Commissioner Carroll chairs the QFES Board and is on the Board of the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA). She is also on the Board of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC), is a member of the AFAC Commissioners and Chief Officers Strategic Committee (CCOSC), and is on the QUT School of Justice Advisory Panel.She is a member of the Australian and AFAC Male Champions of Change, which works to advance gender equity, inclusive cultures and achieve significant and sustainable improvements in the representation of women among a paid and volunteer workforce of more than 280,000 people.
Commissioner Carroll is also a member of several federal and state government committees including the Australia-New Zealand Emergency Management Committee (ANZEMC), the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management – Senior Official Group (MCPEM SOG), the National Risk Reduction Steering Committee and the Queensland Disaster Management Committee.
Previously, Ms Carroll was an Assistant Commissioner with the Queensland Police Service. After joining the Queensland Police Service in 1983 she worked in various roles including detective work, a Commission of Inquiry, Criminal Investigation Branches, the Joint Organised Crime Task Force and the Covert Unit. Later, she undertook several senior roles throughout Queensland and in 2012 she planned and was the Operations Commander for G20, Australia’s largest peacetime security operation.
Commissioner Carroll received the inaugural Griffith University Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2018 and in 2015 won the national Telstra Business Women’s Award for Government and Academia. In that same year, she was named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’. The Commissioner has achieved numerous international, national and state awards, including the Australian Police Medal.
Commissioner Carroll has several tertiary qualifications including; an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Degree in Criminology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. She has been the recipient of two scholarships – Sir Vincent Fairfax Scholarship in Ethical Leadership and Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship, Kennedy Business School, Harvard.
Vanessa is also a mother of two boys, and a primary school teacher with a love for educating and shaping young minds.
She is committed in everything that she does, taking the experiences that her family has gone through and turning such a tragic situation into a positive, by making a change within the community.
Kim is a surviving victim of domestic violence. After several years of physical, psychological, verbal and financial abuse, Kim gained the strength to flee for her life with her child. She is now a committed advocate, speaker and lobbyist, contributing to raising awareness and fighting for better protection for victims and survivors; aligning herself with several charities and organisations, including White Ribbon and Friends with Dignity.Kim also returned to part time study and was accepted into USQ clinical counselling and psychology with the goal of one day providing trauma and emergency counselling to victims and their support networks.