Stuart Bartels APM

Stuart Bartels APM

Executive Director

Stuart first arrived at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in July of 2019 and, after an extended period as acting Executive Director, was appointed Executive Director of the AIPM in October of 2020.

Stuart has overseen the implementation of 'Future Directions', a vision of the future of public safety education, and is now implementing "Beyond 2020", a strategic direction and rolling business plan for the AIPM. In 2020 Stuart successfully navigated the AIPM through the health and business impacts of COVID-19, assuring its commercial viability and, together with the AIPM team, implementing virtual delivery methods that saw the AIPM continue to reach and develop current and emerging police and public safety leaders.

Stuart is involved in a range of activities and committees that foster the development of police leaders. He is currently an advisory member of the Australian Capital Territory Police “Policing Futures” Board and an active member of the Fortem Advisory Board, an independent organisation dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing in the national security and first responder community. In the international domain Stuart is a participant in the FBI’s National Executive Interchange program and is currently involved in and fostering a wide range of international partnerships and associations for the betterment of police leader development.

Prior to his current role Stuart spent 36 years as an operational police officer with the Western Australia Police, where he reached the rank of Commander. Notable achievements during Stuart’s police career include the implementation of major reform to the WA Police Forensic Division; the delivery of the Policing Logistics Operation for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and, a two-year period as acting Assistant Commissioner and CIO for WA Police ICT, where he conceived the WA Police Digital Policing Strategy. Stuart left the WA Police as Commander for the Southern Metropolitan Region, having overseen the Regions transition to a new metropolitan policing model.

Stuart’s qualifications include a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Forensic Investigation). In addition, he is a proud graduate of the AIPM’s own Police Leadership Strategy (PLS). Stuart has been awarded a Commissioners Commendation, the Commissioners Medal for Excellence and an Australian Police Medal.

Stuart is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys music and sport. He has a keen interest in Australian Football and is currently the patron of the WA Police Football team.