Master Builders Association Victoria
Workplace Relations Consultant
Marie Boland led the 2018 review of the model WHS laws and presented her independent report to Safe Work Australia late last year.
Ms Boland was the Executive Director of SafeWork SA from 2015 to 2017. Before this time, she held various senior positions at SafeWork SA, including playing a key role in implementing the model WHS Act and Regulations in South Australia and being actively involved in the policy and legislative work surrounding South Australia’s referral of industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth.
Since leaving SafeWork SA, Ms Boland has set up a workplace relations consultancy, undertaking work for the Public Service Association of South Australia and the Commonwealth Department of Employment to produce a report into the WHS and workers’ compensation issues arising from the gig economy. She was also appointed Presiding Officer of the South Australian Construction Industry Long Service Leave Board on 1 July 2017 for a five-year term. She is a member of the South Australian Better Prisons Advisory Panel and also works as a Solicitor at Campbell Law in Adelaide.
Ms Boland has a Master of Arts (History) and a law degree from the University of Adelaide. She was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2007.
Paul has approximately 20 years prosecutorial and defence experience in criminal and occupational health and safety law in Victoria and interstate.
Paul has practised in many areas of OHS law at both state and federal levels involving varying duty holders, industries and regulators. A former LIV accredited specialist in criminal law, Paul gained his prosecutorial experience at the Office of Public Prosecutions and later WorkSafe Victoria. He then focussed on OHS defence work at international and independent Australian law firms. During this time, Paul also undertook a brief sabbatical from the law to run his own business.
In August 2015, Paul returned to WorkSafe Victoria as Director of the Enforcement Group where he leads a team of 80 lawyers, investigators and analysts who administer and enforce OHS, compensation, administrative and criminal law matters.
Australian Industry Group
Mark Goodsell is the Director – NSW for the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
Mark has been with Ai Group since 1985, initially as an industrial relations adviser to the manufacturing, heavy engineering and construction sectors.
Ai Group is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including: manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport; information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire; printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other industries.
Ai Group members operate small, medium and large businesses, representing over one million employees across a range of industries.
In 15 years as NSW Director, Mark has been responsible for pursuing business and industry policy issues on behalf of these businesses with both state and Commonwealth Governments, including, employment regulation, OHS and workers compensation, regulatory and occupational licensing issues, state and regional development, innovation, skills formation and vocational education.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Steve co-leads the Asia Pacific Work Health and Safety team. He works with clients to proactively manage risk and defends criminal prosecutions arising from serious workplace incidents. Steve also develops bespoke, strategically aligned contractor engagement and management systems.
Steve provides prompt and practical advice on steps to take immediately following an incident, as well as developing strategies for the efficient management of ongoing regulatory investigations. Steve represents clients at inquests and inquiries and is acutely aware of the impact incidents have, not only on those directly involved, but the wider workplace and company stakeholders.
Steve is sought-after for his common sense, calm and commercial approach to workplace issues. He helps his clients respond to workplace crises in a sensitive, methodical and structured way.
An in-demand speaker, Steve regularly presents to boards and executives, industry forum groups and management committees on emerging issues affecting workplace regulations.
Steve particularly enjoys working alongside clients to develop proactive and practical health and safety compliance strategies. He has recently:
- developed and implemented effective contractor management systems for the construction of a number of major infrastructure projects
- advised Australia’s largest logistics business on compliance with heavy-vehicle safety laws
- acted for a client responding to a coronial inquest and WHS prosecution following a multiple fatality at its workplace
- advised board members and executive officers on their personal compliance obligations and assisted in the development of work health and safety improvement strategies for the businesses they lead
- assisted in the development of a comprehensive safety governance framework to protect the Board and executives of a listed company.
Recognition Steve and his team are ranked by Doyles Guide as a leading individual and leading safety legal practice as well as by The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.
Other Safety Laws Steve and his team are recognised experts in emerging areas of ancillary safety litigation, including rail safety and road transport safety laws. They work with clients to assist them to understand these complex regulatory regimes, and develop compliance systems to manage their obligations under them.
NSW Resources Regulator
Steve is the Acting Director of the Major Investigations Unit with the NSW Resources Regulator.
In this role, Steve is responsible for managing a team of specialist investigators who undertake major investigations under the NSW work health and safety laws and mining laws.
Steve’s team shares the learnings of investigations with the mining industry to influence industry behaviour and improve industry performance.
