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Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director, Assurance, Muriel Leclercq

Staff Profile: 

OEM Director Assurance

Muriel Leclercq

24 August 2017

​Can you give us a​ brief overview of your professional background?

I am a trained emergency nurse and have been involved in emergency management (EM) for about 30 years. This was initially in the health sector undertaking operational planning and response to emergencies, then moving to strategic health ‘disaster’ management until 2013. 

My nursing career has created many opportunities that are also relevant to EM. I was a volunteer ‘athlete care nurse’ at the swimming during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, and was privileged to represent Australia on medical teams that deployed to provide humanitarian assistance following the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 and the Yogyakarta Earthquake in 2006. 

I also gained valuable experience in developing EM policy and being part of the team that strategically coordinated the response to multiple health emergencies, including the “Swine Flu” pandemic from 2009 - 2010.  

I have been with the Office of Emergency Management (formerly SEMC Secretariat) since February 2013, initially as the Manager, Policy and Legislation, and now as the Director Assurance since January 2017. 


What’s the most rewarding part of y​our job?


Working with a diverse group of staff and stakeholders to better EM arrangements in WA is extremely rewarding. It is a privilege to collaborate with people who are interested and invested in shaping the WA EM arrangements to be contemporary and fit for purpose. 


What do you think is your division’s biggest challenge(s)?


With challenges come opportunities. The newly created Assurance Directorate undertakes EM policy, legislation and assurance functions. Our team has been given an amazing opportunity to review the State EM Policy, progress amendments to the Emergency Management Act 2005 and develop an EM assurance framework for WA. I look forward to working with the sector to progress all these projects. The challenge is to not be constrained by limited resources, and to give ourselves permission to be creative in finding the best solutions. 


Do you have a personal philosophy that ha​s guided your career?


I believe that ‘no man is an island’ and that human beings necessarily depend on one another. As such, it is important to develop and nurture professional relationships through trust. In EM we are reliant on working collaboratively to achieve our objectives. In times of stress, good relationships matter. 


Can you tell us som​ething that might surprise us about you?


I was born in France and immigrated to Africa where I resid​ed for 19 years. Having lived through the Rhodesian war, I feel fortunate to be living in a country that is safe and values equality of opportunity for individuals.