FBF Keynote Presenters – Sydney

Jeremy Russell-Smith
Jeremy Russell-Smith has more than 35 years’ experience researching savanna fire ecology, carbon market, ecosystem services, and associated livelihood opportunities for land managers and Indigenous (Aboriginal) communities in northern Australia and neighbouring countries.

Over the past 20 years Jeremy has been involved with the development of savanna burning greenhouse gas emissions abatement and carbon sequestration methods and projects in northern Australia, and most recently in southern Africa. From 2014 he has been the lead researcher for a suite of projects undertaken under the ‘Northern Hub’ of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre focused on ‘Building capacity in north Australian remote communities’. A key output of that recent work is a book recently published by Taylor and Francis, Sustainable land sector development in northern Australia: Indigenous rights, aspirations, and cultural responsibilities.

Jeremy gained a PhD in 1986 from the Australian National University, Canberra, and holds the position of Professor of Fire Ecology at Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

Neil Burrows
Neil Burrows has more than 35 years’ experience working with Western Australian government conservation and land management agencies as an applied bushfire scientist primarily in forest and desert ecosystems.

Neil up in the Murchison region of Western Australia then graduated from the Australian National University in Canberra in 1977. He completed his PhD on “Experimental development of a fire management model for jarrah forest”.

He has considerable experience as a science manager including managing the Western Australia Wildlife Research Centre and 14 years as Director of Science Division in government environment departments. He has recently retired as Senior Principal Research Scientist (fire) with the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife. He remains an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, School of Plant Biology.

Anne Leadbeater
Anne Leadbeater’s work with communities impacted by fire, flood, cyclone and drought was recognized with her receiving the Order of Australia medal in 2014. Anne is currently director of her own company that specialises in the design and delivery of community disaster recovery programs that focus on community resilience.

In the past she has had roles with the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner, Victoria, and as the Community Engagement Manager with the Murrindindi Shire Council, Victoria. Following the 2009 Black Saturday fires, Anne worked on behalf of the Council to coordinate the initial recovery efforts for the Kinglake Ranges communities. The recovery model that developed was subsequently highlighted as a case study in the final report of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Anne completed a Master of Social Science with RMIT on the role of community leadership in disaster recovery. Anne remains a resident of Kinglake, Victoria, where she raises Suffolk sheep.