Vice-chair, National SES Volunteers Association
About Faye Bendrups
Dr Faye Bendrups has been a volunteer member of VICSES for 14 years and served as a local SES Controller for 6 years. She has been deployed operationally numerous times within Victoria and interstate to major flood and fire incidents in roles such as Crew Leader, Safety Officer, Staging Area Manager or Base Camp Manager. She is a past recipient of the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Award for Leadership, a VFBV scholarship for a Cert IV in Frontline Management and an Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) grant for research into community-centred earthquake and tsunami response at the National Institute for Civil Defence in Peru. Dr Bendrups serves on numerous EM reference groups at local, state and national levels including with EMV and AFAC, is Secretary of the Victoria SES Volunteers Association, Vice-Chair of the National SES Volunteers Association and Vice-President of the ESF Alumni Association. She has led the State association and her local SES Unit through a period of change and development, working closely with communities and agencies. A former skydiver and 4th Dan black belt in Taekwondo, Dr Bendrups previously worked in the recreation industry as an owner/operator of the Australian National Parachute School. She currently works as an education consultant to the tertiary sector and a research associate at the ANU, with a PhD in Latin American Studies and an MA in Performance Studies.