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Tom Martin
Special Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Tom Martin of Norton Rose Fulbright is an occupational health and safety lawyer based in Perth.

Tom’s practice covers all aspects of workplace safety, from investigating critical safety incidents and defending prosecutions to advising on legal compliance, with a focus on corporate governance and officer’s personal liability.

Tom is particularly interested in the intersection of health and safety issues with employment and industrial matters in areas such as industrial action, bullying, and drug and alcohol testing.

Dr Susanne Bahn
Senior Lecturer (Research)
Centre for Innovative Practice, Faculty of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University

Dr Susanne Bahn is a Senior Lecturer (Research) in the Centre for Innovative Practice in the Faculty of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University. Her doctoral study focussed on management values and safety culture. She has worked on several safety and social research projects over the past five years. Her interests lie in OH&S practice and processes, risk management, middle management change processes, and vocational educational training in the construction and mining industries. She has published extensively about health and safety process and practices focussing on organisational and management issues and responsibilities. Her current research investigates risk blindness and strategies to foster improved risk awareness for workers in highly hazardous environments.

Dr Jennifer Bowers
Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Dr Jennifer Bowers is Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University; Professorial Research Fellow, Cairns Institute, James Cook University and Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

Jennifer’s achievements in healthcare are widely respected in the mental health community both in Australia and internationally. As a leader in the government mental health sector, she has been the Executive Officer at The Park Centre for Mental Health in Queensland and Chief Executive Officer of South Australian Mental Health Services.

Jennifer was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards for Innovation in 2010 and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian Munns
Director, Policy and Education
WorkSafe WA

Ian is the Director, Policy and Education of the Worksafe Division of the Department of Commerce in Western Australia.  Ian commenced with WorkSafe in the middle of 2009 and has been variously responsible for policy, planning, information and education in the agency.  The timing of Ian’s commencement with WorkSafe was in the midst of the occupational health and safety law harmonisation process.

Ian works closely with the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health in Western Australia and a number of its advisory committees.

Prior to joining WorkSafe Ian worked for a federal government agency and was involved in a variety of activities ranging from enforcement through to advice and policy.

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.

Tim Molloy
General Manager – Sales and Marketing
Force Access

Tim joined Force in June 2013 to advise on the implementation of a CRM for the Force sales team and subsequently joined the Force Executive team full time in January 2014.

He brings a wealth of hands on experience in growing businesses, sales management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions and operational management. This experience has been gained in over 30 years of managing organisation to achieve high growth in a profitable and sustained way that returns value to shareholders.

In the 80’s Tim worked with Contiki holidays as International Marketing Manager based in London for 5 years. Then followed a period with both Cee Data and Solution 6 focusing on growing these businesses through profitable revenue growth and acquisition opportunities.

In 2002 Tim purchased and grew his own technology based company in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore before successfully selling this to MYOB in 2007 where he became an exec member and investor. In 2011, following the successful private equity sale of MYOB, Tim has been an investor, mentor and consultant to growing companies in Australia.

His knowledge of best practice in sales and marketing combined with a strategic focus to maximise a companies potential and a pragmatic approach to operational matters brings valuable insights to the Force team.

Max Crowther
Safety Manager
Thiess Australia

Max has in excess of 22 years of industry and OHS experience from humble beginnings as a HSR to OHS Professional. He has worked in the marine, transport, heavy engineering, chemical manufacturing, construction and resources sectors, overseeing all facets of HSE on large scale multi-billion dollar projects from concept through to operation in various continents.
Max has one ethos, ‘keep it simple and keep it real’

Catherine Herriman
Regional SHE Manager Western
Leighton Contractors

Catherine Herriman has more than twenty years experience spanning safety & health, transformational change management, workplace change and structural reform and policy and system development. Her NSW Senior Executive Service (SES) experience includes industry and regulatory safety, team management, corporate services reform and change management, strategic planning, and regulatory reform.

In her 20 years working in safety and health she has worked for a variety of organisations including the National OHS Commission, major transport agencies in NSW, in consultancy, and most recently for Leighton Contractor’s.

As a result of this experience and her ongoing passion for learning Catherine has wide ranging and in-depth understanding and experience in the field of safety practice. She is known for her ability to transform safety culture and practice through senior management engagement and commitment, and for guiding the development of safety learning and the safety journey in an engaging, collaborative and passionate way. She has an equal ability to work at strategic leadership whilst understanding operational reality to continually improve safety.

As well as her experience in achieving cultural change Catherine has successfully reformed safety functions; built effective stakeholder relationships; developed and implemented safety management systems; introduced contemporary approaches to safety auditing and investigation, run critical risk management projects and fitness for work initiatives. She led the State contribution to complex regulatory reform in the rail industry and has for many years participated on national committees.

Peter Handel
General Manager, Western Infrastructure
Leighton Contractors

With a construction career spanning more than thirty years, Peter joined Leighton Contractors in 2005 and is currently responsible for the company’s infrastructure business in Western Australia.

