Karim Ali

Karim is a Fellow and Chartered Health and Safety Professional of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS). He is the Co-Chair, New Members Coordinator and Policy Lead of the AIHS’s NSW branch, and a member of the National Policy and Mentoring Committees. Karim holds a master’s degree in HSE Management, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and diplomas in OHS/WHS management. With a career spanning over 16 years, Karim has effectively managed HSE risks in the most challenging and high-risk industries worldwide. Moreover, Karim is a certified project (PMP), change, and risk (PMI-RMP) manager, as well as a certified lead auditor, trainer, assessor, and investigator. Furthermore, Karim is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and a Chartered Member (CMIOSH) of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Karim currently works as the General Manager of Health, Safety, Environment, Quality and Transformation with one of the leading companies in the Energy Sector. Outside work, Karim is a volunteer firefighter and the deputy health and safety representative for the Hills District with Rural Fire Services (RFS) NSW. He is also the President of two sports clubs: Hills Champions Inc and Bella Vista Football Club. Finally, Karim’s commitment to personal growth and development is unwavering, and he continuously seeks to enhance his knowledge through education, training, and vocational qualifications.

Celia Antonovsky

Celia is a passionate and experienced health and safety professional who looks for opportunities to progress the standing of the profession. She has worked across a variety of high risk sectors in Australia and New Zealand including oil and gas, construction, mining, rail and marine. In her day job, she currently holds a senior leadership position with an international public transport provider. Through this role she is striving to improve safety outcomes internally, as well as within the industry.

In her volunteer capacity, Celia has been a member elected Director for the past three years and has recently accepted the role of Company Secretary for the AIHS. To complement this, she leads the committee representing the WA chapter of the AIHS and is motivated to create a thriving local network. She is extremely passionate about promoting the virtues of the Body Of Knowledge as a fundamental asset underpinning the profession in Australia.

Celia has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Occupational Health and Safety. These qualifications have supported several opportunities to participate in industry leading projects including psychosocial hazard management and process safety.

Kym Bancroft

Kym is a passionate and future-state focused executive health and safety leader, holding a Masters in Safety Leadership from Griffith University, Masters in Applied Psychology (Organisational) and a Graduate Diploma in OHS from Murdoch University. She is an endorsed Organisational Psychologist.

Over the past 25 years, Kym has amassed significant experience working in safety leadership roles across a diverse range of industries, cultures and geographical locations including open-cut mining in Canada, through to offshore gas in the US, and a raft of sectors across Asia Pacific. Kym’s more recent roles have included the Head of Safety, Environment and Wellbeing for Serco Asia Pacific and the Head of Health and Safety at Queensland Urban Utilities, where she successfully led an ambitious safety cultural transformation across the business.

In the last twelve months Kym has been working as the WHS Queensland, Electrical Safety Office and Workers Compensation Regulator in Queensland. As the Deputy Director-General of the Office of Industrial Relations, Kym focused on improving safety, health, productivity and fairness in Queensland workplaces. Kym is currently the Director of a bespoke agency, New View Safety, assisting organisations in operationalising Safety Differently and HOP.

Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell is a senior safety professional with leadership and management experience in the delivery of WHS programs both in Australia and Overseas.

Prior to taking on her current role as the Forest Industry Safety Manager with Australian Forest Products Association, she worked as a risk consultant for 9 years developing strong strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and project management skills. In December 2023 Amanda was elected to the Victorian Branch of AIHS and currently chairs the committee.

Debra Burlington

Debra has been providing coaching and facilitation for individuals and organisations for over 20 years. Her approach has been described as fluid and insightful. She has the capacity to hear what has not been said, and offer insights that a person has not been able to see for themselves.

Debra truly believes in the capacity of the people she coaches and trains to bring awareness to the habits of behaviour that are holding them back and make different choices.

She recently authored a book aimed at informing people about effective coaching conversations and is regularly called upon by organisations to coach and train their senior leadership team.

Jeremy Clay

Jeremy Clay has maintained safety leadership roles in health and safety most recently as the Group Safety, Environmental and Quality Manager for Urban Maintenance Systems, a medium sized international maintenance company servicing enterprise business and government organisations.

