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Dr Wayne Gregson APM, OAM


Wayne Gregson graduated from the WA Police Academy in 1980.  He rose through the ranks as a general duties officer and detective, prior to being promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2004.  He served as Portfolio head of the Metropolitan Region, Frontline Services, the Specialist Crime and the Judicial Services.

Dr. Gregson took up the position of CEO of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority in September 2011 to drive organisational and cultural reform in light of the findings of the “Report of the Perth Hills Bushfire.” He resigned from the WA Police to fulfil a permanent appointment as the inaugural Commissioner of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, which commenced operations on 1 November 2012.

Dr Gregson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Philosophy, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a PhD from the Business School of the University of New England. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former Executive Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.  He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2006.  In 2015 he was named IPAA Public Sector Leader of the Year and in 2019 was awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Dr Vince Hughes


Dr Vince Hughes has held senior public-sector roles at the Public-Sector Commission, WA Police, Corruption and Crime Commission and the National Crime Authority. Prior to this he was a police officer in the Republic of Ireland. Vince has published papers in the area of knowledge management and intelligence. He has held Adjunct Associate Professor position with University Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and the university of New England.  He has lectured at both Edith Cowan University in Issues Management, Stakeholder Management, Management and International Human Resources.

He is a former European Kick Boxing Champion (Manchester) and was awarded a  Golden Gloves  boxing trophy (New York).

Vince is a certified executive leadership coach with the International Coach Federation.


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