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Graeme Newton

Lead Partner, Crisis Management

Deloitte Australia Expertise:  Crisis Management, Natural disaster recovery, Strategic planning and major program delivery, major infrastructure project management, business resilience, crisis simulation and mentoring, public sector leadership.

Graeme leads Deloitte’s Australian Crisis Management business, including the firm’s Centre of Excellence for Crisis Management for the South East Asia region. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the world renowned Queensland Reconstruction Authority, being responsible for the $14 billion reconstruction program for disasters from 2010-2014. Graeme has over 14 years of experience as a Senior Executive, with eight years as a CEO. He is a highly qualified and experienced executive leader with a global view and a proven background in delivery among complexity, with key strengths in transformation and building high performing teams. In January 2011, Graeme was hand-picked to be the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s first Chief Executive Officer to oversee the biggest recovery and reconstruction effort the nation has ever faced. Graeme led with passion and commitment and under his leadership the Queensland recovery was delivered in a timely fashion, with the State emerging stronger and more resilient to future disaster events

Private Sector Partnership in Disaster Recovery and Resilience.

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QQuestion by Mr Iain MacKenzie

Critical infrastructure, supplies and services can be wholly reliant on private enterprise, often large national or multi-nationals.
How can those with DM responsibility at a local level best engage with large private interests who may or may not be represented at the local level? What are the levers of influence that can enable these partnerships to be forged and nurtured before the event?

Mr Iain MacKenzie Inspector-General Emergency Management | Office of Inspector-General Emergency Management

APosted on 16 Nov 2015

Thanks Iain for your excellent question.
From discussions with infrastructure providers and other major providers of services and supplies, there is a real desire to have a more active engagement. While it may sound simple, DM reps should just start a dialogue and just ask for them to be involved.
Busineses that exist in areas that are prone to natural disasters see themselves as part of the community, and will want to accelerated their recovery. These businesses, regardless of size, will welcome a positive dialogue with the DM leaders in the local area. By involving these businesses in disaster preparation activities, including exercisies and briefings, will enhance the relationships and contacts before an event strikes. Such relationships will allow a much more effective response and recovery.
For those businesses that are not located in an area that may experience disasters, but have a capability that can assist, again, early dialogue is worthwhile. Logistics companies, equipment providers (eg temp accom, water treatment) and professional service providers will all welcome early dialogue, with the prospect of being available should their capability be required. This arrangement can be done through standing offer arrangements or select tender lists.
These sentiments are well reflected in the work done at the Auckland consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit in June this year. I was fortunate to attend and helped facilitate the session on Private Sector Participation - here's the web link to the Co-Chairs' Report (refer to item 6):