MDM Publishing Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Bibby as Editor of Asia Pacific Fire (APF) Magazine. Neil will take up his new role with effect from January 1st 2015.
Neil’s background is in the management of fire services, he was CEO of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) for seven years, one of Australia’s largest fire services with 60,000 volunteers and career staff across more than 1300 fire stations. Prior to the CFA he was an Assistant Chief with the Melbourne Fire Brigade. He has spent over 37 years in the fire industry.
Neil is currently Chairman of the Emergency Services Foundation a charity looking after the families of Emergency Management workers killed in the line of duty. He has completed the Australian and UK Brigade Command Courses and has worked with the UK, USA and Chinese fire services on common issues.
He was the Australian Director on the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Asia and is a past Chairman of the National Aerial Firefighting Center and Fire Protection Association, Australia, as well as a past member of the board on the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre.
Neil has worked on aid projects helping to build the emergency services in Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. He has a strong governance background, as well as being on many Boards he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
More recently Neil has been Managing Director of VectorCommand Ltd, Australia a UK company using new technology in command systems and training, and Executive Chairman of Capstone Partners assisting companies with early stage commercialization.
Mark Seton, publisher of APF magazine said, ’the directors and staff of MDM Publishing Ltd are looking forward to working with Neil. His appointment will enable the seamless transition following the retirement of MDM Group Editor, Graham Collins. We are extremely pleased to have secured such a well known and experienced fire professional to oversee the continued growth of APF as market leader in this region.’