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Executive Directors

Chief Officer/Chief Executive Officer

Dan Stephens

Dan Stephens joined MFB in 2018. Dan joined MFB from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in the UK where he was Chief Fire Officer for seven years. Dan was the Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Operations Coordination Committee, the strategic lead officer for National Resilience and capability lead officer for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and the UK International Search and Rescue Team (UK ISAR).

Dan was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2015 for service to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Prior to joining the FRS Dan was a soldier in the Third Battalion, The Parachute Regiment from which he was discharged with an Exemplary Service Record.

Deputy Chief Officer - State Capability

Greg Leach

Greg Leach is currently Deputy Chief Officer, State Capability. Greg has been with the MFB for more than four years. Greg has had 32 years of experience in the emergency services, commencing with Country Fire Authority (CFA), where he held senior operational role, then eight years with Ambulance Victoria, where he held senior executive positions, including Regional Manager, Grampians Region.

Greg has an MBA and a Masters in Emergency Management, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Greg has experience as a Level 3 Incident Controller, and has managed large wildfires across Victoria and interstate since 1993, as well as major structure fires and other emergencies including the Longford Gas Plant explosion in 1998. 

Deputy Chief Officer - Operational Response

David Bruce

David Bruce is a Deputy Chief Officer and the Executive Director Operational Response at the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB).

David joined MFB in July 1985 and worked as a firefighter in and around Melbourne until 1991, when he undertook the Station Officers course and was promoted to the rank of Station Officer shortly after. In 1992, David moved to the Fire Protection department of MFB in the area of building compliance and inspection, and then provided written comment to the Victorian Building Commission on building modifications.

From 1995 to 2003 David returned to the fire station environment as the Officer in charge of various stations in the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire District. In 2003, he was promoted to the role of Operations Commander, Western zone. This role involved managing 13 fire stations on a particular platoon, having control of the daily activities and responding to emergencies as required.

In 2009, David led a project team to set the direction for the future of learning and development of staff at MFB. In late 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief Fire Officer and was involved in setting MFB’s strategic direction, as well as providing a senior operational role in emergency management. David performed the role of Regional Controller (Eastern Metro Region) from 2010 to 2014, working with the CFA, DSE and reporting to the Victorian Fire Services Commissioner when the regional fire control team was activated.

David was promoted to Deputy Chief Officer in 2014 and has held the roles of Regional Director North West Metro Region and Regional Director South East Metro Region. In addition to his MFB duties, David performs in the role of MFB Senior Duty Officer and State Agency Commander at the State Control Centre which involves engagement across the emergency services sector. David has acted in the role of Chief Officer on numerous occasions and in this capacity has performed the role of State Response Controller for the state of Victoria.

David is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and throughout his career has continually built upon his knowledge, experience and professional development.

Acting Deputy Chief Officer - Operational Preparedness

Ken Brown AFSM

Ken joined Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Board in 1983. Over his 35 years of service, 29 years have been spent in officer ranks inclusive of six years at the executive levels including in Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) and acting Deputy Chief Officer (ADCO) positions. 

Ken is currently the Acting Deputy Chief Officer and Acting Executive Director Operational Preparedness. Ken’s substantive position is ACFO of the MFB’s technical Operations Department. 

Ken has received an Australian Fire Service Medal, a National Emergency Medal, a National Medal, an MFB Long and Good Service Medal, as well as Chief Officer Commendations for his outstanding response to fires in Middle Park and Yarraville. 

Ken holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management) and a Diploma in Project Management.

Acting Deputy Chief Officer - Community Resilience

Adam Dalrymple AFSM 

Adam Dalrymple has been a member of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) for 34 years. He is the current acting Deputy Chief Officer and acting Executive Director of Community Resilience.

Adam has served the community in all of MFB’s western district fire stations as a Firefighter and Station Officer. He currently holds the substantive rank of Assistant Chief Fire Officer and, as the Director Fire Safety Advocacy is a delegated officer of the Chief Officer for the Building Act.

Adam is a strong advocate for building safety and changing legislation to ensure the safety of residents and emergency services personnel. His advocacy and lead fire service representative roles, on the Victorian Cladding Taskforce and Building Regulations Advisory Committee have been demonstrated in the recent changes to legislation, this has had a direct affect in relation to Melbourne’s high-rise and densely populated communities by working closely with the Victorian Building Authority, municipal building surveyors and building owners to ensure the safety of residents.

Adam is the National President and Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), an affiliate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a current member of the AFAC Built Environment Group and AS2118 (sprinkler) and 4825 (road rail and bus tunnels).

Adam holds a Masters of Management through the Charles Sturt University and earned a Graduate Certificate in Management from CSU Australian Institute of Police Management, Manly NSW. 

Adam also holds a Diploma of Health (OH&S) from Victoria University, an Advanced Diploma in Fire Ground Management and Associate Diploma in Applied Science.

Adam has received an Australian Fire Service Medal, a National Emergency Medal, a National Medal and and MFB Long and Good Service Medal.

He also has been awarded with an Executive Officer Commendation for the Management of the Birrarung Lake Project and  a Board Citation in recognition for the efforts in preparing the evidence for presentation to the State Coroner and a number of inquiries including three Senate enquiries in relation to the Lacrosse Fire Docklands and for the ongoing advocacy to influence regulatory reform in the national and international built environment.

Acting Executive Director -  Governance

Kirstie Schroder


Executive Director -  People and Culture

Elizabeth Holley

Elizabeth is the Executive Director, People and Culture for the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB).

Elizabeth began her career as a critical care and emergency nurse in the United Kingdom, moving to the public health sector in Melbourne and working as a clinical teacher with Alfred Health and Monash University.

After a role in the private health sector as the National Training and Organisational Development Manager for Australian Hospital Care Group, Elizabeth moved into the broader human resources space in Victorian Government, leading a range of functions and establishing and leading the first HR Shared Service across two government departments. 

Elizabeth also served as the Acting Executive Director People and Culture at the Department of Primary Industries, where she also held a leadership role in Organisational Capability.

During her time in Victorian Government Elizabeth completed a Masters in Public Administration and was a member of the Shared Services Governance Board.

Immediately before coming to MFB Elizabeth was the Director People and Culture for one of Victoria’s largest community services providers for families and children, Anglicare Victoria. 

Elizabeth has extensive experience in human resources, culture and change within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and was appointed to the MFB in February 2017.

Acting Executive Director - Corporate Services

Glenn Ockerby

Glenn joined MFB in February 2015 as the Director Corporate Strategy and Performance until October 2016, then acted as Executive Director People and Culture for four months and from July 2017 and is currently the Acting Executive Director Corporate Services.

In 2014 prior to joining the MFB he was the Interim CEO at the Risk Management Institute of Australasia and before that Executive Director Corporate Strategy andPerformance Management at WorkSafe Victoria for seven and a half years. This role also included leading organisation wide service delivery innovation and the oversight of the sector’s research institute.

Glenn spent seven years from 1999 in professional services roles that included Director Performance Management KPMG Australia, Director Ockerg P/L and Associate Director CFO Solutions KPMG Consulting Australia.

Glenn also has extensive experience in the utilities and energy sector as Finance and Commercial Manager at United Energy/Ikon Energy, Manager Value Management at Multinet Gas and Manager Corporate Finance at the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria.

Glenn holds a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy, a Master of Business Administration and is a CPA.

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