Russell White

Master of Ceremonies

Russell’s experience in the road safety field is unique.

His career spans more than 25 years and encompasses expertise across a broad range of road safety matters.  He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading road safety advocates and media commentators, with regular appearances on Channel 7’s Sunrise program.

The driving force behind his commitment to reducing road trauma is based around three key factors: Advocacy, Research and Education.

Russell is the Managing Director of Driver Safety Australia.  In addition, he is also the Founder and CEO of the Australian Road Safety Foundation.  The Foundation operates Australia’s only national community based road safety campaign – ‘Fatality Free Friday’.

His vision, innovation and long term experience makes him a “one of kind” in the road safety industry.

Virginia Trioli

Facilitator – Sunday Session

Two-time Walkley Award winner, Virginia Trioli is one of Australia’s best-known journalists, with a formidable reputation as a television anchor, radio presenter, writer and commentator. She is much sought-after as a speaker and MC, and combines a rigorous interviewing style with an often wicked sense of humor.
Virginia, is an honours graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, and in 1996 published “Generation F”, her celebrated response to Helen Garner’s ‘First Stone’.
In 1995 she won Australian journalism’s highest honour, the Walkley Award for her business reporting and in 2001 Virginia won a second Walkley for her landmark interview with the former Defence Minister, Peter Reith, over the notorious Children Overboard issue. In 1999 she won the Melbourne Press Club’s Best Columnist award, The Quill. In 2006 she won Broadcaster of the Year at the ABC Local Radio Awards.
Virginia has held senior positions at the Age newspaper and the Bulletin magazine. For eight years she hosted the Drive Program on 774 ABC Melbourne, and the Morning Program on 702 ABC Sydney. She has been the host of ABC TV’s premiere news and current affairs program, Lateline, also Artscape and Sunday Arts. She is a regular fill-in host on Q and A.
She currently anchors ABC News Breakfast on ABC 1 and ABC News 24.
Virginia is married with three step-children, a three year old, and one chocolate Labrador.

Dr Sean Brady

Keynote Presenter

Sean is a forensic engineer that specialises in identifying the cause of structural engineering failures.

He is a Board Member of the Society of Construction Law Australia and a Member of the Singapore International Mediation Centre’s panel of experts.  He is a practising Chartered Professional Engineer, a Member of the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities and the ICE Forensic Engineering Journal.

He has published internationally on forensics for both engineering and legal audiences, and is a visiting lecturer at Queensland University of Technology’s Business School and the University of Melbourne’s Law School

Kate du Preez

Keynote Presenter

Kate was appointed as Queensland’s first female Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health in June 2016 and brings to the role over 16 years’ experience in operational mines in South Africa and Queensland.  When Kate commenced working as a young mining engineer, it was illegal for women to work underground.  She not only worked underground, Kate went on to become the first woman to hold a mine manager’s certificate of competency in South Africa.

Kate’s role is to advise the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines on mine safety and health matters; chair the Coal Mining Safety and Health Advisory Committee and the Mine Safety and Health Advisory Committee; monitor and report to the Minister and Parliament on the administration of the provisions about safety and health under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 and Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 administered by DNRM.

She also performs other functions given to the Commissioner under the provisions of the Acts.

Tony Forster

Keynote Presenter

Tony (MSc. CEng. FIMMM. FIQ) has 45 years’ industry experience from coal face worker to colliery manager and chief inspector.  Joining the United Kingdom HSE in 1988, Tony experienced a diverse array of duty holder standards and an eclectic range of regulatory styles.

In 2013 Tony accepted the role of Chief Inspector of Mines for New Zealand.  Credited with delivering an effective Principal Hazard intervention strategy, Tony restored trust in what was a discredited regulator blamed for an explosion that claimed the lives of 29 men.

In 2016, Tony moved to Australia to advise the NSW Department of Industry on a restructure of the Mines Safety Unit to align its capability with a bespoke critical risk control model

Matina Jewell

Keynote Presenter

Major Matina Jewell (now retired) grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and after joining the Army at age 17, served on military and peacekeeping operations around the world.

During her 15-year military career:

· Matina earned eight war medals,

· Completed the physically demanding Navy divers course,

· Served on operations with the elite American Navy Seals,

· Boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf, and eventually

· Was posted as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon.

Matina was featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, is a best-selling author and has served

on the National Mental Health Forum and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council where she championed positive change for younger veterans.  Among her many honorary roles, Matina is a founding Ambassador for ‘Project Thankful‘, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.

Mark Raguse

Keynote Presenter

Mark is an Organiser at the Australian Workers’ Union and has been a practitioner of industrial relations and workplace health and safety for over 20 years. He has negotiated and advocated for workers across a broad range of industries including metalliferous mining.  He has sat on the Ministerial Resources Roundtable, the Safety Leadership Expert Reference Group, the Queensland Industrial Relations Legislative Reform Reference Group, the Mining Health and Safety Advisory Committee and is currently a member on the Health and Community Services Industry Safety Standing Committee and Chair of the Retail and Wholesale Sector Industry Safety Standing Committee.


He believes that improving safety and reducing injuries in workplaces requires genuine collaboration and a learning culture between workers, their representatives and management.

Daniel Rockhouse

Keynote Presenter

Daniel was working in the Pike River Mine when the mine explosion occurred on November 19, 2010.  Daniel managed to drag himself and another semi-conscious miner, Russell Smith, out of the mine to safety; the pair are the only survivors of the disaster.  Daniel received a Medal from New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at Government House for his bravery.

Twenty-nine workmates lost their lives at Pike River in the explosion including Daniel’s brother Ben.

For the first couple of years after the disaster Daniel struggled mentally, but had learned to cope with it.  ”There’s no point in dwelling on it, it is what it is and it’s happened and you’ve just got to move forward.”

In this presentation, I ‘Share My Story’

Lee Shearer APM

Keynote Presenter

Lee heads the NSW Resources Regulator responsible for compliance and enforcement functions across NSW mining and energy sectors.

The primary focus of the NSW Resources Regulator is on compliance activities within the Resources and Energy sectors, including:

Compliance with the Mining Act

Regulating safety and health performance in NSW Mines.

Lee is a highly experienced regulator with a majority of her career spent in the NSW Police Force performing operational roles including Director for Legal Services and Assistant Commissioner, Commander Northern Region Local Area.  Lee has led large operational and legal teams to deliver regulatory outcomes to the community.

Lee is a Conjoint Professor of Practice with the University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law