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Ennio Bianchi
Principal - Risk Management
National Safety Council of Australia

Ennio Bianchi has over 25 years of industry experience in risk management and is Principal, Risk Management, with the National Safety Council of Australia. As a leading professional in management consulting, he is a keynote speaker at various national and international risk management forums, and has interfaced practical risk management solutions within a facility and engineering environment.

Chris Wighton
Senior Associate
Spark Helmore Lawyers

Chris is a lawyer in Sparke Helmore Lawyer’s Workplace team. He assists clients with managing workplace incidents and managing potential and actual work, health and safety prosecutions.  Chris advises on WHS risk management, compliance, investigations, enforcement and litigation as well as statutory interpretation with a particular emphasis on work health and safety and transport safety regulation. Chris was previously a senior lawyer for the Victorian transport safety regulator.

Dr Robert McCartney
Chief Medical Officer
Sonic HealthPlus

Rob McCartney is a specialist Occupational and Environmental Physician with over 20 years experience in providing Occupational Medical services to a wide range of industry.

To achieve his career goal of maximising the health, wellbeing and productivity of working people, he assists executive and senior management in strategic planning and cost-effective risk management of human resources.

He is Chief Medical Adviser of Kinetic Health Group and several blue chip Australian Companies.
He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Simon Phillips
Managing Director
OHSA Occupational Health Services Australia

Simon Phillips is passionate about OH&S. He is a no-nonsense OH&S professional. He is the Managing Director of OHSA Occupational Health Services Australia a BRW Top 100 Fastest recipient 2012 which is one of the largest, fastest growing and most awarded OH&S consulting and training companies in Australia.

He has over 23 years OH&S experience working with resource companies globally and has worked with hundreds of resource companies. He is regularly sought to offer advice, implement and review systems on some of the most sensitive matters, cases and projects. He regularly provides expert opinion to courts, coroners, commissioners, state, federal and foreign governments and industry. He has been engaged to provide expert opinion on hundreds of matters including rail disasters, mine explosions, emergency services fatalities, fighter jet fuel entry projects etc. He is sought by local and overseas governments and industry to provide direction and review of OH&S policy and systems in Australasia, Asia, Africa and North America.  A number of his initiatives have received global best practice awards for excellence and ‘Ministerial Excellence’ Awards and some have been developed into University Curriculum.

He is an invited guest speaker at many conferences and industry forums both in Australia and overseas. Simon is currently an invited speaker for the Australian Government Funded Pilot Program ‘Resources Connect’ to assist Australian suppliers to improve business capabilities within the mining and energy sectors and enhance their global competitiveness.

Dr Gerard Ayers
OHS & E Manager, C & G Division
CFMEU Victorian Branch

Gerry has worked in the construction industry for over twenty five years.  He started out as a builder’s labourer, and is now the OHS Manager of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division – Victorian/Tasmanian Branch).  Gerry has also worked in the NSW Branch of the CFMEU.  Gerry has a PhD in OHS (his thesis was titled “Consultation and Organisational Maturity in the Victorian Construction Industry”) a Masters Degree in OHS and a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Hazard Management – all completed at the University of Ballarat.  He also has an Associate Diploma in Applied Science (OHS) – completed way back in 1995!

He is a strong advocate of the right of workers to be involved in workplace decision making – especially those decisions concerning workers health and safety, and of the important role that trade unions have in this process and in the overall process of collective representation.

Dr Emily Novatsis
Principal Human Factors Advisor, Registered Organisational Psychologist
The Keil Centre Limited

Emily Novatsis is a Registered Organisational Psychologist and works at The Keil Centre as a Principal Human Factors Advisor.  This role involves providing human factors expertise on a range of issues, primarily to Australian clients in the oil and gas and other high hazard industries. 

Prior to this position, Emily was the Senior Human Factors Adviser at Woodside in the health and safety function.  Emily was instrumental in establishing Woodside’s human factors programmes and internal capability over a six year period.  This role involved undertaking projects in various applied psychology topics, including safety culture assessment and improvement, human error, leadership development, incident investigation, and stress management.  Prior to this, she worked as a consultant on projects in the areas of personnel selection, assessment, and succession management across various industries. 

