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New additions to the CFA leadership team
I am pleased to announce new appointments to CFA's leadership team. Each of the individuals below brings to their role significant experience, knowledge and expertise. Their skills and capabilities complement each other and those already existing in our organisation. The diversity and strength in the team ensures CFA is in the right hands to achieve our goals.
This new executive team will lead us through the remainder of the organisational change process, and the challenges that CFA may face in the years ahead. I feel confident that as a team, we can instil in all our people and communities a sense of certainty, confidence and optimism about CFA and our future direction.
New appointments to the Executive Team include:
Executive Director People and Culture - Fran Boyd
Fran Boyd is currently the Director People and Culture with Department of Primary Industries.
She has extensive experience in developing and leading high performing People & Culture Teams both within Government and the private sector and in developing and implementing HR strategy in complex and large organisations. Fran's experience spans all areas of human resource management with particular expertise in structural and cultural change, industrial relations, workforce planning and OH&S.
Her expertise will strengthen our capacity to meet our objectives under the Creating Our Future Together program.
Fran will commence with CFA on 4 June.
Executive Director Performance and Strategy - David Spokes
David Spokes is currently working with CFA as the Senior Change Adviser leading the cultural and leadership transformation strategy.
David has over 30 years of experience working in local government as well as health and consulting organisations in Victoria and NSW. He is a highly experienced senior executive with strong abilities in developing and delivering corporate strategy. David's experience in policy innovation, change management, performance and continuous improvement and governance will be well utilised in this role.
David commenced in this role on 30 April.
Executive Director Communities and Communication - Mark Sullivan
Mark Sullivan is currently Director Communities and Communications with Work Cover NSW.
He has significant executive experience combined with over 25 years' experience in the Emergency Services sector, specifically in the NSW Police Force and the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Mark has a strong background in both community engagement and communications and is experienced in change programs, and stakeholder and media management. We look forward to Mark commencing his role in the near future.
As part of their induction process you will see the new Executive Directors out and about and I would encourage you to say hello and make them feel welcome.
This now completes the Executive Leadership Team working alongside Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, Executive Director Business Services Michael Wootten and Executive Director Operational Training & Volunteerism Lex De Man.
On behalf of Michael Wootten, I would like to announce the appointment of the new Executive Manager Financial Services, Nigel McCormick, which now completes the leadership team within Business Services.
Nigel is currently the General Manager for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer with Film Victoria.
He has significant executive management experience within the public sector in both Australia and Northern Ireland. He is a Chartered Accountant with varied financial and strategic experience and has over 10 years' experience at CFO and senior executive level for various public entities.
Nigel will commence with CFA on 29 May.
Fire and Emergency Management
On behalf of Euan Ferguson, I would like to announce the appointments which will complete the Fire and Emergency Management team. Euan and I are both confident that this team will have a powerful blend of skills and experience, whilst bringing fresh thinking and creativity that will be essential for the challenges we face in delivering fire and emergency services in the future.
Deputy Chief Officer Readiness and Response - Joe Buffone
Joe Buffone is currently the Deputy Commissioner at the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner and recently acted as the Commissioner for just under 12 months. In this role, Joe has led a number of highly strategic responses to events such as Black Saturday Bushfires and the Victorian Floods of 2010-2011.
Joe offers a broad range of experience in a range of emergency management organisations including the Royal Australian Army, VicSES, Department of Infrastructure, Department of Justice and Port of Melbourne Corporation. Joe has been an active CFA volunteer for more than 10 years.
Having held a number of senior executive roles in the emergency management field, covering a broad range of risk, policy, and operational functions at local, regional, state and national levels, Joe is well placed to lead the Readiness and Response team.
Joe will commence with CFA on 4 June.
Deputy Chief Officer Capability and Infrastructure - Alen Slijepcevic
Alen Slijepcevic is currently Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Capability with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) in Victoria. Prior to 2005, he performed the role of State Duty Officer for seven years, coordinating all Forestry Tasmania firefighting activities in single and multi-agency environments.
Alen has extensive management and leadership experience in the emergency services sector and has led a number of large and significant projects during his career. Some of his achievements include DSE's Radio Terminal Replacement and Bushfire ICT projects, development of the National Fire Behaviour Training Course and a key contributor to the Victorian Bushfire Strategy, with specific responsibility for the workforce and capability elements of the project.
Alen's extensive knowledge and experience and credibility in his field will enable him to make a significant contribution to the development and implementation of a capability model to enhance CFA's service delivery.
Alen will commence with CFA on 4 June.
Executive Manager Community Capability - Terry Hayes
Terry joined CFA in 2004 and has since undertaken a range of senior and executive management positions, most recently holding the position of Executive Manager Fire Management Planning Systems and has acted in the position of Director Community Safety on numerous occasions.
Terry has most recently been responsible for providing leadership to CFA's community safety, research and evaluation and community development teams and has assisted CFA to establish a strong reputation across the State for its performance in the community safety arena.
Terry is a valued member of the CFA senior leadership team and his knowledge and experience will continue to contribute to supporting community safety and preparedness.
Terry will be transitioning into this new role over the coming weeks.
Please join me in congratulating all of the people mentioned above on their appointments and welcoming them to these key leadership roles with CFA.