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Andrew Downie. I am the Business Partner for Advice and Practiceat the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The Advice and Practice team isthe central source of advice and thought leadership that feeds all of IOSH’s OSH information needs.

I was a retail manager with the John Lewis Partnership in the UK for 21years, working within the food retail side of the business with Waitrose. My particular interests as a manager were in co-ownership, customer service and retailing compliance. I left the business last year following a restructure and my interest in compliance management led me to retrain in Health and Safety, gaining IOSH Managing Safely and NEBOSH General Certificate qualifications.

I live in Lincolnshire (UK) with my wife, two boys, and a rather boisterous Cockerpoo. In my spare time I enjoy running and cycling, and I volunteer as a safety advisor at a village tennis club and for a local Scout Group.


Andrea Baker started practicing and teaching Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) principles while working for one of the largest multinational industrial companies in the world. As an environmental health and safety leader of manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities, she worked through the complexity of adopting HOP principles from the ground up. In 2014, she was named the HOP leader for one of the company sectors. She taught HOP Fundamentals and Learning Teams around the US and helped develop and implement strategies to anchor the concepts in existing operating rhythms. She began extrapolating these strategies to a larger scale, and in 2015 became the HOP Senior Expert for the company’s 300+ multi-sector locations in Europe. In this position, she coached fatality and serious incident investigations while continuing to train and develop culture change strategies to help embed HOP principles into industrial day-to-day activities.


Nicolaus Dmoch has been an airline pilot for twenty years. Ever since watching a documentary about the sinking of the Titanic as a child, he has a vast interest in the big question of why accidents happen. His personal safety journey took him from believing that strict SOP compliance was the best antidote to accidents to a fascination with how organizations attempt to be safe.
In addition to his flying duties, he works as a Safety & Compliance Officer at his airline. Among other responsibilities, this role includes editing the company’s internal safety publication, which gives him ample opportunity to research and write about organizational accidents.

In 2013, he graduated summa cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science, having specialized on Safety Management and Human Factors. In 2015, he graduated with distinction and, in the same year, received the Rudolf Kapustin scholarship sponsored by the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. He is also a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer with Stiftung Mayday.



Dr. Ivan Pupulidy applies dynamic perspectives to complex systems and high-risk environments, such as wildland firefighting, aviation, military and medicine. His approach to human factors includes the social aspects of human interaction and sensemaking, which are essential components of a learning organization. As a U.S. Forest Service Director, Ivan replaced the traditional accident investigation model with the Learning Review, which embraces complex events by looking at conditions and networks of influence; this approach helps organizations develop learning and cultural change.

Ivan’s ability to integrate academic research with real world application comes from his varied life experiences, which have included work as a mine geologist, exploration geophysicist, and a U.S. Coast Guard pilot for rescue and law enforcement missions. Ivan served in the U.S. Air Guard and Air Force Reserves, where he flew the C-130 Hercules, including missions as a MAFFS tanker pilot on wildland fires. He also served on active military operations for combat and humanitarian support in Iraq, Afghanistan and Central Africa.

Ivan earned a Master’s of Science degree in Human Factors and Systems Safety at Lund University, Sweden, under Professor Sidney Dekker. He completed his PhD in Social Science at Tilburg University, Netherlands.


Tim Austin is the WHS Coordinator for Australian Agricultural Company, Australia’s largest beef producer. After working for 12 years in commercial horticulture he made the switch to agriculture. He holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and safety and is currently completing psychology honours. His main research interests are in self-determination, psychological safety and occupational stress models. He also has broad interests in organisational culture and leadership. He applies critical thinking to old and new paradigms and enjoys exposing faulty reasoning and the application of pop psychology and pseudoscience to safety theory. Tim sits on a beef industry safety group that provides advice to regulators and the wider industry. He resides in sunny Brisbane, Australia.


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Geoff Hoad is an Executive OHS and Operational Risk specialist with National and International experience in Logistics, Transport, Information Security and Manufacturing with over 37 years’ experience. He has held senior Safety and Risk roles with Chep, Recall and Asciano before coming to Optus where he has been Director of Workplace Health & Safety for the last three years. He has worked in ANZ and across the Asia Pacific region with global project roles in the US, UK and Germany. Geoff has also consulted extensively specialising in developing strategy and turnaround solutions for safety and risk. He has constantly tried to improve the way we think and look at safety and through his career has sought to influence business leaders to think about safety in a different context.

