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.

 David Isaac

Director - David Isaac


David Isaac is the business Principal and Director of Fire and Safety Technologies Pty Ltd. David has more than 48 years' experience in electrical systems design, installation and commissioning for building services, heavy industrial installations and essential services systems, including fire detection, warning and smoke control systems. David holds post-trade electrical engineering certificates in building services and heavy industrial installations, and sits on several Standards Australia Committees.




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