The Program for the 2020 Conference is being developed and as it is confirmed, information on the Keynote Presenters will be progressively added to this page.

Russell White
Russell WhiteMaster of Ceremonies

Russell’s experience in the road safety field is unique. His career spans more than 28 years and encompasses expertise across a broad range of road safety matters. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading road safety advocates and media commentators, with regular appearances on Channel 7’s Sunrise program. The driving force behind his commitment to reducing road trauma is based around three key factors: Advocacy, Research and Education.

Russell is the Managing Director of Driver Safety Australia. In addition, he is also the Founder and CEO of the Australian Road Safety Foundation. The Foundation operates Australia’s only national community-based road safety campaign – ‘Fatality Free Friday’. His vision, innovation and long-term experience makes him a “one of a kind” in the road safety industry.

Russell White
Russell WhiteMaster of Ceremonies

Russell’s experience in the road safety field is unique. His career spans more than 28 years and encompasses expertise across a broad range of road safety matters. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading road safety advocates and media commentators, with regular appearances on Channel 7’s Sunrise program. The driving force behind his commitment to reducing road trauma is based around three key factors: Advocacy, Research and Education.

Russell is the Managing Director of Driver Safety Australia. In addition, he is also the Founder and CEO of the Australian Road Safety Foundation. The Foundation operates Australia’s only national community-based road safety campaign – ‘Fatality Free Friday’. His vision, innovation and long-term experience makes him a “one of a kind” in the road safety industry.

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Dallas Adams
Dallas Adams

Dallas is the Founder and Director of DC Adams Group – Why Safety Matters.

He has 25 years of experience working within the Civil and Construction industries including mining, tunnelling, commercial, trade, technical training and public speaking.

Dallas delivers a raw and emotional presentation describing the impact a workplace accident can have on family, friends and work colleagues

Dallas Adams
Dallas Adams

Dallas is the Founder and Director of DC Adams Group – Why Safety Matters.

He has 25 years of experience working within the Civil and Construction industries including mining, tunnelling, commercial, trade, technical training and public speaking.

Dallas delivers a raw and emotional presentation describing the impact a workplace accident can have on family, friends and work colleagues

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Dr Sean Brady
Dr Sean Brady

Sean recently led a review for the Queensland Government into all fatal accidents in Queensland mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019.
He is a forensic structural engineer, a Director of the Society of Construction Law Australia, and a Member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre's Panel of Experts.
He contributes to the specialty of forensics through journal papers, articles, podcasts, and conference presentations

Dr Sean Brady
Dr Sean Brady

Sean recently led a review for the Queensland Government into all fatal accidents in Queensland mines and quarries from 2000 to 2019.
He is a forensic structural engineer, a Director of the Society of Construction Law Australia, and a Member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre's Panel of Experts.
He contributes to the specialty of forensics through journal papers, articles, podcasts, and conference presentations

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Grant Chisnell
Grant Chisnell

Grant is a Crisis Advisor, Podcaster and Professional Speaker who has a passion for leadership, communication and decision-making. He has supported some of the world's leading organisations through crisis events ranging from cyber-attacks to coronavirus; activism to air crashes; and from Natural Disasters to workplace fatalities.

His Podcast Crisis Talks tells the extraordinary stories of people who have led through crises and their stories of leadership and resilience in the face of adversity. Grant’s aim is to help leaders prepare for the worst-case scenarios and respond proactively and with confidence to any incidents that threaten their people, operations or reputation.

Grant Chisnell
Grant Chisnell

Grant is a Crisis Advisor, Podcaster and Professional Speaker who has a passion for leadership, communication and decision-making. He has supported some of the world's leading organisations through crisis events ranging from cyber-attacks to coronavirus; activism to air crashes; and from Natural Disasters to workplace fatalities.

His Podcast Crisis Talks tells the extraordinary stories of people who have led through crises and their stories of leadership and resilience in the face of adversity. Grant’s aim is to help leaders prepare for the worst-case scenarios and respond proactively and with confidence to any incidents that threaten their people, operations or reputation.

