FIRE RISK CONSULTANTS - Key Persons
- SENIOR CONSULTANT BUSHFIRE RISK & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Gaby Mitchell is an experienced land and fire management practitioner, with over 17 years of experience working in natural resource management, for a range of departments and agencies. This has included working in senior fire management roles for emergency preparedness and response to bushfire and for the prevention of bushfire.
Gaby holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) and a Diploma in Natural Resource Management; and has extensive experience in balancing ecological / biodiversity requirements with necessary on-ground treatment actions (for mitigating bushfire).
Gaby also has significant community engagement / consultation experience and skills; and has undertaken various roles which have required extensive community consultation, with particular focus on bushfire management planning, response and prevention.
- Company Director
- Principal Consultant
- PRINCIPLE CONSULTANT, OWNER and MANAGING DIRECTOR
Graeme Taylor has extensive strategic and operational management experience and a strong focus on leadership and critical decision making, in an emergency management environment.
Graeme provides support to agencies, local government and industry before, during and after emergencies. He is able to lead the development of risk reduction and fire protection planning, including fuel modification and management. He prides himself on his ability to promote planned burning as an effective risk reduction method. Alongside this, he also assists in preparing communities and other stakeholders for natural disasters.
- TRAINING and CAPABILITY MANAGER
Greg Harry is a highly experienced fire and emergency management firefighter, leader and trainer, having spent the past 25 years developing and delivering fire and emergency training around Australia and internationally.
Whilst also maintaining an operational role as an Operations Officer, Greg holds a Diploma in Workplace Training and specialises in delivering training in firefighting and planned burning and accreditation of the National units in Developing and Conducting Planned Burns.
Greg is well known and highly respected for his emphasis on crew and community safety and the contextualisation of training to suit the audience. Greg continues to deliver innovative training to fire and emergency agencies.
Henry Farrugia spent over 30 years working as a Ranger for Parks Victoria - during much of this time he had a senior fire role in the organisation and is a veteran of every major fire campaign in Victoria over this period.
Henry cares deeply for the environment and people, and through his work at FRC he has been able to influence positive outcomes across a variety of fire portfolios including working with indigenous groups and community, planned burning implementation across Australia and the supervision of the asset protection works program.
We are proud to have Henry as a vital part of our team.
- RISK and EMERGENCY PLANNING LEAD
Mark Potter is a proven executive with experience in providing leadership across complex and diverse roles. He has a strong background in developing internal and external relationships, operating in complex and technical environments, leading teams through significant change and steering strategy into action.
He has extensive experience in assessing bushfire risk from landscape level to individual properties and turning this into bushfire management plans that when implemented reduce the risk to life and property through practical and effective methods. He has the ability to work with clients to achieve satisfactory solutions that do not impede day to day operations.
Melanie Taylor is the Business Manager at Fire Risk Consultants. She has extensive experience working in the finance and payroll sectors and looks after all sales, purchases, employee related matters and financial modelling.
Melanie enjoys working alongside Graeme and his dynamic, hardworking team. In her spare time Melanie enjoys walking, reading and hanging out with her family and animals.
- SENIOR CONSULTANT BUSHFIRE RISK & TASMANIAN PROJECTS LEAD
Rob Whittle is an experienced land and forest fire management practitioner with over 15 years' experience working in leadership roles including strategic land management, strategic business planning and communication, project management, planned burning, mechanical fuel reduction, fire trail management, training, forest assessment, and specialised community engagement.
Rob gained much of his experience working within the Tasmanian forestry industry and over 10 years within Local Government and has held management roles within Local Government, the State-Government's Fuel Reduction Program, and the State Fire Management Council.
Rob has a strong passion and knowledge of forest and fire management and has extensive experience working within the State Government's bushfire planning framework and Local Government's asset management systems.
Rob is known for his mechanical works planning and works implementation and extensive collaboration with stakeholders to achieve strategic outcomes whilst balancing bushfire risk reduction and maintaining ecological values.
- SENIOR CONSULTANT BUSHFIRE RISK
Tim Wearne is an experienced land and fire management practitioner with over 15 years' experience working in fire suppression, planned burning and vegetation management activities, including extensive experience in a variety of operational leadership roles.
Tim has highly developed community engagement skills, responds well to complex and challenging environments and always maintains a ‘safety first' approach to his work.
During his time as a Senior Manager at DELWP Tim developed strong people management skills and was responsible for managing high priority projects and services.