FACILITATOR PROFILES

Rachel Davidson

Organisational Consultant and Psychologist

Mark Dobson 

Firefighter - Fire & Rescue NSW

Rachael is an Organisational Consultant and Psychologist responsible for the design and delivery of a range of assessment and organisational development projects to clients in both the public and private sectors. Rachael started her career as a Consultant Psychologist with ValueEdge. Since then she has run her own consulting practice and has worked as an HR and L&D professional with the federal government and with private sector organisations. She has experience in leadership, capability mapping and frameworks, team and individual development, specialist selection, psychological assessment, performance coaching and group facilitation.

Mark is a firefighter with Fire & Rescue NSW and Workplace mental health pioneer. He was awarded a Queen’s Birthday honour in 2020 for creating a world class mental health framework for Fire & Rescue NSW, CEO & Founder of Ordinary Courage. Mark has collaborated with the Black Dog Institute and Beyond Blue and  is widely recognised as a leading expert in the field of workplace mental health, and has devoted the past 30 years to researching, developing and implementing workplace mental health programs. Mark founded Ordinary Courage to help businesses establish leading mental health initiatives to improve staff engagement and productivity by empowering leaders.

Erin Smith 

Associate Professor,

 Disaster and Emergency Response 

Kevin Smith

Leadership development consultant

Erin Smith is an Associate Professor in Disaster and Emergency Response has extensive experience teaching and researching within the multidisciplinary fields of prehospital and disaster response. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine where she also holds the positions of Convenor of the Psychosocial Special Interest Group and Deputy Chair of the Oceania Chapter. Erin currently volunteers as a Research Consultant with The Code 9 Foundation, a charity established to help first responders with mental health illness support each other through both face-to-face and online peer-to-peer support. Erin also writes a monthly column "Let's Talk Mental Health" for the Australian Emergency Services Magazine. She is a member of the Research Committee of the Australian and New Zealand College of Paramedicine (ANZCP), a Research Mentor for the ANZCP's mentor scheme and a member of the Victoria Chapter of Paramedics Australasia (PA). Erin sits on the Editorial Boards of the journals Prehospital and Disaster Medicine and the Journal of High Threat and Austere Medicine. She is an active peer reviewer and is widely published in the literature. Recognised around the world for her research on the long-term impact on the 9/11 first responders, Erin is passionate about exploring the mental health challenges associated with disaster and prehospital response.

Kevin has 30 years’ experience working with government agencies and businesses designing and facilitating interventions with the purpose of clarifying issues, gathering and analysing evidence and developing and evaluating sustainable solutions. As a leadership development consultant he brings experience internationally and in Australia designing, delivering and evaluating leadership development programs for leaders at every level in the organisation. Through affiliations with Harvard University Business School consulting arm Truepoint Inc. and Core Leadership Institute in Boston he brings access to best practice and contemporary thinking around leadership.

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