Steve has a master’s degree in Investigations Management and has worked in a variety of investigation settings in local and state government for 19 years.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
Chris joined the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in July 2016, taking up the role of Senior Prosecutor. In February 2018 he was appointed Principal Prosecutor. He currently oversees NHVR’s Prosecution Unit, and chairs the National Prosecution Group which brings together the heads of prosecution from all agencies to achieve a consistent application of the HVNL. Prior to joining the NHVR, Chris worked at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, prosecuting across all facets of Commonwealth criminal law. Chris has also previously worked as a private lawyer, and for South Australia Police as a supervising senior prosecutor. In the police Chris headed up a trial team before moving to the Professional Conduct Section, handling prosecutions against serving members of the police. Chris is committed to improving road safety in the heavy vehicle industry and joins the NHVR with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Chris is currently completing his Master of Laws, his thesis topic being ‘Prosecuting workplace deaths: legislative and evidentiary impediments to successful prosecution’.
Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health
Lana is the Director Health Safety and Wellbeing at Northern Sydney Local Health District. She has worked in the field of organisational Health, Safety and Wellbeing for 20 years and has an extensive amount of experience and dedication to the provision of a safe and healthy workplace . Her work experience includes Work Health & Safety, Injury Management, Wellbeing, Risk Management and liabilities management with 15 years in senior management positions including the Director Health & Safety at Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Deputy Director Workforce Risk Management at Ambulance Service NSW. Lana is passionate about developing a well-rounded safety culture program that integrates not only the physical or environmental aspects of work, but extends to embracing the psychological impact of a work-life balance in all areas of life.
Centre for Work Health and Safety
Angelica joined the Centre for WHS in late-2017 and has focused her research on the psychology of enforcement; understanding how enforcement impacts behaviour and the likelihood of (re)offending. In mid-2018, she completed a report on understanding effective enforcement tools in WHS. Recommendations from this research have been cited in the yet-to-be-released national review of the model WHS laws.
CFMEU Construction & General
Gerard has worked in the construction industry for over twenty-five years. He started work as a builder’s labourer, and is now the OHS&E Manager of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Construction and General Division – Victorian/Tasmanian Branch). Gerard has also worked in the NSW Branch of the CFMEU. He has a PhD and a Master’s Degree in OHS, and Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management. He sits on a numerous committees and boards that address all manner of issues to do with OHS, has written numerous articles and has presented many papers (both locally and internationally) on a vast range of OHS issues. He is also a guest lecturer at Melbourne University and RMIT, and is a strong advocate of the right of workers to be involved in workplace OHS decision making.
Tony is the current Executive Director of Operations for Safework NSW (SWNSW). SWNSW has Australia’s largest Inspectorate, with 315 Inspectors servicing the Work Health and Safety, Workers Compensation and Return to Work needs of employers and workers in nearly 300,000 workplaces across NSW.
Prior to his employment with SWNSW, Tony has worked in both the private and public sectors in the Forestry, Power Generation, Rail and Aircraft Maintenance Industries.
Tony is passionate about workers returning home safely from work. He is a Churchill Fellow, having been awarded a fellowship in 2008 to study innovative safety improvement strategies. He also sits on the Community Advisory Committee for Rural and Remote Mental Health.
Clyde & Co
Kiri is a senior workplace health and safety lawyer with experience across a wide range of industries and is uniquely placed to provide holistic advice to clients on all aspects of work health and safety law.
With over 15 years’ experience practising in work health and safety, Kiri has been involved in some of the most significant work health and safety prosecutions and civil penalty proceedings across Australia, acting for both defence and prosecution counsel.
Kiri advises with respect to a wide range of strategic, regulatory and risk management issues. She is involved in incident management and investigation, drafting health and safety policies and compliance manuals, delivering regular training sessions and conducting compliance audits and analyses. Kiri’s focus is on providing practical and commercial advice to clients.
Michael joined WorkSafe in April 2017. Michael oversees WorkSafe’s prevention strategies for Construction, Major Hazard Facilities, Mines, Agriculture and Health sectors.
Michael comes to WorkSafe with an extensive background in health & safety leadership gained predominantly in Aviation working at both the Air Traffic Control authority – Airservices Australia and the Qantas Group. Michael has also held safety leadership roles within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Telstra and the Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Along with a strong stakeholder focus gained from his dealings with various workplace parties including Boards, unions and workers, Michael has a passion for developing and implementing innovative prevention strategies to improve health and safety performance; particularly in high risk complex environments.
