Plenary speakers

Michelle Ash

Michelle Ash

Chair, Global Mining Guidelines Group

Michelle Ash is the Chairman of GMG an industry association that bring members together to share and develop best practice and guidelines for the implementation of new technologies and processes. In her previous role she was the Chief Innovation Officer at Barrick Gold. In this role, Ash stewarded the company’s Innovation program looking both at how innovation can drive productivity in the existing business as well as how it can be harnessed to deliver alternative business models. Read more >>

Liz Hallifax

Liz Hallifax

Global Operations Process Risk Technical Authority, Unilever

Liz has world-wide accountability for process safety governance across all operations and design at Unilever. Working across diverse team of regional managers and technology experts (TAs) responsible for various major accident hazards. Read more >>

Christopher Jansen

Christopher Jansen

Product Manager – Advisian Digital (Worley Group)

Chris Jansen is the Product Manager at Advisian Digital (Worley Group), and co-inventor of Advisian Digital’s robotic catalyst removal technology. CAROL (Catalyst Removal Amphirol) is the world’s first commercial robot for removing catalyst and adsorbent from refinery and petrochemical fixed-bed reactors. Chris won the 2015 IChemE Global Award for Young Engineer in Industry and the 2018 Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Medal and Prize. Read more >>

Meagan McCool

Meagan McCool

Director Hazardous Chemical Facilities and Safety Management Audits, Safe Work NSW

Meagan has over 20 years’ experience in the NSW Public Service across a range of portfolios from Dangerous Goods, Explosives, Major Hazard Facilities, Safety Management Systems, Hygiene & Toxicology and High-Risk Plant & Equipment at SafeWork NSW; to Builders & Tradespeople, Consumers, Tenants and Traders at NSW Fair Trading. More >>

Simon Farrar

Simon Farrar

Director, Major Hazards & Systems Safety, WorkSafe Victoria

Simon's passion is leadership and risk management within high hazard industries. He has been with WorkSafe Victoria for four years, currently leading WorkSafe’s Major Hazards Program. Developed in response to the Esso Longford gas plant explosion in 1998, the Major Hazards regulatory program is currently undergoing a strategic refresh which Simon is leading. More >>

Tony Hetherington

Tony Hetherington

Head of High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety - WORKSAFE New Zealand

Tony is an experienced regulator. He has just joined WorkSafe as Head of High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety after 30 with years with GB’s Health and Safety Executive. Tony’s career began in pollution control and he joined HSE in 1986 as an inspector. He spent the first part of his career working on construction in and around central London and implementing the Construction Design and Management Regulations. He then had a range of roles before moving to lead HSE’s Gas and Pipelines Unit covering offshore oil and gas pipelines bringing oil and gas from the North Sea onshore, the natural gas transmission and distribution network, LNG importation and other high hazard pipelines. More >>

Shoena Messner

Shoena Messner

Director, Major Hazard Facilities, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Shoena Messner has been the Director at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland responsible for licensing major hazard facilities in Queensland since 2013. She joined the Queensland Government in 2009 after 17 years in industry in Western Australia. Her experience and expertise is in commissioning, operation, decommissioning and regulation of complex processing plants. More>>

Derrick O'Keeffe

Derrick O'Keeffe

Head of Division, Safety & Integrity, National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)

Derrick O’Keeffe is the Head of Safety and Integrity for NOPSEMA, Australia’s independent offshore regulator. He has 37 years’ engineering, commercial, management and Director experience in oil and gas in Australia, Iran, UAE, Bangladesh, Africa, USA and the UK. More >>

Trish Kerin

Trish Kerin

Director, IChemE Safety Centre

After graduating from RMIT University with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in design, project management, operational, safety and executive roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries. Read more >>