Board

Stephen Axup

Senior Leading Firefighter,

Fire Rescue Victoria, formerly Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) 13 years since 2007

I was co-creator of the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb (MFSC) in 2014

MFSC Event Director, 6 years since 2014

Committee Member of Firefighters Charity Fund Committee 6 years

Since 2009, I have travelled across Australia, New Zealand and US participating in Firefighter Stair Climbs, all of which are charitable in nature, some of which memorialize fallen firefighters.

Prior to joining MFB had careers in customer service based industries – hospitality management, crowd control, event management, ski resort management and self-employed building maintenance service provider.

I am married with 2 boys – Cooper 10 years and Ryan 6 years. I love to keep fit by running, ski paddling, skiing and surfing. Passionate about making a difference and mental health causes, especially in the Emergency Service Sector.

Trent Egan

Leading Firefighter,

Fire Rescue Victoria, formerly Country Fire Authority (CFA) 8 years since 2012

MFSC Event Director and CFA Liaison, since 2017

Committee member of LMK (Let Me Know), since 2018

Traditional/Career Peer with CFA since 2017

Prior to my firefighting career I came from construction background.

From being involved with firefighting and response to emergency situations I have been proactive around support for emergency services personnel after potential traumatic events and their mental health in general. In 2017, I did a certificate III in Community Services and became a Peer with CFA to support firefighters and their families. I’m very passionate about mental health and I’m extremely proactive around breaking down the stigma that is associated with the mental health of emergency services personnel.

I live down on the Mornington Peninsula and like to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that it brings.

Mathew McKernan

Computer Scientist working on Healthcare Communications Systems for Hospitals across Australia and New Zealand.

CFA Volunteer Firefighter at Yea and Greenvale, 13 years since 2006

I joined the MFSC Team in 2019, assisting with the operation of the website and fundraising systems for the event and have participated in the MFSC since its inception in 2014.

In my spare time, I am an Adult Member of Scouts Victoria currently holding the role of Assistant Chief Commissioner – Personnel, responsible all aspects of volunteer management, onboarding, conduct and training for over 9,200 volunteers across the state.

I am passionate about mental health in our community especially amongst our emergency services.

Lex De Man AFSM

CEO of Victoria Police Legacy, 3 years since June 2016

For whom I have developed it’s first strategic plan and established a new governance model, modernising it’s operation and organisation.

CFA Volunteer Firefighter – joined the Yarrambat Fire Brigade, aged 17 in 1977. I have maintained this volunteer role throughout my work career

Group Officer for the Whittlesea Diamond Valley Group of Fire Brigades’

I served from 1978 to 1995 as a member of the Victoria Police Force.

From 1995 to 2015 I was as an Executive with the CFA, firstly being responsible for fire service delivery within three regional areas of Victoria, with the last 5 years of my paid CFA career prior to retirement, serving as the Executive Director of Training & Volunteerism.

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, whilst employed full time with the CFA, I also served as an elected Councillor at the Shire of Nillumbik, serving 2 of those 5-years as Mayor.

I hold an MBA from La Trobe University and have received numerous commendations and medals in the Emergency Services, including National Police Service Medal.

Shannon Davey

Ambulance Victoria Paramedic, 15 years since 2004

MICA Paramedic, 5 years since 2014

I have been a Clinical Instructor & Educator for ALS Paramedics and EMR to Firefighters.

I deliver professional development courses to Paramedics as well as CERT training.

CFA Volunteer Firefighter with Narre Warren, 18 years since 2001, where I was the Brigade Secretary for 6 years from 2007 and now with Nar Nar Goon CFA. 

I have completed the MFSC 4 times over 3 years (was brave/mad/not thinking clearly when I did it twice this year) and have felt that it was one of the most positive events in which i have been involved.

In my spare time, I deliver first aid courses and information sessions to the general public and sporting groups, as well as drug & alcohol education programs to secondary school students.

Prior to Ambulance life, I worked for what is now known as ESTA, as a Fire Services dispatcher and I completed my Business degree whilst working in management at Target.

I have two boys, Lachlan (10) and Jake (7).  They keep me on my toes but ground me at the same time. I enjoy keeping fit at the gym and playing ice hockey (yes I am a goalie). I am a life-long learner so am currently undertaking my Masters of Disaster and Emergency Management with Charles Darwin University.

Robert Foote

Senior Leading Firefighter,

Fire Rescue Victoria, formerly Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) 10 years since 2009

I am currently on secondment to the CFA (now FRV) at Traralgon, since 2018.