Prior to working with UMS, Jeremy was the Risk and Compliance Manager at Kmart Group where he manages OHS and business risk for a business with diverse workforce throughout Australia and New Zealand in the retail and supply chain sector.

Prior to moving to Melbourne, Jeremy was the General Manager People and Safety at Southern Cross Support Services, a Child Protection and NDIS Company based in Bundaberg, Central Queensland. Jeremy led a team of 30 safety and HR professionals in a challenging environment, introducing strategies to employ up to 1,000 new care workers annual while still maintaining substantial compliance for our clients.

Jane Bourke

Jane was appointed Director of Woolworths Safety, Health and Wellbeing in March 2022.

Jane is a globally accomplished professional with extensive leadership experience developing and executing strategy to drive sustainable business performance. She is known for her engaging and energetic style, achievement focus and determination for business success.

Jane works best in transformation and high-change roles in complex environments which require a strong risk based approach with business acumen. She has significant experience with HSE transformation; Mergers and Acquisitions; Retail; multi-billion dollar construction programs; oil and gas (onshore and offshore); transport, logistics and warehousing (first, middle and last mile).

Jane’s experience has taken her to senior roles within Global companies (Amazon, BP) as well as Australia’s ASX Top 20 companies (Origin Energy, Telstra) in addition she has had considerableexperience working as a Senior OH&S Consultant in a diverse range of organisations with varying risk profiles.

Jane thrives on working internationally, she lived in the UK, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and USA, she has a proven track record of managing within diverse cultures. She is tertiary qualified in health and safety, and Ergonomics/Human factors which is complemented with a Masters of BusinessAdministration from Australia's leading MBA school (Melbourne Business School).

Richard Coleman

Meet Richard, a seasoned professional with 30 years’ experience in senior WHS, HR and Operational roles. Richard is the founder and Managing Director of Culturology, Australian General Manager for Leading Harvest Australia and a Senior Consultant with Lloyd Jones Meakin Group. Engaging, entrepreneurial, and irreverent, Richard is on a lifelong journey of learning and making a lasting impact.

Richard has held key WHS leadership positions at Boral, Telstra, Asciano and most recently Laing O'Rourke Australia. As a consultant he has supported a range of Blue Chip clients including CFA, Tomra-Cleanaway, Westpac, Woolworths and Wesfarmers, Richard's commitment to continuous improvement is evident in his formal education, including a Company Directors Course from AICD, a Master of OHS from Sydney University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations/Politics from UNSW.

Richard's journey reflects an unwavering dedication to shaping cultures, fostering safety, and driving positive change. As a Board member of the AIHS, Richard is focussed on ensuring that the organisation is responsive to members, active in national WHS debates and uses its resources efficiently.

Simon Coleman

Simon Coleman joined Ampcontrol as the General Manager Health, Safety, Environment, & Quality in 2018. Prior to Ampcontrol, Simon has over 20 years’ experience in Mining & Resources, Automotive, and Government sectors with Rio Tinto, Ford Motor Company & Victoria Government.

Across the various sectors and roles, his focus on improving organisational culture, leadership development, health & wellbeing, and fostering a mature risk management approach has built a reputation for delivering sustained improvement. He is passionate about developing leaders and teams in large organisations, and high-risk sectors, to be capable of achieving ongoing improved Health & Wellbeing, Safety, Environment, Community and Quality outcomes. Over the past 2 decades Simon has also been actively involved in developing and mentoring emerging HSEQ professionals.

Simon is a Certified Professional Member (AIHS), a Graduate of Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and holds tertiary qualifications in WH&S management, Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Therapy. Simon is a non-executive director of a NFP and has been a judge for AIHS in 2021.

Kate Curtain

Kate is a senior work health and safety lawyer in the national Employment and Labour team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth based in Sydney. With over ten years’ experience, Kate works with clients on all aspects of work health and safety laws, including compliance, governance, incident investigation and legal proceedings. Her experience has been across a range of industries, particularly those with high risk, and predominantly in the harmonised jurisdictions.

Kate is currently Co-Chair for the New South Wales Branch of the AIHS.

