Featuring high-calibre speakers across all sessions, the 2017 APPEA HSE Conference delivers a stimulating conference program with a line-up of national and international experts, focusing on an extensive range of topics.  The following speakers are just a taste of what you can expect at the conference.

More speakers will be added to this page as their details come to hand.

Dr James Reilly

NASA Astronaut (Former) / Geologist

Selected by NASA in December 1994, Reilly reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995, completing a year of training and evaluation, and was qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Initially assigned to work technical issues for the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch, Reilly also served as the Astronaut Office lead on Shuttle training, as Payloads and Procedures Operations lead for the Astronaut Office ISS Branch, and lead for Crew Exploration Vehicle crew systems and landing operations in the Astronaut Office Exploration Branch. During his time at NASA, he also worked on systems development, materials and vehicle engineering and human factors projects for both the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. Reilly flew on STS-89 in 1998, STS-104 in 2001 and STS-117 in 2007. He has logged over 853 hours in space, including 5 spacewalks totaling 31 hours and 10 minutes. He has over 2000 hours of high-performance flight time in various NASA aircraft. Reilly retired from NASA in May 2008.

Reilly is currently under contract with Delta Solutions and Strategies to provide space operations subject matter expertise as an instructor and curriculum developer to US and allied military personnel. The USAF National Security Space Institute provides joint space systems design and applications training via the Space 200 course operated and certified under the USAF Air Education and Training Command graduating approximately 550 students yearly from all branches of the US military, UK, and Australia. As part of these duties, he is responsible for identifying customer requirements, designing solutions, and delivering the product in the inaugural events.

Graduated from Lake Highlands High School, Dallas Texas, in 1972. Bachelor of Science degree in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1977. Master of Science degree in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1987. Doctorate in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1995.

Ms Janine Barrow

Technical Director – Sustainability and Innovation and Principal Environmental Scientist

Dr Ali Burston

Organisational Psychologist

Dr Burston began her career as an endorsed Organisational Psychologist working on several large mining construction projects in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Ali is the Founder and Director of boutique organisational development firm, Metisphere Industrial/Organisational Psychologists. Ali has significant experience working with organisations to strategically enhance employee productivity, team development and culture.

Ali works with organisations to meet specific workplace safety regulations by advising, supporting and assisting organisations to implement wellness strategies independently to create high performing and psychologically healthy workplaces. Dr Burston is the Vice President for The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Australia (‘SIOPA’) and a University Liaison Consultation member with Murdoch University. She has been nominated, judged and won numerous industry, research and professional awards throughout her career.

Mr Mark Connolly

Country Manager
Check-6 Australia

Mark is a professional pilot, former Air Force officer and trained leader with a commitment to safety and strategic success through insightful systems, leadership and culture. Through sixteen years in the Air Force Mark graduated with distinction from the Australian Defence Force Academy, trained as a fighter pilot, survived a mid-air collision and ejection, and served on peace-keeping operations in Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands (where he commanded the aviation element of the multinational peace-keeping force). He spent eight years with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in flying and management roles, and two years in Papua New Guinea as a pilot for the Ok Tedi copper mine. As a Check-6 coach and Country Manager Mark applies his experience of aviation and military operational culture to building High Reliability systems, and improving human performance, in a variety of professions and industries.

Mr Peter Fairclough

General Manager – Policy, Government & Public Affairs
Chevron Australia Pty Ltd

Peter Fairclough is the general manager of Policy, Government & Public Affairs for Chevron Australia located in Perth. He is responsible for managing political, regulatory, social and reputational risk.

Mr Fairclough is a board member for the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM WA), Chairman of AMCHAM’s energy policy committee, Committee for Economic Development of Australia WA state advisory council member, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Business Policy Forum (WA), member of the Executive Council of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy (WA) and on the Delegates Committee for the Business Council of Australia.

Ms Samantha Fraser

Senior Manager
DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Sam has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of HSE performance improvement, across a broad range of industries. Sam has worked on oil and gas projects and operations in Europe, Africa, the Caspian and Australia. As a Senior Manager in DuPont’s consulting division, Sam works with clients to manage operational risks and achieve operational excellence.

A qualified organisational and executive coach, Sam is passionate about the power of coaching to unlock potential in groups and individuals. Her work in competency development has included assessing and developing competencies of Managers and Supervisors across production, processing, drilling, maintenance, construction, commissioning and other roles on major oil and gas and mining operations in Kazakhstan, Australia and Egypt.

