SESVA Committee Members

Gordon Hall | President | 0427 002 702 | |

Gordon started as a volunteer with the Swan Unit of the State Emergency Service in late 1993 and during that time was involved in a number of searches and operations including the 1994 Perth storms, 1999 Moora Floods and deployment to Exmouth for cyclone Vance. Gordon has been involved in the Association since 1995 and has been served as a Consultative Committee representative and was appointed to the first FESA Board as the Representative from the State Emergency Service.

Gordon joined FESA as a Regional Director for the SES in 1999 and up until his retirement in late 2011 he was involved in many roles for FESA at a state and national level including the National and State tsunami planning, key operations, and corporate governance and strategic planning. The tsunami project was recognised and awarded at both a national and international level.

Duties of the President
The President has the responsibility to ensure the successful functioning of the Association, the attainment of its objectives and the adherence to the constitution.  The President, as the name implies, presides at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.

Dave Beard | Vice President | 0419 754 464 | |

Dave has been a volunteer member holding various positions within the Rockingham Kwinana Unit after joining in 1984, his currently position in the unit is Rescue Manager.  Dave was one of the original WAVES committee members and served on the Association for many years and rejoined the Association last April after a short break.  Dave has  been appointed Deputy Unit Manager Operations for Rockingham Kwinana unit.

Duties of the Vice-President

The Vice-President is required to take on any of the Presidential duties when invited to do so by the President or when the President is, for reasons unable to undertake those duties. If, for any reason, the President's office falls vacant, the Vice-Presidents should act as interim President until a new one is elected.

Lin Booth | Secretary | 0428 612 480 | |

Lin has been a volunteer in the Mundaring Unit of the State Emergency Service since March 2000.  During his time in the SES Lin has been a Deputy Local Manager (2002-2004), Local Manager (2004-2010) and is currently the Training Manager for the Unit. He is also a Field Search Controller.  This has resulted in Lin being involved in a number of searches and operations in Western Australia.  Lin is a Senior Assessor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, USAR, Communications, Chainsaw, Storm Damage and is also a Trainer/Assessor in Basic General Rescue, 4WD Recovery, 4WD Off Road Driving and Search Team Leader.  Lin has been involved in training with several units in the Pilbara, and the metropolitan area.

Duties of the Secretary:
The Secretary is the principal administrative officer of the Association and is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Association. The Secretary prepares, in consultation with the President, meeting agendas.   The Secretary is required to attend Association meeting and take minutes for distribution to members.

John Capes OAM | Treasurer, Editor and Webmaster | 0407 429 554 | |

John has been a volunteer member of the SES for 30 years and originally joined the Wanneroo SES unit. John held a number of positions in the Wanneroo unit including six years as Local Manager.  In recent years John has focused his service to the SES Volunteer Association. John was the inaugural Association President and then held the position of Vice President.  As Treasurer John has the responsibly of managing the Associations finances and as Editor he produces the Associations publications which include the journal, dairy and calendar.  John is also is a member of the FESA Board and sits on a number of Committees including Finance.

Duties of the Treasurer

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the Association. The Treasurer receives and deposits monies, maintains records, presents accounts, in the form of a report, at each meeting and the Annual general meeting.

David Price | Midlands Region | 0406 991 059 | |

David has been a member of the SES since 1987 and originally joined the Rockingham SES unit, now it’s the Rockingham-Kwinana unit. David started in the Rescue Section of the unit and then moved to the Communications Section obtaining the positions of Senior Operator and then Deputy Section Leader. The last ten years David has been the Training Manager of the Unit and has been promoted to Deputy Manager for Training, Logistics and Compliance. Including on two occasions being an acting Operations and Training Officer at the Metropolitan Regional Headquarters. In 2003 David Joined the SESVA and in 2006 became the Vice President of the VA and in 2009 was elected to President and held that position for the last four years. in 2013 David was appointed as the Regional Representative for the Midlands Region. 

Goomalling SES
Merredin SES
Northam SES
Moora SES
Koorda SES

Phillip Petersen ESM | Metro South East | 0409 048 898 | |

Phillip has been a SES volunteer since 1982, serving with Mandurah, Karratha and Gosnells units, including as Local Manager at Gosnells 1993-1997.  Phillip is an instructor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, First Aid and Road Crash Rescue. He was the inaugural coach for the National Road Crash Rescue West Australian SES teams.

Phillip was the SES Volunteers Association President from 1999-2009. He acknowledges that one of his proudest moments as President was accepting the WA Citizen of the Year Gold Swan Award 2007 on behalf of WA SES volunteers. He also served on the SES Consultative Committee in that time.
He was awarded Emergency Services Medal (ESM) in Australian Honours in 2005 and is a proud winner of the Peter Keilor Award 2006 (Outstanding SES volunteer).


Mundaring SES
Canning/South Perth SES
Kalamunda SES
Gosnells SES
Armadale SES

Keith Squibb | Pilbara and Kimberly | 0448 345 801 | |

Keith has been a volunteer member of the SES for some 25 years, starting out with Stirling SES Unit. He was a member of the rescue team in this unit until he took on the role of Local Manager. Through work he transferred to the Geraldton Unit helping out in various roles until taking up the position as Local Manager. A while later he took a break from SES for some 4 years until the Geraldton Unit sort his return. On returning he held the position of training manager and later co-Deputy Local Manager until he transferred to Karratha Unit due to employment relocation. Keith has been in the Karratha Unit approximately 2 years and currently holds the Training Manager role. Keith actively assists units throughout the Pilbara in regional training.

