Expert Advisory Committee


Chaired by Elizabeth Broderick AO, the GADAus Expert Advisory Committee is made up of a range of experts and leading practitioners from each state and territory across Australia.

Elizabeth Broderick AO

Chair, Expert Advisory Committee

Chair of the GADAus Expert Advisory Committee, Elizabeth Broderick AO is Principal of EB&Co. a specialist consultancy focusing on high-level strategic consulting and transformation, particularly in the areas of gender equality, diversity, inclusion, and cultural renewal. Australia’s longest standing Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), she developed and implemented a gender equality blueprint for the nation and played a significant role in the introduction of Australia’s national paid parental leave scheme, while also progressing major law reform including in the area of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

In 2017, Elizabeth was appointed as a UN Special Rapporteur and Independent Expert of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls. She is the Founder and Convenor of the Champions of Change Coalition, a globally recognised and disruptive strategy for achieving gender equality, as well as being a member of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council, King’s College London. Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and named NSW Australian of the Year in 2016, Elizabeth is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Sydney, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology and Honorary Doctorates from Deakin, Edith Cowan and Griffith Universities.

Paul Baxter QSO

Expert Advisor

Former Commissioner Paul Baxter QSO has more than 30 years emergency services experience. He has served as a volunteer firefighter, a rescue firefighter in the RNZAF and with the New Zealand Fire Service, serving through all ranks to be appointed as the Chief Executive-National Commander before taking up his current role with Fire and Rescue NSW. Paul also qualified and worked as both a volunteer and paid ambulance officer for 22 years. A former Board member and Chair of Australian and New Zealand National Council for Fire and Emergency Services (AFAC), Paul also has a business degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers and Graduate of the NZICD, and has chaired several groups within the UN international search and rescue advisory group.

Sharon Bourke

Expert Advisor

Sharon Bourke has worked with GADAus (formerly the GAD pod), since its initial studies into the escalation of family violence following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. Sharing her experience as a survivor at numerous conferences and events, Sharon’s presentations have been pivotal in fostering an increased understanding of the nuances and intricacies of family violence after disasters for hundreds of government representatives, policy-makers and practitioners. Sharon has worked with the Emergency Management Unit of the Department of Human Services in Victoria to develop a training package and brief assessment to guide disaster workers. Victoria Police also requested Sharon’s assistance in training their new recruits, and she has presented to the Victorian Department of Justice regarding protection for survivors in court proceedings. Sharon’s lived experience continues to feature in the digital resources and training packages offered by GADAus, and she is a critical voice in this work.

Joe Cuthbertson

Expert Advisor

Joe Cuthbertson (PhD, MPH, MSc, MEH) is currently the Head of Specialist Operations for St John Ambulance Western Australia, the provider of Emergency Ambulance for the State of Western Australia. Having worked in the hospital, humanitarian and pre-hospital field for the last 20 years in a broad range of clinical, governance and management roles, Joe has vast experience in responding to communities in need. A member of the Board of Directors for the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine, and a representative with the World Federation for Public Health Associations, Joe supports the development and improvement of disaster and emergency health practice through education, service and research.

Mick Gooda

Expert Advisor

Mick Gooda is a proud Gangulu person and passionate advocate for closing the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Having been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs throughout Australia for over 35 years, Mick has always maintained and actively promotes the concept of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples being intimately involved in decisions that affect them. Part of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Mick has formerly been the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health. As the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, his focus is and always has been on the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Jane Latimer AO

Expert Advisor

Jane Latimer is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney, and the Director, Strategy and Engagement at Elizabeth Broderick & Co., an organisation focused on creating gender equality, diversity and culture. Jane has been a powerful leader and advocate for Women in STEM, and in 2019 was appointed to the Expert Working Group to develop Australia’s National Decadal Plan for Women in STEM. With a unique insight into the cultural challenges facing leaders in public health and how these might be addressed, Jane has supported Elizabeth Broderick & Co. to conduct over 20 major cultural reviews into leading global and national institutions including NSW Parliament, Rio Tinto, NSW Police Force, and the AFP.

Amanda Leck

Expert Advisor

Amanda Leck is the Deputy Commissioner of Capability and Risk with Emergency Management Victoria with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry. In her current role, Amanda is responsible for building capability across the emergency management sector for incident management, marine search and rescue as well as community and volunteer capability. Prior to that, Amanda was the Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) where she led a program of work on behalf of the Commonwealth Government to support a disaster resilient Australia. A strategic leader with an established reputation across the fire and emergency management sector, Amanda has previously worked with CFA Victoria, local government, and the national fire and emergency services council, AFAC.

Michael Morgan AFSM

Expert Advisor

Michael Morgan, AFSM, MBA (HRM), AIFireE, is the Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer of South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS). Joining the MFS in February 1986 as a firefighter, Michael progressed through the ranks and gained a Master of Business Administration, specialising in Human Resource Management in 2010. Awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for developing wellness, welfare, and support programs within the MFS in 2014, Michael represents the MFS across the emergency services sector and government including the Emergency Services Sector Executive, State Emergency Management Committee, and advisor to the Emergency Management Council. He is a member of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC), including the Commissioners and Chief Officers Strategic Committee, Champions of Change Coalition, and sponsor of the Workforce Management Group.

Dr Margaret Moreton

Expert Advisor

Dr Margaret Moreton is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR). Starting her career with the Federal government, she has worked in a range of social policy areas; developing policy, managing programs and preparing advice for successive governments for over 33 years. Leaving the public sector to undertake original community-based research, she identified key factors that contribute to disaster recovery and resilience, gathering and comparing the views of national leaders of recovery, and community members who have been directly affected by emergency events. Developing a strong reputation as a disaster resilience specialist, Margaret works to build community resilience in partnership with communities, non-government organisations, local, State and Federal government, emergency services organisations, and the business and philanthropy sectors in her role at AIDR.

Carole Owen

Expert Advisor

Carole Owen has worked in senior roles across Public Health Services, Department of Health, Tasmania for over 25 years. As acting CEO of Public Health Services during the first 15 months of the COVID-19 outbreak, Carole has experience managing social and community recovery efforts. A prominent part of the Tasmanian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Taskforces after the 2013 and 2019 bushfires, she is a past member of the National Social Recovery Reference Group, and is currently completing her PhD on community recovery after disasters. Currently working in the Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement, a partnership between the University of Tasmania, Department of Health, Primary Health Tasmania, and Health Consumers Tasmania, Carole brings a wealth of experience on disaster risk reduction and community resilience.

Stephen Smith

Expert Advisor

Stephen Smith is the Assistant Commissioner of QFES People, part of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, an organisation of approximately 45,000 staff and volunteers. QFES People spans organisational culture and all phases of people’s time within QFES, and beyond. Having joined the Service in 1994, progressing through to Assistant Commissioner rank in 2015, Steve recognises that people are our richest resource and what adds value to organisations. Serving in various regional and state roles and across a variety of specialist areas, Steve has extensive knowledge, skills and experience, both domestically and internationally, in emergency and crisis management with a particular interest in leadership and capability development.