Speakers

Karen Tighe

Karen Tighe

Presenter, ABC

Karen is a familiar voice to audiences nationally through her role as host of the ABC’s premier sports program GRANDSTAND.  She has also hosted many of ABC TV’s major sports broadcasts such as the Hopman Cup and has co-hosted coverage from numerous Commonwealth Games and Paralympic Games.  Her polished communication skills, professionalism and engaging personality have led to Karen becoming one of Western Australia’s most sought after MCs for conferences, corporate, government and sporting events.

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown

Manager, Waste & Recycling, WALGA

Rebecca Brown is the Manager of Waste and Recycling at WALGA, where she has worked since 2003. Rebecca has qualifications in waste management, environmental science and philosophy.

Peter McGarry

Peter McGarry

Chief Safety Advisor - Asbestos Unit, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Dr Peter McGarry has been working in the field of occupational health and hygiene for 20 years, in both the private and government sectors. He is a Certified Occupational Hygienist competent in risk management of hazards such as asbestos, hazardous chemicals, particles, noise, vibration, lead, heat stress and biological hazards. Peter is currently employed by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) in the roles of Director of the Asbestos Unit and Chief Safety Advisor Asbestos. Prior to that Peter lead the WHSQ Occupational Hygiene Unit. To ensure his own occupational hygiene practice is to a very high standard, he has completed a Diploma in Health Science, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Health and Safety, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, and a Masters in Applied Science (Occupational Health and Safety). In 2016 he completed a PhD within the research area of methods for measuring nanoparticles and other particles emitted by nanotechnology processes, and has published a number of related papers in the scientific literature.

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor

Chief Executive Officer, E-Oz Energy Skills Australia

Bob Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of E-Oz Energy Skills Australia, the Industry declared Industry Skills Council for the ElectroComms and EnergyUtilities Industries. Bob has extensive industry and VET experience and knowledge, having owned and managed both small and large Electrical contracting companies and his involvement in both the National and State Industry Training Advisory Board Networks for over three decades. In his current role, Bob oversees and leads the E-Oz team to develop high quality delivery and assessment resources, training products, nationally accredited courses (including the working safely with asbestos containing materials) research and development activities and advice within and beyond the energy industries. Bob is committed to ensuring the Energy sectors continue to develop and produce a highly skilled and effective workforce. 

Antoine Macmath

Antoine Macmath

Director, Property and Risk Management, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

Antoine Macmath is the Director of Property and Risk Management at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Antoine has a Bachelor of Environmental Science (hons) from Murdoch University along with over 15 years environmental management experience with a focus on contaminated sites. In his current role he is responsible for the investigation and management of all risks and hazards on Crown land, including contaminated sites. Antoine is also the Project Director for the Northampton Lead Tailings Project and the Wittenoom Asbestos Management Project.

Daniel Adler

Asbestos Policy Project Manager, LGNSW

Daniel is the Asbestos Policy Project Manager at Local Government NSW. Daniel’s role is responsible for assisting councils to improve asbestos management and regulation. This is done through promoting the adoption and implementation of the Model Asbestos for Councils. Daniel assists councils with asbestos policy in the areas of educating residents, managing land, managing waste, councils’ regulatory responsibilities and the provision of workplaces safe from asbestos. Daniel is a qualified project manager with recent council experience working on Service Delivery policy development and alignment in pre-merger councils in NSW.

Laurie Kazan-Allen

Laurie Kazan-Allen

Coordinator, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat

Ms. Laurie Kazan-Allen has been researching, writing and campaigning on asbestos issues for more than 30 years. The British Asbestos Newsletter, the quarterly publication she founded in 1990, is widely regarded as one of the most authoritative contemporary sources of information by the UK community of asbestos activists. The most recent issue of the Newsletter reflected on the 20th anniversary of the UK ban on asbestos.

In collaboration with international colleagues, in 1999 Kazan-Allen established The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat (IBAS). As the IBAS Coordinator she has organized and/or participated in asbestos events on six continents. Working closely with a wide spectrum of civil society stakeholders, her efforts have progressed the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos and achieve justice for the injured. Under her leadership, IBAS has pioneered outreach asbestos initiatives and research projects in key asbestos-consuming and producing countries including Russia, Canada, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, etc. She is the author/editor of publications and papers documenting the global struggle for an asbestos-free future.

