Mal Cronstedt commenced his career in the fire service as a volunteer in 1976 and then joined full-time in 1982, progressing through the ranks across the state in a variety of operational and support roles. Cronstedt undertook a secondment to Fire & Rescue NSW (then NSW Fire Brigades) in 2003–04 and in 2005 joined the NSW Rural Fire Service as the Blue Mountains Superintendent. He returned to Western Australia in 2008 as Fire and Emergency Service Authority’s Rural Operations Coordinator South. He was subsequently appointed as Chief Superintendent Country South in July 2012, upon the creation of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).
Cronstedt was appointed inaugural Director of the Office of Bushfire Risk Management in August 2012. In August 2014 he became Executive Director of the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) Secretariat (now OEM). Cronstedt is an ex-officio member of the SEMC, Chair of the SEMC Risk subcommittee, member of the State Bushfire Coordinating Committee and member of the DFES Audit and Risk Committee. In addition, he is Chair of the Development Disability WA board, and sits on the Kensington Secondary School board as an independent member.
Cronstedt holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management and a Bachelor of Arts. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s Executive Fellows Program.