Les and Simon join the SESVA team
Les Hayter ESM
Les Hayter ESM will take on the role of SESVA Management Committee Member for the Goldfields Midlands region, effective as of 8 June until the SESVA AGM.
Les is an active SES member and current Training Manager for the Margaret River SES Unit. He is also undertaking support to a number of active TRK projects, namely the General Rescue Intermediate/Advanced training and the Training Manager TRK, so he is able to get a good insight into what is happening with SES training and development.
Les is confident that his 13 years on staff in SES training roles with FESA/DFES and also his time as an active SES volunteer/trainer and leader in a number of SES Units (Swan, Karratha and Margaret River) will be of considerable benefit to a core of dedicated volunteer members within the 12 regions across WA.
Les is well known to SES members having had extensive training involvement and exposure particularly with SES members who have been around for some time. Les is looking forward to renewing connections with SES members in his role and is hopeful of their support for his efforts
Simon Robinson was appointed SESVA Management Committee Member for the North Coastal region at the June 2023 Management Committee meeting. His appointment is effective from 8 June until the SESVA AGM.
Simon arrived in Australia in 2009 after spending a few years working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector. He studied for the Training and Assessing qualification and worked for the Department of Justice in the Kimberley. Simon joined the Derby SES unit in 2017 and after returning to Perth Simon joined the newly formed Two Rocks Unit as Communications and Fundraising Officer, before moving to the Pilbara where he joined the Karratha SES.
While in the Pilbara region, he helped kick start the Roebourne Districts SES Unit out of its dormancy where he helped train new members, and ran the communications, media, training and asset management whilst permanent volunteers were brought on board.
Simon returned to the Two Rocks Unit whilst working as an emergency response trainer and assessor specialising in fire, search, rescue, breathing apparatus, heights, confined spaces, ropes and first aid. He is based in Perth but frequently travels to Rio Tinto sites to train their Emergency Service Officers.
Simon is keen to share what the SES Volunteers Association is all about and how it can help individuals at a unit level and why the SESVA is so important for getting volunteers seen and heard at high-level meetings across the state with various stakeholders.