Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Melbourne, and Chair, Future Business Council

Toby Kent

Toby Kent is Australia’s first Chief Resilience Officer; and he has also recently been appointed to lead the Future Business Council.

Toby Kent has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors, and many other stakeholders on five continents.

The Resilient Melbourne strategy that Toby led, working with over 1,000 individuals from 230 organisations, represents the first time in Melbourne’s history that a metropolitan-wide strategy has been led from local government, working with the Victorian Government, as well as many private and not-for-profit organisations. 

Prior to becoming Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer, Toby worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ bank, where he was Head of Sustainable Development.

Toby has a Master’s Degree in Urbanization (Housing and Social Change) from the London School of Economics.

At Disaster Management 2019, Toby will deliver a keynote presentation titled The rise of the Chief Resilience Officer: what we do and why your organisation needs us.