Andrew Colvin APM OAM – National Coordinator
Mr Andrew Colvin APM OAM is a highly experienced leader who has dedicated his career to helping Australians.
Andrew completed his tenure as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner in October 2019, having worked for the AFP for nearly 30 years.
Between 2002 and 2005, Andrew coordinated the AFP’s national and international response to terrorism, including the 2002 Bali bombings, 2003 Jakarta Marriot bombing and the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing.
In 2003, he was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his contribution to the investigation of the Bali bombings and Australia’s counter terrorism frameworks, and in 2008 he was named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and awarded the Australian Police Medal.
Andrew joined the NBRA when it was established in January 2020. He is committed to putting bushfire-affected people, communities and environments at the centre of all actions. As the National Coordinator, he is responsible for ensuring the Agency is focused on:
- recovery in 2019-20 bushfire-affected regions
- issues where the Commonwealth can make a unique contribution
- drawing on the expertise and practical experience of others
- convening and connecting.
Andrew grew up in Rockhampton, QLD. He is married with two teenage children.
Rina Bruinsma – Deputy Coordinator, Strategy and Governance
Ms Rina Bruinsma is the Deputy Coordinator for the Strategy and Governance Division. Rina is responsible for the NBRA’s strategy and corporate functions, Bushfire Recovery Policy, including oversight of the National Bushfire Recovery Fund and the development of a national recovery plan, and Communications and Engagement.
Rina joined the NBRA from the Department of Finance. She has a strong policy background and extensive experience leading reform and transformation across the public sector. She was recently involved in the Review of the Australian Public Service.
Rina has worked in various roles in policy development and implementation since 2006, including labour market policy and the delivery of programs that support vulnerable people. She also has vast experience in developing and delivering grants frameworks and simplifying access to financial support for applicants.
Rina has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Public Relations, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Communication and Creative Arts.
When she’s not studying, she enjoys walking (or being walked by) her Great Dane, reading, writing and drawing.
Rina joined the NBRA in April 2020 because she wants to be part of the restorative journey – to listen, collaborate and re-create.
Major General Andrew ‘Hocks’ Hocking CSC – Deputy Coordinator, Engagement and Operations
Major General Andrew Hocking CSC is the Deputy Coordinator for the Engagement and Operations Division. He is responsible for the delivery and evaluation of recovery and overseeing NBRA’s Liaison and Recovery Support Network.
A key part of Hocks’ role is working closely with local and state governments to help make sure communities are receiving the bushfire recovery support they need.
Hocks is on secondment from the Australian Army. His experience with the Australian Defence Force brings a unique operational and strategic perspective to the NBRA.
Hocks has a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is married to Caroline and they have one daughter (Jessica, seven) and one son (Hugo, four). His hobbies include hang gliding, windsurfing, surfing, skiing and playing the guitar badly.