Sam’s other areas of expertise include critical control management, compliance and audit. Her degree qualifications include First Class BAHons in Natural Sciences (Chemistry) from the University of Cambridge and Msc in Environmental Chemistry with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh.

Mr Cameron Grebe

Head of Division (Environment)
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)

Cameron Grebe is Head of Division (Environment) at the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA); Australia’s regulator of offshore safety, well integrity and environmental management of offshore petroleum activities around Australia. He is responsible for leading NOPSEMA’s regulatory oversight of offshore petroleum activity environmental management, including oil spill preparedness and response.

Prior to joining NOPSEMA, Cameron worked at Woodside Energy and Shell Global Solutions International as an environmental engineer, adviser and manager of environmental impact assessment of upstream exploration and production and LNG projects.

Mr Grebe holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Studies.

Mr Mark Greenwood

People Solutions Profiles

Mark has over 20 years’ consulting experience where he has worked across industries ranging from Mining/ Resources, Health Care, to Government and with individuals from CEO’s to blue collar. He has extensive experience working in Assessment, Careers Consulting and Executive Coaching within the Australian marketplace.

Mark’s career achievements include:

• Managing Partner of People Solutions (Winner of BRW Fast 100 in 2003, 2004)
• Director of Donington (An Australasian Career Transition & Outplacement Company)
• Manager of Human Resources Consulting with Morgan and Banks Ltd
• Consultant Psychologist with IRS Total Injury Management
• Sales and Marketing with CSR Building Materials

Mark’s experience has also included the development and delivery of national and international assessment programs for selection, relocation and development. His skills have been utilised in the delivery of high level Career Coaching and Mentoring for both private and public sector Executives. These have focused on self development and understanding in order to achieve higher levels of performance along with ‘balance of life’.

At People Solutions he has successfully managed some of Western Australia’s largest Career Transition and Outplacement programs for organisations that included Woodside Energy, Fortescue Metals Group, CBH Group, Chevron Australia, Curtin University and Silver Chain Nursing.

Mark has strong project management, strategy planning and implementation, and coaching skills. He has a comprehensive understanding of how life change can impact upon working groups and individuals. The combination of Mark’s diverse employment experiences, his theoretical background, experience in Psychology and business, allow him to develop client focused solutions that are practical and in line with both individual and organisational objectives.

Prof Mark Griffin

UWA Centre for Safety
University of Western Australia

Mark Griffin is Professor of Management in the UWA Business School where he is Director of MBA Programs and Director of the Centre for Safety. Mark’s research examines the way individuals contribute to organisational performance and he has managed large-scale organizational projects in areas of safety, leadership, well-being, and productivity. He has conducted collaborative projects with a range of industries including health, education, energy, mining, and finance. He has developed assessment tools for use in these industries across Australia, Europe, UK, US, and Asia and is an expert in modelling multilevel and longitudinal data.

He is Associate Editor for the international peer-reviewed Journal of Applied Psychology and is a Fellow of the US Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Past Chair of the Research Methods Division of the US Academy of Management.

Ms Fiona Hick

Vice President Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

Fiona is responsible for Woodside’s Health, Safety, Environment and Quality function, which provides corporate support for HSEQ issues as well as operational support to all parts of Woodside’s global business.

Fiona is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Western Australia, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Studies from Murdoch University and over 20 years experience in resources across both the oil and gas and mining industries.

Fiona joined Woodside in 2001 and has held various engineering and leadership roles in Exploration, Development and Operations. Prior to joining Woodside, Fiona worked for a number of years with Rio Tinto both in corporate and site-based roles.

Mr Toby Hewitt

Learning Strategist

Toby is a Learning Strategist with a real passion for the impact that eLearning can have in your organisation.

Toby has scoped, planned, designed and developed world-class online training solutions across a range of industries for some of Australia's largest companies including BHP Mitsubishi Alliance, Glencore, RSL Care, Goodlife Health Clubs, QGC and more.

By helping businesses implement an effective ecosystem of training and non-training interventions, Toby ensures that business goals are met and their people are best served to become more competent and confident professionals.

Dr Trudi Lang

Leading Global Conversations

Trudi’s vision is to improve the state of the world through global conversations. She leads strategic projects to provide leaders with the space to discover a new way.

