Leadership and work health and safety in challenging working environments

Leadership is always important and in a challenging work environment, it is also critical.

In this conversation, three business leaders from large corporations share how they have led in tough conditions and how to keep focused on the most important business risks, and how to move from compliance to strategic due diligence.

In this conversation, three business leaders from large corporations will share how they have led in tough conditions and ‘what keeps them awake at night'. The discussion will include thoughts on how to keep focused on the most important business risks, and how to move from compliance to strategic due diligence.

The panel will feature:

  • Ms Ann Sherry AO
  • Ms Diane Smith-Gander, and
  • Ms Penny Bingham-Hall

Facilitated by Professor David Caple.

Who is this presentation for?

This interactive live panel discussion is for leaders, managers, employers, workers and anyone with an interest in work health and safety, business, and organisational culture.

About the panel members

Ms Ann Sherry AO, BA, Grad Dip IR, FAICD, FIPAA, HonDLitt Macq

  • Chair of Safe Work Australia
  • Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia
  • Director at Australian Rugby Union
  • Non-Executive Director of Sydney Airport Corporation
  • Non-Executive Director of ING Australia
  • Non-Executive Director of The Myer Family Company Holdings
  • Non-Executive Director of Jawun

Ms Ann Sherry AO is the CEO of Carnival Australia which is the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of the Carnival Corporation. She is also the Safe Work Australia Chair.

Ann's previous roles include the CEO of Westpac New Zealand, CEO of the Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive of People and Performance and before this, the First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra.

Ann also holds a number of non-executive roles including the Sydney Airport Corporation, ING Direct (Australia), The Myer Family Company Holdings, Australian Rugby Union and Jawun. Ann is the Chair of Cruise Lines International South East Asia.

Ann was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2001, and received an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community in 2013. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letter by Macquarie University for her contribution to business and civil society.

Ann is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Ms Diane Smith-Gander

  • Chairman of Transfield Services
  • Non-Executive Director at Wesfarmers
  • Commissioner of Tourism WA
  • Council Member of Chief Executive Women
  • Member, Business School Board of University of Western Australia
  • Director of Committee for Perth
  • Council Member at Methodist Ladies College

Ms Diane Smith-Gander is Chairman of Transfield Services which is a global services contractor and an ASX 200 company. She is also a non-executive director of Wesfarmers, a Commissioner of Tourism WA and many other roles.

Diane's previous roles are diverse, they include Deputy Chairman of the NBNCo, Group Executive responsible for Business Technology Solutions and Services at Westpac Banking Corporation, and Chairman of the Australian Sports Drug Agency board in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and has recently been acknowledged as one of Australia's top 50 most powerful women.

Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a B Economics from the University of Western Australia.

Ms Penny Bingham-Hall

  • Non-Executive Director of DEXUS Property Group
  • Non-Executive Director of Taronga Conservation Society Australia
  • Non-Executive Director of Sydney Ports Corporation
  • Non-Executive Director of BlueScope Steel
  • Non-Executive Director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst

Ms Penny Bingham-Hall is an independent director of DEXUS Funds Management Limited and a member of the Risk Committee, and People and Remuneration Committee. DEXUS is one of the top 50 Australian companies listed on ASX.

She is also a non-executive director at BlueScope Steel where she is the chair of the Remuneration and Organisation Committee and a member of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee.

Penny is also a non-executive director of Taronga Conservation Society Australia, the Port Authority of NSW and SCEGGS Darlinghurst School. She was previously a member of the executive team at Leighton Holdings Limited, a construction, mining and property group in the ASX top 50.

Ms Bingham-Hall has a BA degree in Industrial Design, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Facilitated by Professor David Caple

David has been an independent work health and safety consultant for the past 30 years. He is renowned nationally and internationally for his work on projects bringing together government, employers and trade unions to achieve successful outcomes.

He lectures widely on work health and safety matters and is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia.

David is a Past President of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA); a Member of the Human Factors Society USA; a Certified Ergonomist in Australia; a Certified Professional Ergonomist in the USA; a Senior OHS Auditor in Australia; a Senior Research Fellow, Federation University, Ballarat, Australia; and a Fellow of the IEA, HFESA Australia, Ergonomics Society UK and the Ergonomics Society Sweden.

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