Geoffrey Rutledge

Geoffrey Rutledge

Deputy Director-General, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government

Geoffrey Rutledge has been an executive with the ACT Government for ten years and is currently the Deputy Director-General, Sustainability and the Built Environment, for the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government.

Geoffrey leads the ACT’s Asbestos Response Taskforce, coordinating one of the most challenging projects ever undertaken by the ACT Government.  The magnitude and complexity of the Scheme, that has involved the acquisition and demolition of almost 1000 properties affected by loose fill asbestos insulation (Mr Fluffy) across the ACT, cannot be underestimated.

As a result of the work of the Taskforce, significant progress is being made to realise the ACT Government’s goal of eliminating Mr Fluffy from Canberra suburbs. Close working relationships have been developed between the Taskforce, industry and community organisations resulting in the implementation of a compassionate, safe, efficient and innovative program that is being delivered ahead of schedule and under budget.

Pierina Otness

Pierina Otness

Senior Scientific Officer, Environmental Health Directorate, Department of Health WA

Pierina has professional experience in the assessment and management of asbestos in both occupational and non-occupational environments. She is currently the Senior Toxicologist in the Environmental Health Directorate, Department of Health Western Australia and is enrolled in a research Masters at UWA related to asbestos in the non-occupational environment. Pierina is a full professional member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene (MAIOH) and a member of ALGA and ACTRA. She drafted the enHealth Management of Asbestos in the non-occupational environment which was published in 2005.

Simone Stevenson

Simone Stevenson

Executive Director, Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency

Simone Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency (VAEA), which was established to develop a schedule for the prioritised removal of asbestos from Victorian government owned buildings to reduce the risk of asbestos related diseases in Victoria. Simone has over twenty years experience in occupational health and safety, industrial and workplace relations. Simone has worked at senior levels of government as chief of staff and policy adviser to state and federal ministers, including advising on the establishment of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and the development of the National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness. Simone has also worked for WorkSafe Victoria and The Fred Hollows Foundation and brings extensive experience in public policy, program implementation and stakeholder engagement in government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Pamela Lee

Pamela Lee

Senior Environmental Scientist, Aurora Environmental

Pamela Lee (BSc. Geology, MSc. Environmental Engineering) is an Associate Environmental Scientist with Aurora Environmental. Aurora Environmental is an environmental science and occupational hygiene consultancy with offices in Perth and Albany. Pamela’s specific interests are remediation, waste management and sustainability and she has spent the past 15 years’ investigating, managing and remediating contaminated sites. Pamela was based on London for five working on a range of brownfield sites across the UK including landfills, gas works, chemical plants, concrete plants, foundries and ammunitions factories from WWI and WWII. Since moving to Perth in 2008, Pamela has focused on remediation of large industrial sites and brownfield redevelopment. 

Dr Scott Fisher

Dr Scott Fisher

Research Scientist, National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases (NCARD)

Scott is a research scientist with over 19 years' experience in using small animal models for studies in infectious diseases and cancer research. Since 2008 he has focused on cancer immunology and immunotherapy and he currently coordinates the MexTAg pre-clinical research program at the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases. His main area of research is centred on the use of pre clinical mouse models of mesothelioma (transplantable and transgenic), to better understand; a) how host genetics affect mesothelioma development after asbestos exposure; b) assess the carcinogenic potential of different asbestos and asbestiform fibres and; c) investigate the host cancer immune response to better develop and use novel immunotherapies to improve current treatment options for asbestos related diseases.

Sally North

Sally North

Director, WorkSafe Service Industries and Specialists Directorate , Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Sally North is a director at WorkSafe WA, managing teams of inspectors across the hazard areas of asbestos, occupational hygiene, engineering and ergonomics as well as industry regulation in relation to the public sector, chemical manufacturing, retail and service industries. Sally has a background in occupational hygiene and has been involved in state and national working groups on asbestos and chemicals for some years.

Laurie Glossop

Laurie Glossop

Principal Consultant, Glossop Consultancy

Dr Laurie Glossop is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists, with nearly 40 years’ experience in the field.