Helen is a partner in BLM and heads the national health and safety team. She represents individuals and organisations involved in major regulatory investigations and prosecutions including corporate and gross negligence manslaughter and complex health and safety prosecutions.
Helen is an accomplished regulatory lawyer with a high profile client base operating in many sectors but in particular in the manufacturing, engineering, construction and care industries.
She has been ranked in the Legal 500 as a “real expert” and “just outstanding”; and was described in the Legal 500 2018 as “undoubtedly impressive” and “calm, helpful and very capable”.
Helen is also a First Tier judge in the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber and sits in the Mental Health jurisdiction.
Helen is a frequent speaker at national and trade safety events on specific regulatory issues as well as trends in the regulatory environment including fee for intervention, best practice in safety management, coroners’ reform and the new sentencing guidelines. She has developed the “BLM tracker” which is a user friendly app for tracking health and safety sentencing and its data and analysis has been published and referenced widely in the press.
Barry Sherriff is a lawyer and consultant with over 35 years’ experience at leading national law firms in work health & safety, workers’ compensation, risk management and governance across all industry sectors and the Commonwealth and States public sectors. He provides legal and non-legal advice, representation and training (partnering where appropriate with other organisations).
Barry is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia. He is the Chairperson of the Seafarers’ Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare) and immediate past chairperson of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC).
Barry has for many years been recognised in various directories of leading lawyers being named the Best Lawyers 2016 OHS Lawyer of the Year, Melbourne. He is listed in both Doyle’s Guide and Best Lawyers for 2018. He is an acknowledged thought leader, speaking regularly at conferences and authoring numerous publications including “Sherriff’s Work Health and Safety Law Guide”.
Aaron Guilfoyle was appointed as Queensland’s first independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor in March 2019. Appointed for a five-year term, he heads the Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, prosecuting and advising the Queensland Government on Work Health and Safety and Electrical Safety offences.
Mr Guilfoyle was previously an Assistant Director with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. His work with the CDPP included a specialisation in regulatory areas, including in maritime safety. Over an 18-year career, Mr Guilfoyle appeared regularly as counsel for the CDPP, including in high-profile and complex prosecutions for several Commonwealth regulatory agencies.
Rick Bultitude has been a work health and safety professional for over 30 years. Rick joined the then WorkCover Authority of NSW (now SafeWork NSW) in 1994 as an Safety Inspector. In 2002 Rick was appointed to the position of Manager for the Construction Team, responsible for delivering regulatory services to the construction sector within the greater Sydney Metropolitan area.
In 2008, Rick established a centralisation response and investigation function within the Regulator. In 2012, he assumed responsibility for leading the delivery of the Regulator’s enforceable undertakings program.
In 2016, Rick was appointed to the position of Director, Investigations and Emergency Response at SafeWork NSW.
Investigations & Emergency Response provides a range of state-wide services that deliver investigation outcomes, incident and request for service triaging, after-hours response, emergency management and enforceable undertaking functions. Investigations & Emergency Response guides the organisation’s strategic response services and frameworks. Investigations and Emergency Response also play a key role in the building and maintenance of co-regulator relationships.
Safety Institute of Australia
Patrick Murphy has been employed at Origin Energy since May 2015. Patrick joined Origin following nearly 10 years working as the Global HSE GM for Rio Tinto. Prior to this Patrick worked for 5 years in the Construction Industry in a national health and safety role at Watpac Ltd. He has also worked within the Queensland Regulator as a Principal Policy Advisor following his time as a Ministerial Advisor.
Patrick is currently studying his PhD at the University of Queensland “The politics of Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)” and in 2014 Graduated from the Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Patrick has Masters’ degrees in Health Science majoring in OHS from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Master of Business majoring in Management- policy analysis, again from QUT. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma Occupational Health Safety and Environment at QUT and Bachelor Business Management majoring in political studies at QUT and has a Graduate Diploma in Sustainability.
He is currently (and has been since 2013) the Chairman of the Safety Institute of Australia, the peak OHS professional body within Australia. He has also represented Australia as a Director on the International Network of Safety & Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO) Board and is a Director for the Qld Regulator Workplace Health & Safety Queensland Board, He is also the Independent Chair of the Rural Health and Safety Alliance. He has also served on the Board of Kidsafe Queensland and served as Deputy Chair of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia.