Risk tolerance and safety culture: Minimizing the risk of catastrophe by bringing the lessons of space home“ – David T. Loyd

“NASA has learned from our experiences how the human condition paired with flawed organizational factors can lead to catastrophe.” ”
David T. Loyd, Assistant Director, Safety & Mission Assurance, NASA Johnson Space Center

David T. Loyd, Assistant Director, Safety & Mission Assurance, NASA Johnson Space Center

David spoke during his keynote presentation about the approach he takes to Safety and health excellence. He explains that isn’t not just about preventing mishaps and optimizing performance, it is about anticipating failure and accepting a reasonable potential for error.

“What is common across all industry is human error.  NASA has learned from our experiences how the human condition paired with flawed organizational factors can lead to catastrophe.  Learning hard lessons have contributed to evolving NASA’s risk appetite and creating an environment permeated with risk-based thinking.  Ultimately this helps us in pursuing an effective safety culture that minimizes risk and encourages mission success.”


David currently serves as the Assistant to the Director of Safety & Mission Assurance (SMA) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.  He is responsible for assuring effective governance of SMA regulations and requirements associated with the JSC infrastructure.  David also Chairs the NASA Facility System Safety Working Group responsible for maintenance and implementation of safety policy and practices associated with agency facilities and infrastructure.  Since 2009, David serves as a charter member of NASA’s Safety Culture Working Group, defining the agency’s desired safety culture characteristics. He assisted the development of long-term agency-wide safety culture survey and measurement processes and contributed to associated policy development.  David also supports agency SMA training and communication initiatives.

Wellbeing: A Global Concept? – Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson, Global Head, Safety & Health, Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered has 100,000 staff of 125 different nationalities across 60 markets. Humans really are ‘same same, but different’; we all desire good mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing, but that may look different in Botswana, Bahrain, Britain, and Bangladesh.

Peter from Standard Chartered discussed wellbeing and how wellbeing is implimented across diverse countries and cultures, he also explored how Standard Chartered is implementing its wellbeing strategy to affect and impact all staff in all countries.


Peter Simpson (DBA, MBA, MSc(Ergo), MA(Theo), BSc(Aviation)(Hons)) has over 25 years of leadership in the areas of safety, health, wellbeing, risk, security, and quality & assurance. Lived and worked in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Japan whilst working for airlines, defence, regulators, industry bodies, and the banking sector. Passionate about leading organisations through customer-driven change and simplification, and about coaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders.

The future of workplace mental health – David Burroughs

David Burroughs, Chief Mental Health Officer, Westpac

David’s thought-provoking session included key observations, musings and anecdotes from his drawing on his 20 years career as a workplace psychologist, as a provider, consumer and reviewer of mental workplace mental health services and his more recent experience as Chief Mental Health Officer of Westpac.

Workplace mental health – rarely has one topic received so much attention, with no sign of the interest and activity in this area abating any time soon. Yet despite so much time, energy and resources being directed to this domain are we actually seeing any real evidence of impact and improvement?

It seems that the ‘monetisation of madness’ is continuing at a rapid rate, with new providers, M&A’s and massive investment in the mental health space, but where is the evidence to support the level of workplace investment? How are we measuring success? Are we finally at a tipping point when it comes to workplace mental health? And where should we be focusing our attention – i.e., getting the fundamentals right to maximise ROI?


David Burroughs is a senior workplace psychologist and strategist who has been working in the area of workplace mental health both in Australia and internationally for almost 20 years. David specialises in the early intervention and prevention of workplace mental ill-health and has a passion for innovation and challenging convention. David has been and remains a strategic advisor to numerous federal government departments and many national and multinational organisations on workplace mental health and behaviour matters, and has developed several nationally awarded corporate mental health and wellbeing initiatives.  David’s current interests include men’s mental health, creating ethical ‘speak up’ cultures and addressing the challenges of the aging workforce. David is a sought after speaker both here and abroad and brings a highly pragmatic and strategic approach to managing complex people management matters. David is currently working as Chief Mental Health Officer for Westpac where he is focussed on supporting Westpac’s strategic approach to staff and customer mental health.

