About Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC conducts coordinated and interdisciplinary research, including work with communities, to improve disaster resilience and reduce the human, social, economic and environmental costs from bushfires and other natural hazards.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC undertakes vital research to support the development of cohesive, evidence-based policies, strategies and tools to build a disaster-resilient Australia. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC provides a long-term research base that directly supports our emergency services as they work to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters.

Dr John Bates
Dr John Bates Research Director
Leanne Beattie Executive Assistant to the CEO
Dr Desiree Beekharry
Dr Desiree Beekharry Core Research Program Manager
Loriana Bethune
Loriana Bethune Maternity leave
David Boxshall Research Program Support Officer
David Bruce
David Bruce Communications Director
Greg Christopher Utilisation and DELWP Program Manager
Trevor Essex
Trevor Essex Business Manager
Laurie Hammond
Dr Laurie Hammond Independent Chairman
Costa Haritos Communications Assistant
Catrin Harris Graphic Designer
Dr Matt Hayne
Dr Matthew Hayne Research Utilisation Manager
Nathan Maddock
Nathan Maddock Communications Manager
Sarah Mizzi
Sarah Mizzi Partnership Development Director
Amy Mulder Communications Officer (Events)
Vaia Smirneos
Vaia Smirneos Maternity leave
Kelsey Tarabini Research Utilisation Program Support Officer
Dr Richard Thornton Chief Executive Officer
Gabriel Zito Communications Assistant