Tim Gilchrist

Tim is a people-centric leader with acumen and experience in the fields of health, safety, business, marketing and communications. Through the application of a pluralist skillset, Tim brings a unique and balanced view to safety strategy and leadership. Tim worked as a consultant across a broad set of industries for 10 years, before moving to in-house health and safety leadership roles. Tim currently carries out the role of Head of Zero Harm - Performance & Assurance for Downer Group, designing and delivering strategic programs of work across an ANZ portfolio of 13,000 employees and 2,000 service delivery partners. Tim has been involved in various committees with the AIHS since 2017 and is a current team member of the Queensland Visions Conference Committee. Tim also volunteers with several Universities as a guest lecturer and enjoys paying it forward for the next generation of safety professionals.

Marilyn Hubner

Dr Marilyn Hubner is a highly experienced safety professional and educator with over 30 years of experience in the field. She specialises in providing relevant, engaging, and practical learning interventions that enable empowerment and the development of capability.

Marilyn is the Manager of the OHS Body of Knowledge (OHS BoK), at the Australian Institute of Health and Safety also known as the AIHS, she is motivated to continue the focus on the development and maintenance of chapters. She aims to position the OHS BoK as the leading global academic and professionally relevant publication for the safety industry.

Katrina Johnston

Katrina has built a reputation as a pioneer of workplace wellness in Australia. She has over 28 years’ experience in the development and implementation of multi-award winning wellness solutions for small to large organisations across the globe. She develops result-oriented strategies based on her unique combination of experience both as a strategist and at the coalface as an inhouse Wellness Manager for the likes of adidas UK, Ramsay Health Care and Queensland Rail. When she’s not helping her clients, you’ll find Katrina relaxing in a yoga pose, enjoying a nice glass of Barossa Shiraz or planning her next travel adventure with her family.

Brett Jones

Brett is a Certified Generalist OHS Professional (AIHS) and Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He has more than 20 years’ experience working in WHS roles across numerous industries, including construction, resources, government operations, transport, aviation, water, and manufacturing. Brett has represented Industry Associations and Professional bodies on expert panels and regulatory reviews, and has been volunteering for the SIA/AIHS for 20 years in many roles, including being the current Chair of the AIHS Queensland Branch. His current role is Operations Manager & Principal WHS Consultant for GCG Health Safety & Hygiene, a leading Australian WHS and Occupational Hygiene consultancy.

Brett’s experience also includes WHS consultancy and auditing work throughout Australia and in many overseas jurisdictions (Middle East, UK, US, Europe, South-East Asia). Brett is an experienced developer and auditor of WHS management systems, and is an Exemplar Global Certified WHS Auditor, a WHS Qld Accredited WHS Auditor (Construction), and an Australian Government appointed Federal Safety Officer (FSO).

Garry Kelly

Zenergy Recruitment is Australia’s leading Health, Safety, Environmental & Engineering search and consultancy organisation with offices in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

Garry specialise in search and consultancy across the full breadth of the HSEQ & Risk spectrum with specific knowledge and focus across: transport projects, infrastructure & rail, construction & engineering, utilities, energy, power systems and government

Naomi Kemp

Naomi is a health and safety coach and strategist who helps leaders to cut through the bureaucracy and facilitate change. Her work balances business objectives, strategy and performance with a deep understanding of what works at the frontline.

Specialising in Enforceable Undertakings, she founded Safe Expectations to help businesses during pivotal times. She now works with businesses who want to transform their approach to managing health and safety with restorative practices.

Xin Li

Xin Li is the Manager, Health and Safety Systems at Icon Water and is the current Chair of the AIHS ACT Branch. As a leader in health and safety across multiple industry sectors, Xin has a strong passion for recognising leading professional standards and practices through awards. Having previously led state, national, and international committees in the health and safety profession, Xin continuously promotes the importance of developing and recognising professionalism to improve the health and safety industry. Xin is honoured by participating in the judging process for the 2023 Australian Workplace Health and Safety Awards and looks forward to reviewing all the fantastic submissions.

