The Australian Institute of Health and Safety Announces New Leadership Appointments

The Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS) welcomes a new Chair and Deputy Chair following a Board Meeting on Friday 17th November 2023.

The AIHS is pleased to announce Mr. Cameron Montgomery as our new Chair of the Board of Directors. Cameron has served on the Board for two three-year terms and is now one year into another three-year term. He moves to Chair from the position of Deputy Chair, and served as the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) up until the last board meeting. Cameron has been an integral part of the AIHS for many years and his wealth of experience and leadership skills make him a valuable addition to lead the Institute.

We are pleased to announce the new Deputy Chair as Ms. Celia Antonovsky. Celia has been on the Board for the last three years serving as a Director, and is also the Branch Chair of Western Australia. Celia has been a central part of the work of the AIHS for many years, serving on the Emerging Leaders Committee and has been fundamental to the growing network in Western Australia by organising and hosting many networking and professional development events within the region.

Following the Director nominations, AIHS Members have also voted in Mr Rod Maule to serve his first official term on the Board, and Mr Richard Coleman has been re-elected after serving one term from September 2019 to September 2022. Both are respected individuals with proven track records in their respective fields. Their diverse backgrounds and extensive knowledge will contribute significantly to the strategic direction of the AIHS.

The AIHS has also welcomed Skye Buatava and Kala Philip as Independent Directors to the 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.

AIHS CEO Julia Whitford today thanked outgoing Chair Ms. Naomi Kemp for her contributions and welcomed new appointments. "On behalf of the entire AIHS community, we extend our deepest thanks to Ms. Naomi Kemp for her outstanding leadership as Chair. Her passion, vision, and tireless efforts have been instrumental in shaping AIHS into the influential and respected organisation it is today."

"We are also delighted to welcome Cameron as our new Chair, alongside Celia as Deputy Chair, and our new directors, Richard, Kala, Skye and Rod. These appointments mark an exciting chapter for AIHS as the Institute continues to grow, expanding our reach, influence, and 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.