From the Infantry to the Industry: Observations of a Newcomer – Steven Rolfe

“If you’re not being safe, you’re not doing your job properly”
Steven Rolfe, HSE Manager, Thales

Steven shared his experiences from the Australian Army with photos and videos and how this transitioned into the civilian world and choosing a career in safety.

He discussed what his challenges were, how safety was implemented in warlike operations and how he leveraged that to emerge as an up-and-coming safety leader in the civilian world. He also discussed his observations on the state of the safety profession since joining, then challenged the audience on some of his beefs with the profession so far.


As an infantry soldier in the Australian Army, Steven Rolfe had been deployed to East Timor and the United Arab Emirates. After returning from a deployment to Afghanistan he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. He just knew he didn’t want to be in the Army anymore.

After spending a year deciding what he could do in the civilian world, and while waiting for his contract to finish with the Army, he began studying a Bachelor of OHS. With civilian employers struggling to appreciate the skills of a professional soldier, leaving the Army was almost like leaving High School again. But as difficult as it was finding work, he eventually convinced someone to hire him.

Now, after completing his degree and proving himself as an HSE Advisor in the construction and oil & gas industries, he is an HSE Manager at Thales, the global defense, security and transport company.

Is your workplace health & wellness program doing more harm than good? – Glenn risely

Glenn Risely, CEO, HeadUp Labs

The challenge of keeping your employees engaged, healthy and happy is no small task. But are the “lose weight”, “move more”, “don’t smoke”, “drink water”, “mindfulness”, “get more sleep” messages getting through?

During Glenn’s presentation at the OHS Leaders Summit he lifted the lid on the expensive mistakes being made by organisations from across the world, and, shared practical insights on how to avoid them and deliver a program that transforms your people and your organisation.

He expanded on how to change the approach to help actually shift the needle on what’s important.


Glenn Riseley developed and built the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) which was rolled out to millions of employees across 185 countries and thousands of workplaces – from Fortune 500 companies to SME’s. Now a part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group of Companies, GCC continues to improve the health and engagement of employees in every kind of industry. Since leaving the business in 2017, Glenn has been busy investing in innovation and establishing HeadUp Labs, a consumer (people) focused startup that is harnessing wearable technology, artificial intelligence, big data and creative thinking to develop the world’s first human dashboard.

How reducing sprains & strains creates positive mental health outcomes – Terry Wong

Terry Wong, General Manager, Move 4 Life

Terry Wong shared insights with us into new research that has found almost 30% of people who have suffered a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) were receiving treatment for depression 12-months later.

This presentation showed a line of thinking that addressed a link between the two biggest issues on everyone’s agenda – mental health and sprain and strain injuries.  With real stories and evidence he showed how your organisation can achieve positive mental health outcomes for its workforce by reducing sprains & strains – at work and at home!


Terry Wong is General Manager of Move 4 Life.  He is dedicated to eliminating the impact and cost of sprain and strain injuries and future-proofing an ageing workforce.  Terry is responsible for executing Move 4 Life’s work with customers.  He is Move 4 Life’s Master Trainer and passionately leads the extensive MOVE Trainer network.

  • Graduate Diploma in Management – Australian Graduate School of Management
  • Bachelor Applied Science (Physiotherapy) – University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) -University of Sydney
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training

Doing mental health and wellbeing differently – Lisa Mckeown

“People are to be met, not a problem to be solved”
Lisa McKeown, Acting General Manager HSE, Laing O’Rourke

Lisa’s keynote presentation at the OHS Leaders Summit was about aligning the principles of safety differently to do mental health and wellbeing differently.

She spoke about shifting an organisations view of mental health from a bureaucratic responsibility to an ethical responsibility to actively set up the organisation for success, to do this we need to stop measuring mental health with a number and start using people as the centre of the solution, people are to be met, not a problem to be solved.  Using a positive approach to mental health and well being creates an opportunity for people to make the most of every day.

