Hazards Australasia 2018

Plenary speakers

Rick Engler

Rick Engler, Board Member – US Chemical Safety Board

Rick Engler was nominated by President Obama to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in January of 2014 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014.

Before his appointment, Mr. Engler spent more than four decades helping to prevent chemical hazards, including to ensure that workers and the public won a “right to know” about chemical dangers. He also helped achieve landmark state and national policies that promote hazard communication, workforce development and participation, adoption of inherently safer processes, and whistleblower protection. 

At CSB, he helps lead outreach for modernization of state and national process safety regulations. Rick will be presenting Key Process Safety Challenges: A View from the US Chemical Safety Board.

Brett Darley

Brett Darley, Chief Executive Officer – Quadrant Energy

Brett Darley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Quadrant Energy in June 2015. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas industry, both in Australia and overseas, with technical, operational, commercial and management experience across varied assets, onshore and offshore.

Before moving to Apache Energy in 2012, Brett served in leadership roles including Vice President of Drilling & Completions at Woodside Energy and Drilling Manager at Santos. He was appointed as Managing Director and Region Vice President for Apache Energy Limited in July 2014 leading all activities in the Australia portfolio.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Queensland and is a Chartered Engineer. He is current Board Member of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), a member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council, an elected member of the General Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA, and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Brett will be presenting on Leadership and Operating Resilience.

Dame Judith Hackett

Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair – EEF The Manufacturing Organisation

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE is Chair of EEF, the member organisation which champions manufacturers and manufacturing in the UK. She is also Chair of SEMTA the Engineering skills organisation and on the Board of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Prior to EEF, Judith chaired the Health and Safety Executive for more than 8 years. She was made a Dame in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for her services to health and safety and also Engineering, particularly as a role model for women in the profession.

In July 2017, following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, Dame Judith was asked by the UK Government to undertake an independent review of building regulations and fire safety regulations in relation to high rise buildings. She published an interim report in December 2017 and the final report and recommendations are expected to be published May/June 2018.

A chemical engineer by profession, Judith studied at Imperial College in London and worked in chemicals manufacturing industries for 25 years working both in the UK and gaining extensive overseas experience through global management roles.

A former president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, she has spoken to worldwide audiences about the importance of safety and how it must be integral to everyone’s role. She continues to champion the need for leaders to demonstrate their commitment by action not words.

Judith will be on a panel with Stan Krpan discussing Building Fire Safety.

Stan Krpan

Stan Krpan, CEO – Victorian Cladding Taskforce

Stan was appointed CEO of SV in 2012. SV helps the Victorian community achieve a better environment now and for the future with a focus on responding to climate change and sustainable use of resources.

Stan has extensive experience in executive roles, leading reforms in law, health, safety and environment regulation and sustainability across SV, EPA and Worksafe Victoria. He is Chair of Infoxchange, a Director of Western BACE and a member of the BehaviourWorks Australia Advisory Board.

Stan will be on a panel with Judith Hackitt discussing Building Fire Safety.

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith, Chief Executive Officer – National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)

Stuart Smith was appointed CEO of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) in September 2014; Australia’s independent regulator of offshore safety, well integrity and environmental management of offshore oil and gas facilities around Australia.

Prior to this appointment, he spent 11 years with the WA Public Service as Director General for the Department of Fisheries and Acting Director General and Deputy Director General for the Department of Industry and Resources.

Stuart has also worked previously in the Australian Public Service in Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australian and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University.

Stuart will be presenting Offshore Industry Safety Performance at Hazards Australasia 2018.


Trish Kerin, FIChemE, Director – Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC)

After graduating with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in project management, operational and safety roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.

Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on advisory committee roles with the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA), WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to Safe Work Australia. Trish currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE. She holds a diploma of OHS is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).

Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency. Trish will be presenting Interactive Case Study – Lift Off.

Trish will be presenting the Lift Off, an interactive case study. Delegates will be able to participate in the case study using mobile phones.

Live Performance – SMOULDERING

Australian Premiere

Theatre-based workshop exploring the investigation of a deadly conflagration.

The London Underground Fires


On the 18th November 1987, 31 people died and 60 were injured when an escalator caught fire at King’s Cross Underground station. The subsequent investigation and the Fennell report uncovered numerous factors which contributed to the disaster. As Desmond Fennell, QC wrote;

‘The principal lesson to be learned from this tragedy is the right approach to safety. London Underground rightly prided themselves on their reputation as professional railwaymen; unhappily they were lulled into a false sense of security by the fact that no previous escalator fire had caused a death.’ 

Staff were entirely unprepared for such an event and failed to act appropriately. Fires on the underground were accepted by senior management as inevitable and advice from the London Fire Brigade was ignored. London Underground had its own language for a fire – they referred to it as ‘smouldering’. The definition of smouldering is; ‘burning slowly without flame, usually emitting smoke’. Unfortunately, as Fennell pointed out in his report;

‘London Underground did not guard against the unpredictability of fire.’

