SES Volunteer's Association of Western Australia Incorporated

One Association - Many Values

03/05/2024 – SESVA Committee Members new and retiring

Welcome to Hugh Bryan, Moora SES Local Manager

Hugh joined the Moora SES in 1983 and was appointed Local Coordinator of the unit in 1995. He was thrown in the deep end when Moora was flooded in March, March, May and again in August 1999.

Hugh has subsequently attended many incidents, training and exercises throughout the region over his 40 plus years of service.

Hugh received a FESA Recognition Award following the Moora following the Moora floods and was awarded the second Clasp to the Australian National Medal presented to him in 2022.

Hugh’s passion is giving back to the community by volunteering and supporting others who want to give back to community in the same, worthwhile way.

Farewell and thankyou to long-serving member Steve Cable, Local Manager, Kalbarri SES

Steve has been an inspiring source of experience and wisdom for the Committee, representing the Midwest- Gascoyne region for almost 10 years. Although he steps down from the role, we know his support will be there when needed.

Steve joined the SES in Karratha 1985 where he served as the Rescue Officer and then Local Manager for 20 years and also served as a member of the SES Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) during this time.

Steve has experienced and organised the response to hundreds of vehicle crashes, cliff rescues, searches, storm damage, floods and major cyclone events (Tropical Cyclone Bobby and Vance).

When Steve moved to Kalbarri in 2006 he joined the local SES unit, where he assisted to build the unit into a professional emergency response group. He was appointed Rescue Officer and has been Local Manager since 2010.

Tropical Cyclones followed Steve from the Pilbara and led the local response to TC Seroja in 2021. In addition, Steve is an instructor in nearly all SES disciplines and travels throughout the region running courses.

Steve’s passion and dedication will be missed by the Management Committee.

Thank you for your service Steve!

Farewell and thankyou to retiring member Kerry Watts (Keys), Pingelly SES

Kerry is a motivational leader who has built a reputation for staging some excellent multi-service and multi-unit region- al exercises in the Upper Great Southern region where she has represented the Committee for the past two years.

Kerry joined the SES as a member of the Swan unit in 1997, and held the position of Deputy Manager (Logistics) under the leadership of Paul Shakes OAM.

She spent 3 years there before moving to Jurien Bay and helped at Moora when they needed. On returning back to Perth in 2009, after moving a couple more times, she joined the Gosnells Unit until moving again where she trans- ferred to the Pingelly SES in 2015.

Kerry is moving back to the metropolitan area and has been a strong advocate for the SES volunteers in the Upper Great Southern region where she been the SESVA Management Committee since February 2022.  Kerry leaves big shoes to fill.

Thank you for your service Kerry!