Women in Fire Panel Session


Ms Kristy Walters Director PoliceLink Command, NSW Police Force

Kristy Walters joined the NSW Police Force in 1992 and performed various policing duties across northern and metropolitan Sydney and the Central Coast. She has held roles as a General Duties Constable, Education and Development Officer, Weapons Trainer, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Police Area Command Duty Officer and most recently the Operations Manager within the NSW Police Force PoliceLink Command.

In July 2020, Kristy resigned from her role as Operations Manager to accept an unsworn position within the NSW Police Force as the Director, PoliceLink Command. Under her Command, Kristy has responsibility for:

  • Triple Zero (000)
  • Police Assistance Line (131444)
  • Community Portal – Online reporting
  • NSW Crime Stoppers
  • InfoLink – information requests under GIPA, Chapter 16A and Working with Children Checks.
  • Firearms Call Centre
  • NSWPF Injury Management Hotline
  • NSWPF Switchboard
  • Customer Assistance Unit
  • Operational Information Access After Hours Work
  • Direct Access Service for Armed Hold-up and Duress Alarms, and
  • NSWPF Child Well Being Unit

Kristy represents NSWPF on several boards and working parties including the NSW Crime Stoppers Board and the National Emergency Communications Working Group- Australia and New Zealand (NECWG-A/NZ). This role allows Kristy to continue to build on the success of her predecessors in delivering enhanced capabilities and services through the NSW Police Force Digital Strategy and Next Generation Triple Zero (000) deliverables.

Kristy attributes her rewarding and successful career to the many people who have mentored and advocated her policing journey and acknowledges the important role that she and other leaders play in developing future leaders within emergency service organisations.
Kristy has been married for 25 years and has three children aged 24, 21 and 20. Her husband is also a Police Officer, working on the Central Coast.

Bronwyn Weir Director, Weir Legal and Consulting, Australia

Bronwyn is the co-author of the Building Confidence Report. Her appointment with Professor Shergold to undertake this work reflects her reputation as a legal advisor on building regulations for more than 20 years.  Bronwyn is part of the Expert Advisory Group appointed to advise the ABCB on its work to develop a national framework for the implementation of the report. Other related work includes advising the NSW Building Commissioner,  the VBA the Qld Government and the Department of Defence in relation to building regulatory issues.


Elissa Fazio National Operations Risk & Compliance Manager , News Corp Australia

Elissa has a long history in the industry, predominantly in the fire engineering sector. She has significant experience in risk management, property operations and legislative compliance. She is a representative for Engineers Australia on the BCC and is one of the Directors of FPA Australia.

Gina Patrick Managing Director, Plus Systems

Gina is a founder, change maker and advisor who is dedicated to building a better construction industry and creating highly skilled professionals within it. This passion extends to investing in innovation and technology to raise the level of professionalism, standards and the quality of workmanship in the passive fire industry providing significantly better outcomes for clients and the community.

Having enjoyed a broad & successful career in various industries including manufacturing and financial services, Gina brings a varied wealth of knowledge around the business performance, systems, legislation, HR and financial performance.

In addition to being a representative to multiple industry bodies, Gina served as a Board Member of the Fire Protection Association of Australia in 2017, and participates on many other committees that affect the industry.

Bronnie Mackintosh Manager Inclusion and Diversity, Fire & Rescue NSW

Bronnie Mackintosh is a Station Officer with Fire and Rescue NSW and has been a firefighter for 16 years. Her career has encompassed many roles, spanning general firefighting, rescue, operational communications, community safety, and education and training.

Bronnie is a Winston Churchill Fellowship recipient. She travelled the world to research how international fire agencies are changing their workforces to be more reflective of the diverse communities they protect.

She found that girls fire camps in the US were proving an excellent way to introduce, and recruit, young women to the firefighting and emergency services.

When Bronnie returned home to Australia, she founded Girls on Fire.

With a team of volunteers from across the emergency services, she runs girls fire camps and the girls fire academy in NSW.

Before becoming a firefighter, Bronnie was a passionate rugby union player, competing around the globe and in 15 test matches for the Australian Women’s team, the Wallaroos.

Bronnie has a Bachelor in Sport Science from the University of Technology and is currently studying for her MBA at Newcastle University.