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New appointments in OT&V

By: Lex De Man

  11.00 AM 2 March, 2012

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I am pleased to announce the appointment of the 3 key management positions within Operational Training & Volunteerism.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the following appointments to the roles of: -

  • Executive Manager Training Development
  • Manager Training Delivery
  • Manager Volunteerism.

Executive Manager Training Development
James Stitz has been appointed to this role.

James is qualified with a Bachelor of Education and Training and a Cert 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment. He brings significant experience in the Human Resources and Learning and Development fields which have been attained through a range positions held within the Australian Army and Country Fire Authority.

James joined the CFA in June 2000 after 20 years military service in the Australian Army as an Officer. Since his time in CFA he has held a variety of positions within Learning and Development with the most notable being Manager Training and Development (Western port Area), Manager Field Training (Learning and Development) and most recently in the position Acting Executive Manager Learning and Development since mid 2008. James has also held a number of secondments in senior positions within the HR Directorate at various times since being with the CFA.

James brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position of Executive Manager Training Development. Over his time in CFA, James has played a significant role in provision leadership, strategic direction and advice in regard to the development and implementation a number of programs such as Minimum Skills program, Brigade Operational Skills program, Specialist training, First Aid and Driver training. He has worked closely with the UFU and VFBV in the resolution of many issues that affect the delivery of training to CFA members. James has also worked closely and provided leadership to Field Training Ground staff including Fiskville and Bangholme campus in the areas of field training ground operation, maintenance and asset replacement. He has also provided significant oversight and input into CFA's responses on training matters to both the VBRC and the Jones Inquiry.

Since the establishment of Operational Training and Volunteerism in late 2010, James has played a significant role in setting up the new Directorate and establishing its initial business plan. He has provided leadership and direction across a number of important strategic initiatives such as the Operational Training Strategy, Operational Skills Map, Review of Minimum Skills, WEB Train, Skills Maintenance Folder, and Training Materials On-line.

I congratulate James on being appointed as the Executive Manager Training Development. James commences in this role immediately.

Manager Training Delivery
Craig Ferguson has been appointed to this role.

Craig Ferguson's qualifications include an Associate Diploma of Health Science (Ambulance Paramedic), Diploma of Management and current studies towards an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management). He has also completed Certificates II in Public Safety (Firefighting Operations) and IV Workplace Training & Assessment and possesses an extensive career in the emergency management sector. This has provided him with considerable knowledge and experience across a diverse range of agencies including fire and land management, emergency services and health and human services. He has also been a CFA Volunteer since 1987. Craig has led the Bayswater Brigade as Captain for a period of 4 years.

Currently Manager Learning & Development Unit with Health & Human Services Emergency Management, Craig has been responsible for developing and delivering specific training programs, as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and attending various committees and forums.

In summary, Craig Ferguson is appointed for his enthusiasm, capability, strong people skills and aligned and relevant experience. He brings the ability to influence across all levels, good reputation and knowledge in emergency management, strong networks, ‘big picture' capability, energy, drive and the capacity to deliver.

I congratulate Craig for being appointed as the Manager Training Delivery. Craig will commence with CFA in early April.

Manager Volunteerism
Kate Harrap has been appointed to this role.

Kate Harrap possesses a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Business Law) and extensive experience across a variety of HR disciplines in both the public and private sectors. This experience has involved her in having a local, regional and global focus where there has been an emphasis on building relationships, providing sound advice and driving business outcomes.

For the last two years Kate has been the Regional Human Resources Manager for Eastern Metropolitan with CFA. She is responsible for providing leadership and HR direction to the Regional Management Team, supporting line managers as well as managing employees and Volunteers across four catchment areas. The role has also had a significant focus on change management, welfare support, conflict resolution and leadership development.

In the past Kate has managed significant project teams of up to 14 managers and also had responsibility for eight global HR Business Partners in a dotted line/matrix reporting structure.

I congratulate Kate for being appointed to the role of Manager Volunteerism. Kate will commence in her new role in OT&V in early April.


Once again, I congratulate the three appointees to the OT&V Team.

I trust that you will all make Kate, Craig and James feel very welcome into their new roles.

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