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Mal began 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 corporate roles.
Mal 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.
Mal 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).
Mal was appointed inaugural Director of the Office of Bushfire Risk Management in August 2012.
In August 2014, he became Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and in march 2018 the DFES Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Emergency Management.
Mal is an ex-officio member of the State Emergency Management Committee, Chair of its Risk subcommittee and Chair of the DFES Audit and Risk Committee. Outside DFES, he is Chair of the Development Disability WA board. Mal 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 ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program (EFP).