MEDIA RELEASE: Skye Buatava and Kala Philip join the AIHS as Independent Directors

The AIHS is thrilled to welcome Skye Buatava and Kala Philip as Independent Directors to the Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS) Board to enhance our strategy in the areas of Policy and Advocacy and Learning and Professional Development.

The AIHS has ensured the constitutional provision to welcome Independent Directors to join the Board to guarantee the diversity of skills necessary to meet our strategic objectives. As per our latest strategic plan ‘Vision 2026’, the AIHS identified key areas to focus our resources and show leadership, two of those being policy and advocacy and building the capability of those in the WHS profession.

Skye Buatava joins the Board to assist in growing our Policy and Advocacy agenda. Skye is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation within the NSW Government’s Better Regulation Division and founded the internationally recognised Centre for Work Health and Safety. She is also a long-standing member of the SafeWork NSW Leadership team. Skye co-led and designed a holistic regulatory approach to address issues surrounding gig economy and food delivery riders throughout 2021-2022 and is also a Director at the 23rd World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

Kala Philip joins the AIHS Board and brings a wealth of knowledge in professional development and training. Kala is currently employed as the Executive Director BOD at BSI Learning. She brings to the AIHS her expertise in analysing, designing, developing and implementing learning solutions in particular her experience in skills assessment, curriculum development, process mapping and eLearning. Kala will be central in assisting the Board and the National Office in growing our eLearning products and assisting in developing our evolving Certification processes.

AIHS CEO Julia Whitford today said that she is thrilled to welcome Skye and Kala saying “The AIHS is growing, we are expanding our operations and in order to do so we must engage with experts to execute the strategy that underpins these new offerings. Skye and Kala will be an invaluable addition to the Board, and I look forward to working with them closely and harnessing their expertise.”


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About the AIHS: With a 75-year history, the Australian Institute of Health & Safety is Australia’s national association for the health and safety profession, with a vision for safe and healthy people in productive workplaces and communities.