Geoff has degrees, certificates and post graduate qualifications in Safety, Organisational Development, Industrial Relations and Mental Health. With his wife Geoff spends his time with a growing tribe of grandchildren and enjoys travelling.


David ProvanDavid Provan is currently the General Manager Health, Safety and Environment for Origin Energy. David has held Safety Leadership positions spanning many industries, including; oil and gas, energy, construction, rail, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing. David enjoys helping organisations focus on understanding and developing their strengths to enhance business and safety performance.

David holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology), Masters of Health Science (OHS), Masters of Business Administration (Finance). He is currently studying a PhD at the Griffith University Safety Science Innovation Lab to understand: “What is the role of a Safety Manager?”. This research will develop a model of the organisational and individual factors that affect a Safety Managers tasks and behaviours, and the resulting influence of these on the organisations safety performance.


20150303_Lang ORourke_Corporate_RAW-330Tim Fleming started his career as a geologist and has worked across mining, emergency services and construction over the last 25 years mainly within Australia, holding senior safety leadership roles in a number of organisations. He is currently General Manager – Health, Safety and Environment for Laing O’Rourke Australasia. Tim believes passionately in the fundamental that people are there to be trusted first and enjoys the debate and challenges that comes with shifting health and safety away from traditional thinking.




NippinAnandNippin Anand is a master mariner and a social scientist with more than two decades of work experience that spans across hands on operations, academic research, consultancy and certification and regulation in the maritime, oil and gas sector. He is currently employed with DNV GL as a Principal Specialist in Safety Management System. Nippin is extremely passionate about (socio-technical) systems safety, multi-disciplinary thinking (technical and social sciences), and resilience and risk management.

Starting from a deck cadet to becoming a master mariner he has worked for more than twelve years at sea. After an accomplished career at sea he took up a master’s degree (distinction) at Cardiff University with a key focus on economics and trade policy in global shipping. Next, he was offered PhD fellowship by the Nippon Foundation of Japan at the Seafarers International Research Centre at Cardiff University to undertake a study on the human element in the maritime industry. Shortly afterwards he worked as a research fellow at the University of Nottingham. The project was designed with the view to examining the risk and resilience of UK’s critical national infrastructure. The aim was to examine the relationship between risk and resilience with a key focus on human element.

Nippin has presented his thoughts at many international conferences. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Chartered Scientist. Linking theory (of safety) with practice keeps him extremely motivated!


MugshotCraig Marriott started his career as a graduate physicist in the UK nuclear industry, writing safety cases for nuclear facilities. This background in technical and process safety, together with other operational and management roles, lent a different perspective to most when he transitioned into more conventional safety management.

Craig now works as a consultant, providing safety management and leadership advice to organisations with a particular focus on Executive and Board level support. He is a strong advocate of critical thinking in safety and the proper alignment and integration of safety with other business disciplines.

Craig is based in New Zealand.


Rosa headshotRosa Antonia Carrillo, M.S.O.D., is president of Carrillo &
Associates and an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of safety leadership and organization development. Invited as a keynote speaker from Bahrain to Australia, Latin and North America, she has designed and implemented safety leadership development programs for major corporate and government clients, including Exxon-Mobil Chem, DuPont, Alcan-Rio Tinto, General Electric, Honeywell, Southern California Edison, Johnson & Johnson, UC Berkley, and Lawrence Livermore Laboratories. In addition, she has worked as a management consultant with family owned businesses.

She has been frequently published in the ASSE Professional Safety Journal as well as the National Safety Council Journal of Safety Research.

As a former adjunct faculty in the Pepperdine University Presidential Key Executive program, Ms. Carrillo worked in depth to develop leadership capability in high-level managers.  Her 20 years of experience at the operational level with managers, supervisors and union members in North America, Latin America, Central Asia, and Bahrain, brings her credibility with all levels of the organization.

Ms. Carrillo holds a Masters of Science degree in Organization Development. Her website may be found at



Noel Hengelbrok is the Director of Safety Analysis for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and received his Master’s Degree in Human Factors and System Safety from Lund University. Previously, he was the Director of Safety Systems for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). Noel is dedicated to safety innovation and was a key developer for the Tennessee DCS Child Death Review, which is the first of its kind to use human factors and system safety analysis methods to review child deaths. In addition to his contributions in the area of child death review, he is focusing on improving safety in public human services organizations by increasing participation of employees in safety efforts that allow an organization to learn and improve. This involves researching and developing improved accountability systems to foster safety improvement.