Starting at Worksafe WA, his role in government initially included researching and providing advice on occupational health hazards and he moved to regulation as a specialist inspector. Through this role Laurie significantly contributed to the development of asbestos regulations, setting Occupational Exposure Limits for asbestos and monitoring workplaces pre the ban on the use and manufacture of asbestos. Laurie worked with a NOHSC committee as the primary author to produce the two NOHSC Codes of Practice on asbestos for Management and Control; and Safe Removal in 2005. 
Laurie has now been in occupational hygiene consultancy work for 30 years where a significant amount of his work relates to asbestos and other fibrous minerals. This work has recently led to a keen interest in the tragic story of Wittenoom.
 

Robert Vojakovic

Robert Vojakovic

President, Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. (ADSA)

President of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. ‘ADSA’, Robert Vojakovic is a former Wittenoom mine worker who left the asbestos mine in 1962. During the 1970s Robert became aware of the lack of support infrastructure (medical, legal and welfare) available for former Wittenoom co-workers who subsequently developed asbestos related lung diseases. Realising the potential enormity of the problem, in 1984 Robert incorporated the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia in Western Australia and established the Asbestos Diseases Advisory Service ‘ADAS’.

Robert was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1987. In 1992 he was awarded the Advance Australia Award for his service to the community, and a year later in 1993 Robert was made a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2001 Robert received the Australian Centenary Award for his contribution to Australian society and in 2011 he was named the Western Australian Senior Australian of the Year. Robert is now regarded internationally as an authority on all aspects of asbestos and asbestos related disease. His expertise provides a range of essential services to victims through the ADSA and the ADAS. Robert is a Contributing Author to the Sourcebook on Asbestos Diseases published in the USA and other publications.

Rose Marie Vojakovic

Rose Marie Vojakovic

Counsellor & Executive Officer, Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. (ADSA)

Rose Marie has worked tirelessly for over 35 years to support the sufferers of asbestos disease and their families. Rose Marie was part of the original Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia ‘ADSA’ Committee and part of the establishment of the Asbestos Diseases Advisory Service ‘ADAS’ in 1984. Rose Marie’s role within the ADSA & ADAS includes her work as a Counsellor, providing expert counselling to asbestos disease sufferers and their families.

As the Executive Officer of the ADAS Rose Marie among many duties coordinates fundraising activities and public events. Rose Marie has been honoured for her services to asbestos disease sufferers with the ADSA Eric Saint Memorial Award and in 2001 she was an Australian Centenary Award recipient. In 2009 Rose Marie was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2016 she was named a Western Australian finalist for Senior Australian of the Year. Rose Marie’s dedication and commitment has been and continues to be a great support to asbestos diseases sufferers and their families.

Dr Greg Deleuil

Dr Greg Deleuil

Asbestos-related disease medical practitioner, Asbestos Disease Society of Australia Inc. (ADSA)

Dr Greg Deleuil has been providing medical support to Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia Inc. ‘ADSA’ members for 35 years. Sadly his involvement with ADSA became personal as well as professional when his mother Alice was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos in Darwin; she died nine months after receiving the diagnosis. Dr Deleuil has travelled extensively to raise awareness of the public health as well as the occupational hazard posed by exposure to asbestos and has lectured throughout the United Kingdom – including multiple presentations at the annual Parliamentary Asbestos Sub-Group Asbestos Seminar – as well as in Poland, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Melvin Chin

Dr Melvin Chin

Oncologist, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Melvin Chin is a medical oncologist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital with a clinical interest in malignant mesothelioma. Outside clinic, his PhD research focuses on computational analysis of blood and tumour samples to improve treatment outcomes for mesothelioma patients.

Alison Reid

Alison Reid

Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

Alison Reid is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia. She is an occupational epidemiologist with an interest in the exposure risks from the in situ asbestos in the built environment and the health risks associated with low dose asbestos exposure. She has examined these among women and children exposed to blue asbestos at Wittenoom, Western Australia.

