Family domestic violence: The Police perspective

Family domestic violence: The Police perspective

Dec 9
CEDA welcomes WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson to provide a Police perspective on one of Australia’s most significant social issues, family domestic violence.


Chris Dawson, Commissioner, WA Police

Event overview

A social scourge which has reach to all parts of the nation, family domestic violence is one of Australia’s most significant and unfortunate social problems. An issue which continues to perpetuate into future generations as an entrenched cycle, family domestic violence has a significant cost to the present population and will continue to do so into the future if not addressed.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson will share with CEDA Trustees his insights into family domestic violence from a police perspective here in WA, where tough economic conditions have compounded the issue in recent years, and how the WA Police are tackling the problem.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Chris Dawson
Commissioner, WA Police

Chris Dawson joined the Western Australia Police Force as a cadet in February 1976, going on to provide 38 years of continuous service in country and metropolitan positions across a range of portfolios. Appointed to the rank of superintendent in 1999, he became the inaugural principal of the WA Police Academy in Joondalup. The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002 saw him awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service. From May 2008 he had overall management of all operational policing within metropolitan and regional areas, including the specialist portfolios of serious and organised crime, counter terrorism and state protection. After ten years as Deputy Commissioner, Mr Dawson left the WA Police Force in April 2014 to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, formerly the Australian Crime Commission. He has also served as Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. This experience was a key factor in his return to the WA Police Force in August 2017, when he was appointed Commissioner.

Meet the host

Rowena Albones
Chief Financial Officer, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Rowena Albones joined Rio Tinto in September 1999 as a Commercial Analyst for Hamersley Iron. Since joining Rio Tinto, Rowena has held various financial and commercial roles across Rio Tinto. Her experience includes finance roles in operations, major project development and construction and business development. She has also held leadership roles representing Rio Tinto in multiple joint ventures. Rowena was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Iron Ore group in June 2018. In this role, she leads the finance function with strong focus on decision making and commercial governance across the portfolio including responsibility for Finance business partnership, Business Analysis & Risk, State Agreements & Approvals, Warehousing & Logistics and Strategy. Before joining Iron Ore, Rowena was Chief Financial Officer Growth & Innovation where she established PACE consulting to provide management consulting and data analytics services to the business and governance and financial oversight of Oyu Tolgoi as a Board member since 2013. Prior to this, Rowena was chief financial officer Copper & Coal where she led the global finance and commercial function for the copper and coal portfolio. Rowena holds a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Economics and Finance and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Curtin University, Australia.

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