Laura Maddock

Laura has been the health and safety advisor for a plantation forest management company in Tasmania since 2017, where she leads their safety team. Prior to this she spent over 20 years in the tertiary sector in a range of disciplines. Laura holds a Masters degree in Occupational Health and Safety and a range of vocational qualifications. She has been a member of the AIHS Tas branch committee for over 6 years and has been the Chair for the past 3 years. Laura also sits on a number of forest industry safety committees at state and national levels and has assisted in reviewing and creating a number of safety modules for both tertiary and VET courses. Her commitment is to a holistic approach to wellbeing, health and safety with a focus on assisting people to become the best they can be as safety leaders.

William Newell

William Newell is an experienced strategic leader and a non-executive director with over 20 years of experience in transactional and transformational leadership.

He has specialized in enterprise risk management involving governance, workplace health and safety management, security risk analysis and management, environmental management, workers' compensation, investigations, intelligence and audits.

He has applied his knowledge and skills across various industries in Australia and abroad, including corrections, healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, restaurants and adult education.

He is employed with the Northern Territory Government, Department of the Attorney-General and Justice, Correctional Services as the Director Security and Safety and the Deputy Director Strategy and Performance.

William holds a Master in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.

He also has advanced vocational qualifications in Strategic Leadership, Work Health and Safety, Government (Investigations), Government (Workplace Inspections) and Public Safety (Emergency Management).

He has volunteered for almost three years with, and currently Chairs, the NT Branch of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS).

He is also the Chair of the Victims of Crime Northern Territory board. In addition to the Australia Institute of Health and Safety, he maintains active involvement with the Safety Governance Foundation and Institute (Fellow – FSGF), Governance Institute of Australia (Fellow - FGIA), Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (Fellow - FAIM) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

David Ninnes

David joined Westpac in 2014 as the Group Head of Health Safety and Wellbeing and is presently the Group Head of Accountability. Prior to this, David was the Director Risk Management for Asia Pacific at InterContinental Hotels Group.

David is an advisor to regulators on matters such as safety, prudential accountability, ethics and risk management; and former lecturer at Southern Cross University and the Governance Institute of Australia. David is a non-executive director for a few not-for-profit enterprises and has been a judge for the AIHS awards for 3 years.

Mary Nizamis

Mary has enjoyed over 25 years of experience as a safety professional. As Chief Relations and Governance Officer, Mary brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role having worked in senior roles with the South Australian and Federal WHS Regulators where she was involved in implementing change in their regulatory operations and the harmonisation of the WHS legislation. She has engaged with a diverse range of industries and worked closely with numerous industry associations building strong relationships.

Kala Philip

Kala Philips recently joined the AIHS Board and brings a wealth of knowledge in professional development and training. Kala is currently employed as the Executive Director BOD at BSI Learning. She brings to the AIHS her expertise in analysing, designing, developing and implementing learning solutions in particular her experience in skills assessment, curriculum development, process mapping and eLearning. Kala will be central in assisting the Board and the National Office in growing our eLearning products and assisting in developing our evolving Certification processes.

Angela Seidel

Angela is a Chair, Board and Council Member and Executive General Manager with over ten years of board level experience across the commercial & not for profit sectors with particular experience in the risk management, health, safety, environment, food manufacturing, transport, printing, marketing, community services and the resources industries. This experience has been gained within the Australasian region.

Angela is a Chartered Generalist OHS Professional (since 2015) and Registered Safety Professional (since 2005) with the SIA, the Lead Certification Assessor with the SIA (since 2017), an Inaugural Board member (since 2011) and she is also a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cameron Stevens

Cameron Stevens is a safety technology advocate and safety futurist. He started his career as a Physiotherapist prior to transitioning into various health and safety roles in high-risk industry, implementing innovative safety solutions all over the world. Cameron has a Masters in Ergonomics, Safety & Health from La Trobe University and was the inaugural recipient of the Eric Wigglesworth OHS Education Medal. His passion is improving human and organisational performance through the use of technology and co-designed safety solutions. He currently works as a Solutions Engineer for Augmented Reality start-up RealWear Inc. deploying voice-activated wearable technology to solve complex problems and is the founder of safety innovation consultancy, Pocketknife Group.