Dr Sara McBride
United States Geological Survey



Sally McKay
Emergency Recovery Coordinator

Sally McKay has worked across a diverse range of roles within Emergency Management for over 20 years and she strives to ensure a community led approach within all disaster work.

Sally’s work has taken her to many places – primarily across Asia Pacific zone , working for the International Federation of Red Cross / Red Crescent, within Australia working for all levels of Government and now in NZ

Sally’s roles have required her to lead work in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. She has a strong commitment to social justice with an accompanying agenda to drive innovative community development practices that assist communities to adapt to change and become more resilient to disasters.



Anthony Clark
Director Corporate Communications, NSW Rural Fire Service, Australia

Anthony Clark has more than 20 years experience in the media and communications industry. In his role as Director Corporate Communications at the NSW Rural Fire Service, Anthony has responsibility for a broad management portfolio including media, community engagement, online communications, internal communications, corporate relations and executive support. During major bush fire emergencies, he regularly fulfills the role of Public Liaison Coordinator, managing the delivery of information and warnings to the community.

Catherine Coates
Welfare Manager, Marlborough Civil Defence

Jeremy Hillman
Senior Communications & Engagement Adviser, Office of Disaster Recovery, NSW, Australia

Jeremy hails from South Australia but has called Sydney home for the last five years, working with organisations like the Environment Protection Authority and Fred Hollows Foundation.

Since 2017 he has been Manager Communications and Engagement at the NSW Office of Emergency Management and led a range of reforms in disaster recovery.

Jeremy has previously managed a marketing agency in the UK, been a teacher in the Middle East and an adviser for two Prime Ministers.

He’s passionate about honest, meaningful engagement and in particular how to better connect with and support disaster-impacted communities.


Dr Maureen Mooney
Clinical Psychologist, Research Officer, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, NZ

Maureen, a clinical psychologist trained in New Zealand and France, has 18 years’ experience in humanitarian psychosocial programming and disaster response. In her 2011 sabbatical year, she became a research officer in the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR), Massey University and member of an academic advisory group on psychosocial recovery following the Canterbury Earthquakes. Her ensuing doctorate focused on what factors fostered positive coping in the recovery of children and youth following these earthquakes. Her interest is in how children, within their families and communities, cope effectively with adversity, and how we can promote contexts where children and families thrive.

Stefan Weir
Private Secretary, Civil Defence, DPMC