This workshop dramatises the events of the 18th November, using the  words from the transcripts of the Fennell Enquiry. We explore the immediate causes as well as the organisational and cultural factors which allowed a very well-known hazard to become a deadly conflagration. Sadly in this 30th anniversary year of the King’s Cross fire, we are still learning just how unpredictable and deadly a fire can be.

Susan Flemming

Susan Fleming, Director – ACT Australia and New Zealand

As Director of ACT Australia and New Zealand, a theatre-based safety and leadership training company, Susan draws on over 25 years international leadership, organisational management, risk assessment and business development experience. Her international film experience includes production in the USA, Israel, and Italy.

Formerly the State Director to the economic think tank and research group CEDA (The Committee for Economic Development), Susan was also Convenor for the UWA Ocean’s Institute Thought Leadership Dialogue Series.

Susan was the Senior Client Director for the Australian Institute of Management for 7 years, developing strategies for leadership and the first clients for the AIM in China. She was Chair of Women in Business (AIM) for 5 years, Chair of the Edith Cowan University Childcare Centre, and was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management in 2012. Susan holds a Bachelor of Education, Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management from the UWA Business School and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Susan is on the board of ISTIH, International Skills in Training and Health; and CCCSF, The Child Safety Foundation.

Plenary session

How can process safety leverage off personal safety?

The practice of actively managing occupational health and safety, sometimes called personal safety has been around for almost a century. By contrast process safety has be actively managed for around 40 years. Therefore there is an opportunity to advance process safety by leveraging off the success in personal safety. This panel will explore the barriers to collaboration, the bridges to overcome these barriers and how this can combine to deliver a resilient organisation.

Introduced by Pam Pryor, OHS Body of Knowledge Manager – Safety Institute of  Australia. Panel facilitated by Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair EEF with Trish Kerin,  Director – IChemE Safety Centre, Marcus Lemin, Process Safety Engineer – BHP, Danny Spadaccini, Director of Environment, Health & Safety – Alumina, Melissa Leonard, HSSE Manager Non-Operated Ventures – Shell Australia.

Marcus Lemin

Marcus Lemin, Process Safety Engineer – BHP

Marcus is the Principal Process Safety Engineer for BHP Petroleum in Australia. He is an IChemE Professional Process Safety Engineer with 20 years’ experience gained in high risk industries including the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, transportation and in the defence sector. He has worked in Australia, the UK, Asia and the Middle East and has experience from working in corporate, operational, project and consultancy roles. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering and an MSc (Eng) in Process Safety and Loss Prevention from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Daniel Spadaccini

Danny Spadaccini, Director of Environment, Health & Safety – Alumina

Danny Spadaccini commenced work with Alcoa of as the Australian Director of Safety in September 2011.In 2015 Danny moved to a new role as Director of Environment, Health & Safety – Alumina. This role incorporates the management of Environment, Health and Safety across Alumina operations globally.

For 10 years prior Danny was the Global Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment Advisor for Weatherford International, a global oil and gas service company. In this role Danny received the Chairman’s Award for Safety Excellence in 2002 and 2006.

Previous roles include Quality and Safety Manager for a large construction company, Construction Inspector and Building Surveyor. Danny is a Chartered Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia.

Melissa Leonard

Melissa Leonard, HSSE Manager Non-Operated Ventures – Shell Australia

Melissa is a HSSE professional with 20 years’ experience. Melissa joined Shell in 2001 following three years in engineering consulting. She has worked in environmental, HSSE and business improvement leadership roles across the Australian Shell businesses, including over five years at Geelong Refinery.

Melissa then worked in two roles spanning Shell’s global business in HSSE Learning and Development and then Road Safety project management to lead and implement a global driver behaviour change management program.

In 2016, Melissa returned working for Shell Australia is currently the Non-Operated Ventures HSSE Manager. Melissa holds a BEng (Geological), Masters of Environmental Law and GAICD.

Pam Pryor

Pam Pryor AO, BSc, BEd, GDOHM, MAppSc, ChOHSP, Manager OHS Body of Knowledge Development – Safety Institute of Australia

With a background in OHS consulting and OHS education Pam now specialises in activities around OHS capability and related aspects of OHS professionality. Her perspective on OHS capability includes OHS education and training, capability and competency frameworks, accreditation of OHS education and certification of OHS professionals.

Pam was the chair of the Technical Panel that developed the OHS Body of Knowledge and inaugural Registrar of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. Her current role as Manager OHS Body of Knowledge Development focuses on the ongoing maintenance and further development of the OHS Body of Knowledge and associated resources. Pam is also involved in an international research network on OHS capability and was a key player in the development of the Global OHS Capability Framework.

Pam received an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018 for her contribution to OHS through leadership and advisory roles, particularly in developing standards for education frameworks. Pam’s contribution to the OHS profession has also been recognised by the American Society of Safety Engineers who awarded her the 2017-18 ASSE President’s Award.


Conference partner


Gold sponsors


Quadrant Energy

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).