Haydn McComas


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A volunteer fire fighter with the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) since 2012, Haydn has witnessed frontline leadership from some uniquely challenging perspectives. None more so than during the Black Summer of 2019 - 2020 working in NSW, at both the Adelaide Hills - Cudlee Creek fire and the equally tragic Kangaroo Island fires. As an adult educator with a special interest in how people learn for leadership, the lack of any nationally consistent leadership learning pathway for volunteer firefighters stood out to Haydn as a serious and systemic national capability gap.

"How can we realistically send our emergency service volunteers into such stressful situations and expect them to effectively lead teams with little or no investment towards their leadership development? That's just not right - there has to be a better way!" It was this thought that inspired Haydn to apply for a Churchill Fellowship.


Service has been the hallmark of Haydn's career, spanning the Australian Regular Army, the South Australia Police and the Australian Border Force; and 2020 marks his 35th year in uniform. As a professional learning and development facilitator since 2010, he has delivered entry level recruit and frontline supervisory leadership learning at various locations around Australia and in Papua New Guinea. In 2018 he completed an M.Ed. (research) at UniSA focused on exploring learning for ethical leadership in law enforcement and regulatory environments.


To investigate learning and development options in leadership for volunteer firefighters

To investigate learning and development options in leadership for volunteer firefighters

New Zealand
Public Service
Haydn McComas

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