Invisible Risks, Visible Solutions: The Changing Role of OHS Leaders in Creating Physically and Mentally Healthy Work Environments

14th August 2024, Melbourne, Australia

Private Event Series

Hosted By

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Date: Wednesday, 14th August 2024

Time: 12pm – 2:30pm (AEST)


Kisumé, Melbourne

175 Flinders Ln,
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Synopsis and overview of the session

In the past decade, the workplace has undergone significant transformations. The rise of remote work, the gig economy, heightened awareness of mental health issues, and the integration of advanced technologies have redefined how we work and interact. This evolving landscape presents new challenges and opportunities for OHS leaders, whose roles and strategies must adapt accordingly.

These changes introduce new psychosocial risks that OHS leaders must address. Unlike physical safety hazards, which are often visible, psychosocial injuries such as stress and burnout remain largely hidden. If left unchecked, these issues can significantly undermine productivity, creativity, and morale.

Addressing these injuries requires a multifaceted approach, prioritising prevention, early intervention, and destigmatisation. Collaboration between businesses, government agencies, and healthcare providers is crucial. This challenge extends beyond OHS leaders to require support from all levels, from boardrooms to office floors.

In this session, we will explore the evolving role of the OHS Leader in managing psychosocial hazards, supported by case studies, reports, and observations on recent exclusions by Workcover Victoria related to stress and burnout. We will discuss the importance of promoting open dialogue and providing resources to create environments where employees feel valued, supported, and empowered.

This session will focus on:

  • The importance of addressing psychosocial hazards beyond the domain of OHS Leaders.
  • The costs to businesses, including mandatory, moral, marketability, and monetary aspects.
  • The largely silent mental health epidemic and whether we are experiencing an emotional intelligence recession.
  • The necessity of ensuring that leaders feel psychologically safe and equipped to discuss mental health and wellbeing with their teams.


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Kerrie Adaway, CEO, Lysander

Founder and CEO of Lysander, Kerrie brings over twenty years of consulting experience across various industries. As a respected thought leader and trusted advisor, she has forged strong partnerships with senior and executive leaders throughout Australia. Kerrie collaborates with institutions to offer data and analytics that validate the effectiveness of her comprehensive suite of programs, designed to foster positive behavioural change. With a deliberate focus on diversity, she has assembled a team equipped to address the unique business needs of her clients. Kerrie’s profound knowledge and strategic approach are instrumental in embedding behavioural change and achieving tangible business outcomes.

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Ellie Brown, Strategic Consultant, Lysander

Ellie, with over 25 years as a distinguished business and community leader, recently retired after a 12-year tenure as a Non-Executive Director, including Chair of the People, Remuneration, and Culture Committee. Honoured as an Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and NSW Electorate Woman of the Year, Ellie has led notable initiatives such as the M80 Ring Road Project, Women in Transport (Dept. of Transport VIC), Women in Automotive (national), Integrated Approach to Wellness (Southern Program Alliance), SLT Team Culture and Performance (McConnell Dowell in SE Asia and Aus), and Lysander’s Women in Construction Leadership program. Passionate about developing resilient and effective leaders, Ellie is committed to helping both people and organisations tackle challenges and ultimately thrive.



Tyron McGurgan, Founder and CEO, Focus Network

Tyron McGurgan is a seasoned entrepreneur, media expert, and events professional boasting over 17 years of industry experience. As the CEO and Founder of Focus Network, a premier research and advisory events company, Tyron has led the charge in providing innovative, localised insights and research platforms for senior executives and teams across APAC and the USA.

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Tyron kickstarted his career journey in the events and media landscape after completing his education. His early days in print media equipped him with invaluable skills in sales, marketing, and management. Notably, he held a key leadership role at a prominent international events and publishing company, where he managed the APAC region with a team exceeding 100 staff members.

In 2012, Tyron launched Focus Network with a vision to revolutionize how businesses connect and engage with executives. Recognizing the transformative power of data in the events industry, he pioneered a company that leverages cutting-edge tools and platforms to deliver top-notch, data-driven events aimed at helping businesses achieve their objectives.

Under Tyron’s stewardship, Focus Network has evolved from an events company into a formidable Research and Advisory business, collaborating with some of the globe’s most renowned brands and organizations. The company is renowned for its ability to deliver forward-thinking events that integrate the latest research and localized insights derived directly from its analysts.

Beyond his role at Focus Network, Tyron is a revered thought leader and influencer in the events sphere. He frequently graces industry conferences and events as a speaker, sharing his wealth of insights and experiences on topics such as event technology, marketing strategies, and future trends.

Throughout his illustrious career, Tyron has remained steadfast in his commitment to innovation, excellence, and client satisfaction. He is celebrated for his fearless leadership, willingness to challenge the status quo, and propensity for taking calculated risks to achieve his objectives. Tyron’s vision and dedication have been pivotal in propelling Focus Network to success, inspiring and motivating his team to push boundaries and achieve new milestones.

In his leisure time, Tyron enjoys indulging in his passion for golf or cherishing moments with his growing family.

About Lysander

Founded in 2000, Lysander has become a leader in leadership development and cultural transformation for Australian businesses. With over two decades of expertise, we are dedicated to driving meaningful organisational change, helping our clients achieve sustainable growth and success through leadership enhancement and the promotion of inclusive cultures.

Our diverse team of experienced consultants is our greatest asset, bringing innovation and strategic insights to the consultancy landscape. We aim to cultivate thriving business environments by unlocking the potential of transformative leadership and vibrant cultures, making them the cornerstone of organisational success.

Lysander actively partners with businesses and governing bodies to gather essential business intelligence, staying current with industry policies, trends, and updates. This commitment ensures that our methodologies are innovative, evidence-based, and supported by comprehensive data analytics. Our approach enriches industry best practices with deep insights, empowering our clients to confidently tackle today’s business challenges.

We serve a wide range of industries, from Global 500 corporations to the public sector, focusing on generating positive impacts through leadership development and cultural transformation. Our evidence-based strategies and holistic approach consistently achieve remarkable results, fostering dynamic leadership, cohesive teams, and enhanced workplace wellbeing, thus securing the future success of the organisations we work with.


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Caroline Soo, Vice President, Customer Success, APAC + Japan, KnowBe4

Caroline Soo leads the APJ Customer Success team for KnowBe4 and has been in the business of setting up her clients for success over the past 17 years, across diverse industries. She joined KnowBe4 in 2022 to make a difference in the world by making “Enabling employees (and everyone around her) to make smarter security decisions, every day” her mission to partially fulfil her childhood dream of being a heroine.

Having the privilege of working and leading at companies like Gartner, Lazada and GfK, Soo brings with her an outcome-driven value engagement approach to everything that she does, as she and her team enable organisations to shape cyber safe behaviours one day at a time. Soo is Security Awareness Culture Professional (SACP) certified, a Chemist (NUS) and Accountancy (ACCA) by training.

Agenda at a glance

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration & networking

4.00 pm – 4.05pm – Welcome address

4.05 pm – 5.15pm – 3 course lunch served4.05 pm – 4.45pm – Embracing disruption in the financial services industry: A Privacy versus Security conundrum – Amanda Chan, BlackBerry

4.45 pm – 5.15pm – Demo

5.15pm – 5.45pm – Discussion

5.45 pm – 6pm – Closing remarks

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