Robin Burgess-Limerick
Professor of Human Factors
Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, The University of Queensland


Steward Black
Operations Engineer
Arrow Energy


Darron Brien
Managing Director
The Drug and Safety Institute

Darron Brien has over 15 years’ experience as Managing Director of Fit4Duty Pty Ltd and substantial previous experience in diverse organisations including professional and financial services. He holds a degree in Management, Science and Information Technology, e-Commerce and Marketing. He is a qualified Trainer and Assessor. Mr Brien has previously given evidence and opinion in Industrial Commissions and provides expert advice on technology, current industry procedures and best practice to clients. He constantly monitors development in research related to alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

Nigel Cann
Associate Principal, Risk & Security

Nigel is a proven leader with over 30 years’ experience covering risk management consulting, technical, engineering, project, management and directorship roles in high hazard industries.

Nigel was an experienced General Manager at a Major Hazard Facility, with wide technical and business bases and brings extensive experience in Process Safety Management, Risk Engineering and Process Control.  He is also a qualified Professional Process Safety Engineer, Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist who has led the development of Safety Cases and Safety Management Systems that can demonstrate risk reduction levels at industry best levels (as judged by regulator, certification and insurance audits).

With over 5 years’ experience in managing and consulting to large complex industrial processes Nigel is able to bring that experience to clients to deliver insightful workshops, audits that highlight critical gaps in management systems and can provide recommendations and improvement actions that can significantly decrease risk, improve performance and cut costs.

Steve Cooper
Hydrocarbons Select Manager
Worley Parsons

Steve is a chartered chemical engineer with over 20 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry and onshore petrochemical industry. He is one of a handful of accredited Professional Process Safety Engineers in Australia. His specialist fields of competence include Safety Engineering, Formal Safety Assessments, Risk Assessments and computer consequence modelling of hydrocarbon and toxic chemicals. His excellent knowledge of toxic, flammable and combustible hazardous materials stand out when looking for safe - fit for purpose solutions.  He has invaluable processing plant and operations experience from when he worked as a process engineer involved with numerous plant upgrades and part of start-up and shutdown teams. His involvement in offshore oil and gas activities has seen him complete safety-engineering support as part of design teams and facility upgrades operations and Safety Cases for mobile and fixed operations in the UK, USA, Australia and Russia for various major operators.

Kerry-Anne de Jagersafety in oil and gas conference 2016 Australia Brisbane

Kerry-Anne is the Director of TechniTest which specialises in Workplace Drug and Alcohol Screening.  TechniTest are on the leading edge of hair testing technology, working in partnership with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicines. 

Kerry-Anne is passionate in changing the culture and the social acceptance of drug/alcohol abuse in workplaces and communities.  She was nominated Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year 2015 and received a nomination for Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards 2016.

As a leader in her industry, she understands the complexities of implementing a sound Drug and Alcohol Policy,rigorously enforcing it, managing the results, arranging randomised selection's, appropriate record keeping, conducting training programmes (focusing on Employee and Employer Information Sessions) and implementing the Rehabilitation Programme and/or Employer Assistance Programmes (EAP's) - which are all facets of TechniTest's core business services ensuring your productivity and integrity are upheld.

All these factors impact the business cycle.  More importantly, maintaining compliancy with legislation as well as ensuring the safety of the workplace and staff.  The fundamental blocks of building and running a stable business will not be complete without a competent and dependable workforce.

TechniTest's aim is to ensure safe workplaces and increase productivity by mitigating the risk of impaired personnel by providing the best and most efficient Drug and Alcohol Screening Services specifically for your industry/business.

Sidney Dekker
Professor, School of Humanities
Griffith University

Professor Sidney Dekker lives in Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He is also Professor (Hon.) of psychology at The University of Queensland, and Professor (Hon.) of human factors and patient safety at Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Previously, he was Professor of human factors and system safety at Lund University in Sweden. After becoming full professor, he learned to fly the Boeing 737, working part-time as an airline pilot out of Copenhagen. He has won worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work in human factors and safety, and is best-selling author of, most recently, The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’ (2014), Second Victim (2013), Just Culture (2012), Drift into Failure (2011), and Patient Safety (2011). His latest book is Safety Differently (2015).

Jason Edwards
Faculty of Health, School – Psychology and Counselling Research – CARRSQ
Queensland University of Technology

Dr Jason Edwards is a researcher with theat Queensland University of Technology's 'Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland' (CARRS-Q) . With an academic background is in Psychology, he conducted his PhD in Organisational Psychology and Safety. This PhD project consisted of a three year investigation of the culture of the Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry and the influence this culture has on safety. Dr Edwards has been involved in a number of other research projects both in Australia and in Oman, and has presented at domestic and international conferences. In addition to his research roles, Dr Edwards supervises PhD students and has served as a peer-reviewer on a number of well-respected scientific journals. Jason has a particular interest in applied research which results in real world application and change, and in communicating research findings to non-researchers. His research areas have included reviews of policing policy and practice, examination of heavy vehicle safety and safety culture, traffic safety culture and investigating effective practices for workplace health and safety inspectors.