Prior to that I worked for 2 years at VEMTC Craigieburn as a Recruit Firefighter Instructor and delivered the structural firefighting program to on-shift firefighters.

From 2016 until 2018 I was on the MFSC Organizing Committee as Climb Crew Coordinator. I have participated in every MFSC since the first event in 2014, as well as travelled all over doing climbs in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and China. 

Prior to joining the fire services, I worked as a gaming technician repairing poker machines for Tabcorp.

My interests include flying – I currently hold a Commercial Pilots License and am working towards my Instrument and Instructor Ratings. I like to keep fit and enjoy mountain biking, rowing, skiing and hitting the gym. I’m also a massive fan of Lego and still love building and creating things both big and small.

I’m genuinely excited to see the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb have such a positive effect on firefighters from all over Victoria. Mental health is a major issue within the emergency service sector, so to be raising funds and awareness about the cause is something I’m genuinely proud of and I’m really looking to progress the event forwards into the future.

Fiona Corfield

Manager Financial Accounting, Risk and Governance at Victoria Legal Aid – 2018 to present This role speaks to my passion for community service, rendering assistance and making a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Accounting/ Finance industry – 16 years, working with a diverse range of clientele – individual to small/medium enterprises through to Government departments/ agencies. I have worked in global and local organisations, public and private sector performing roles in Financial Accounting, Audit risk and Governance, which require flexibility, rapid response, and strategic approach whilst working within diverse and multi skilled teams.

CFA Volunteer Firefighter at Wallan – 7 years

Through which I have found my true purpose in life. Being a firefighter exposes my most humanistic qualities, which I would say are my greatest strengths.

CFA District 12 Planning Committee elected Chair 2018 to present, responsible for the strategic decisions regarding the fulfilment of current and future resource, planning and equipment needs of the district to optimise service delivery.  

Financial Accountant CFA Corporate, 2016-2018 from which I bring practical and intricate knowledge of the inner workings of the emergency service sector.  

I have a mantra to make every day count, to contribute to the betterment of the world. To remain inspired and to inspire others to leave an irreversible positive difference that will benefit current and future generations.

My favourite way to achieve this is through raising awareness and funds for mental health focussed charities. I have participated in the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb for each of the 6 years that it has run.

In 2019, I was honoured to volunteer as a member of the MFSC Event Management Team and contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the event, so that others may experience freedom from debilitating mental health injuries and conditions.  

Lauren Watt

General Manager – Finance, HR & Administration Qualified at Hockey Australia

Chartered Accountant 15 years

A finance professional with a passion for professional and community sport. I focus on external audit and consulting. I have undertaken a stint of global work experience in London and have had senior finance roles in the Geelong Football Club.
I’m committed to being “a life-long learner” and an active member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Managers & Leaders.

In 2017/18 completed the Leadership Program at the Committee for Geelong Leaders and was appointed to my first non-executive Board position in January 2017 at the Barwon Community Legal Service.
I am highly self-motivated and committed to excellence at work, setting high personal expectations and work standards for myself and my team, improving NFP governance, internal procedures and compliance, implementing ERP systems and driving financial accountability and cost reduction. I have built collaborative networks across the AFL and broader sporting industry.
I enjoy watching and participating in sport, spending time with my family and organising my next overseas adventure.

Greg Mier

Australian Legal Practitioner for 38 years since 1982 (after full time work as articled clerk whist studying from 1978)

Worked in small and medium-large law firms, then started own general legal practice in December 1988, which continues. Served on various Law Institute of Victoria committees.

Educated at Beaumaris Primary School, Haileybury College and RMIT.

I have lived in Beaumaris whole life – passionate about its care and as such have been deeply involved in community issues both in Beaumaris and Bayside generally for past 20 years.

Currently, President of Beaumaris Conservation Society Inc. and have held various other executive committee member roles since early 2000’s.

Committee member of Marine Care Ricketts Point, and on steering committee of both Bayside Climate Crisis Action Group and Bayside Emergency Climate Action Network.

Fought successfully to save Beaumaris RSL Sub-Branch and have continued in ex officio role there.

Led the community fight against removal of hundreds of trees from former Beaumaris High School land and was their spokesman on various national prime time media coverage. I’m a tragic for causes and protecting against individual or institutional bullying.

I am married to Helena, and we have one son – Jesse who is 12.

Life-long focus on travel and absorbing knowledge, especially on historical and now environmental system subjects. Passionate sixth generation North Melbourne FC member.

For most of life was supremely fit running, swimming, skipping, football, cricket, kayaking, but over the past few years have lost the plot following medical emergencies. Determined to get back on game!