Randy Cadieux is the Founder of V-Speed, LLC, a leadership, risk management, organizational resilience, and team performance consulting and training company, and is the developer of V-Speed’s Team Leadership and Resource Management training program. He is also the Program Manager and an Instructor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management program. Prior to his current roles Randy spent 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, where his primary occupational specialty was as a KC-130 Hercules pilot. He served in additional roles in the areas of operations and safety leadership. While transitioning to civilian life Randy realized that his educational, personal, and professional interests intersected so he decided to pursue a multi-faceted career in education, training, coaching, and consulting, with the overall goal of improving organizational operations and safety performance. Randy feels that the most important parts of a system are the individual employees, teams, and crews, and his interests often focus on ways to help improve team and crew performance. Randy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunications Systems Management from Capitol College, and a Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Randy is the author of Team Leadership in High-Hazard Environments: Performance, Safety, and Risk Management Strategies for Operational Teams published by Gower Publishing.




Ludwig Benner is a chemical engineer, ISASI and System Safety Society Fellow, and PE-Safety (retired) with experience including hazmat transportation equipment engineering, operations and regulatory liaison; corporate physical distribution management: transportation consulting; over 35 accident investigations with the NTSB; teaching accident investigation at USC and elsewhere; development of a new widely adopted paradigm for hazmat emergency responder decision making; design of an incident investigation system and investigation support software; Board Chairman of a safety consulting firm; webmaster of a pro bono investigation research support web site; and independent investigation process research. He is a practitioner, observer and analyst of accident investigation practices, and keen follower and analyst of national and international developments in this field for 45 years, with over 100 publications.


Pasfoto_DvValkenburgDavid van Valkenburg is a human factors and safety professional with a operational background as a seagoing officer in the royal Netherlands navy. His main interest is in using principles and theory of human factors in practice, bridging the gap between theory and practice.

David was a consultant with Advisafe risk management and in that role he was mainly engaged in incident investigations for all kinds of companies. On the first of April he started in a new role as human factors expert with the air traffic control organization in the Netherlands.



Bryce GregoryBryce Gregory has over 12 years of experience in OHS with an industry leader in the FMCG sector.

Being involved the manufacturing sector he sees the role of traditional compliance based Safety as ‘being around for a while yet’ but is passionate about influencing and enabling those who are ‘yet to be engaged’ by emergent Safety thinking.

He has a keen interest in exploring how to gain acceptance of new safety thinking from those who are touched by it on a day to day basis, particularly at a people management and shop floor level, by merging new concepts into currently accepted practices. He believes that given the knowledge and freedom to explore, changes in Safety thinking can also be influenced from the bottom upwards.


GaryWongGary Wong has worked in a variety of engineering, line operations, and managerial positions. He has enjoyed the opportunity of working with a wide range of clients – board directors, executives, managers, professionals, tradespeople and clerical staff (unionized and non-unionized). Through his own consulting practice, he offers strategy and execution services. For more details, see:

Gary is a professional engineer in Canada with a Masters of Business Administration degree. He is a training partner with Cognitive Edge and delivers a resilient safety culture course applying complexity and narrative. He is also a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People training consultant for FranklinCovey and a contract associate with the global consulting firm Capgemini Inc.



Drew-RaeDrew Rae is a lecturer at the Safety Science Innovation Lab, Griffith University. After working as a safety engineer in the Defence, Rail and Aerospace sectors, Drew developed a strong skepticism about the evidence base for current safety practices. His research focusses on the failures of safety management, in particular the role risk assessment plays in confirming pre-existing beliefs and justifying decisions that have already been made. Drew collects risk assessments for fun, and presents the DisasterCast podcast for the entertainment of others.



Loren MurrayLoren Murray currently works as the Head of Safety for Pacific Brands. Prior to this role Loren was the National Safety Manager for one of the largest Multi-National Transport Logistics Organisations in Australia and worked in senior OHS roles in the Construction Industry and Manufacturing sector.

Loren has been appointed an Adjunct Industry Fellow for a period of 3 years with the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development at the University of Southern Queensland where she researches the impact of self-determination theory,  peer effect and the power of choice on safety behaviours & employee discretionary effort. Loren is also an advisor on HSE matters to the Board of Australia Zoos.

Loren is passionate about the future of safety in Australia.  As Industry embarks deeper into the compliance journey Loren believes there is now a space for safety professionals to envision a different safety future for employees and ultimately Australian industry.  Loren is interested in doing safety a little differently. She delivers a unique perspective and strives to deliver a sense of belonging, pride and passion within the teams she operates.



