Day 1


We have secured an impressive lineup of presenters who will challenge and stimulate discussion on HSE leadership prior to moving into more interactive table discussion groups, the majority of which will be facilitated by many of Australia’s HSE corporate leaders.

10.30 - 11.10

Paul Taylor, CEO of Personal Training Academy,
Acumotum and the Body Brain
Performance Institute

The last decade has seen an explosion in Neuroscience research that has shown unequivocally that human brain has an enormous capacity to change - if it is given the proper stimulus and training. The ability of the brain to change is termed ‘plasticity’. In this stimulating talk, Professor Taylor will explore the evidence for organisational consciousness and show how the neuroscience of plasticity can be applied to organisations to drive effective change. He will also present the case that employee health and safety are fundamentally intertwined.

11.10 - 11.50

Leonard J Neist, Chief Executive,
NSW Independent Transport Safety Regulator

Effective safety leadership not only requires senior management and executives to be informed and competent in risk management and to own their organisation’s safety management system, it also requires organisational competence in safety management. All levels of an organisation, right down to a single specialist or individual have leadership accountabilities.

When it comes to safety, the key is making sure everyone understands their accountabilities and is prepared by their organisation to act on them.

11.50 - 12.30

Chris Keast, General Manager, Pacific National

Effective leadership is critical at both executive level and at the front line. The ability to engage at the front line is vital in delivering safety improvements. “Leaders walking the talk” is more than a cliché, it is a must if leaders are to fully engage in safety management and safety improvement activities that impact on those exposed to risk. Organisations must equip not just our senior leaders with the appropriate skills but more now than ever our front line leaders need the skills to implement safe working environments and enduring change.

Round Table Forum
Facilitated by Derrick mcManus

2.00-5.00 with afternoon tea from 3.00-3.30

Round Table Topics and Table Hosts
Leadership – Up Close and Personal With Business Leaders

These Round Table Sessions will encompass a wide range of topics and speakers from leading companies across Australia. Table facilitators include the Australian or Global heads of HSE for Elders, Programmed Group, Fonterra, Lend- Lease, David Jones, Metcash, Myer, WorleyParsons and Goodman Fielder to name a few.

Topics range from safety culture and lessons learnt through to engaging the C suite, beyond LTIFR and wellness and prevention strategies.

Proposed topics include:

  1. How to apply ASX 200 safety cultures to growing SME’s
  2. CFO/COO’s – what spins their wheels/keeps them awake at night
  3. Up-skilling to get safety front of mind/engage the C suite/corporate/executives leadership team
  4. Managing Safety with robust lead indicators – beyond LTIFR
  5. Learnings from near miss/major incidents
  6. What does best practice look like for Australia and Internationally
  7. Zero Harm and beyond – how to get there/barriers to success
  8. Work, Health and Safety – wellness and health prevention strategies that work to reduce lost capability/productivity and minimize aging workforce issues
  9. Corporate strategies for reducing costs,production loss and IR issues through best practice injury management
  10. How to represent a company’s safety culture through examining both qualitative and quantitative measures
  11. Have current approaches to safety management diluted the focus on critical risk?

You will have the opportunity to rotate around 4 different tables during these interactive sessions.

Table hosts include:

  • Michael Walsh, GM Safety, Asciano Ltd
  • Lesley Sweetman, General Manager OHS,
    Elders Ltd
  • Malcolm Deery, Executive GM HSW,
    Programmed Group
  • Rod Maule, GM Health and Safety ANZ,
  • Elizabeth Tosti, Group Manager Safety, Lend
  • David Cant, Group Health and Safety, CSR
  • Gavin Kenny, Delivery Integrity Systems
    Manager, Worley Parsons
  • Matthew Ames, Group Manager HSE &
    Sustainability, Origin Energy
  • Peter Harris, Group Manager HSE and Risk,
    Carter Holt Harvey
  • Kevin Figueiredo, GM Safety, Woolworths
  • Dean Matthews, Head of Safety and
    Environment, Yarra Trams
  • Deanne Boules, General Manager HSE,
    APA Group
  • Kara Freedman, National OHS Manager,
    David Jones
  • Keith Hoskins, General Manager OHS and
    Injury Management, Metcash
  • Anne Marie Baldwin, GM Risk, Safety and
    Sustainability, Myer
  • Brian Long, Global Head of Health and Safety,
    Lend Lease
  • Angela Seidel, Chief Risk Officer,
    Goodman Fielder

This exciting program will also include additional facilitators from a broad cross section of industry, legal, consulting and service providers

Opening Breakfast

Derrick McManus

Derrick McManus

On the 3rd May 1994 Snr. Constable Derrick McManus was shot 14 times with a highpowered rifle and was lying on the ground for 3 hours before he could be rescued. He not only survived but also returned first to his family and then, despite all medical predictions, to his work with the elite Special Tasks and Rescue (STAR) Group. Be inspired by Derrick’s zest for life and competition; learn how to overcome your biggest challenges and how to triumph where others believe it’s impossible – personally and professionally.

Keynote Address

David Smorgon

Derrick McManus

Former Director of Smorgon Consolidated Industries, Inaugural Chairman of Family Business Australia & President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club, David challenges his audience to aim higher to fulfil their true potential. David speaks on his 4 rules for success, which are based on his personal experiences in business and community over the past 40 years.