PANEL DISCUSSION | Safety Systems

30 Nov 2023Transport
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PANEL DISCUSSION | Safety Systems

PANEL DISCUSSION | Safety Systems

30 Nov 2023Transport
About the speakers
  • Gabriella Solti
    Gabriella Solti
    Principal Consultant - Safety Assurance at AtkinsRéalis
    Gabriella is a safety assurance lead with extensive experience across a range of high-risk industries including rail, energy, and chemical. She has broad experience in systems safety assurance in the rail industry specialising in developing SFAIRP risk reduction demonstrations and safety arguments. She has been a system safety lead on large and complex rail projects, including Auckland’s City Rail Link and Auckland Light Rail, overseeing engineering and operational safety and railway licensing of these projects, from developing the assurance framework and safety plan to its implementation. She is well versed in rail safety regulatory requirements as well as compliance with international standards for systems safety assurance. In her role at City Rail Link she established the SFAIRP risk reduction argument methodology for the project to support the demonstration of safe operations, with this approach presented to wide audiences including Engineering New Zealand’s Society for Safety Engineering.
  • Sacha Montgomery
    Sacha Montgomery
    Executive General Manager Zero Harm Delivery at KiwiRail
    Sacha has worked internationally with large complex organisations and high hazard industries for the past 28 years. She has a particular interest Critical Risk and Safety in design, in particular how best to leverage workers 'lived' experience to truely understand challenges faced while also stimulating culture change through high engagement in solution modelling. On returning to New Zealand in 2012, Sacha was heavily involved in the industry working groups established to implement the new Mining Operations Regulations and has participated in the development of a number of guidance documents and codes covering mining operations, occupational health, emergency preparedness, road and roadside worker safety and welfare and was part of a team that campaigned for rail level crossings to be factored into temporary traffic management plans. In the past 18months Sacha's team have implemented a package of work relating to potentially traumatic events, supporting rail workers who have been exposed to near fatal and fatal incidents. This has been a significant piece of work involving workers, safety reps and unions.
  • Dan 'Chuck' Norris
    Dan 'Chuck' Norris
    General Manager Critical Risk at Fonterra
    Since joining Fonterra in FY14, Chuck has been at the forefront of safety and engineering innovation. In 2019, he led a specialized SME team to address evolving H&S legislation for Major Hazard Facilities, introducing key Process Safety Management practices aimed at mitigating significant risks to people, the environment, and communities. Chuck's prior role as General Manager, Engineering (NZM), saw him instituting best practices in Maintenance, Utilities, Faculties, Stores, and Capital Projects across New Zealand. His foundation in aerospace engineering, including a tenure as an Air Force Engineering Officer and roles with EADS and DuPont across Asia, underscores his expertise in high-stakes environments. Currently, Chuck is completing a doctorate at Otago University, studying chronic unease in hazardous socio-technical systems. His work is a testament to his commitment to advancing risk management in complex settings.
  • Anthony Blom
    Anthony Blom
    GM Assets at Auckland One Rail
    Anthony is a seasoned senior infrastructure leader with over 20 years of experience driving positive outcomes through the optimisation of key teams and vendors for the benefit of stakeholders. His exceptional ability to work across organisational and functional boundaries has enabled him to build strong relationships at multiple levels, earning him an outstanding reputation for relationship building and rebuilding. Throughout his career, Anthony has demonstrated a proven track record in leading and transforming both teams and delivery agents into showcase examples that deliver or enable the realisation of strategic outcomes. He possesses a keen problem-solving mindset and particularly enjoys tackling "Wicked Problems." As a leader, Anthony remains committed to continuous improvement and developing high-performing teams that excel in delivering optimal results.

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