Safety Leadership – Beyond Compliance

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Diane Smith-Gander, Chair at Safe Work Australia, NED, Wesfarmers and AGL Energy, delivers a workshop around “Safety Leadership – Beyond Compliance”

Diane looked at businesses, large and small, how they must make and deliver their products and services so that all aspects of workers’ safety and health are protected.  Diane also argued that compliance alone cannot deliver this outcome – it demands pervasive safety leadership.

Diane Smith-Gander is Non-Executive Director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council, and Board Member of Keystart Loans, Henry Davis York, CEDA and Immediate Past President of Chief Executive Women. Diane has held a wide range of non-executive roles in the past including Chairman of Broadspectrum Limited, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, Non-Executive Director of the CBH Group, Commissioner of Tourism WA and Board Member of the Committee for Perth. Diane’s last executive role was Group Executive at Westpac; a member of the leadership team of the corporation, responsible for all information technology, back office operations, global vendor management and property. Diane was a General Manager at Westpac for 10 years in the 1990s responsible for back office functions, retail networks and support functions. Prior to re-joining Westpac Diane was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey serving clients in diverse industries globally. Diane became a senior advisor to McKinsey in Australia in 2016. Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency, the government agency responsible for deterring the use of performance enhancing drugs. Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from the University of Western Australia (UWA). In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from UWA. She is a Fellow of the AICD and Governance Institute of Australia and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA where she serves on the advisory board of the Business School. Diane is a keen down hill skier and operates a vineyard in Margaret River.