Andrew Fergusson
Safety and Risk Engineering Manager
Worley Parsons

Andrew is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and RPEQ (Registered Professional Engineer Queensland) with 20 years of engineering and operations experience in the coal seam gas, steel, pulp and paper and water treatment industries. His areas of expertise include Process Safety, Consequence Modeling, Formal Safety Assessments, Risk Assessments, Control of Major Accident Hazards and Safety Cases. His knowledge of toxic, flammable and combustible hazards and the associated safeguards contribute to fit for purpose solutions. Andrew has a range of processing plant and operations experience from working as an operations process engineer where he was part of operations support, shutdown, plant upgrade and commissioning teams. His involvement in onshore gas projects has contributed to designs considered to be industry best practice.

John Green
HSE Director
Laing O'Rourke

John Green has worked in the oil, gas, petrochemical, electronic and aviation sectors. He began his working life as a major hazards inspector for the HSE in the late 1970s. He then spent periods overseas with BP on Das Island, ADNOC in Abu Dhabi, CALTEX in Bahrain and Total where he was Head of Safety during the construction of the South Pars industrial complex. On returning to the UK John held senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Board level positions with Severn Trent and Alfred McAlpine. He is currently Director HSEQ and Corporate Responsibility for Laing O’Rourke Australia having held the same post in Europe for 5 years

John holds degrees in Occupational Health and Safety, Integrated Pollution Mgmt, and Risk Mgmt as well as qualifications in Psychology, Law and Change Mgmt. He spends any spare time that he has climbing, scuba diving and in any other pursuit that requires risk management skills.

Maureen Hassall
Associate Professor
The University of Queensland

Maureen Hassall is Associate Professor - Risk at The University of Queensland and is project manager of UQ R!SK an university initiative. Her areas of research focus on developing and applying practical and effective innovative solutions that address the risk challenges faced by industry. Maureen also provides risk management and human factors advice, education and training to industry and at the university. She holds bachelor degrees in engineering and psychology, a MBA and PhD in Cognitive Systems Engineering. Prior to joining UQ, Maureen worked for more than 15 years in mining, processing and manufacturing industries in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Jan Hayes
Associate Professor
RMIT University
and Member of Advisory Board

Dr Hayes has 30 years’ experience in safety and risk management.  Her project experience covers a range of industries including offshore oil and gas, onshore petrochemicals, gas pipelines, mining, manufacturing and transportation (including air traffic control).  She began her career in 1983 in oil and gas process plant operations, and then moved to detailed design.  She was involved in the initial Australian oil industry response to the Piper Alpha incident in 1988 and has been working almost exclusively in industrial safety since then.  Jan was a director and part owner of Qest Consulting Pty Ltd (one of Australia’s best known industrial risk and safety consultancies) between 1991 and 2004.  Holding a number of operational roles, she managed up to 50 staff and was personally responsible for projects ranging from technical safety studies (such as safety cases, HAZOP studies, QRAs and reliability studies) to organisational psychology reviews and human factors studies. 

Her current activities cover academia, consulting and regulation.  She holds an Associate Professor appointment in the Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research at RMIT University where her research interests include operational decision making, safety in design, professionalism and the use of standards.  She is Program Leader for the social science research activities of the Energy Pipelines Co-operative Research Centre.  In addition, she consults part time with a small group of clients on safety performance improvement projects.  Dr Hayes is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority.

Dr Hayes holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Business from Swinburne University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the Australian National University.

Amanda Holland
Developments Senior Health and Safety Adviser
Woodside Energy

Amanda Holland has thirteen years experience with an extensive background in Occupational Health and Safety within the oil and gas, mining and construction industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science Health and Safety Management and a Master of Human Factors and Safety Management Systems.  Areas of specialty include Auditing, Training and Incident Investigation. Amanda has been involved in the implementation of two behavioural based safety systems with multinational companies and has recently completed a review of  her current employers health and safety management system.  Her current role is Senior Health and Safety Advisor for Woodside Energy based in Perth, Western Australia.

Daniel Hummerdal
Director of Safety Innovation
Art of Work

Daniel Hummerdal worked as Safety Innovation Leader at Thiess. After an initial career as commercial pilot, Daniel studied psychology. Since then, he has worked as accident investigator with the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration, as a Human Factors consultant with Dedale (France), and been engaged in industrial safety research in Sweden, France and Australia. Now in the corporate world, his goal is to help organisations find better ways to organise safety. Daniel is also the founder of www.safetydifferently.com.

