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Helen Foster

Helen has over 20 years’ experience in risk, compliance and emergency management in the water industry.  She has also worked in the health sector and federal government and currently holds a NV1 security clearance.

Helen has led organisational incident management teams and was part of state response and recovery teams in major emergencies such as the Victorian Black Saturday, Christmas Day Bushfires and the Queensland and Victorian Floods.

Helen has extensive experience as a conference presenter in Australian and internationally in the fields of emergency management, resilience and cyber security. She has also worked closely with the Federal Government’s Trusted Information Sharing Network and as a member of the Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Helen has been developing training materials and lecturing in post graduate subjects for a number of years.  She presently works with Charles Sturt University’s School of Policing and Security and the Governance Institute of Australia. She has also been a contributor in the development of a number of Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience Handbooks.

Helen has served on the Standards Australia Committee for Risk Management and at present represents Australian on the International Technical Committee for ISO 31000, the Risk Management Standard. She was convenor for the ISO 31000 Risk Management Handbook and is working with an international team in studying the way forward for the Standard.

Helen has a completed a Masters in Emergency Management, and holds other post graduate qualifications in technology (risk management) and quality management. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Information Science, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course.

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