Trudi was previously Director and Head of Strategic Foresight at the World Economic Forum in Geneva where she worked with private and public sector stakeholders on projects such as the future of: Mongolia; international security; Russia; health; civil society; emerging technologies; and government. She has also worked with the OECD in Paris on national strategies, in her role as Consultant for Strategic Foresight.

Trudi holds a PhD in strategy from the University of Oxford and is an Associate Fellow of Oxford’s Said Business School where she undertakes research and teaches in executive education. In her doctoral dissertation, Trudi explored the relationship between scenario planning and the building of new social capital to collaboratively address environmental turbulence. Her research has been published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change (with Professor Rafael Ramirez).

Les Linklater

Executive Director
Step Change in Safety UK

Les joined Step Change in Safety in 2012. He has more than 20 years' experience in the oil and gas industry and previously worked in various topside and subsea technical roles for operators, contractors and service companies. Les has used his technical experience and passion for developing people to build practical and sustainable training, development and competence solutions in contractor and sector skills environments.

Mr Paul Marsden

Senior Vice President & Project Manager
Wheatstone LNG
Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals (OG&C)

Paul’s career spans 22 years, joining Bechtel as a student at Bechtel Water in the UK in 1995, and on several projects in the Rail business in London. Between 2001 and 2006, Paul worked in various engineering and construction roles in China on the CSPC Nanhai Petrochemicals Complex. Continuing in engineering and construction, from 2006 to 2008, Paul worked on Thai Oil’s Thai Paraxylene Revamp project. In 2008, Paul moved to Houston, joined the Queensland Curtis LNG project, and certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt. Paul moved to Australia in 2011 and worked in various roles, culminating in Senior Project manager, leading QCLNG through to completion.

Since November 2015, Paul has been responsible for the delivery of the Wheatstone LNG project.
Paul holds a Master of Engineering degree from Durham University, England; is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers; a chartered engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia; a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr Karen Miller

Senior Research and Projects Scientist
Australian Institute of Marine Science

Karen is a Principal Research Scientist and Team Leader for AIMS’s Ecological and Biological Monitoring group in Western Australia. She completed her PhD in Marine Biology at James Cook University and has had a diverse career across marine resource management, applied research and as a University academic.

She has led major research programmes that have addressed a range of applied and strategic marine ecological questions including recovery of overfished populations, baseline monitoring, biodiversity discovery, population connectivity, marine resource management and the impacts of industry activities. Her research experience spans the tropics to Antarctica, providing a breadth of experience and context.

She is currently a Theme Leader of the North-West Shoals to Shore Research Program, a major collaborative program (across industry, Government agencies and Universities), which has been developed in close consultation with the oil and gas industry to directly address key knowledge gaps and provide biological data directly relevant for regulation of industry activities.

Mr Derrick O'Keeffe

Head of Safety and Well Integrity

Derrick is responsible for ensuring occupational health and safety and well integrity regulatory requirements for offshore petroleum facilities and activities in Commonwealth waters are met. This includes the assessment of Safety Cases and Well Operations Management Plans, and their associated inspection and compliance regimes. Derrick has formerly worked for a diverse range of oil and gas companies in Australia as well as international experience including time working in the UK, USA, Asia, and the Middle East.

Prof Charitha Pattiaratchi

Professor of Coastal Oceanography
The University of Western Australia

Charitha Pattiaratchi is Professor of Coastal Oceanography at The University of Western Australia where he has been based for the past 29 years. He leads UWA Coastal Oceanography Group; the IMOS Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders. He received his tertiary degrees from the University of Wales. He has supervised over 50 PhD students and 150 honours students and has published over 300 articles/reports on coastal oceanography, including over 150 in peer-reviewed international journals. The research programs he has developed integrate ocean observation, numerical modelling and synthesis to define the role of physical processes in pathways of water and sediment (including morphological changes), weather and climate and ecosystem function in the coastal ocean (including estuaries and beaches) and the adjacent deep ocean.

Mr Andrew Rogers

Lead Consultant
DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Andrew has over 25 years consulting experience across a broad range of industries and consulted at executive management level for DuPont’s consulting division for 14 of those years. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of culture transformation programs from a learning and development perspective.

Andrew’s primary focus is in leadership development, and he has consulted with a special focus on the psychology of Leadership across a broad range of industries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and in Asia. Andrew is a core design team member in the development and implementation of DuPont’s global coaching models. He is also a regional subject matter expert in terms of leadership program design and implementation.