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Hermann Fasching
Hermann Fasching

Hermann is the Chief Inspector of Mines for Mineral Mines and Quarries within the Resources Safety and Health Division of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. In this role, he provides leadership and management to the staff of the Metalliferous Mines and Quarries Inspectorate.
Hermann has over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining the Mines Inspectorate in 1998, he worked in a number of operational, technical and management roles in both surface and underground mines.
Hermann is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying Australia and a Certified Practicing Quarry Manager

Hermann Fasching
Hermann Fasching

Hermann is the Chief Inspector of Mines for Mineral Mines and Quarries within the Resources Safety and Health Division of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. In this role, he provides leadership and management to the staff of the Metalliferous Mines and Quarries Inspectorate.
Hermann has over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining the Mines Inspectorate in 1998, he worked in a number of operational, technical and management roles in both surface and underground mines.
Hermann is a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying Australia and a Certified Practicing Quarry Manager

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Dr Richard Harry Harris SC OAM
Dr Richard Harris SC OAM

Dr Richard "Harry" Harris is an Adelaide based anaesthetist who has worked in diving, aeromedical and remote area medicine. He has been diving for forty years. Having explored water filled caves and deep wrecks for the last 20 years, he was asked to assist with the rescue of 12 boys and their coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand in July 2018. He was closely involved with the extraction of the boys from over 2.5km underground using an unconventional and unprecedented general anaesthetic technique.
He subsequently received the Star of Courage, Australia’s second highest civilian award for bravery, and the medal of the Order of Australia for his role. Harry was the joint 2019 Australian of the Year with his dive partner Craig Challen.
Harry's talk about the rescue illuminates the desperate nature of the operation, the importance of close teamwork and the courage shown around the difficult decisions that were made by the team.

Dr Richard Harry Harris SC OAM
Dr Richard Harris SC OAM

Dr Richard "Harry" Harris is an Adelaide based anaesthetist who has worked in diving, aeromedical and remote area medicine. He has been diving for forty years. Having explored water filled caves and deep wrecks for the last 20 years, he was asked to assist with the rescue of 12 boys and their coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand in July 2018. He was closely involved with the extraction of the boys from over 2.5km underground using an unconventional and unprecedented general anaesthetic technique.
He subsequently received the Star of Courage, Australia’s second highest civilian award for bravery, and the medal of the Order of Australia for his role. Harry was the joint 2019 Australian of the Year with his dive partner Craig Challen.
Harry's talk about the rescue illuminates the desperate nature of the operation, the importance of close teamwork and the courage shown around the difficult decisions that were made by the team.

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Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins AO
Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins AO

Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra.

He has written numerous books about the human and organisational causes of major accidents, including one on the1994 Moura coal mine disaster in Queensland. He is author of the book - Learning from High Reliability Organisations. More than 100,000 copies of his books have been sold.

He was recently been engaged in the development of an international standard for the management of tailings facilities.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to process safety and to the analysis of process safety related incidents”.

He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his “distinguished service to industrial safety and accident analysis”.

Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins AO
Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins AO

Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra.

He has written numerous books about the human and organisational causes of major accidents, including one on the1994 Moura coal mine disaster in Queensland. He is author of the book - Learning from High Reliability Organisations. More than 100,000 copies of his books have been sold.

He was recently been engaged in the development of an international standard for the management of tailings facilities.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to process safety and to the analysis of process safety related incidents”.

He is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of his “distinguished service to industrial safety and accident analysis”.

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Professor Patrick Hudson

Patrick is one of the world’s leading authorities on the human factor in the management of safety.
He was the Project Leader of Shell International’s Research program, that led to the Swiss Cheese model.
He was also one of the four-man team that developed Shell’s approach to safety management systems after the Piper Alpha disaster.
He then led Shell Group’s Hearts and Minds program on the development of safety culture in the Oil and Gas industry.
In aviation he has worked across flight operations, maintenance and engineering with both Boeing and Airbus as well as many airlines.

Professor Patrick Hudson

Patrick is one of the world’s leading authorities on the human factor in the management of safety.
He was the Project Leader of Shell International’s Research program, that led to the Swiss Cheese model.
He was also one of the four-man team that developed Shell’s approach to safety management systems after the Piper Alpha disaster.
He then led Shell Group’s Hearts and Minds program on the development of safety culture in the Oil and Gas industry.
In aviation he has worked across flight operations, maintenance and engineering with both Boeing and Airbus as well as many airlines.