Trish Kerin
Chartered Engineer and Fellow

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.
Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on several advisory committee roles. This includes representing the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA) on drafting the 2007 OHS regulations for major hazards in Victoria – Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. She has also represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on the Safe Work Australia temporary advisory group for drafting the major hazard facility model law. Trish has also represented PACIA to the WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and been an invited speaker for various local and international conferences.

She currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.
Additional appointments have included positions as a director and vice president for a not-for-profit community radio station.

Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE. She also holds a diploma of OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at theAsian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency.

Shoena Messner
Director, Hazardous Industries and Chemicals Branch
Office of Industrial Relations – Queensland Treasury

Shoena Messner, Director of the Hazardous Industries and Chemicals Branch of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Shoena had worked as a chemical engineer for 12 years when there was a major incident at her place of work that took the life on one employee and injured five others.  For the next two years she was involved with the investigation, the decommissioning, and ultimately the demolition and rehabilitation planning for the facility.  This experience prompted a change in career direction.  She joined the government in 2009 and now leads the team administering the major hazard facility regime under the Work Health and Safety Act in Queensland.

Anthony Mitchel
HSE Director
Fluor Australia

Responsible for the strategic development, implementation and co-ordination of HSE programmes within the Region. Ensure projects are executed in accordance with company policies, procedures and principles.  Provide HSE expertise on regional legislation and regulations as well as HSE technologies and trends.

Fiona Murfitt
Group HSSE Manager
Viva Energy

I currently lead a team of professionals that manage and lead Safety, Health, Industrial Hygiene, Security, the Environment, Assurance and Marine/Shipping (HSSE) across Viva Energy Australia (formerly Shell Australia Downstream).

My passion and commitment is with leading and supporting safer working environments and practices to help people leave work even better than when they arrived. Having experienced a workplace death in the family, this also holds a very personal connection.

My experience has helped me become a strong strategist with skills in planning, resourcing and implementing of programs to improve operations, corporate governance, workplace health and safety, external relationships with government and corporate change management.

My operational experience in the Oil & Gas and high risk industries is supported by a comprehensive academic background that includes a Ma.Tech (Risk), MBA (Abridged MIA), BBus (Economics, Marketing & Law) and Certifications in Auditing, Training and Assessment and OHS.

Scott Osborne
General Manager

The Drug and Safety Institute

Scott Osborne has over 20 years’ management experience with the last 10 years in senior and executive management in the Health and Science industries. He holds an Executive MBA from QUT and is an expert in Quality Management Systems. Mr Osborne has extensive experience in project management, facilitation and acquittal.

Tony Pooley
Associate Professor in Risk
University of South Australia

and Director, Principle Seven


Alf Sanzo
Managing Director
GPA Engineering

I became a Chartered Engineer as a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia in 1995 and am currently recognised as a TUV Certified Functional Safety Engineer. 

I started my working career at Delhi Petroleum working in the Cooper Basin on Onshore Oil Development Projects and then moving to Santos Limited before leaving in 1988 to assist in starting up GPA Engineering, a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy specialising in oil and gas, mining, water and power industries. 

I became Managing Director of GPA in 2011, now employing approximately 150 engineers with offices in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Roberta Sellecksafety in oil and gas conference 2016 Brisbane
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.

Prior to joining Clough Roberta was the HSE Manager for the FMG Solomon Operational Readiness team which included the introduction of autonomous hauling strategy for mining at Solomon.  She has a bachelor of science, and graduate diplomas in environmental impact assessment, education and occupational health and safety.

Jason Sullivan
Health & Safety Team Leader - CSG Drilling & Completions

Jason has been working in the Oil and Gas industry for 12 years starting his career as a Wireline Field Engineer.  During this time, Jason has worked throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Brunei before holding leadership roles in both Operations and QHSE.  Jason was the QHSE Manager for Weatherford Australasia before joining the Santos CSG Drilling and Completions team in 2012 as the Health & Safety Team Leader.  Jason is also a member on the Safer Together - Rig Site Safety Working Group.

Peter Thorning
Manager Research Partnerships
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Peter Thorning is Manager, Research Partnerships at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) within Queensland’s Office of Industrial Relations.  A key aspect of Peter’s role is to facilitate access to research so that WHSQ’s regulatory activities have a good evidence base.

Peter was previously Manager, Leadership and Culture and Manager of the Transport Strategy Group. Prior to joining the work health and safety regulator in 2010, Peter worked for the environment regulator, managing the National Pollutant Inventory in Queensland. 

