ACMC welcomes new Assistant Directors

18 Jan 2017

Starting with the New Year, we are pleased to welcome two new specialists to ACMC.

Jane Gillis joins the Concepts and Capability team as Assistant Director Preparedness. Jane comes to ACMC with significant experience in exercises, engagements and assessments. She has served with NSW police, Customs and Border Protection and most recently with Defence. Jane holds a Masters degree in Counter Terrorism and Policing Intelligence from Charles Sturt University, and will be turning her skills to building joined-up civil-military-police capability through preparedness at ACMC.

Vern Andrews adds to the International and Domestic Engagement Directorate as Assistant Director Domestic Engagement. Vern brings extensive expertise in education, training and development, and has previously worked with Defence People Group as a learning analyst and in improving capability at Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Vern has also served extensively with the Army, and received the United Nations Medal for service in East Timor. He holds a Bachelor of Training and Development from the University of New England, a Master of Adult Education and is currently completing a Master of Educational Leadership, both with the University of Wollongong.

ACMC Executive Director Dr Alan Ryan said he was very pleased with the appointments and added,

“These two new staff members bring valuable and fresh perspectives to the business of promoting joined-up government preparedness for offshore deployments.”

“Investing in education and preparedness is essential if Australian government departments and agencies are to respond rapidly and effectively to crises. In 2017 we will be focusing our efforts on improving the integration of whole-of-government capability.”