Katarina Carroll APM


Katarina Carroll commenced as Acting QFES Commissioner in January 2015and was appointed Commissioner on 1 August 2015.

Commissioner Carroll is responsible for efficiently leading all divisions of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and implementing a renewal process arising out of recommendations made in a number of recent reviews into the organisation.

Ms Carroll has come to QFES from the Queensland Police Service, where she was Assistant Commissioner and Program Executive for the Brisbane G20 Summit in 2014.

Ms Carroll has more than 30 years’ experience in the emergency services and was awarded the Australian Police Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Emergency Medal, National Medal and is also a graduate of the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation.

Ms Carroll has several tertiary qualifications including an Executive Masters in Public Policy.

Mark Roche AFSM

Deputy Commissioner (Operations and Emergency Management)

The Deputy Commissioner (Operations and Emergency Management) is responsible for the state operations for fire and rescue, and emergency management.

He is also responsible for a number of portfolios including industrial relations and is a member of several project boards and steering committees.

Mark commenced his career in Ipswich as an Auxiliary Firefighter in 1979 before joining the permanent firefighter ranks in 1980.

He was first appointed as a Senior Officer in 1998 and undertook a variety of Senior Officer roles in Brisbane Region, South Eastern Region and state functions.

In 2006 he was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Far Northern Region.

Mark returned to Brisbane in 2008 as the Assistant Commissioner, Community Safety and Training, with responsibility for Professional Development, State Community Safety Operations, and Training and Emergency Management.

In November 2013, Mark commenced as the Acting Deputy Commissioner (Operations and Emergency Management).

Mark was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2014.

He is also the Vice President of the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation, the peak body in Australasia for the development and exchange of information, knowledge and skills in road rescue.

Mr Mike Wassing (commencing 21 September 2015)

Deputy Commissioner (Emergency Service Volunteers)

Mike is currently the Assistant Chief Officer North West for the Country Fire Authority in Victoria and is responsible for more than11,000 volunteers and almost 400 staff in the provision of operational capability and service delivery.

With more than 25 years' experience in fire and emergency management Mike has extensive experience leading the management and coordination of responses to major emergencies within an all-hazards environment.

Mike has also served as the Acting Deputy Chief Officer for the CFA in the roles of State Operations and Emergency Management Planning as well as the Deputy Emergency Services Commissioner (Policy and Planning); and the Assistant Deputy Commissioner (Manager Operational Liaison and Planning).

Mike holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management and Land Use Policy, a Diploma in Firefighting Operations and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Strategic Management).

Mike has been involved with the response to a wide range of major emergencies in Victoria and New South Wales such as bushfires, major structure fires, hazardous materials incidents, floods, road and rail accidents, search activities, and severe storms and is a recipient of the National Emergency Medal for the Vic 09 Fires.

Mr Doug Smith 

Chief Strategy Officer (Capability and Performance)

Mr Doug Smith is a former Chief Executive Officer of CrimTrac. CrimTrac is a national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and national security agencies.

Doug started his career with the Victorian Police Service in 1973 and in 1990 became an Inspector with the Queensland Police Service and went on to manage the Fitzgerald Implementation Unit in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner. In 1998 Doug was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services.

Since then he has worked in the Solomon Islands as a Consultant with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, and consulted for the Northern Territory Ombudsman on public sector compliance and performance.

Doug has obtained a Masters of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Public Administration and Government and History.

Doug has extensive experience in developing strategic and reform strategies for organisations and will focus on governance, strategy, performance, transformation and risk, as well as strategic engagement with stakeholders.  Doug will be charged with ensuring that QFES continually improves its business through more integrated systems and procedures.