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Megan Woodward

Master of ceremonies

Megan WoodwardBorn and bred between the cane fields, cattle properties and coal mines of Mackay in North Queensland, Megan has had a successful career spanning over a decade in radio and television at the ABC.

She’s a well known and trusted face throughout Queensland’s rural sector, with a reputation of a true storyteller and an advocate for the bush.

She has nearly 20 years as a broadcast journalist and PR professional who is passionate about rural and regional Australia.

Dr. Elise Crawford

What is good work design and why do we need it? - Rockhampton and Mackay

Dr. Elise CrawfordElise lectures within the Safety Sciences discipline of the School of Medical, Health, and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity. Her role includes the coordination of Occupational Health and Safety subjects where a systems approach and good work design principles are emphasised. She is also a Human Factors and Ergonomics teaching specialist, research higher degree supervisor, and OHS placement coordinator, where she liaises with industry to provide students with work integrated learning experiences.

She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, a Certified OHS Professional with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety and Senior Fellow with Advance Higher Education, UK.

Elise is passionate about optimising human systems interactions in work design and together with Dr Sara Pazell and Associate Professor Nektarios Karanikas has taken a lead role in developing the position on Good Work Design by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia, its launch and publication.

Dr. Sara Pazell

What is good work design and why do we need it? - Cairns

Dr. Sara PazellSara is a human-centred work design strategist and the managing director for ViVA health at work (work design specialty consultancy), working across all industries (industrial and office work settings). She holds affiliations with five Australian universities, including that as an Industry Fellow with the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland. Sara provides teaching and research support in organisational science, human factors, ergonomics, health and wellness, safety, and allied health.

Sara is part of the international advisory committee for the WELL Movement concept v2 and an expert faculty member for Australia’s only certified Wellness WiseTM Practitioner training program.

Sara was the committee chair for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia’s Good Work Design position paper and supporting resources. Her other passions include instructing yoga and sports and strength conditioning.

Dr. Sarah Cotton

No Time for Health: New ways to support small business owners and their people around mental health and wellbeing

Dr. Sarah CottonAs an organisational psychologist, Dr Sarah Cotton has a PhD in work-stress and more than 20 years of coaching, training and consulting experience with businesses of all shapes and sizes. Committed to reducing the costs of work-life conflict, she co-founded Transitioning Well in 2011 to help individuals and workplaces to navigate life transitions so people can live and work better!

Assoc. Prof. Nektarois Karanikas

What is good work design and why do we need it? - Toowoomba

Assoc. Prof. Nektarios KaranikasNektarios is an Associate Professor in the Health, Safety and Environment discipline of the School of Public Health & Social Work (Faculty of Health) in QUT, where he coordinates the Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety. Amongst other units, Nektarios coordinates and teaches in the Human Factors and Ergonomics unit and professional course, where work design is a core topic.

Nektarios studied MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics at Cranfield University (UK), and he was awarded his doctorate in Safety and Quality Management from Middlesex University (UK). In addition to his academic qualifications, Nektarios holds engineering, human factors, project management, and safety management professional credentials and has been a member of various national and international associations.

Together with Dr Sara Pazell, Nektarios has launched an edited book project on successes and failures of work design across multiple industries and regions. Also, he was a significant contributor to the position taken on Good Work Design by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Liz Kearins

Equip your people with high performance skills, behaviors and attitudes about safety - Toowoomba and Cairns

Liz KearinsLiz is an experienced senior executive, board director and consultant, with a strong track record in leading organisation-wide strategy, engagement and culture change to achieve superior performance. As Director Performance Partnerships, Liz leads Actrua's project strategy, design and delivery team, working in partnership with organisations to drive development and transformation.

A passionate advocate of values-based leadership, Liz brings culture and strategy together so people not only love what they do, they understand why they do it and how they contribute to organisational performance.

Tim Keeffe

Equip your people with high performance skills, behaviors and attitudes about safety - Rockhampton and Mackay

Tim KeeffeWith more than 20 years’ experience in public and private sector organisations, Tim has a passion for developing leaders who drive performance cultures.  As the CEO of Actrua Performance Cultures, Tim leads a diverse and talented team of strategists, consultants, facilitators and coaches to achieve outstanding business outcomes for partners.

Tim’s practical experience is amplified by diverse and successful academic achievements, including a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Master of Engineering (Hons), graduate qualifications in Logistics and Human Resource Management, and other qualifications in Coaching and Public Safety.

Robyn Neilson

Safety advocate – Her life in my hands

Robyn NeilsonRobyn Neilson is a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Safety Advocate.

Robyn, a trained nurse, was the first responder to her neighbour who suffered horrific injuries after her arms caught in a post-hole digger on a remote cattle property. For two hours, Robyn gave life-saving care to keep her neighbour alive until the Royal Flying Doctor Service arrived. After the incident, Robyn was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now Robyn visits Queensland businesses as a Safety Advocate to promote the importance of preparing for the worst by having emergency plans and first aid equipment in place. She also talks about why its critical workplaces use well-designed, guarded, and properly maintained equipment.

Robyn shares how exposure to traumatic workplace incidents can psychologically affect workers, first responders, and their families, and the importance of accessing resources if you need support.