Board of Directors


The FPA Australia Directors are actively engaged in the fire protection industry, working for many of the major names in fire protection. 


As leaders in the industry, these volunteers bring many years of knowledge and expertise to the Association, ensuring its continued relevance and standing. 


They provide the governance oversight needed to ensure the ongoing success of FPA Australia. 


The Board meets on a regular basis and Directors are involved on behalf of the organisation in various technical committees, special interest groups, Australian Standards committees, the annual Fire Australia Conference and Exhibition, and many other fire protection activities throughout the year. 


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FPA Australia Board of Directors  


Bill Lea 2013

President - Bill Lea


Bill's experience in the fire industry extends over 30 years. During this time he has established and operated several fire industry businesses. He is involved in several working groups to advance the fire protection industry educationally.

Rhondel Johannessen

Vice President - Rhondel Johannessen


Rhondel holds a Master of Education and Diploma in OH&S. She has been in the fire protection industry for more than 20 years and is the Founder and Managing Director of DELTRA Australia, an RTO specialising in the delivery of Fire Safety Training. Rhondel is involved in various committees within the industry.

Elissa Fazio

Director - Elissa Fazio



Elissa has a long history in the industry, predominantly in the fire engineering sector. She has significant experience in risk management, property operations and legislative compliance. She is a representative for Engineers Australia on the ABCC and is an invited member of the CESARE Industry Board at VUT.

Russell Porteous

Director - Russell Porteous


Russell Porteous is the CEO of Firewize, an innovative fire safety design, installation and maintenance consultancy located in Melbourne, Australia. With almost 30 years of broad industry experience, Russell is sought after for his technical abilities on subjects including safety, fire detection, emergency lighting, emergency warning and the built environment.

John Lynch 2020

Director - John Lynch


John Lynch is the General Manager for Business Services for Wormald. He has been involved in the Fire Industry for 22 years and is a current member of TAC 3/7 and the current chair of TAC 1.  Prior to working in the fire industry, John held sales and marketing roles with Nestlé in Australia and PNG, and Cadbury Schweppes.  

Stuart Yarnall 2020

Director - Stuart Yarnall


Stuart Yarnall is the Director and General Manager of the Fire Equipment Services group of Fire Rescue Victoria.    

Prior to that he worked as a business unit manager in risk management and compliance firm Greencap (part of Westfarmers) and as a business strategist and operational leader with the Beanstalk Solutions consulting firm.    



For more information about the operation of the Board of Directors please contact the FPA Australia National Office.