to create freedomof choice
Freedom of choice comes when we can go home safe and well every day to the things we love.
Work should be an enabler to this choice and help us to be the best we can be.
This purpose drives everything we do at SafetyWorks.
We value our people, our clients and our community and we live out values that support this.
We have to know ‘why’ – we are naturally inquisitive. We are open to learning, deepening our knowledge and are driven to share stories.
SOLUTIONS THAT FIT
We make it our business to discover what people do well. We understand and value excellence. We actively seek ways to be better and stand by our services.
OUTCOMES THAT STICK
For us, near enough isn’t good enough. We are flexible in our thinking, focused on quality and expect our work to make a lasting difference.
Our behaviours are genuine and grounded – we own the outcome. Our decisions are ethical and undertaken with integrity. We respond with feedback and use it to improve. We do what we say we will do and enjoy what we do!
WE CARE ABOUT OTHERS
Community and family is strong in our workplace – we stand up for each other. We value respect and are passionate about all of our workplace relationships.
Since 1999, Liz Nicol and Kerry Walker have merged strategic safety management skills with the vision of a safety culture encompassing visionary leadership and engaged people, to create a unique and holistic approach to workplace health, safety and wellbeing.
Both Principals gained their expertise with forward-thinking global corporate enterprises, bringing that quality focussed customised approach to their business.
They seek out team members with diverse backgrounds to provide a wealth of knowledge and experience to deliver specialist solutions in partnership with our clients.
Liz and Kerry seek to partner with organisations, building frameworks for sustainable change in health and safety where people feel valued and harm does not occur.
“I love that at SafetyWorks we make a difference. Sometimes it is a “light bulb” moment that creates a significant shift, and sometimes it’s just a small change in one person. Either way, caring about and valuing people creates a ripple effect that spreads out to free people to make choices.” Kerry Walker, Director
Working in engineering design early in my career really impressed upon me the importance and impact of creating an environment that supports managing risk. Later experience in operations showed me how weak systems and inconsistent leadership can escalate uncontrolled risks into serious incidents and cause both immediate and widespread harm. This fuels our team’s dedication to providing excellent customised services designed to enable safe and healthy work. In this way we provide the guiding foundations and support for leaders to build a sustainable culture of care.
“What I love doing is working with people to spark their imagination...”
Einstein once said – “Knowledge is what has got us to where we are today – imagination will get us to where we need to go”.
In the 25 plus years, I have been working with organisations in Health and Safety I have seen enormous change. Historically organisations have been very compliance focussed and typically very reactive. However, what we know is that to really achieve an organisation where we not only avoid harm, but actually enhance outcomes for people, understanding that caring for and engaging people at every level of the organisation is what will truly make the difference. We know that if we care for people, and help them to be the best they can be, then they will go above and beyond to care for each other.
If we are truly to take the next steps on the safety and wellbeing journey, we need to use our imagination, think differently and tap into the enormous strength of the goodness of people.
SafetyWorks team is our strength, community and family is strong in our workplace and we love working with each other. Let us introduce you to the team!
RENÉ VAN DER MERWE
René is passionate about engaging, empowering and enabling businesses to embed Health, Safety and Wellbeing in how they do business. René's speciality lies in the design and implementation of Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategies delivering improvement in business outcomes as well as safety and culture.
She has worked with many global organisations, developing strategic approaches to reduce risk and improve engagement across all levels. Her focus is on understanding the needs of the organisation's stakeholders at all levels, and applying specialist understanding and skills to design tailored approaches that ensure workable and sustainable improvement.
CLIENT ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Sally is a librarian with over 20 years' experience in project management, information systems and management, content creation and marketing and stakeholder engagement. She is skilled at building strong stakeholder relationships, driving engagement with products and services, and navigating and supporting the use of new technologies. She has worked in academic, special and public libraries, medical research governance, not-for-profit organisations and investment banking.
