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    Chief Jon Hannan   Chief Fire Officer Johan Hannan
    Fire Chief, Charlotte Fire and Rescue Service, North Carolina

    Jon B Hannan is the Fire Chief and Homeland Security Director for the City of Charlotte. As the Fire Chief, Chief Hannan is responsible for all fire department functions. As the Homeland Security Director, Chief Hannan co-ordinates with State and Federal Officials to support and fund initiatives important to the safety and security of Charlotte. 

    Hannan joined the Charlotte Fire Department in 1978 as a dispatcher and began his firefighting career in 1983. He was promoted to Captain in 1987 and served a special assignment as a Training Officer at the Fire Training Academy from 1993 to 1996. He was named Battalion Chief in 1996 and Deputy Chief in 1999.

    He received his bachelor’s degree in Fire Safety Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his associate degree in Fire Protection Technology from Central Piedmont Community College.

    Hannan is a graduate of the Professional Executive Leadership Academy of the University of North Carolina, School of Government and holds a Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The North Carolina League of Municipalities awarded Hannan the George C Franklin award, presented each year to the most outstanding student in the University of North Carolina’s Institute of Government’s Municipal Administration course. He is a United Way Leadership donor.

    CFO Paul Hayden
    Hereford and Worcestershire

    Colin Berghouse

    Sally Sheen
    Fire Service College

    Greg Slater
    NSW State Emergency Service

    Paul Davies
    Deputy Head of the Flood
    Forecasting Centre

    Peter Glerum

    Terry Brewer

    Bas Kolen
    HKV Consultants

    Sally Sheen  

    Sally Sheen
    Chief Executive, Fire Service College

    Sally joined the Fire Service College from HM Treasury in July 2006 and has driven forward business transformation.

    Sally is a qualified and experienced teacher, educationalist, HR and organisational development professional, with experience of leading change and delivering high performing customer-focused services.

    She held senior roles within a range of public services including NHS, the Housing Corporation and Local Government and Treasury.

    Image Paul Hayden   Chief Fire Officer Paul Hayden, MA, MSc, MIFireE
    Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service

    Paul Hayden became the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service in 2005. In 2002, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Officer in Norfolk, with responsibility for Integrated Risk Management.

    Mr Hayden also has a number of Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA) national responsibilities. He chairs the CFOA Inland Water Strategic Group, represents CFOA on the Environment Agency Strategic Working Group and is an advisor to the Local Government Association on water matters. During the summer 2007 floods, he established and led the CFOA Flood Support Team.

    Colin Berghouse



    Colin Berghouse
    Lead on the National Flood Emergencies Programme, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

    Colin leads on the national Flood Emergencies Programme and is primarily responsible for overseeing the long-term improvement in national and local flood emergency response planning and capability to respond to severe wide-area flooding. Whilst he currently works within the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), he started his career in the Victorian State Government in Melbourne, working in fire management planning and wetland assessments before moving to the UK in 1993.

    His work in UK flood and coastal risk management is preceded by ten years of business development, business planning and corporate affairs both within the Environment Agency and in Groundwork UK.
    His direct involvement in the recent Government response to the review into the 2007 floods has added to his portfolio: the development of the National Flood Emergency Framework and delivering the Government’s commitment to put in place a national flood rescue capability.

    He is chair of the project board responsible for reservoir inundation (flood) mapping of some 2,100 large reservoirs in England and will lead the preparations for a UK national flood exercise in March 2011.

    Greg Slater  

    Greg Slater
    Deputy Director General, NSW State Emergency Service, Australia

    Greg Slater was born on 18 November 1962 in Sydney. In 1981 he joined the Australian Federal Police in Eastern Region. In 1982 he transferred to ACT Region where he undertook further training at the Australian Federal Police College, Weston. Upon graduation he was posted to General Duties and the Police Rescue Squad, where he served until 1986.

    From 1986 to 1987 he served with the 25th and 26th Contingents of the Australian Civilian Police, attached to the UN Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) where he was awarded the AFP Commissioners and the UN Force Commanders’ Commendation for brave conduct.

    In 1987 he returned to the ACT where he recommenced duties with the Australian Federal Police Rescue Squad. He developed the Service’s capability in Vertical Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Search and Rescue Co-ordination and Disaster Victim Identification. He was also involved in the development of leadership, team building and survival training for senior Australasian Police undertaking MOSC (Management of Serious Crime) studies.

    From 1992 to 1994 he returned to General Policing where he also served as a member of the AFP's Special Operations Team. In 1994 he transferred to Norfolk Island Police, where he served for three years.

    In May 1998 he commenced service with the NSW State Emergency Service as Division Controller, Oxley on the NSW Mid North Coast. During the April 1999 Sydney Hailstorm he led the Vertical Rescue Task Force, which co-ordinated the multi-agency technical response to high rise buildings in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. In March 2001 he was the SES Operational Controller for the Mid North Coast Floods in Oxley Division, where he led the Service’s response operations in the Kempsey area.

    He re-entered the Australian Federal Police in May 2001 and was posted as a member of the Australian Civilian Police 6th detachment for the UN Transitional Administration East Timor (UNTAET). His main focus was the provision of Investigations, Emergency Management and Operations training for senior officers of the fledgling Timor Lerosae (East Timor) Police Service. He led the Investigations Team and later undertook the role of District Operations Controller in the Viqueque District of East Timor.

    He assumed the appointment of Deputy Director General (DDG) of the NSW SES on August 23, 2004 at the SES Headquarters, based in Wollongong. His role as DDG includes operations management as the Deputy State Operations Controller, the leadership and development of the Service’s 17 Region Controllers and membership of the Service’s Senior Executive Group.

