EXPERT ADVISORY BOARD
Our members are independent bushfire resilience experts working to solve complex disaster risk problems with innovative adaption tools.
CEO AND FOUNDER
Kate Cotter is the CEO and founder of the BBCA. She established the organisation to develop collaboration between experts, industry, communities and governments to motivate and reward disaster and climate adaptation.
CIVIL & FIRE SAFETY ENGINEER
DR IAN BENNETTS
Ian is a structural and fire safety engineer who has contributed to bushfire building standards and is a former member of Emergency Management Victoria’s Expert Panel.
FIRE SAFETY ENGINEER & ABCB BOARD MEMBER
Stephen is a fire safety engineer and risk management expert. He is a board member of the Australian Building Codes Board, Chair of the BBCA Expert Panel and a former member of Emergency Management Victoria’s Expert Panel.
FORMER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMISSIONER VICTORIA
Craig is the former Victorian Emergency Services Commissioner and an expert on community-wide resilience, re-building and emergency planning. Craig has held senior operational fire-fighting positions.
EMERGENCY RISK MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT & FIREFIGHTER
John is an experienced risk, firefighting and emergency management specialist in fire operations, fire safety & protection, building and dangerous goods risk assessments and compliance, risk and fire engineering.
BUSHFIRE, CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Kylie specialises in climate change, bushfire science and emergency management. Kylie is an experienced government agency board member and consultant for disaster and climate risk mitigation.
RESEARCH SCIENTIST AND DIRECTOR OF FIRE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA
Vince is a Research Scientist and Director of Fire Science and Technology Australia, with 40 years’ experience in material flammability. He has participated in highly successful projects at the University of Sydney, CSIRO, VU, QUT, the Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China and is a member of several fire committees, including Standards Australia and ISO.
BUSHFIRE ARCHITECT, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER, BUSHFIRE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
DR IAN WEIR
Ian is a registered practising architect specialising in designing for bushfire prone, bio-diverse landscapes. He is the Head of Landscape Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology.
IAG Executive Manager Natural Perils, Mark Leplastrier
Former Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley
BlueScope Sustainability Manager, Philippa Stone
NAB Executive Personal Banking, Rachel Slade
Executive Director of Disaster Risk Management at National Recovery and Resilience Agency, Michael Crawford