Appleton Institute (CQUniversity)
Matthew Thomas is one of Australia’s leading scientists in the field of Human Factors and safety management in high risk work environments. For over a decade he has provided expert advice and Human Factors solutions to airlines, the road and rail industry, healthcare, mining, utilities, construction and defence.
He is currently Associate Professor Human Factors at the Appleton Institute (CQUniversity) and Director of Westwood-Thomas Associates. He holds a range of leadership positions in the Human Factors disciple internationally, including immediate-past President of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association, member of the Australian Advisory Board of the Flight Safety Foundation, and Chair of Council of the Australian Patient Safety Foundation.
With a PhD in the area of Instructional Design and Computer-Based Training, Matthew has published widely in the academic literature and brings a blend of scientific integrity and industry application to his work.
The Keil Centre
Melanie Todd is a Principal Human Factors Advisor with The Keil Centre, specialising in accident and incident investigation, human error analysis, fatigue risk management, and training. Prior to joining The Keil Centre, Melanie worked for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as Manager, Aviation Safety Investigation. She has extensive experience in both regulatory and investigative roles as a specialist in human factors.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Aviation, Masters of Science and Technology in Aviation (Human Factors), and a PhD in Psychology (Human Factors) as well as the Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation. She is the President of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.
The Keil Centre
Nicole Gray is a Registered Psychologist and Principal Human Factors Advisor with The Keil Centre, based in Brisbane. Nicole has worked for many years in applied psychology and human factors across a range of industrial settings, including defence, aviation, rail, and maritime industries. Her specialist interest areas include accident and incident investigation, human error analysis, fatigue risk management, and safety culture and leadership. She also has extensive experience in development and delivery of employee wellbeing programs in challenging environments.
Nicole holds a BA (Psychology) and M Human Factors, as well as the Diploma of Transport Safety Investigation. She is a member of the Australian Aviation Psychology Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Department of Mining Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
Amy is a clinical psychologist. She has been practising psychology for many years in both heavy industry and clinical mental health care settings. She is currently employed in a regulatory role by the Department of Mining Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), as the Special Inspector of Mines – Mental health and wellbeing for WA, a role in which she focusses on psychosocial risk management (including development of the code of practice), and application of Human Factors to regulation of mining and extractive resources.
Amy maintains involvement in the treatment of mental health in the community by working as a clinician for the health department.