Melita Markey

Chief Operating Officer, Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia

Melita Markey is a respected business leader with a passion for public health and safety. In her role as Chief Operating Officer of the Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia she has worked tirelessly across Government,  and Industry to improve services, compensation and funding to find a cure for industrial lung diseases like mesothelioma. Asbestos is deeply imbedded in our communities, in particularly WA, and she believes there is still so much work to be done to protect future generations from exposure to these entirely preventable diseases. 

Diane Smith-Gander

, Chair, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

Diane Smith-Gander AO is non-executive director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, NQA Group of Companies, Chair of Safe Work Australia, a board member of Keystart Loans, CEDA, member of the NRFA Partnership Council, and past President of Chief Executive Women.   Ms Smith-Gander is currently appointed to the three member panel reviewing the capability of APRA, the banking industry regulator, following the Hayne Royal Commission.  Her past non-executive roles include chair of Broadspectrum, deputy chair of NBNCo and non-executive director of the CBH Group. Her last executive role was as a group executive at Westpac Banking Corporation. Ms Smith-Gander was a partner of McKinsey & Company serving clients in diverse industries globally and remains a senior advisor to the Australian partnership. Ms Smith- Gander is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Governance Institute of Australia and adjunct professor of Corporate Governance at University of Western Australia where she serves on the advisory board of the Business School.

Justine Ross

CEO, Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

Justine Ross was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the agency in August 2018 for a period of five years. Prior to this, Ms Ross was Acting Group Manager of the WHS Policy Group in the Department of Jobs and Small Business, responsible for policy development and advice on Commonwealth WHS and workers’ compensation, maritime workers’ compensation and WHS matters, asbestos matters and workplace relations issues concerning the building industry (including on the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and Building Code).  Ms Ross has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University and has completed a Master in OHS at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation at Turin University.  Ms Ross is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in the ACT.

Bill Bowtell

Executive Director, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund

Bill is a strategic policy adviser, with particular interest in national and international health policy structures and reform. He trained as a diplomat, with postings in Portugal, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe. As senior adviser to the Australian health minister, Bill Bowtell played a significant role in the introduction of the Medicare health insurance system in 1984. He was an architect of Australia’s successful and well-regarded response to HIV/AIDS. Between 1994 and 1996, Bill Bowtell was senior political adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia. He maintains a close interest in the potential impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and the other communicable diseases, on the social, economic and political development of the Asia-Pacific region. Since 2005, Bill was Director of the HIV/AIDS Project at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and, since 2009, the Executive Director of Pacific Friends of the Global Fund. Pacific Friends is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In these positions, he has sought to increase knowledge and awareness of the challenges posed globally, and to the Pacific region, by the three diseases. He has written and broadcast extensively on these subjects and participated in many international and Australian conferences and seminars especially in relation to HIV/AIDS.

Tanya Segelov

Partner, Segelov Taylor Lawyers

Tanya is an expert solicitor who has acted for sufferers of asbestos disease for over 23 years. She joined the asbestos disease group at Turner Freeman as a third year law student and remained at that firm until she established Segelov Taylor Lawyers in 2016, where she offers specialist services to sufferers of asbestos and occupational diseases. Over the last 23 years she has acted for hundreds of sufferers of mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural disease, silicosis and occupational asthma.

 

Her cases have included: the first verdict in Australia for a person exposed to asbestos as a result of home renovations; the first claim where CSR was held responsible for an employee of a subsidiary company; the only successful verdict in the world against an airline for a stewardess exposed to fumes; and Bernie Banton’s claims against James Hardie for his asbestos diseases. She also acted as part of the legal team representing unions and asbestos support groups at the Jackson Inquiry into James Hardie.

 

In 2010 she was appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel of the Asbestos Management Review and in 2013 appointed by the Federal Government as an independent member of the Asbestos Safety Eradication Council. She has lobbied on behalf of Union and support groups for reforms to legislation affecting asbestos sufferers in New South Wales and in South Australia.

Brett Bassett

Commissioner, Queensland Building and Construction Commission

Mr Brett Bassett was appointed as QBCC Commissioner on 30 May 2016 and was recently reappointed in May 2019 as Commissioner for a further 3 years. 

Prior to commencing at the QBCC, Mr Bassett was the Queensland Regional Commissioner for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). With ASIC from 2011, he was also their Senior Executive of Small Business Compliance and Deterrence.