Emily is co-director of the Human Factors in Health and Safety Professional Development Programme for the process and resource sector in Australia.  This programme is a joint venture between the Institution of Chemical Engineers and The Keil Centre.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree and a Doctor of Psychology (Organisational) degree from Monash University, where her research focus was safety culture.

Kellie-Ann Jolly
Director Cardiovascular Health Programs
Heart Foundation (Victoria)

Kellie-Ann Jolly began her professional career as a dental therapist in the School Dental Service. A Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion followed by Masters in Health Sciences (Health Promotion) led to a career move to health promotion where she remained for over 18 years. Her health promotion roles have included senior policy advisor with the Victorian Department of Health, tertiary lecturer in health promotion, and Director Physical Activity and Healthy Eating at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth). Since August 2008, Ms Jolly has been the Director Cardiovascular Health at the Heart Foundation (Victoria) where she manages the health programs which aim to prevent death and disability from heart disease. She is a Board Director on the Cabrini Institute Council and is currently the Chair of the not- for - profit organisation Victoria Walks.

Geoff Thomas
Regional SHE Manager, Southern
Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd

Geoff has been working as the Southern Regional Safety, Health and Environment Manager, for Leighton since April 2013.

Geoff has over thirty five years experience in the construction industry with over twenty of those in senior management roles and fifteen years as a contractor.

Prior to joining Leighton, Geoff held the position of Group HR/EHS Manager for Probulid Constructions, a position he held for five and a half years.

Prior to Probuild, for six years Geoff was a Director of WorkSafe’s Construction and Utilities Division.

Before WorkSafe, Geoff spent six years as the Human Resources and Safety Manager for Thiess Pty Ltd in the Southern Business Unit.
Geoff’s main role at Leighton is to work with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure strategically and operationally that all projects are conducting their business in accordance with Leighton’s Safe Operating Model.
A key platform in Leighton’s safety philosophy is to ensure that each work activity containing a critical risk activity is managed by working “Above the Line”. Critical risk activities covered by the “Construction Safety Essentials” cannot have Administrative or Personal Protective Equipment selected as the principle control, except under exceptional circumstances.
Geoff holds numerous building and construction industry qualifications and Post Graduate Diplomas in Risk Management and Business Management.

Michael O'Hanlon
Workplace & Workforce Partnerships & Dissemination Manager
Beyond Blue

Michael has over twenty years’ experience in operational and management roles in the mining and information technology business units of BHP Billiton, followed by a period in a major US information technology company and a state based OHS regulator.

Following a personal experience of depression and anxiety within the workplace Michael joined the beyondblue Workplace and Workforce Program in 2005 as the Business Manager for the National Workplace Program, and is now the Workplace Partnerships Manager.

Michael’s personal goal is to use the combination of his corporate management experience, his personal experience of depression and anxiety, and his work in the mental health sector to assist Australian businesses to improve the mental health of their workplaces.

Aaron Neilson
General Manager

Aaron Neilson leads the search and recruitment business for safesearch across Eastern Australia.

He has specialised in the Health and Safety field for over six years. Prior to this he worked for a leading global consulting and recruitment firm delivering end to end recruitment solutions.
Aaron provides services to many of Australia’s leading corporations, assisting them to strategically identify innovative solutions to attract and secure the best possible talent for their business.
He keeps abreast of evolving practices through his participation in industry forums, chairing of conference streams and presenting at various universities to  health and safety post graduate students.

Professor Helen Lingard
School of Property Construction & Project Management

Professor Helen Lingard’s research focuses on the areas of occupational health and safety (OHS) and work-life balance in the construction industry. Professor Lingard has been a Chief Investigator in numerous government and industry-funded research projects and, in 2009, was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to deliver a program of research in the field of construction OHS. Professor Lingard frequently undertakes contract research projects for industry and government and leads a team of researchers in the construction OHS field.

Rob Hemmings
General Manager
Alcolizer Technology

With 13 years of continuous service as a Defence serving member (RAAF), I discharged in 1993 to pursue a career in Aviation/Aerospace in Logistics Management.
In 1996 I entered the brave new world of Business Development to finally assume a role as Regional Business Development Manager for Australasia for an American manufacturer of Avionics Systems.

