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Ben is a specialist in risk, resilience and process improvement. His first career spanned 24 years in the Australian Army, with the majority of that time spent in the Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment.
In this capacity, Ben served on multiple operational deployments and was decorated for leadership in action. He concluded his service as Commanding Officer of the SAS. Ben is a highly regarded thought leader and sought-after public speaker, particularly on the reduction of risk and on leadership in high-pressure situations. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Board member for VGI Partners and a Patron of the Military Art Program Australia. Alongside Tim, Ben also co-hosts the Unforgiving60 podcast.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master in Defence Studies (with Distinction) from Kings College, London and a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from the University of Western Australia. He is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.
Tim is a strategist, negotiator and adaptive business leader with more than 20 years of management experience. He is a highly-regarded thought leader, particularly on the reduction of operational risk and the management of critical incidents.
Tim’s first career was in the Australian Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment, where his experience included designing and implementing the counter-terrorist response arrangements for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Tim was the United Nations lead elections planner for the 2005 Afghanistan Parliamentary Elections. Between 2006-14 he was based in Dubai as a Managing Director of global companies providing integrated medical, security, logistics, aviation and consulting services. Tim continues to personally advise clients through some of the highest profile corporate crises globally. Alongside Ben, Tim also co-hosts the Unforgiving60 podcast.
Tim holds a Master of Business Administration and numerous undergraduate qualifications. He is the independent Risk Advisor to a multi-donor peace fund and an Advisory Board Member for Starlight Children’s Foundation in Western Australia.
PRACTICE MANAGER – EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Andy has a deep background in fire and emergency services, which is complemented with a strong passion for improving frontline response and global experience in training delivery.
Andy’s first career was a firefighter within Victoria, Australia, where he gained experience in both rural and metropolitan firefighting skills. Since 2011, he has worked within the resources sector, initially as an underground mining operator and Emergency Response Team (ERT) member. His capability and passion in this area led him to more senior positions within the Emergency Response (ER) field and he was employed in a variety of roles including Emergency Services Officer (ESO), Emergency Response Coordinator and Medic. Since 2016, Andy has dedicated his efforts towards training ER capabilities, with clients across the world. Based on his deep understanding of best practice in this area, Andy is able to rapidly benchmark existing client capability and provide practical and appropriate training and recommendations tailored to the unique requirements of the site, geographical location and regulatory environment. Andy has delivered training and capability assignments globally, with recent engagements including Alaska, Papua New Guinea and Mongolia, as well as a wide variety of surface and underground engagements throughout Australia.
Andy possesses a Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety, a Certificate IV in Health Care (Pre-Ambulance Care) and Certificate III in Mine Emergency Response Rescue (including all electives).
ASSOCIATE – PROGRAMS
Jenn is a management professional with experience working in various industries across Western Australia.
She has a particular interest in designing and delivering high quality opportunities that focus on leadership, resilience; team building, and the skills needed to achieve and maintain elite performance.
Jenn is an Associate at Mettle and enjoys working across the practice areas of crisis management, leadership, resilience, and strategic advisory. Jenn spent her early career in community development and child protection roles, with a background in social sciences, she a strong understanding of and interest in human behaviour. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations (National Security, Graduate Diploma in International Relations, Graduate Certificate in International Health an undergraduate in Social Sciences and various certificates in mental health and drug and alcohol studies.
While raising three children, she has consulted on health and leadership development projects for the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME), Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Leadership WA and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation. She has also volunteered in various roles, including with the State Emergency Services. In 2018, she joined the board of a Living Child Inc. a small not-for-profit organisation providing child and maternal health care in Papua New Guinea.
Emily has extensive experience spanning the execution of Leadership, Crisis, Emergency and Business Continuity Management training for a wide range of clients across various sectors, including mining and resources, government, not-for-profit and aged care.
She additionally plays an extensive role with social media co-ordination, events, ecommerce, graphic design, marketing and branding.
Emily is presently completing a double degree in Law and International Relations and has been awarded with several letters of commendation for academic excellence. Emily has a keen interest in mining and petroleum law, foreign policy and strategic studies, and is presently leaning towards a career in foreign affairs, international law or security and intelligence.