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Day 3 - Session 8
Sept. 24, 8:00 - 8:50 pm (EST/USA)
Sept. 25, 1:00 - 1:50 am (London)
Sept. 25, 10:00 - 10:50 am (Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
Sept. 25, 12:00 - 12:50 pm (New Zealand)
Australia/New Zealand Police Leadership & Resilience


Stuart Bartels

Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Police Management


Wendy Steendam, APM

Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations, Victoria Police

Kaye Ryan

Deputy Chief Executive, People & Capability, New Zealand Police

Philip Newitt

Assistant Commissioner Operation Support Service, South Australia Police













Deputy Director Stuart Bartels

Stuart Bartels spent 36 years with the Western Australia Police implementing a number of transformative projects. Whilst serving in the Forensic Division as Assistant Divisional Officer Stuart led a major transformation, delivering reforms to Major Crime SOPs, analytical processes, judicial processes and forensic education and training; overseeing the professionalisation of WA Police Forensics through the introduction of graduate qualifications and workplace learning linked to task. In 2011 As Superintendent he delivered a $40 million Policing Logistics Operation for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Perth 2011) for which he received the Commissioner’s Commendation.

In 2014 Stuart began work on the WA Police ICT transformation, conceiving a Digital Policing vision aimed at synergising contemporary digital technology and frontline policing. In 2016 he was appointed the Acting Chief Information Officer and Acting Assistant Commissioner with a mandate to provide strategic support and corporate infrastructure to the WA Police, with an emphasis on the delivery of digital technologies and information to the frontline.

In 2018 as Commander for Metropolitan South, Stuart successfully transitioned the region into a restructured metropolitan policing model.

In 2019, Stuart brought his years of transformative experience to the Australian Institute of Police Management as Deputy Director, as they began the implementation of ‘Future Directions’, a vision of the future of public safety education as mandated by the ANZ police commissioners.

Stuart’s qualifications began as Dux of the Police Academy in 1985 and include a Master of Public Policy and Administration; Bachelor of Science (Forensic Investigation) and he is a Graduate of the AIPM Police Leadership Strategy (PLS2). On the other side of the classroom, Stuart wrote, coordinated and for 10 years delivered the course, “Justice and Forensic Science” for the Edith Cowan University School of Business and Law. He has been awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) and the Commissioner’s Medal for Excellence.













Deputy Commissioner Wendy Steedman

A highly respected police leader with over 34 years' experience, Deputy Commissioner Wendy Steendam has performed significant senior executive roles across Victoria Police, delivering reforms in areas such as information management, violence against women and children, crime, drugs and counter-terrorism.
Currently leading the Specialist Operations Portfolio, she has responsibility for Road Policing, Family Violence, Intelligence & Covert Support, Forensic Services and Legal Services.
Wendy has developed strong relationships across government, law enforcement, community and corporate entities and was the Executive Sponsor for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's Review into sexual discrimination and harassment, and the Mental Health Review, Strategy, and Action Plan.

Email (Georgia Weir, Executive Assistant):













Deputy Chief Executive Kaye Ryan

Kaye began her career with Police in 1991 and was appointed to her Deputy Chief Executive role in 2015. She is Police’s principal adviser on People matters.
Kaye has worked in a number of roles and locations since she started working with Police, including the Central Communications Centre and the Kapiti Watchhouse, before moving to Police National Headquarters where she has held a variety of positions and leadership roles within the Human Resources/People group.
Kaye has a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University and is a Global Woman Breakthrough Leaders Alumni of 2018.

Email (Including Executive Assistant, Melissa Wilson):,












Assistant Commissioner Philip Newitt

With over 30 years of policing experience, Philip has created first class standards of operational and strategic leadership across diverse portfolio's in senior management roles. He drives enduring organisational change, and understands and mitigates strategic risk through application of best practice.
As well as receiving recognition across investigation and project work, he is a recipient of the SAPOL service medal (with clasp), National Medal, National Police Service Medal, and in 2019 was awarded the Australian Police Medal.
Philip’s outstanding academic achievements include two Operations Management, and Marketing Bachelor degrees, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, and a Master of Business Administration.

Email (Executive Assistant, Narelle Fry):

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