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MFB Appoints New CEO 2014

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28 Mar 2014
The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Service Board (MFB) has announced the appointment of Jim Higgins as its new Chief Executive Officer effective 28 April 2014.

Jim joined the Victorian Department of Human Services in 2008 and is currently serving as Group Executive Director Corporate Services with responsibility for managing a large and multi-sited organisation and key business functions including information management and technology, people and culture, budget and finance and property and asset services.


Prior to this, he spent 13 years with the Queensland Ambulance Service, progressing from Assistant Commissioner to CEO and Commissioner, a role he held for six years. As Commissioner, he was responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and management of this large, state-wide health service.


Jim has extensive experience in a variety of roles in the emergency management sector and also has relevant tertiary qualifications to equip him for the role of CEO of the MFB.


“After conducting an extensive executive search, the Board is very pleased to have secured the services of a senior and experienced executive who combines a strong track record in emergency management with senior roles in the broader public sector,” said Neil Comrie, President of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.


“On behalf of the Board and the organisation, I welcome Jim to MFB. His knowledge and experience will be a considerable asset to the MFB as we pursue a major program of reform designed to improve the safety and well-being of all Victorians.”


Mr Comrie also thanked Russell Eddington, who has done an outstanding job as Acting CEO since early February this year and will resume his duties as Executive Director Corporate Services on Jim taking up his position.

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