She is focused on supporting our clients and consultants to deliver best practice WHS outcomes and communicating the benefits of collaborating with SafetyWorks.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT & COACH
With a passion for helping organisations, teams and individuals create change that brings people with it, Amy has been influential in creating connections, engagement and driving transformative behaviour to enable positive cultures. She is known for her refreshing thinking and natural ability on solving complex organisational challenges. Amy is committed to building resourcefulness and capability and the value of this is provided in ongoing feedback from her clients.
Amy’s specialty is navigating the leadership, people and culture-related challenges that arise as organisations embark on change and deal with complexity; a dynamic skill where she is able to clearly diagnose the real issues and offer practical and implementable solutions that cut through the noise.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT & COACH
Sana is a qualified Occupational Therapist with extensive field experience as a WHS professional, in complex industries ranging from aviation, food manufacturing to rehabilitation, and retail and local government, both nationally and internationally. Her strengths include building frontline and senior leadershiup capability and integrating safety and wellbeing as a fundamental component of overall good work design. She also has advanced technical skills and experience in strategy setting, safety management, occupational rehabilitation management, risk and change management, human factors and safety program development, audit and delivery.
SENIOR RISK & ASSURANCE CONSULTANT
Caroline has 20 years' experience working in the Occupational Health and Safety industry and is a passionate advocate who works to build capacity with organisations and businesses, so safety performance continues to improve over time and remains sustainable.
Her speciality lies in the design, implementation and improvement of health and safety management systems. Caroline has worked with Federal, State, and Local government, health and community services, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, pharmaceutical, foresty and justice. She has also developed and delivered WHS training programs including induction, risk management, diversity and conflict, manual handling, forlift induction and Health & Safety Representative training.
SYSTEMS & ASSURANCE CONSULTANT
Neil has extensive experience in developing, establishing, and reviewing client’s health and safety management systems and safe systems of work including policies, strategic plans, risk assessments, asbestos management plans, safe work method statements, risk registers, and hazardous substance management plans, Neil is a perfect fit with the ethos of SafetyWorks.
Neil is a passionate health and safety professional with over 20 years’ experience working across a wide range of industries within the public and private sectors, including mining, transportation and warehousing, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, defence, the arts and State and Federal Government Agencies.
He has held line management positions with nation-wide responsibilities across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region with his skills extending to application of Safety Useability Mapping principles to help organisations simplify comprehensive and/or complex WHSMS’s or procedural documentation.
RISK & ASSURANCE CONSULTANT
Jayden is a Brisbane based health and safety professional with over 7 years experience in the delivery of world class projects and working with large global organisations across both the public and private sector in a range of high risk industries (transport & logistics, construction, mining, oil & gas, infrastructure) to achieve best in class health and safety performance and continuous improvement.
His strength is in working closely with businesses to understand their needs, design and implement HSE solutions that match their HSE maturity, and that are fit for purpose.
Jayden is an experienced Lead Auditor, having developed and implemented audit programs and auditing activities across a variety of organisations against internal standards, statutory requirements (Work, Health, Safety/Rail Safety National Law/Heavy Vehicle National Law) and external standards (AS 4801/45001 and OHAS 18001).
SAFETY LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT & COACH
is an experienced leadership and behavioural coach. He specialises
in facilitating culture change programs designed to optimise and
sustain safety and wellbeing performance for individuals, teams and
organisations across a variety of industries including but not limited to;
aviation, manufacturing, utilities, construction, energy and resources,
local, state and federal governments.
Terry is always on the lookout for opportunities to support and influence learning and personal growth for both himself and his clients.
His approach is relationship-based and calls on disciplines such as psychology and philosophy. Terry enjoys enabling leaders to create a vision for the future that mobilizes individuals, teams and organisations towards improved safety performance.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT & COACH
Carolyn has over 15 years’ experience as a coach and is intrigued with the unique qualities of individuals and working out how different people can work together productively.
Carolyn’s strength is to recognise and cultivate potential in others. Carolyn enjoys coaching individuals, groups and teams; helping people to coexist and work towards achieving their goals and enhancing productivity.