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Electricity Safety Week 2021

John BradyJohn has been with MATES in Construction Queensland since 2008 and helped develop the national award winning ‘Mates in Construction’ program in suicide prevention. John strongly believes that suicide is a preventable problem particularly if we can get mates helping mates.

The effectiveness of this approach has also seen the creation of MATES in Energy and MATES in Mining. John has also worked extensively with apprentices through the Life Skills Tool Box program and the recent Speak Up be Heard research around apprentices and bullying.

John holds a Master’s in Leadership a Bachelor of Education as he has undertaken post graduate studies in organisational psychology, theology, biblical anthropology and suicidology.

Noel CosgroveNoel has been with CV for over 15 years and has over 35 years industry experience. Noel is responsible for the effective operation of the whole Electrical Construction division including the delivery of revenues of over $45m and leading a team of 160 people across four locations. This includes ensuring that all projects run smoothly, on time and within budget through a team of experienced Project Managers. Noel is also responsible for all quoting and estimating, business development activity and is the Qualified Technical Person under the Electrical Contractors licence.

Geoff FavellGeoff has more than 30 years’ experience in the Queensland public sector with senior roles across employment, industrial relations and training portfolios in metropolitan and regional centres.

As Queensland Training Ombudsman, Geoff provides a recognisable and accessible avenue for complaints and consumer advocacy for vocational, education and training (VET) stakeholders to progress disputes and seek advice and assistance relating to the overall conduct of the VET sector in Queensland.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), a directorship with Construction Training Centre and is the Chairman of the Queensland Overseas Foundation.

Michael GibsonMichael is the Director of Field Services with the Electrical Safety Office. he has been involved in the electrical industry for 35 years, with 20 years in a regulatory role. He is an experienced leader in the delivery of inspection and enforcement strategies to enforce and monitor compliance of duty holders with electrical safety legislation.

David GoreDavid is an Assistant Work Health and Safety Prosecutor with the Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor.

David is a Barrister with ten years’ post admission experience in government practice and a specialist in criminal and regulatory prosecutions with substantial trial advocacy experience.

Prior to this, he has worked in the Australian Army Reserve for 15 years where he obtained management, mentoring and military command experience.

Donna HeelanDonna is the Executive Director of the Electrical Safety Office and oversees the strategic delivery of electrical safety across Queensland. Her role involves developing and enforcing standards for electrical safety and promoting improved safety performance in the wider community.

Donna is a member of the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC), Chair of the Standing Committee of Officials, Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management.

Gordon HemphreyGordon is A/Superintendent, Executive Manager Investigations and Compliance with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). He has 32 years’ experience as a career fight fighter with QFES and a qualified fire investigator for 21 years.

Gordon oversees post fire investigations and management of compliance and prosecutions of building owners and occupiers that fail to comply with building fire safety regulations. Gordon was involved in the oversite of the Queensland domestic smoke alarm legislation that was enacted January 2017.

Stacey OzolinsStacey is the Director of Industry Skills (Planning and Engagement) at the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and has led the Compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) project which is now in its pilot project phase.

Stacey’s career has included successfully delivering programs and services to support the skills and development of workers and business across the electrical and building and construction sectors.

Stacey has a passion for electrical safety and has worked in and around the electrical sector for much of her career. She has been a member of the Electrical Safety Office’s Electrical Safety Education Committee since 2018 and is undertaking a part time secondment with the Office of Industrial Relations to support the Electrical Safety Act 2002 review.

Stacey RawlingsStacey Rawlings joined Engineers Australia as Queensland’s General Manager in October 2016.

She has a background in finance, event management, accreditation, advocacy and stakeholder management, with over 17 years’ experience as an association executive from previous roles with the Queensland Law Society and Consult Australia.

Greg SkyringGreg was appointed the Commissioner for Electrical Safety Queensland in 2016 with extensive managerial experience in the electrical industry.

Prior to this he was the National Manager for Lend Lease Services Power Infrastructure.

He has also worked in project management, business management systems, strategic planning and risk management across a broad range of industries, including power stations, mining and minerals, water, utilities, oil and gas, and the commercial building sector.

Paul SpinksPaul is an advanced care paramedic for Queensland Ambulance and has been a councillor for 15 years. Prior to this, he worked in employment services and in a rehab, as a national training manager conducting self-development courses.

Paul also spent time as a commercial pilot and worked alongside the safety department of Qantas and Ansett, where he recognised the correlation between the development of an aircraft accident and the country’s ailing mental and physical health epidemic.

Michael ThompsonMichael is a Principal Advisor in the Governance and Compliance team of the Electrical Safety Office. A licensed electrician for more than 25 years, Michael has experience in the domestic, large commercial and industrial fields of the electrical industry.

Michael also held memberships on several Australian standards committees, provided technical guidance to contractors regarding electrical safety legislation and installation requirements, and managed federal government projects and contracts including the national solar inspections program.

Hannah WattsHannah is a passionate electrical fitter mechanic working at Queensland Health in the Ipswich region.

Hannah was awarded the 2020 Electrical Trades Union (ETU) Apprentice of the Year for her leadership qualities, dedication to the trade and the union. She is vocal in advocating the rights of apprentices and women in the trade.

Hannah is heavily involved in the industry, holding a position on the state council and executive for the ETU Queensland and Northern Territory branch, and is the current president of the Ipswich sub-branch. She is also the co-founder of ‘Sparkettes QLD’, a Facebook group for women in the electrical trades to support each other.