Peter has extensive major project experience gained through project management and in executive roles across a number of market sectors and disciplines including roads and bridges, railways, tunnelling, water and wastewater, ports and marine and mining. Recent responsibilities at Leighton Contractors include oversight of major road projects including Tarcutta Hume Alliance, Kempsey Bypass Alliance and the M2 Upgrade in NSW, deconstruction and rebuilding of the Newmarket Viaduct in Auckland, NZ and the Great Eastern Highway Upgrade and Gateway WA Alliance in Perth.

Peter holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sydney and has previously served as a Council member of the University’s Electrical and Information Engineering Foundation.

Coert Du Plessis
Partner - Deloitte Analytics
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Coert is the lead Partner for the WA Deloitte Analytics practice, optimising operations, capital and financial performance through advance analytics.

Technophile, chartered accountant, and lead Partner of the Deloitte Analytics practice in Perth, Coert Du Plessis strives to deliver innovative analytics and fresh insights from clients’ data assets to drive radical change in business performance.

With a career spanning over fifteen years, Coert has been fortunate to have worked at a host of international locations including Cape Town, London, Florida, Sydney and Perth for the last six years. Working in fast paced and vibrant cities has allowed Coert to be receptive to new ideas and global concepts which have helped shape his professional career and fresh approach to data analytics.

Coert’s innovative and cutting edge analysis in the areas of mining, oil and gas and construction safety, customer segmentation and asset efficiency has gained national recognition. Over the last five years Coert has built the Perth Data Analytics team from one employee to nearly twenty data scientists and helped the WA marketplace appreciate the developing need for strategic data insights and data driven decisions.  

Dr Philip Wadick
WHS Principal

Dr Phil Wadick worked for a time in underground mining early in his career, and followed this with over 20 years working in the construction industry. His WHS research interests have focused on safety culture among subcontractors, consultation, effective training, and leadership. His most recent project highlighted what sort of behaviours managers/leaders/WHS professionals need to display if they are to encourage workers to be proactive in improving the health and safety of their workplace. He has had many of his findings published in peer reviewed and industry journals and presented them at international and national conferences. He now works for Coffey as the WHS Principal and Group Leader for NSW/ACT.

Alistair Talbert
Special Counsel
Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Alistair heads up our Workplace Group in Perth. He is experienced in employment, industrial relations, occupational health and safety and discrimination law.

He provides strategic, commercial advice and representation to state, national and international clients in a variety of different industries, including mining, logistics, retail, manufacturing and government.

His recent experience includes providing Australia's leading national logistics provider with timely, commercial advice on OHS prosecutions, employment issues and industrial disputes as in-house counsel. He was integral in preparing the organisation for compliance with the new harmonised OHS laws.

Alistair has considerable litigation experience in defending OHS prosecutions, employment and discrimination claims and industrial disputes.

He has a pragmatic and commercial approach to the law. His expertise spans all areas of workplace law, including:

  • employment contracts
  • industry agreements
  • industrial disputes
  • terminations and unfair dismissals
  • discrimination complaints
  • occupational health and safety
  • equal employment opportunity
  • bullying and harassment.

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.

Nicole Roocke
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Having been appointed Director, in December 2007 Nicole Roocke has responsibility for the portfolios covering Occupational Safety and Health, Land Access, Environment, Infrastructure and the North West and Kimberley Regions.

Nicole has been with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy for a period of ten years where she has been responsible for coordinating industry input on a variety of government regulatory and policy issues and facilitating communication within the minerals and resources sector.

Nicole is a registered psychologist and has completed a Masters of Science in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from UWA and a Masters in Risk Management from UNSW.

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.

Rebecca Atkinson
National Manager Safety Capability & Human Factors
John Holland

Rebecca has worked in John Holland since 2006 in a variety of roles across a range of functions, including Organisational Development and HSE.  Prior to that, she worked across a wide range of industries such as petro-chemical, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, utilities and the public sector.  Her consultative approach and ability to build and influence strong relationships with key stakeholders at all levels has been key to each position.

Her current role is focused on the effectiveness and capability of the Safety function and incorporating Human Factors principles in the Safety Strategy.  A key element of the Safety Strategy that Bec is responsible for is to provide drive and focus for the implementation of the HSE Behavioural Framework.

Joanne Garlick
State Manager WA
Conexus Consulting

With 26 years experience in the mining industry and extensive knowledge in project management, business development, design, consulting and coaching Joanne is invaluable in her role as State Manager of WA for Conexus Consulting. In her role Jo travels extensively across Australia and around the world, always delivering with passion and genuine commitment to ensure organisational outcomes are met and leaders are supported in a way that allows them to be as effective as they can be.

Riaan Carstens
Project Manager
Sinclair Knight Merz

Riaan Carstens is a senior project manager and electrical engineer with 20 years experience in the electrical and telecommunications industries. In recent years Riaan managed SKM teams on a variety of large projects for our major clients including Western Power, Horizon Power, BHP and Rio Tinto. In his currently role he is the EPCM project manager for Rio Tinto’s power system upgrade project, a A$2.2 billion electrical infrastructure upgrade which includes 3 new gas fired power stations, 220kV transmission lines, gas pipelines, brownfield substation upgrades, static VAR compensators and new 220kV substations.

Mick Buchan
Secretary WA

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