Statistic show that 40% of gp appointments today are to talk about mental health and that constrcution workers are 6x more likely to take their own lives than to loose it any other way. This shows the approach to mental health in the work place needs to be approached in a much different manner than other areas of OH&S.


A Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience of working in the construction industry across a wide range of sectors and portfolio of projects. A passionate and influential leader who works within teams to build safety resilience and foster a culture based on engagement and trust. Lisa is a highly driven, experienced change and engagement leader practicing safety and mental health and wellbeing differently.

Our Evolving Role within Sustainability – Eric Knight

“We are no longer just safety, we are sustainability”
Eric Knight, Global Head of Safety, Health and Environmental Sustainability, AstraZeneca

Eric from AstraZeneca held the opening keynote presentation at the 8th Annual OHS Leaders Summit.

Eric shared insight into the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development and the universal action plan for a safer and healthier world. He spoke about the goals and priorities of the UNA including serving a social purpose, demonstrating a positive contribution to society, attracting diverse and qualified workforces and creating more “good” in the world.

Safety Leaders have an opportunity to embed occupational health and safety into their company’s overall sustainability strategy, mapped to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and framed as positive contributors to society.


Eric Knight is the Global Head of Safety, Health and Environmental Sustainability at AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company. He is passionate about keeping people healthy, protecting our environment, and making a positive impact on society. Eric is a strong supporter of global progress on megatrends such as the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDG), notably SDG3 for Good Health & Well-Being.

WHS Regulation: Is it getting tougher? – Steve Bell & Nerida Jessup

Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Nerida Jessup, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills

Steve Bell and Nerida Jessup presented a legal update on the state of WHS regulation in Australia. They surveyed some notable recent regulatory activities, drawing out the themes of WHS and public safety, personal accountability and corporate accountability. Attendees gained a valuable insight that will help reinforce messaging within their businesses about the importance of safety compliance.


Steve is a Partner and Practice Leader, Work Health and Safety. He is an expert in health and safety issues and workplace injury related litigation. His practice involves assisting clients to proactively manage risk in the workplace, and to ensure legal protection in the event of an incident, regulatory investigation or in relation to civil claims from workers injured at work, or who allege breaches of duties of care. Steve is consistently recognised as one of the leading WHS lawyers in Australia


Nerida regularly advises on safety governance and compliance, safety aspects of projects and contractor management. Nerida is experienced in providing legal support following serious safety incidents including providing legal support during incident response and investigations.
Nerida is experienced in advising on a range of safety regulation, including rail and mine safety. She has acted for both employers and regulators in safety prosecutions. She has also acted in a range of safety-related litigation including Coronial inquests, Commissions of Inquiry, VCAT, NCAT and QCAT and workers’ compensation/injury claims.

Hey Siri – “Psychosocial risks…what are they? SMS counselling…really?” – James Sclater

James Sclater, BPsySc, MPsychOrg, Senior Organisational Development Specialist |Registered Psychologist, Assure Programs

Mental Health: Embracing technology to empower leaders and to remove barriers for employees in accessing support.
In 2018 Assure Programs was appointed by the NSW government to work with businesses on helping them understand mental health risks in their organisation. Assure’s free psychosocial risk assessment tool, The Backbone of Mental Health, is readily available for any leader, anywhere in Australia, to use now. James Sclater showcased this interactive assessment tool and presented practical recommendations for delegates to consider implementing in their workplace. Complementing this technology was also an overview of findings from Assure’s recent SMS counselling pilot program. A key component of developing mentally healthy workplaces is reducing barriers for participation in EAP support services and SMS counselling does just that.


James Sclater is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters in Organisational Psychology. He has extensive experience consulting to public and private sectors and is passionate about applying psychology principles to support individuals, teams and organisations to achieve and exceed their goals.

James research has focused on psychological capital and performance in uncertain work conditions. He has a particular interest in applying positive psychology to support employees in coping and flourishing at work. His broad experience includes leadership coaching and development, case management, training and team development. James is skilled in large-scale organisational diagnostics and consulting on strategic objectives and vision.


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