Andrew has done extensive work in organizational assessments and has been the lead senior consultant of numerous safety culture assessment teams. Andrew has trained numerous executive leadership and management teams in Safety Management skills, effectively driving the closure of safety performance gaps identified during assessment phases.

Ms Roberta Selleck

Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager - Corporate

Roberta Selleck is a HSSE professional with over 20 years’ experience in senior HSSE manager roles across the resource sector and has held roles in the oil & gas and mining industries site and corporate based.

Roberta joined Clough in August 2013 in her current role to support the design, development and implementation of Clough’s HSSE improvement strategy. Significantly this has included developing the Clough Major Accident Prevention Program to address high risk construction activities undertaken by Clough.
She has a bachelor of science, and graduate diplomas in environmental impact assessment, education and occupational health and safety and currently undertaking a PhD in Critical Control risk management.

Susie Smith

Chief Operating Officer
Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN)

Susie Smith, CEO Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN)

Susie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN). AIGN is a network of industry associations and individual businesses which contribute to climate change policy discussion and see value in joint industry action to promote sustainable development.

Prior to joining AIGN Susie coordinated approvals for major Australian infrastructure projects and is a technical specialist in climate change and sustainability management, with over 20 years’ experience. Susie published Santos’ first Sustainability Report in 2004, and was the Australian industry delegate on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Oil and Gas Sector Supplement. This successful collaboration resulted in the publication of the new sustainability reporting guidelines in 2012. Susie is the Australian representative on the IGU Group of Experts on Methane Emissions. This global group is tasked with improving the measurement, reporting and reduction of methane emissions.

Susie is passionate about sustainable development and believes that, through constructive dialogue and a commitment to transparency, Australian business can successfully demonstrate their credentials in a low carbon economy.

Mr Matt Smith

Environment Manager

Matt has been an Environment Manager with NOPSEMA since the establishment of the Environment functions in November 2011.

At NOPSEMA Matt has managed the Spill Risk and the Assessment and Inspection Teams during that time.

He is currently leading the transparency taskforce and reference case project.

Mr Stuart Smith

Chief Executive Officer

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 Western Australian Public Service as Director General for the Department of Fisheries (2008-14) and Acting Director General and Deputy Director General for the Department of Industry and Resources (2003-2008).

Stuart has also worked previously in the Australian Public Service (1989-2003) where he held industry development and regulatory roles 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.

Dr Melanie Todd

Principal Human Factors Advisor, The Keil Centre

Dr 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.

Dr Kris Waddington

Regulatory Affairs and Community Manager
Buru Energy

Dr Kris Waddington completed his PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2008. At this time, Kris took a role as Senior Research Fellow at UWA where he applied specialist techniques developed in the university to improve environmental impact assessments. This included providing specialist advice and improving environmental outcomes on a number of major resource projects including the Pluto, Gorgon and Wheatstone projects. Upon leaving UWA, Kris worked in an environmental consultancy and managed state and federal environmental approvals processes. Kris has been with Buru Energy since mid-2012 and is responsible for regulatory approvals and coordinating community relationships. This involves working closely with a number of Traditional Owner groups in relation to Buru Energy’s petroleum activities, including tight gas.

Dr Mark Westera

Principal Consultant
BMT Oceanica

Mark Westera is a Principal Consultant at BMT Oceanica. He has over 20 years experience working in technical roles on oil, gas, resource and dredging projects with a focus on monitoring water quality, sediment quality, fish and benthic primary producers.

Mark joined BMT Oceanica in 2010 and prior to this worked as a consultant and marine scientist with government, universities and research organisations. The current focus of Mark’s work is on oil spill monitoring and produced water monitoring programs. He leads an innovation group at BMT Oceanica with the aim of improving project delivery using the latest available technology and techniques.

Ms Vivien Wong

Business Manager Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

Vivien Wong has 20 years’ experience in various industries including oil and gas, mining and water. Vivien is responsible for delivering Woodside’s corporate strategy across Health, Safety, Environment and Quality and overseeing functional governance and the application of new technology.

Vivien has a Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree (honors) from Murdoch University.

Vivien joined Woodside in 2005, and has held various technical and leadership roles within the organisation including in Operations, Projects (Pluto LNG) and Corporate. Prior to joining Woodside, Vivien worked in consultancy and in a variety of regulatory roles within government.