Ben Seligmann PhotoBen Seligmann has had a keen interest in complexity and complex things for many years. He studied Chemical Engineering and did a PhD in hazard identification, risk management and process safety which included utilising systems theory. It was here he first discovered the notion of a complex system, and it has captured his attention ever since.

Through working over the last few years post-PhD, he has gained more experience in risk management and complexity science, partially through becoming a part of the Safety Differently community.

Soon to be embarking on a career in academia in process safety and risk management, he hopes to keep exploring the emergence of phenomena in the systems he studies to help people to understand and think through how to engage with a complex world.


ronganttRon Gantt is acting editor of and Vice President at SCM Safety with over a decade experience in the safety industry, primarily as a consultant and trainer. He has a Master of Engineering Degree in Safety Engineering and Management, as well as undergraduate degrees in Occupational Safety and Health and Psychology. In addition to being name as a Rising Star in Safety by the National Safety Council in 2013, Ron also is a Certified Safety Professional and holds many other certifications and licenses in safety, health, and emergency management. In his spare time Ron enjoys spending time with his wife and his three crazy dogs.



john greenJohn Green has worked in the oil, gas, petrochemical, electronic and aviation sectors. He began his working life as a major hazards inspector for the HSE in the late 1970s. He then spent periods overseas with BP on Das Island, ADNOC in Abu Dhabi, CALTEX in Bahrain and Total where he was Head of Safety during the construction of the South Pars industrial complex. On returning to the UK John held senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Board level positions with Severn Trent and Alfred McAlpine. He is currently Director HSEQ and Corporate Responsibility for Laing O’Rourke Australia having held the same post in Europe for 5 years

John holds degrees in Occupational Health and Safety, Integrated Pollution Mgmt, and Risk Mgmt as well as qualifications in Psychology, Law and Change Mgmt. He spends any spare time that he has climbing, scuba diving and in any other pursuit that requires risk management skills.


Terry Reis 4Terry Reis is a self-employed fauna ecologist specialising in the location of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and the identification of suitable habitats and resources. He provides ecological consulting expertise and environmental advice in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Terry specialises in assessment of the likelihood of occurrence of conservation significant fauna species. He has a background in rainforest ecology, including assessment of the biodiversity values of rainforest revegetation projects. He also provides high quality wildlife guiding and ecosystem interpretation, locating and identifying animals and describing habitats, ecosystem processes and animal/plant interactions for the lay person.

More detail of Terry’s skills and experience is available at


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Steven Shorrock is a systems ergonomist/human factors specialist and work psychologist with a background in practice and research in safety-critical industries. His main interest is human and system behaviour in the context of safety-related organisations. He seeks to enable improvement via a combination of systems thinking, design thinking and humanistic thinking. Steven is a Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist with the CIEHF and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He currently works as a human factors and safety specialist in air traffic control and aviation worldwide, and assists various healthcare safety initiatives. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at University of the Sunshine Coast, Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems. Steven blogs in a personal capacity, also at You can find him on twitter at @stevenshorrock



Hi this is John Culvenor.  I like to think about design ideas that affect people and how we go about achieving safety.  What are the concepts and traditions that we follow in getting there?  Which of these could be usefully challenged.  It’s these sorts of questions that are interesting to me.  I trained in engineering and ergonomics.  Take a look here for some more information.  Daniel wants me to provide a photo.  I will have to sort one out soon!


KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHans Houtman was a highly experienced aviation accident and incident investigator. After an initial career with the Dutch Police Force, Hans started working with the Air Traffic Control in the Netherlands in 2000. Since 2010 he ran a consultancy business, providing training services around Human Factors and Crew Resource Management, as well as providing accident and incident investigation expertise. Hans Houtman passed away in September 2014




TownsendAndrew Townsend was a self confessed ‘late developer’. When most people were carving out careers in management he was having “more fun surfing, sailing, skiing and managing a construction site”.  He attributed his instincts for protecting his workforce and his love of the English language to his schoolmaster father. When becoming physically disabled, his efforts focused on researching the link between safety and construction performance. Andrew Townsend passed away in September 2013.