    His emergency management education includes studies through the Emergency Management Australia Institute, in the fields of Emergency Operations, Civil Defence Operations, Emergency Risk Management and Exercise Management. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Sydney.

    He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, Australian Road Rescue Organisation, Institute of Public Administration Australia, United Nations Police Association of Australia, the Australian Bravery Association and University of Sydney Alumni.

    Paul Davies



    Paul Davies
    Deputy Head of the Flood Forecasting Centre

    Chief Hydro Meteorologist for England and Wales and Deputy Head of the new Flood Forecasting Centre in London, Paul Davies has a wealth of knowledge and experience in weather forecasting and warning delivery.

    From 2003-2007, Paul was Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, responsible for the management of the National Severe Weather Warning Service in the UK and Met Office operational forecasts.

    Key to his role was the development of forecast messages and ensuring they were communicated effectively to a wide range of customers, including government, category 1 and 2 responders and businesses.

    He was also Advisor to the Windstorm section of PREVIEW (a European Commission FP6 Integrated Project for natural and industrial risk management) as well as MeteoAlarm (A European National Met Service collaborative warning service) and is currently a member of the WMO expert group on disaster management.

    Paul led the Met Office in developing forecast methodology of extreme precipitation in response to the 2007 flooding events. A major component of this work involved liaising with the Environment Agency to ensure seamless warning delivery. This work, in particular, has stood him in good stead to manage his role as Deputy Head of the Flood Forecasting Centre – one of the recommendations of the Pitt Review. The Centre, which went live on April 1,this year, is a partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office, combining their meteorology and hydrology expertise to forecast for river, tidal and coastal flooding as well as extreme rainfall which may lead to surface water flooding.

    Peter Glerum  

    Peter Glerum
    Deputy Director, Project Leader EU-Floodex, Leader for EU Flood Exercise 2009, The Netherlands

    After studying rural planning at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, Peter decided in 1990 to become a fire officer. He is now certificated as commander (equal to senior divisional officer).

    Peter also studied at the Netherlands School of Public Administration for a master’s degree in Crisis and Disaster Management.

    He worked in several functions for the regional fire brigade Haaglanden (the city of the Hague and surroundings) until 2003.This involved combined operational work as a duty officer, chemical adviser and staff officer in disaster management, with office work as Head of Training and Head of Disaster Management Planning.

    Since 2004, Peter has been appointed as Co-ordinator of Fire Services at the National Operational Centre; A newly established co-ordination centre for disaster management on a national level.

    In the centre his main responsibilities are the strategic operational advice and the planning and preparation for nationwide disasters as floods, pandemic flu and power loss. He is also responsible for the national crisis plan for flooding and project leader for the proposal of the EU exercise floodex2009 -  An EU-exercise, with the Netherlands as host nation.

    Terry Brewer  

    Terry Brewer
    Chief Executive, Firebuy

    Terry is CEO of Firebuy, the organisation established to undertake national procurement in the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS). He drafted a National Procurement Strategy (NPS) for the FRS which was launched formally by the Department for Communities & Local Government on November 2, 2005. He reports directly to the Firebuy Board of Directors on all policy, project and contract matters.

    His role is to deliver the policies and processes listed in NPS including: Raising of standards and improving the efficiency of vehicles and equipment; Consideration of diversity issues so that equipment and clothing meets the needs of an evolving workforce; Improved contract management arrangements; Clear lines of communication between the FRS and industry; and a drive towards sustainable and environmentally ethical procurement.

    Before joining Firebuy, Terry was Head of Procurement at London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), responsible for a purchasing budget of over £20m.  He began working at LFEPA in 1986 and his responsibilities included co-ordination of the Authority’s PFI/PPP strategy. He was also interim CEO of Firebuy from late 2005, throughout 2006 and up to his appointment as CEO in June 2007.

    He has wide experience in strategic procurement and local government having worked for the Greater London Council Supplies Department up to its abolition as well as LFEPA. On joining LFEPA, Terry’s initial posting was as Command Finance Officer for North Area and then as Head of Accounts Section before being appointed as Principal Administrative Officer in LFEPA’s Eastern Command. He was transferred to the Directorate of Technical and Property Services in 1998 and appointed Head of Procurement Services in June 2001, following a re-organisation of the Authority’s top level management.

    Terry project managed LFEPA’s vehicles and equipment PFI pathfinder project from the beginning and was responsible for putting together and submitting the pathfinder application form to the Home Office in January 1997. The contract for this project was signed on 16 November 2000 with the service starting on February 14, 2001.

    Bas Kolen  

    Bas Kolen
    Senior Advisor Disaster Management, HKV Consultants

    Since 1999 Bas Kolen has been consulting government organisations on how to prepare for flooding and other water-related disasters, and how to cope with mass evacuation in case of flooding. He is also working on his PhD research about evacuation management at the Free University of Amsterdam.

    The last years Bas has developed several flooding scenarios in the Netherlands including the, ‘Worst Credible Floods’. Based on these scenarios, he did research about the possibilities of preventive evacuation of coastal and river areas and the corresponding national and regional management of such an evacuation. These scenarios have been used for disaster management planning in The Netherlands. Bas has been involved in the development of a national ‘Flood Co-ordination Commission’, which alarms and advises the government about possible flooding and possible measures based on weather and water-level predictions, and the development of a Flood Information WArning System (FLIWAS). He has also developed a disaster management plan for mass evacuation, which describes the role of all national departments, an evacuation gaming instrument (SPOEL) and a prototype of an evacuation planning system (LEM).

    During the presentation he will discuss a model for crisis management in case of a possible extreme flood. He will describe how (uncertain) predictions of extreme water levels are related to crisis management and decision making with several stakeholders (government, companies, citizens), when there is a shortage of time and supplies.