As the daughter of a policeman, the path for Christine Nixon was paved early on. An officer for over three decades, Christine went on to become the first female Police Commissioner in Australia. Battling police and gangland corruption as a priority, she made her mark in a male dominated profession. She led 14,000 staff, operating across more than 500 locations and oversaw an annual budget of $1.7 billion.
From March 2009, Christine chaired the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, an authority created to rebuild communities following Victoria's Black Saturday Bushfires in February 2009. Under Christine’s leadership, the Authority worked with communities, businesses, charities, local councils and other government departments to help people rebuild their lives and communities.
Christine is a Fellow in various organisations, including the Australian Institute of Police Management, Australian & New Zealand School of Government, the Australian Institute of Management, and the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and she serves as Patron, member or advisor to a number of organisations, including the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Onside Victoria, Operation Newstart Victoria and The Phoenix Club Inc. She is also Chair of Good Shepherd Microfinance, Chair of Monash College Pty Ltd and a Member of the Monash University Council.
Her rise to the top and unique view on women in law enforcement and the workplace makes Christine one of the most informational and inspirational public speakers in the country. Her presentation focuses on women in business, succeeding in a male dominated profession, management, change and how to build leadership and teamwork skills.
Christine is both intelligent and witty, making for a memorable and purposeful presentation. In speaking to audiences Christine discusses her motivations, the worthwhile causes she supports and her much scrutinised time within Victoria Police.