Meet Our Executive Committee
Ian Dinham President
Ian Dinham was elected FMA Chairman in 2011.
Ian's professional career includes senior management roles as Director and General Manager in local government, and he has also been a twice elected Councillor in the Clarence Valley of NSW. Ian did not contest the 2012 Local Government elections.
Ian was previously Executive Manager at Clarence Valley Council, Director of Engineering Services and Deputy General Manager at the former Maclean Shire Council, then General Manager and County Engineer with the former Clarence River County Council – Floodplain Management Authority. Ian is currently the Director of Engineering at Moree Plains Shire Council. As a General Manager and Floodplain Manager he has developed a range of major floodplain management plans and projects in the Clarence Valley and Tweed Valley areas of north eastern NSW.
One of Ian’s roles with the FMA was to develop a floodplain management education program which has resulted in a course run by the University of Technology – Sydney, and a series of one day workshops. He holds a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of NSW where he was awarded the Harbin Polytechnic Alumni Association Award for Academic Excellence.
Prior to his election as Chairman and now President, Ian served for 8 years as the technical representative on the FMA Executive Committee, and has presented papers to various forums and conferences in Australia and the US involving floodplain management, engineering service delivery, river management, natural resource management and emergency management. Ian has established strong relationships with floodplain management colleagues in Australia, the United States and more recently, the Netherlands.
Larry Bolitho OAM Deputy President
Larry was elected FMA Deputy Chairman in May 2011.
For more than 20 years, Larry has been a delegate with the FMA and has used his vast experience in the insurance industry to provide excellent guidance to the Association, particularly in the area of flood insurance.
Larry has represented the FMA in numerous delegations to New South Wales and Australian government Ministers and regularly represents the Association at industry meetings, forums and conferences. He has been involved with local government as an elected Councillor with The Hills Shire Council for over 30 years, including several terms as Mayor.
Larry was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his outstanding service to local government and the community in 2014.
Allan Ezzy APM AM Immediate Past President
Allan served as a Councillor on Holroyd City Council for 38 years, including 9 terms as Mayor. He did not contest the 2012 Local Government Elections. He is a patron of numerous local community and sporting clubs.
Allan is the holder of a Graduate Certificate in Management from Wollongong University. Formerly employed as a Senior Police Prosecutor, Allan had an exemplary 35 year career with the NSW Police Service. Highlights included a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery, a National Medal with two bars and the award of the Australian Police Medal in 2003. Allan is now retired from the police force and runs a small business.
Allan has extensive experience in urban environmental issues due to his roles as a member of a local council, the former Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust and the former Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority. Allan has been involved in working with various communities throughout the state to find solutions to enable them to undertake much needed floodplain management projects. Allan served as FMA Chairman from 1999 until 2011 when he decided not to renominate for the position.
In January 2014, Allan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to local government and to the community through law enforcement, church and service organisations. Allan is a Life Member of the FMA.
Danny Rose Technical Director
Danny is the Manager Roads and Stormwater at Tweed Shire Council, with over ten years experience in the fields of floodplain management, asset management, and infrastructure planning.
Danny has overseen Tweed Shire’s floodplain risk management processes, manages the flood mitigation asset program, and is responsible for implementing development control measures for flood prone development in this high growth area.
Danny has been a frequent presenter at Floodplain Management Association Conferences, workshops and meetings and was chair of the Program Advisory Committee and member of the Organising Committee for the 2013 Conference hosted by Tweed Shire. Danny was appointed to the position of Technical Director in 2013.
Danny obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Class 1 Honours from the University of New South Wales in 2000.
Paul Grech Land Use Planning Director
Paul Grech is a director of GLN Planning with over 30 years experience working as a town planner.
Paul aims to practice broadly within the town planning profession, believing that a breadth of knowledge and experience is important to providing balanced, comprehensive and practical input to projects.
Paul has been involved in flood risk management for over 15 years, which has included preparing papers, presenting on the topic at the UTS and seminars, undertaking the planning components of over 20 flood risk management studies and prepared a statement and provided evidence on behalf of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.
Paul also delivers the planning component of the FMA/OEH Floodplain Risk Management course and has authored a number of papers on the topic of flood risk management.
Sue Ribbons Communications Director
Sue was elected to the position of Communication Director during 2016.
Sue has more than 25 years’ experience as a floodplain risk management professional working for NSW local government, NSW state government and for private consulting practices.
Since 2013, Sue has been working as the Specialist Technical Manager for the NSW Government’s Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley Flood Management Taskforce. Prior to this she held the positions of Sydney Regional Manager for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, managing technical issues and grant funding assistance for flood, coast and estuaries for the (then) 41 local government areas across the Sydney Region.
Before these roles in state government, Sue worked for six years at Pittwater Council (now part of Northern Beaches Council) as the Principal Officer in Floodplain Management.
Dwayne Honor Queensland Director
Dwayne Honor was elected Queensland Director in 2017.
Dwayne is a Design Manager with Bundaberg Regional Council and has been working in local government for 15 years.
Educated at Central Queensland University (Rockhampton) he has degrees with Distinction in Engineering Technology (Civil) and Business Administration with a focus to design of public infrastructure.
Following devastating flooding in Bundaberg he was worked in response and recovery along with leading numerous flood studies including the Burnett River Flood Risk Management Study which won the 2015 FMA NRMA Insurance Excellence Award for Flood Risk Management.
In 2015 Dwayne was awarded a sponsored Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia to research key impacts and learning's from extreme storm surge events overseas. The purpose of this research was to better prepare and adapt communities in Australia to these risks.
Glenn Evans Executive Officer
Glenn has over 30 years’ experience in floodplain, coastal and natural resource management, and holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degrees.
Glenn worked for 20 years with NSW Public Works in a variety of technical and management positions, mostly in river, coastal and environmental disciplines. He was Chief Executive Officer of the Hunter Catchment Management Trust for ten years and General Manager of the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority for five years. During that time he was responsible for aspects of design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme, the largest coastal flood management system in New South Wales.
He has first-hand experience of numerous flood events throughout the Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Lower North Coast catchments.
Glenn has been involved with the FMA since 1982, has represented the FMA on the Bureau of Meteorology’s NSW Flood Warning Consultative Committee since 2001, and was appointed FMA Executive Officer in 2010.