Executive Committee

QLDSESVA State Executive Committee

The State Executive Committee (SEC) is the Management Committee of the Association.  

The Management Committee consists of the following elected positions:

Eddie Cowie - PresidentEddie Cowie 

Eddie has been a SES volunteer in Queensland for 30 years this November (joined 1986) and has held many different qualifications and positions including VR and VR Instructor, RCR  and numerous other qualifications and is employed in his current position as the Local Controller for Rockhampton/Livingstone SES Units. Eddie has a passionate drive for continuous improvement of all things SES and has been one of the driving forces in establishing the QLD SES Volunteer Association, so to advocate these improvements. 

In 30 years of QLD SES and employment within QLD Ambulance and Police, many changes have occurred that are for the better, however many more improvements can happen that allow for the betterment of our local communities and the state of Queensland, however this can only occur with the right partnerships. The former vice president of the SESAQ Eddie saw the need to establish the direct link to the National SES Volunteer Association and moving forward with improvements, thus one reason for the change to the ‘Queensland State Emergency Service Volunteer Association’.  ”We need to have a strong team of volunteers within our Association not afraid of the hard work ahead, and committed to challenge what we as SES volunteers know will improve our response for the State of Queensland in the many SES Functions we perform” 

Along this journey we will stay ‘non-political’, and objectively look at the bigger issues concerning QLD SES and across Australia in an attempt at benchmarking what works well in other SES States and Territories while still advocating for what we need now. 

Maria Bott
Vice President

Maria grew up in far north Queensland town of Innisfail and knows first hand about disasters and communities coming together to help each other in time of need.  The SES volunteers were always there to lend a helping hand.  I started my working career as a Nurse and worked in the industry for about twenty years and  am currently employed as a Phlebotomist with a pathology company. In my time in the nursing industry, I was a trained Union Delegate and represented many staff for fair and just outcomes. I also had, on a number of occasions, to draw up agreements for staff to management regarding hours/pay rates with good results as well as positive outcomes for staff.

I joined the SES in 2017 and am still learning. Being there for the community in their time of need is very rewarding and a positive outcome for all. I feel I will bring a positive attitude to my position as Vice President as I believe in fairness for all. I hope to work close with Governing bodies in bringing and implementing change for the better. My passion is improvements as well as conditions for volunteers in the SES and joining the Volunteer Association is a step in the right direction. With guidance of the VA committee and my input I believe we can achieve positive improvements within the SES throughout Queensland.

Paul Kelly - SecreatryPaul Kelly
Strategy and Governance


Paul commenced in the Qld SES in June 1996 and has been an active member of Northern Group in Brisbane since. Paul has held over the last two decades functional team leader roles in all aspects as well as Deputy Group Leader and Group Leader roles. Paul holds specialist qualifications in all fields except RAR and has extensive operational experience. Paul has also represented volunteers on the Volunteer Executive Committee and been a member of ministerial advisory group relating to volunteers under Assistant Minister Ted MALONE and Minister Jack DEMPSEY.

Paul brings to the table substantial experience with incorporated associations and governance of committees. Paul has held the following positions in different organisations:

  • Australian Institute of Emergency Services (Qld Division)
    • Treasurer 
    • Registrar
  • Northern Group SES Social Club Inc.
    • Committee Member
    • Secretary
    • President
  • International Police Association (Australian Section) Inc.
    • Vice President (6 years)
  • International Police Association (Worlds largest friendship organisation with over 400 000 members)
  • International Professional Commission (3 Years)

Professionally Paul is a sworn member of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and is also an active member of the State Disaster Coordination Centre cadre for the QPS.

I see the Queensland SES Volunteer Association as an opportunity to effect positive change for volunteers and to improve communication with volunteers. We have the unique ability to verify information as well as consult with our membership and represent their views without being impacted by internal administrative shortfalls or the chain of command. I urge all Queensland SES members to apply for complimentary membership to the association.

Deni Keeshan

Stephen Kelly


Steve has been with the QLD SES since mid-2014 as a member of the Northern Group in Brisbane.In that time Steve has been involved mostly with residential storm damage and major community events such as the ANZAC Day dawn service and public awareness activities.Steve comes to the Queensland State Emergency Service Volunteer Association as the Treasurer as a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience, having worked mainly in the energy, infrastructure and mining sectors.  Steve brings a ‘volunteering professional level’ of commitment to the QLD SES Volunteer Association that will benefit all members as we look at establishing several financial streams of income, allowing the Queensland State Emergency Service Volunteer Association to be self-reliant in the years to come.
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