Education Development and Delivery Manager, National Centre for Emergency Management Studies (NCEMS)

Carola Washbourne

Carola is the Education Development and Delivery Manager for the National Centre for Emergency Management Studies (NCEMS), a signature branch of TAFENSW. Carola is an experienced emergency manager with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training and coaching industry.

Carola has over 19 years full time operational experience across all aspects of the emergency prevention, preparedness, response and recovery (PPRR) spectrum, making Carola well qualified to deliver all of the units of study within the Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management) offered by NCEMS.

Carola’s work over the years include the planning for, testing of and reviewing of emergency and disaster management arrangements.

Carola’s real life operational experience has been attained through coordinating numerous disaster events including cyclones, floods and land slippage, where damage to critical infrastructure has had a large effect on the recovery of impacted communities.

Carola is well respected nationally in the field of emergency and disaster management; particularly for her leadership as the Local Disaster Coordinator for Tropical Cyclone Yasi (2011) and Tropical Cyclone Larry (2006), with both severe tropical cyclones directly hitting her area of responsibility. The two cyclones caused extensive damage, with an estimated cost of $500 million for TC Larry and $800 million for TC Yasi.