Between 2000 and 2006 I moved into Business and General Management duties with several small Electronic Testing Equipment organisations including Mergers and Acquisition accountabilities and the growth of their Service and Sustainment activities.
Between 2007 and 2013 my roles included Business Development activities with one of the worlds largest Defence Suppliers of Weapon Systems, Manager of Australian Industry Involvement requirements for a European Defence Helicopter Manufacturer through to another stint as General Manager for a Electronics company within the Defence environment focused on Defence/Aerospace MRO activities.

November 2013 I accepted a position as General Manager for Alcolizer Technology Australia's largest and only manufacturer of Breathalysers.  This role includes establishing stronger process and structure enabling strong growth for the future and emerging technologies that we are establishing.
With a strong background in customer relationship and integrated systems this role poses new and exciting challenges working closely from Australia's Law Enforcement Agencies through to Logistics and Mining Sectors focusing on Alcohol and Drug policy development, product manufacturing, services and R&D strategies.

Specialties: General Management, Business Development, Strategy, Relationship Development and 6 Sigma.

Sarah Quinton
HSE Manager
Probuild Victoria

Sarah Quinton HSE Manager, Probuild Constructions, focuses on discussing risks with those carrying out construction works, asking the hard questions, did you just take a short cut, is this the safest way to do the task, are you endangering yourself and others? Sarah believes that a positive proactive safety culture is one key element of risk identification and risk management. Effective risk management, makes for a safe and productive workplace.

Walter Caoduro
HSE Manager
Probuild Victoria

Kate Smolenska
EHS Manager, Urban Regeneration
Lend Lease

Kate has been involved in the development industry for over 14 years, having held a variety of roles in the environmental engineering sector. Kate joined Lend Lease in 2011 as the Regional EHS Manager for Victoria and South Australia and has worked with both the Development and the Assets business.

Prior to joining Lend Lease Kate held a safety management role with Melbourne Water’s Waterways Alliance, with responsibility for the creation and implementation of the Integrated Management System. This included development of the Safety and Environmental Indices; measurement tools used to assess performance and report KPIs, and drive the right behaviours to achieve positive environmental and safety outcomes. Kate’s career commenced in the environmental engineering field, including Catchment Management and Water Sensitive Urban Design. She transitioned to working with Quality and Safety systems and combined this with a strong interest in Organisational Culture, specifically Safety Culture.

Scott Taylor
WHS Director
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Scott works with clients to sustainably improve an organisations business performance and safety.
Scott is an experienced senior executive and company director with a track record of business and operational performance in a variety of roles that include:

  • Group General Manager of Infigen Energy’s Australian Energy Business
  • Chief Executive Officer of Infigen Energy’s US Business
  • Program Manager for two ‘carve-out’ and transition transactions
  • Head of Sustainability for a global investment and advisory firm Babcock & Brown
  • Head of Risk Management for the Specialised Funds for Babcock & Brown
  • Chief Risk Officer for QR (including Aurizon)

Skills and expertise
Scott’s safety skills and experience includes:

  • Participation in the working committee for the National Rail Safety (reform) legislation
  • Executive leadership and sponsorship of a sustainability and safety programs
  • Improving safety with a dual focus on operations and strategic improvement
  • Accountability for the safety of operational, development and construction activities
  • Operational management of rail and work place health and safety functions
  • Implementation of business continuity, disaster and recovery programs (such as the recovery from a high speed train derailment)
  • Management of security and emergency management (responding to terrorist risks)

Katherine Aistrope
Senior Associate
Kelly Hazell Quill

Prior to joining the firm she has had extensive experience over the last decade in the workplace relations space with a particular focus on industrial relations in a diverse career that saw her start as an Articled Clerk and then lawyer at Freehills, time as a union industrial officer, and then back in corporate private practice (including an 8 month secondment with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia).

This experience gives Katherine unique insight, and she delivers practical, commercial legal advice to employers in a range of day to day workplace issues through to long term strategic planning. She has also acted for clients in a broad range of industries covering both blue collar and white collar workforces.