Kelvin Genn holds a board position with the Cater Care Group as the Director of Risk and Service Delivery Support. He also is a committee member with the Safety Institute of Australia. Most recently he worked for Sinclair Knight Merz as the General Manager for Safety and Wellness. Kelvin has worked with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to develop a national accreditation system for all health care providers across Australia. He has also worked with the UK National Health Service Institute for Innovation and Improvement to deliver the Productive Leader and Productive Ward programs in Australia and New Zealand.

Kelvin is a strategic systems thinker with experience in Human Factors and organizational re-engineering. He developed his systems thinking approach working in the military aviation environment for 10 years with Royal Australian Air Force. Following this, for 10 years, Kelvin led a systems and risk management program across Asia Pacific and Europe with Compass Group, the world’s largest support service company.



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Kim Flanagan left NBN Co Limited, the company building Australia’s National Broadband Network, in August 2014.  He was the General Manager of Health, Safety and Environment for 4.5 years and is now the Managing Director of New Age HSE Services.  Kim actively seeks out new sciences in health, safety and environment and he hopes these new sciences will lead to a revolution in managing risk to further prevent serious injury and fatal incidents in the workplace.  He firmly believes that the accepted paradigms of the past 15 years need to be seriously and systematically questioned.

Before NBN Co Limited Kim worked for 1.5 years as General Manager Health, Safety & Environment for UGL Limited and 9 years as the Corporate Manager – Health Safety & Risk for Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited.  Prior to this he was 2 years as National Health Safety & Environment Manager in Logistics and Transport with Finemore Holdings Limited.  Kim spent 18 years with BHP Steel, 10 years as an Ambulance Officer.

Kim has a Bachelor Degree in Social Science majoring Physiology and Sociology as well as a Diploma of Business Management.  He is trained in Six Sigma and Lean philosophy, Six Sigma Project Champion and is an accredited RABQSA Business Improvement Auditor and Skills Examiner. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, Fellow of the International Safety, Quality & Environment Management Association and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors




Lincoln-Eldridge-webLincoln Eldridge, working at SafeMap International, is specialist in the area of organisational and industrial safety. He has worked internationally over the past decade in Australasia, Africa, Europe and North America. During this time he has worked strategically in the area of safety improvement and growth for multinational companies such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo Amercian, Boeing, Peabody Energy, Aker Kvaerner and many others. Lincoln is currently working with a number of leading thinkers in the area of industrial safety in an effort to develop a new paradigm for how safety is practiced in Australian and International workplaces into the future.




Shane Durdin has been working as a senior safety professional over the last 9 years in mining services, engineering and project delivery organisations, but also had a number of other dual roles such as HR manager, process plant manager/operator, and shutdown crew supervisor. In his 18 years of military service Shane his roles included being a tradesman, workshop manager, operations officer and officer commanding to name a few. Experience has included a number of warlike and non-warlike operations, combat logistics support, and joint operations planning.




Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is currently Professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab. After becoming Professor in Sweden, where he directed the Leonardo da Vinci Laboratory for Complexity and Systems Thinking at Lund University, he learned to fly the Boeing 737 and flew part-time as an airline pilot out of Copenhagen. He has won worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work in human factors and safety, and is best-selling author of, most recently, Just Culture (2012), Drift into Failure (2011), Patient Safety (2011), and Behind human error (2010). His latest book is Second Victim: Error, guilt, trauma and resilience.



Zinta Satins
has long been interested in both art and science.  She studied art in high school, switching to science in her final two years.  On her first day at university a well-meaning student directed her to the art faculty.  She was there to study applied science.  (The mistake probably had something to do with Zinta’s love of dressing in second-hand clothes)  Zinta has been working in the field of safety for the past 15 years.  During this time she has gained experience in the steel, mining, construction and engineering industries.  In her role she draws on her creative side, helping organisations develop solutions and supporting them to be successful in achieving their business strategies.  In her spare time Zinta pursues her love of the creative arts.  She currently makes jewellery, clothes and toys from second-hand materials which she sells at local markets.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACorrie Pitzer is a specialist in behavioural safety and strategic safety management, and is a leading consultant in this field throughout Australia, North America, South America and South Africa.  His work is based on extensive research which resulted in his establishing a new concept in safety: (Risk)Competency-based Safety (CBS). His company, SAFEmap International, is today regarded as the leading consultancy in this field, with several international corporations utilizing his expertise.




photoDaniel Hummerdal is the founder of After an initial career in aviation, Daniel trained to become an organisational psychologist. He has since worked as a consultant in high risk industries in France and Australia. His goal is to facilitate the development  of better solutions in which people’s potential is engaged and realised.


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