Chris Stevens has been National Lifesaving Communications Advisor to Surf Life Saving Australia since 2011. This role is in an elected volunteered capacity and he chairs the respective national communications working group. As National Lifesaving Communications Advisor, Chris is responsible for advising the states and territories on their operational communications networks as well as formulating national interoperability and business continuity strategies. Other areas of responsibility include call taking and dispatch systems and national emergency response telephony systems.
As a career, Chris is Managing Director of CartGiS Pty Ltd, a small emergency management and communications consultancy company based in Melbourne. CartGiS Pty Ltd works with all three levels of government in Australia and the Oceanic region as well as with businesses and NGOs. Projects include emergency management planning solutions and independent radiocommunications network planning and design, coverage planning and predictions and technology development.
Chris has three bachelor degrees and various emergency management and communications qualifications. In 2015 Chris was awarded the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) Community Service Award.