Global Speakers


Alan Sapsford

Program & Initiatives Director

Level Crossing Removal Authority

With a background in electrical engineering and general management, Alan has been delivering strategic health and safety programs and initiatives across large, multi-site organizations for the last 15 years. He has worked with a broad range of industries at local, national and regional levels. Alan is currently working in the rail infrastructure construction industry for the Level Crossing Removal Projects within the Victorian Major Transport Infrastructure Authority.

Topic: Level Crossing Authority – The KnApp – Creating a Learning Industry

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Andrew Douglas

Managing Principal & Workplace Lawyer

FCW Lawyers

Safety Conference Roundtable: Building Predictive Analytical Tools Within Workplace

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Chan Sinnadurai

Head of Health Safety Security & Environment


Chan Sinnadurai is the Head of HSSE for EnergyAustralia and a member of China Light and Power’s Global HSSE Leadership Team. He has a BA (Psy), MA (International Relations) and a MBA.

Chan is directly responsible for the HSSE performance for EnergyAustralia, one of Australia’s largest generator and retailers of electricity. The role includes HSSE governance of gas and coal fired power stations across Australia, and the domestic and commercial installation of batteries, solar and smart meters. In his current role, Chan has significantly improved EnergyAustralia’s HSSE leading and lagging performance through improvements in culture, management systems and HSSE leadership.

Chan joined EnergyAustralia as the Manager, Business Services for EnergyAustralia New South Wales and had managerial responsibility for Safety and Environmental performance, Commercial Services, Compliance and Business Support.

At the conference, Chan will focus on working towards zero harm, safety culture and safety leadership.

Prior to joining EnergyAustralia, Chan was with the Australian Regular Army, Tenix Defence (Australia’s largest defence contractor) and Delta Electricity (formerly Australia’s largest generator of electricity).

Topic: How EnergyAustralia Achieves Zero Harm and Safety Leadership



David Tregoweth

General Manager, Safety

Melbourne Water

David Tregoweth is a career Health and Safety Practitioner having commenced his work in the industry as a Health and Safety Inspector in 1985. Since then David has worked in industrial gases, steel manufacturer, aviation, logistics and infrastructure – in both Australia and New Zealand. David is currently Melbournebased.

Topic: Case Study – Melbourne Water’s Approach to Understanding the Importance of Safety Culture in Driving Practical Solutions in Hazardous Industries



Dylan Campher

Director of Simulation

Queensland Health

Safety Conference Roundtable: Reflexive Simulation – Shifting Minds to Improve Systems

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Fiona Murfitt

Head of Health & Safety


Fiona Mufitt is the Head of Health & Safety for Ausgrid, reporting directly to the CEO, where she is currently overseeing one of the largest reform programs in Australia. Fiona’s career has predominantly focused on working within high-risk operations, with more than fifteen years working within the oil & gas industry. She had also spent time as Director for Australia, BZ & Pacific Islands at Dupont.

Chief Safety Officer Panel: How to Sustain a Safety Culture with Employee Voice and Leadership (Panelist)

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Gary Williams

General Manager, Risk Assurance Compliance & Process Safety

Origin Energy

Topic: Learning from Origin Energy’s Incident Investigation Redesign – An Innovative Approach to Safety Examination

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Kevin Hayes

Earth Resources Program Manager

WorkSafe Victoria

Topic: Reducing Workplace Injuries on Mobile & Heavy Equipment Accidents

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Kurt Warren

Head of HSE – Southern Region

Laing O’Rourke

Keynote: Laing O’Rourke’s Journey to Becoming One of Australia’s Safest Companies & Winner of National Safety Awards of Excellence

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Melanie McGaw

Director, Organizational Safety and Wellbeing

Queensland Department of Education

Melanie has applied WHS principles in and gained experience from many industries including: Rail Transport, Gas, Water, Construction, Manufacturing and Communications. In these industries, Melanie has held positions such as General Manager, WHS; Rail Safety Investigator; Emergency Management Coordinator; Group WHS Manager; Principal Ergonomist and WHS Inspector; and Lead Safety, Environment, Emergency Management, Risk Management and Quality Practices at KD Gold Coast Light Rail. She is currently the Director of Organisational Safety and Wellbeing with the Queensland Department of Education.