Mr Bassett led the ASIC team that focused on the business risks in the building and construction sector, and the development of ASIC’s response to the Senate inquiry into insolvency in the Australian building and construction industry. He developed and implemented ASIC’s small business strategy with a specific focus on education, engagement and regulation of the building and construction industry. He also chaired the inaugural Federal Government Building and Construction roundtable that now occurs annually.

As well as possessing strong customer focus, leadership and governance capabilities, Mr Bassett has a regulatory background, having held positions with the Queensland Police Service, NSW Department of Fair Trading, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Mr Bassett holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration. He is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a certified fraud examiner.

 

Mike Daniels

Founder, The Behavioural Architects

Mike founded The Behavioural Architects Australia in 2012 as a founding partner of the global group.

Mike started the business from the base of a distinguished career in advertising as a Strategic Planner and Head of Planning at leading agencies in the UK, Australia and USA. He has always seen behaviour change as his principle professional responsibility and found in Behavioural Economics an exciting and more powerful toolkit with which to understand and subsequently to change behaviour.

Mike delights in getting to the nub of root causes and believes that the better we explain what drives behaviour the better we are able to develop powerful solutions to change behaviour. He has  wide cross category experience in private and public sectors, applying Behavioural Insights and strategic thinking to Customer Experience, Innovation, Brand Strategy, Communications Strategy and Advertising, Public Safety and Digital Outcomes.

Dr Anna Suraya

Director, Fit2Work , Occupational Medicine and Environmental Study Centre, Indonesia

Anna is a director of Fit2Work “Occupational Medicine and Environmental Study Centre” in Indonesia. She focuses on developing health surveillance of Indonesian workers for supporting industries and government to establish occupational health program.  She is also a lecture at Occupational Health and Safety of Binawan University, Jakarta

She graduated with honour as a medical doctor from the University of Sebelas Maret and finished magister and specialist of occupational medicine from the University of Indonesia. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D at Center of International Health, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munchen, Germany. As part of the PHD Anna recently completed the research ‘Asbestos Related Lung Cancer – A Hospital Based Case Control Study Indonesia’.

Anna is an active member of INABAN a network working to ban asbestos In Indonesia and win justice for those suffering asbestos related diseases. Anna is actively involved in both national and international organizations. Now she is a secretary of Scientific Committee of Job Insecurity, Unemployment and Health of  International Commission on  Occupational Health and member of Scientific Commitee of PERDOKI (Indonesian Association of Occupational Medicine Specialists)

Dr Anna Suraya

Director, Fit2Work , Occupational Medicine and Environmental Study Centre, Indonesia

Anna is a director of Fit2Work “Occupational Medicine and Environmental Study Centre” in Indonesia. She focuses on developing health surveillance of Indonesian workers for supporting industries and government to establish occupational health program.  She is also a lecture at Occupational Health and Safety of Binawan University, Jakarta

She graduated with honour as a medical doctor from the University of Sebelas Maret and finished magister and specialist of occupational medicine from the University of Indonesia. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D at Center of International Health, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munchen, Germany. As part of the PHD Anna recently completed the research ‘Asbestos Related Lung Cancer – A Hospital Based Case Control Study Indonesia’.

Anna is an active member of INABAN a network working to ban asbestos In Indonesia and win justice for those suffering asbestos related diseases. Anna is actively involved in both national and international organizations. Now she is a secretary of Scientific Committee of Job Insecurity, Unemployment and Health of  International Commission on  Occupational Health and member of Scientific Commitee of PERDOKI (Indonesian Association of Occupational Medicine Specialists)

Dr Peter Franklin

Senior Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia

Dr Peter Franklin is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH), the University of Western Australia. He has a background in environmental and occupational epidemiology, and his research interests include disease risk from both occupational and non-occupational exposure to asbestos. Dr Franklin is Director of the Occupational Respiratory Epidemiology (ORE) research group. The ORE research group is well known for its epidemiological research into asbestos-related disease in the Wittenoom workers’ and ex-residents’ cohorts, as well as the epidemiology of mesothelioma in Western Australia.

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations, Government of Western Australia

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

Member for Cannington

The Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations, Government of Western Australia