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Peter Newman
Peter Newman

Peter has a career spanning 40 years in the industry where he demonstrated that Health and Safety is a Core Value. Involved in the planning of the inaugural concept of the Safety Conference in Yeppoon with Mine Managers and Coal Inspectorate. He was also a member of the Mines Rescue Brigade at Blackwater for many years, including the recovery task at Moura No.4.
From underground miner to undermanager, open cut and underground engineer, and 10 years as Mine Manager in Queensland and New South Wales, he has worked for mining houses and a major contracting house, before joining the Queensland Mines Inspectorate in 2019 as the Chief Inspector of Coal Mines

Peter Newman
Peter Newman

Peter has a career spanning 40 years in the industry where he demonstrated that Health and Safety is a Core Value. Involved in the planning of the inaugural concept of the Safety Conference in Yeppoon with Mine Managers and Coal Inspectorate. He was also a member of the Mines Rescue Brigade at Blackwater for many years, including the recovery task at Moura No.4.
From underground miner to undermanager, open cut and underground engineer, and 10 years as Mine Manager in Queensland and New South Wales, he has worked for mining houses and a major contracting house, before joining the Queensland Mines Inspectorate in 2019 as the Chief Inspector of Coal Mines

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Christine Nixon APM
Christine Nixon APM

Christine was the first women in Australia to achieve the rank of Chief Commissioner of Police, leading the Victorian force from 2001 to 2009.

She led a staff of 14,000 and was responsible for an operating budget of around $1,7 billion per year.
After leaving the Police, she became the Chair of the Victorian Bush Fire Recovery and Recovery Authority, stepping down in 2010.

She currently serves as patron, member or advisor to a number of organisations including Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Onside Victoria, Operation Newstart Victoria and The Phoenix Club Inc.
She’s also recently been appointed to the Monash University Council

Christine Nixon APM
Christine Nixon APM

Christine was the first women in Australia to achieve the rank of Chief Commissioner of Police, leading the Victorian force from 2001 to 2009.

She led a staff of 14,000 and was responsible for an operating budget of around $1,7 billion per year.
After leaving the Police, she became the Chair of the Victorian Bush Fire Recovery and Recovery Authority, stepping down in 2010.

She currently serves as patron, member or advisor to a number of organisations including Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Onside Victoria, Operation Newstart Victoria and The Phoenix Club Inc.
She’s also recently been appointed to the Monash University Council

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Kevin 'Dinghy' Patterson
Dinghy Pattinson

Dinghy Pattinson has over four decades of underground mining experience in New Zealand.
He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Pike River Recovery Agency when established in early 2018.
Prior to this Dinghy had 37 years in underground coal mining and 5 years underground metalliferous mining.
Dinghy has numerous mining qualifications, including Site Senior Executive and First Class Mine Managers certificates in both coal and metalliferous, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Coal Mine Strata Control from the University of New South Wales.
As Chief Operating Officer, Dinghy oversees the planning and operational elements of the Pike River re-entry work programme and has responsibility for ensuring activities at the mine comply with statutory health and safety requirements.
In addition to his strong mining background, Dinghy has been actively involved with the NZ Mines Rescue Service for the past 36 years, with roles including Brigadesman, Station
Manager and Board Member.

Kevin 'Dinghy' Patterson
Dinghy Pattinson

Dinghy Pattinson has over four decades of underground mining experience in New Zealand.
He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Pike River Recovery Agency when established in early 2018.
Prior to this Dinghy had 37 years in underground coal mining and 5 years underground metalliferous mining.
Dinghy has numerous mining qualifications, including Site Senior Executive and First Class Mine Managers certificates in both coal and metalliferous, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Coal Mine Strata Control from the University of New South Wales.
As Chief Operating Officer, Dinghy oversees the planning and operational elements of the Pike River re-entry work programme and has responsibility for ensuring activities at the mine comply with statutory health and safety requirements.
In addition to his strong mining background, Dinghy has been actively involved with the NZ Mines Rescue Service for the past 36 years, with roles including Brigadesman, Station
Manager and Board Member.

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Theo Venter
Theo Venter

Theo is a man who knows first-hand the importance of workplace safety and following procedures.
While working as an electrical linesman, Theo was electrocuted by 22,000 volts while repairing a power pole.
The only person known to have survived such a huge voltage, he had to battle both the physical and emotional damage which the accident caused.

Theo Venter
Theo Venter

Theo is a man who knows first-hand the importance of workplace safety and following procedures.
While working as an electrical linesman, Theo was electrocuted by 22,000 volts while repairing a power pole.
The only person known to have survived such a huge voltage, he had to battle both the physical and emotional damage which the accident caused.

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