Melanie is highly professional, articulate, and passionate about improving WHS in organizations, and has over 25 years’ experience as a Safety Practitioner with 13+ years in the rail industry. Melanie has a Master in Business Administration (QUT), a Master of Ergonomics (UQ) and a Bachelor of Behavioral Science (Griffith). Melanie contributes significantly across industry forums, peak body associations and academic institutions in Workplace Health, Emergency Management and Operational Safety, and has been the Director of Safety Chicks, a WHS networking group for women, for 10 years.

Melanie has been engaged as a guest speaker for national and international rail safety conferences and is a leader at the forefront of presentations, facilitating workshops and meetings with peak body organizations, major industry forums, internal clients, contractors and a broad range of stakeholders.

Melanie also adds significant value through her experience and insight into implementing rail safety and WHS principles and strategies to continuously improve safety culture and behaviors in the workplace.

Safety Conference Roundtable: HSW Management System in a Complex and Diversely Located Organization

Queensland Health


Michael Coffey

Head of Hazardous Industries & Industry Practice

WorkSafe Victoria

Chief Safety Officer Panel: How to Sustain a Safety Culture with Employee Voice and Leadership (Panelist)

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Monica Schlesinger


Advisory Boards Group

Topic: How IoTs Are Now Used to Monitor Hazardous Environment and Locate Workers in Emergencies

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Dr Nathan Kirchner

Robotics Leader

Laing O’Rourke

Nathan has developed an extensive track record of devising, implementing, and delivering deep-tech companies, products, departments, cultures & ecosystems in both academic & commercial settings; many with successful exits. His expertise is in making fundamental insights in human-robot/machine interactions and building robotics beyond those plugged onto standard human practices – but building robotics that elicit and submerge into behaviors inducing dramatically better realizations.

Nathan’s achievements include being named as “one of the top ten young scientists in the US & Australia” in 2011, along with a number of awards for his innovation & entrepreneurship outcomes, several highly competitive grants, being honored as 1st named co-chair on Australia’s 2018 Robotics Roadmap released by Australia Centre for Robotic Vision, Australian Research Council & the federal government.

He is the named lead inventor on multiple revenue-generating patents – he has devised, implemented & delivered over 30 revenue-generating commercial products, including the acclaimed, multi-award winning, highly sticky & sustainable Toolbox Spotter. He recently founded a robotics & AI-based spinoff company from his future robotics program in Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group, and has held various academic appointments at universities such as Stanford and University of Technology Sydney centered on his ability to induce sticky, sustainable & viral adoption of high-tech innovation since 2011.

Nathan wants to make the world a better place – tech is his vehicle.

Topic: Toolbox Spotter – AI-equipped Field Hard Computer Vision System for Real-time Hazard Detection

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Nikki Blair

General Manager - HSEQ


Nikki is a passionate professional with over 25 years experience in Safety, Health, Environment and Quality in various industries within Australia. With a technical background and qualifications in Applied Chemistry and OH&S, significant experience in auditing, training and development, risk management and incident investigation, Nikki demonstrates a collaborative, holistic and integrated approach to finding effective solutions for issues faced by organizations in delivering projects or services.

As a motivational leader and someone who positively influences change, Nikki inspires her teams and peers to achieve goals and supports them to develop their potential. Her goal is to ensure that the management systems put in place to achieve Safety Health Environment and Quality outcomes are practical and add value for the project personnel and the organization.

Topic: How Predictive Analytics Can Transform Root Cause Incident Analysis and Reduce Workplace Injuries

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Shankar Bhat

Head of Civil, Structures & Offshore Engineering


Topic: Case Study – Shell Utilizes Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) Training to Keep Field Engineers Safe in Hazardous Work Environments