On the side, Katherine has also had significant involvement in the Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, including as a member of its Executive Committee and as its Secretary. She also continues to provide ongoing assistance with the Society’s highly regarded Fair Work Commission Advocacy Course.

John Darcy
Manager, Occupational Health & Safety
Master Builders Association of Victoria

John Darcy has been employed with Master Builders for the last six and a half years and came to Master Builders with varied industry experience including having worked in the printing, aged care, government and retail automotive industries.

John Darcy has 25 years experience in Occupational Health & Safety and workers compensation and currently heads up the OH&S Unit of the Master Builders Association of Victoria.

John has been involved in industry association roles for the last eleven years and represents Master Builders on numerous reference groups to at both State and National level, assisting in the development of practical guidance and advice in the areas of OHS and workers compensation.

Andrew Montgomery
OHS Strategy Manager
Bluescope Steel

Andrew has global responsibility for BlueScope OH&S Strategy and has been with BHP / BlueScope for 22 years. Andrew’s current areas of focus include:  Senior Manager Safety Leadership Development, Construction Safety and OH&S Business Process Improvement.  Recently, Andrew facilitated the establishment of BlueScope Global Requirements (GR’s) for Construction Safety. These GR’s set a minimum standard for all BlueScope and contractor construction sites.  Making this more challenging are the diverse locations, cultures and legislative environments that BlueScope operate in. Andrew has broad a background in engineering, operations, project management, supply chain management, business improvement, business integration & transition and more recently Corporate OH&S.

Keith Hoskins
Group General Manager HSE

Keith has over 20 years experience working in Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) profession, commencing his career with the Royal Australian Navy. He has gained Post Graduate qualifications in HSE and Business Management and has held senior HSE positions with a number of Australian ASX top 100 companies ranging from Wesfarmers to Telstra. 

Keith was a past Board member of the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) where he was instrumental in leading a review of the SIA professional publications. In Keith’s current position as the Group General Manager of HSE at Mirvac, he is responsible for developing and leading the HSE strategic direction and overseeing the HSE corporate governance framework.

Keith has previously overseen the development and implementation of the HSE strategic and operational planning requirements that has contributed to a significant reduction in injuries and unwanted consequences. He is a true believer that ‘Felt HSE Leadership’ is a key strategic driver in delivering sustainable HSE outcomes.

Peter Allsopp
Group Manager Safety and Health
Leighton Contractors

Peter is a highly motivated Safety, Health and Environmental executive with extensive experience in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and more recently Africa. Working across multiple high risk industries his career has spanned more than twenty three years, the last fifteen in senior management roles.

Leighton Contractors is one of Australia’s most recognised, diverse and established industry leaders. Employing more than 14,000 people Leighton Contractors provides services to the infrastructure, mining, telecommunications, civil construction, industrial, energy, health and services sectors.

As Group Manager Safety and Health at Leighton Contractor’s Peter is responsible for strategically leading the functions of SH&E Governance, Systems, Learning and Applications across the Group. Peter also oversees the effective implementation of the SH&E strategy for the Mining Division within Leighton’s.

Based in Sydney, Peter has a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Technology and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Technology.

Professor Nick Blismas
Director, Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research School of Property, Construction & Project Management
RMIT University

Nick is a Professor in the School of Property, Construction & Project Management, having joined RMIT University from Loughborough University (UK) in 2004. He worked as project manager in housing and corporate re-imaging prior to commencing an academic career. His main research fields include: construction OHS; off-site manufacture and housing production. His research has always been industry focussed, involving significant numbers of collaborating organisations. He has published extensively from his research, including industry toolkits, reports and over 70 academic publications. He has undertaken research funded directly by industry as well as the Australian Research Council, NIOSH (US) and AusIndusty.

Together with the research team in the Centre he has undertaken extensive research on the role of design in safety. His work has investigated the complexity of the design process and suggested that its adoption has been over-simplified. The Centre is currently working on several major projects that are looking at: stakeholder influence in design, the product/process design nexus, process knowledge transfer and design complexity. Other major areas of work are safety climate and culture, and more recently safety informatics and real-time data capture of safety indicators.

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