water South Australia