Peter has qualifications in occupational health and safety and environmental science. He has a long history of working with industry in Queensland using innovative programs to improve health, safety and environmental outcomes.

Peter is particularly interested in moving beyond compliance with legislative requirements and refocussing attention on reducing harm and achieving outcomes. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Queensland University of Technology which is examining the concepts of Safety-II (that is, making things go right more often) and implications for work health and safety regulation.

Lisa Took
General Manager
Drug and Alcohol Testing Institute

Lisa is an experienced business leader with 15 years in the vocational education and training industry, and the past 20 years in middle and senior management roles in both local government and private business sectors.  She has a passion for knowledge in the drug and alcohol testing area, business, education, creating positive and safe team culture, and developing people to reach their full potential. 

Lisa has worked with a number of well-known Australian businesses, across a range of industries, and has developed strategies where her work has enhanced business efficiencies.  Lisa’s expertise stems from years of working in her diverse roles in; management, operations and project management, compliance, client relations, instructional design, business development, marketing, auditing, developing and launching new products.

In recent years as General Manager of Drug and Alcohol Testing Institute, Lisa’s leadership has driven the evolution and growth of the Registered Training Organisation which has now become Australia’s leading provider of workplace drug and alcohol testing training, with a reputation for excellence.

Lisa is customer centric and engaged on every level of advocacy for a drug-free workplace.  Through working with industry across the country to discuss protocols of workplace drug testing, Drug and Alcohol Testing Institute is constantly researching the best products and solutions for workplace drug test training, whilst ensuring compliance with the relevant Australia Standards.

Her extensive experience in the training industry has allowed her to assist in the development of customer interfaces that allow for the excellent customer experience that Drug and Alcohol Testing Institute clients enjoy.

Through the use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), and various e-mediums, Lisa ensures that the community have access to quality information on drugs and alcohol and the latest drug trends, which is updated regularly.  This also provides and ongoing professional development for course participants.

Jessica Urquhart
Health and Safety Manager

Jessica Urquhart is a passionate safety leader. Having spent 15+ years working in the resource industry, Jes has become accustomed to high-risk, high-opportunity work environments. As a published author and public speaker, Jes understands that being an excellent communicator is the foundation for building and maintaining a sound safety culture and supporting safety leadership in all levels of the business.

While Jes specialises in systems and risk management, her passion remains in human factors and understanding risk perceptions.

Nada Wentzel
The Jonah Group

Partner at The Jonah Group, Nada (Mtanios) Wentzel is one of Australia’s most qualified and internationally sought after safety culture and leadership experts and keynote speakers. She combines a depth of industry experience across disaster crisis management, safety leadership training and neuroscience.

Since 2003 she has lead the growth of specialist safety culture and safety leadership development consultancy, Jonah Group. The Jonah Group works globally with organisations in the oil & gas, mining, power, food manufacturing, rail and service industries.

She has worked with organisations including Dulux Group, Esso, Energex, Halliburton, Oil Search, Talisman, Orica and Rio Tinto to radically improve safety culture, performance and behavior.

Prior to consulting, Nada worked as an offshore engineer with ExxonMobil. She was a key member of the Esso Longford disaster crisis management team in 1998.

She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Masters in Social Ecology (Organisational Change) and is a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Practitioner.

Ways to engage - speaking opportunities are available!

Present your company, showcase your leadership and demonstrate how you can help leaders from the Australian oil and gas industry transform their organisations in to an innovative enterprise. Use this unique forum to demonstrate your value to leaders in safety strategies across these sectors.

Speakers will assert themselves as leading suppliers and solution providers who have the tools to take their HSE and process safety management strategies to the next level.

Call Jon Treherne on +61 (0)2 8188 7536 or email jont@questevents.com.au to discuss how we can put you in front of a highly engaged and receptive audience.

You can also download the sponsorship prospectus here

Other ways to engage


By having a prominent presence at the event you and your team will be able to meet with senior safety managers during the two day conference, networking lunches, coffee breaks, networking drinks and official event dinner.


Having a stand at the event will enhance your brand. This can be used to set up meetings and guarantee that fellow attendees will know where to find your company representatives to make onsite enquiries at the event.


Make an impact and elevate your presence at the event by being branded as one of the 2nd annual Safety in Oil and Gas event partners or session sponsors. You will receive extensive branding prior to and during the event and be remembered as a thought leader and premier solution provider in the industry.

Host an in-depth learning session

After the main conference there will be the option to host one of two post-conference in-depth learning sessions. This is your chance to assign your own session leader and present content that showcases your expertise and solutions to a targeted, intimate audience.

Safety in Oil and Gas 2016