Process Safety Leadership and Culture

Location Auckland, New Zealand

Date To be confirmed

Duration 1 day

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 7

Price IChemE member $1110 NZD (inc GST), non-member $1290 NZD (inc GST)


This course is also being delivered online – view details >>

How can leaders influence a safety culture?

Establishing a safety culture begins at the top. It’s more than a box to be ticked. Senior leaders set the tone for their organisation and its process safety outcomes are a result of their engagement and focus.

This course is aimed at senior executives and board members, helping you to explore real issues and exercise due diligence in process safety.

Join other senior executives and board members to examine the real issues and decisions faced by boards and executive teams. You will explore how process safety management provides a fresh perspective, open up the human factors and cultural elements of the workplace, before identifying critical issues and helping you to consider a bespoke action plan.

This unique course combines facilitated discussions and interactive sessions which will enable participants to consider their access to information, their understanding of key issues and their ability to make cogent and timely decisions that respond to the concerns of the public, the regulator, staff, contractors and investors.

Why process safety leadership and culture is important

“Process safety is all about getting from A to B. It is up to leaders to decide where B is, and to inspire others to carry out the work that gets us there.”  Ken Rivers, chair of the COMAH Strategic Forum.

“Safety is as much people and culture as it is about technology.”  The Honourable Mr Justice Haddon-Cave.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will better understand:

  • the business implications of process safety
  • due diligence as it applies to process safety
  • the role of leadership in promoting and sustaining good process safety management
  • the functional aspects of an organisation that require leadership to provide assurance that process safety risks are being correctly managed
  • how to develop personal action plans to enhance your contribution to process safety in your business.

Who will benefit

Directors and senior executives in an organisation, typically those that have control and key decision making responsibilities. It is delivered at a level to be understood by all, from legal to finance to operations. Participants in the past have included oil and gas companies, mining companies, electricity generators, pulp and paper, rail and chemical processing.

Past delegate feedback

"A simple and clear explanation of some complex materials" Group HSE Manager

"Useful summary of new HSE laws, obligation on directors and take-aways for action" Non-Executive Director

"This is also very applicable to finance and commercial functions" Finance Executive


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places — 5% discount
  • 3 places — 10% discount
  • 4 or more places — 15% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

In-company training

This course is also available as an in-company course (face-to-face or online) where content can be customised to meet your organisation's specific needs and delivered on a date/location that suits your requirements. Contact us for more information.

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Trish Kerin


Trish Kerin

Director, IChemE Safety Centre

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

Trish has represented industry on many government committees related to process safety, and sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) steering committee. 

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, registered Professional Process Safety Engineer, Fellow of IChemE and Fellow of Engineers Australia. Trish holds a diploma in OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2015 Trish received the John A. Brodie Medal from Engineers Australia for her paper on Process Safety Competency at the Asia Pacific Congress of Chemical Engineering and in 2018 received the Trevor Kletz Merit Award from the MKOPSC for her work in process safety internationally. In 2020 her book “Let’s talk about your leadership: learning through the art of storytelling” was published.  

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