Previous Events

Previous Events

March 2020
Health & Wellbeing specialist Lucas Finch and Acting Head of Safety James Wallace from Sydney Water shared information and learnings from their award winning mental health and wellbeing program - 'Making Wellbeing Part of How We Do Business'. This program was the winner of the Australian Psychological Society’s 2019 Workplace Excellence Award for Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

This session was followed by a facilitated peer-to-peer discussion with a focus on managing mental health & wellbeing in the workplace during a crisis. Some of the crises that were discussed included the bush fires, drought and the recent development of COVID-19.



November 2019
Guest speaker Marie Boland addressed the group on her recommended changes to the Model Health and Safety Legislation with a focus on due diligence, psychological health & wellbeing, and industrial manslaughter. 

This was followed by an engaging Q & A between Marie and the attending ESE members that provided those present with an insight in to the reasons why Marie proposed her changes as well as allowing members to provide valuable insights in to their own experiences and opinions regarding the subject matter.



March 2019 - International Guest Speaker
In March 2019 we hosted guest speaker Dame Judith Hackitt (DBE, FREng, FIChemE, FCGI, British engineer, author, and civil servant). A former Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive, she is currently Chair of the manufacturing trade body EEF, and recently led the independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety related to the 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire in London.

This half-day event provided ESE members with an in-depth insight into the topics of ‘Global Perspectives on Leading Safety’ and ‘Understanding Systemic Failures – Lessons from Grenfell’. Dame Judith also participated in a Q & A after both topics, further allowing ESE members to engage in shared-learning through experience.

Jessica Doyle summarised Dame Judith’s presentations in her article - Safety Leadership and Getting it ‘Just Right’.



November 2018 - WHS Research Seminar
During 2018, SafetyWorks teamed up with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to conduct a research project to explore the potential of peer-to-peer safety leadership networking groups for CEO’S and executives in Australia. For our November 2018 event, Dr. Sharron O’Neill from UNSW joined us to explore this critical aspect of workplace health, and safety (WHS) governance, leading an interactive discussion on world-class performance metrics and their application for leadership.

Sharron spoke about the fact that in order for officers to discharge their responsibilities effectively, they need timely, robust and relevant performance reporting and analysis.  Sharron explored the question; What constitutes good quality reporting metrics and how do we know we have it right?



March 2018 - International Guest Speaker
International Process Safety Expert, Martin Sedgwick shared insights into the role of senior executives managing Major Hazard Risks. Martin drew on his extensive experience from a wide range of sectors around the world, including his contribution to the US Chemical Safety Board's investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling incident. He also demonstrated how this approach to understanding risk is critical in all organisations, not just major hazard facilities.

Martin and his team from Origin Energy shared a live online demonstration of the real-time process safety reporting metrics that they were in the process of developing over a 2 year project.

Take a look at our summary article - 3 Questions Executives and Boards Should Ask Themselves.


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October 2017 - Members Panel Q & A and International Guest Speaker
Members John Barbagallo (CEO MolyCop), Tash Brown (General Manager Operations Aurora Energy Tasmania) and Nick Roberts (CEO Forests NSW) shared their personal health, safety and wellbeing journeys.  The panellists then participated in a Q & A with members, with the theme ‘what are the most critical executive leadership behaviours?'

Francois Barton from the New Zealand Business Leaders Health & Safety Forum addressed the ESE about the history of the NZ Forum, its purpose, what has been critical to get it right and what lessons have been learned. Members were able to address questions to Francois.


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May 2017 - Member Hosted Event
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) hosted the ESE including a tour of the Northmead CCA bottling facilities for members.

David Grant, General Manager Supply Chain shared his leadership journey with the group, as well as providing insights into how CCA have continuously improved in the area of health, safety and wellbeing.


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September 2016 - Member Presentation on Culture Change
Darren Ellis, General Manager Design and Construction, Scentre Group has worked in the construction retail industry for over 20 years, both overseas and throughout Australia. 

Darren spoke about his experience building momentum for culture change within Scentre Group and the importance of uniting senior leaders to set commitments and expectations to generate health, safety and wellbeing culture change.


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February 2016 - Member Profile Safety Journey
Trevor Bourne, FAICD spoke about his extensive executive career, sharing with us his story as someone who has witnessed significant changes in health and safety throughout his career across a wide range of industries.   This included as General Manager of Brambles, and then through Directorships with organisations with diverse risk profiles including Origin Energy, Caltex Australia, Sydney Water, Senex and Virgin Australia.

Members had an opportunity for Q&A with Trevor and a discussion about the strategic and people skills required to demonstrate strong safety leadership at the executive level.

The morning provided members with the opportunity to connect and network.


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September 2015 - Members Workshop: Demonstrating Due Diligence
With a theme of Visible Leadership, members engaged in a brief networking session followed by a guided discussion using two workplace scenarios.

The scenarios were selected specifically for the members to provoke meaningful and relevant discussion on important due diligence and governance issues in relation to workplace health, safety and wellbeing.

The discussion included input from members, demonstrating the importance of shared learning and debate amongst leaders.


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February 2015 - ESE Launch & Member Profile
SafetyWorks Group launched the inaugural Executive Safety Exchange (ESE) event in February 2015.

The inaugural meeting focussed around the coming together of foundational members in a bid to start the conversation around leading safety, health and wellbeing while also sharing and learning from the experiences of one another.

Dr Eileen Doyle featured as the first guest speaker at the Exchange.  Eileen shared with the group her personal safety leadership journey, drawing on her extensive experience on a number of boards including OilSearch, Boral, CSIRO and Bradken Limited and that have the goal of ensuring safety, health and wellbeing in the workplace.