Pilbara District

Hedland SES
Karratha SES
Onslow VES
Exmouth SES
Tom Price SES
Newman SES
Marble Bar VES
Roebourne SES

Trevor Patton | Kimberly | 0419 968 203 | |

During Trevor’s 27 years at the Karratha SES Unit he has had a number of roles including rescue team member, rescue team leader and rescue officer. During this period Trevor attended many large operations such as the 1997 Ashburton River floods in 1997, numerous Cyclones (TC Bobby/Vance) and Land Search operations. Trevor has been a key organiser in setting up and coordinating the Pilbara Regions annual training weekends (PILEX).  Trevor was the deputy Local Manager in 2006 and was appointed Local Manager in 2007. Trevor represented the Pilbara on the SES Consultative Committee for 3 years and in 2010 was the winner of the 2010 Peter Keilor Award

Broome SES
Kununurra SES
Derby SES
Wyndham VES

Lloyd Storey | Midwest Gascoyne | |

Lloyd Storey joined the Stirling SES in 2001 as Rescue Manager until he transferred to Geraldton-Greenough SES unit in 2012. He is currently appointed as Training Manager for the unit. Lloyd have specialised as a dog handler and in Vertical Rescue. He is also an experienced trainer in a number of areas and regularly assists in running courses. He has a strong sense of community spirit and is willing to help anyone at any time. He is looking forward to representing the Midwest region.

Useless Loop SES
Morawa SES
Carnarvon SES
Coastal Districts SES
Geraldton-Greenough SES
Kalbarri SES
Shark Bay SES

Brian (bluey) Renehan | Lower South West | 0438 897 140 | |

Brian joined the SES Mandurah Unit in 1985 following the love of my life Gerry and transferred to Northern Territory Emergency Service in Alice Springs.  He became an Instructor in 4wd and along with Gerry became part of the speedway cutting crew.  Brian Has been on the Volunteer Association  as a  Representative for approximately 5 years.  Brian has very strong principles regarding the SES volunteers and will his my very best to assist in the South West wherever possible.


Donnybrook SES
Australind SES
Manjimup SES
Nannup SES
Augusta-Margaret River SES
Bridgetown SES
Walpole SES

Bernie McNamara ESM | Metro Central | 0438 983 911 | |

Bernie Joined the SES as a volunteer in Carnarvon after Cyclone Ingrid in 1970 He worked his way up through the ranks and was appointed as Local Manager in 1977. In private life he was a Surveyor and banana grower, he also served several terms as a Councillor for the Shire of Carnarvon.  In 1985 he was the first volunteer appointed to a staff position when he was made Regional Co-ordinator for the Gascoyne-Murchison based in Carnarvon. In 1988 he was transferred to Perth as Regional Co-ordinator for Metro South based at Mt. Hawthorn. He also did a short stint as R.C. for the Midlands Region in 1990. During his time at Mt. Hawthorn he served a term as a staff member on the Consultative Committee.

In 1999 the Mt. Hawthorn Office was closed and Bernie was transferred to Belmont where he remained until his retirement in 2002.  He then joined Melville as a Volunteer where he remains today. In 2009 he was awarded the Emergency Service Medal in the Australian Honours list.  Bernie was also a member of the SES Peer Support team for several years. Bernie is also a Life Member of the SESVA

Bassendean SES
Belmont/Victoria Park SES
Coms Support
Mounted Section
Peer Support
Regional Ops Support
Swan SES

Kylie Griffen | Metro South Coastal | 0410 020 873 | |

Kylie Griffin is a member of the Cockburn SES joining the unit in 2005, training as a Rescue member with qualifications in various areas including General Rescue, Storm Damage, Search Team member Operations and Communications just to name a few. Kylie is also a dual member of The South Coogee Bushfire Brigade for the past 3 years and currently holds the office of secretary.

Rockingham-Kwinana SES
Melville SES
Cockburn SES
Serpentine-Jarrahdale SES
Mandurah SES

Chris Widmer | South West | 0409 762 222 | |

Chris joined the SES in late March 1978, his first operation was as a ‘newby’ during Cyclone Alby in Bunbury.  He has remained a member of the Bunbury Unit since that time, serving in various positions.  During his time in the SES, Chris believes that he has been very fortunate to have received the Peter Keillor Award in 2000 and the Emergency Services Medal in the Australia Day awards of 2002.  He has also received the National Medal plus clasp, plus the SES long service medal and 30 year clasp. As he has served as a District Officer for over 17 years and has spent the best part of a year acting as Superintendent with FESA/DFES, he has also been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from DFES.  Chris now works as the Team Leader – Community Safety and Emergency Management with the City of Bunbury and is married with three adult kids.  His wife Karen and Son Keaton are also long serving SES volunteers.

Boddington SES
Bunbury SES
Busselton SES
Collie SES
Harvey SES
Murray  SES
Waroona SES

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