Excellence in Leadership Award presented to Emma Conway

Member News image Emma Conway with CEO Natalie MacDonald


Commander Emma Conway has been recognised for her exemplary leadership by winning the inaugural CEO Excellence in Leadership award, as part of the biennial Spirit of CFA Awards. 


Acting Deputy Chief Officer Glenn Pröbstl, who nominated Emma for the award, said she was an amazing role model and leader who represents CFA’s values in all the work she does and leads with genuine heart and passion. 

“Since achieving the rank of Commander (previously Operations Officer), Emma has devoted her time and energy to assisting members and brigades in South East Region,” Acting DCO Pröbstl said.  

“Emma is a highly respected leader by staff and volunteers alike, who has spent a significant amount of time performing higher duties as Assistant Chief Fire Officer in District 10, where she made significant advancements. 

“She is passionate about helping members grow, and devotes her time, expertise, and experience to crucial initiatives like the Captains Peer Mentoring Program and the Commander Development Program.” 

Winning this award, according to Emma, means a lot and is significant recognition of her efforts from the organisation she values deeply.  

“CFA is where my heart is. I value the culture, history and meaning deeply,” Emma said. 

“I joined CFA after a 12-year career with the Australian Navy. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Navy, it was quite isolating at times with no connection to community. 

“CFA epitomises community, with volunteers taking so much from their brigades back into their communities. This was something I wanted to be part of, as connection to the community is so important for me.” 

When Emma initially learned she was a finalist for the Excellence in Leadership award, which honours CFA members who exhibit inspirational leadership, she was quite humble. 

“It means a great deal to be a finalist for this award, as CFA is where my heart lies,” Emma said. 

“Even just being nominated is pretty amazing.” 


  • Member News image(left to right): Acting Deputy Chief Officer Glenn Pröbstl, Emma Conway and CEO Natalie MacDonald
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