Chris was appointed as the Chief Officer and Chief Executive of the South Australian State Emergency Service in October 2010. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the SES and ancillary responsibilities for Volunteer Marine Rescue and the state’s emergency management arrangements.
He fulfils statutory appointments on the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission Board and the State Emergency Management Committee. He also performs a representational function for the state on a range of intergovernmental and national committees and boards.
Chris Beattie is a Member of the Champions of Change Fire & Emergency Group which was established in 2017 in partnership with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC). The group includes Chief Executives and Commissioners leading more than 30 agencies responsible for fire, emergency and land management services across Australia and New Zealand. The group is committed to advancing gender equity, inclusive cultures and achieving significant and sustainable improvements in the representation of women in their workplaces.