Event Details

Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 07:45 to 09:00
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


Herbert Smith Freehills
Level 42
101 Collins Street


AIHS / AIOH / HFESA Members - $55.00 +GST
Non Members - $95.00 +GST


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995



The AIHS & Herbert Smith Freehills invite you to attend the Herbert Smith Freehills Annual OHS Breakfast on Thursday 6 February 2020.

The Annual OHS Breakfast will provide safety and compliance professionals throughout Australia with the opportunity to gather insights into the evolving OHS legal and regulatory landscape in the year ahead.

As part of the Annual OHS Breakfast series, Julie Nielson will provide attendees with insights into the year ahead for Worksafe VIC and outline some of its initiatives moving forward. Attendees will also be presented with the latest findings and trends in remuneration, based on the annual Safe Search HSE Remuneration Survey. The survey includes data from over 100 Australian companies, primarily from the ASX 200, and covers a diverse range of industries.

The Annual OHS Breakfast will also feature presentations from AIHS CEO, David Clarke, leaders of the Herbert Smith Freehills National Safety Team. The National Annual OHS Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to keep abreast with the latest industry developments while enjoying a breakfast and networking event with like-minded OHS professionals.

Date: Thursday 6 February 2020
Time: 7.45am - 9.00am
(7:30am registrations for a 7:45am start)
Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills42/101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
AIHS / AIOH / HFESA Members - $55.00 +GST
Non Members - $95.00 +GST



David Clarke, CEO, Australian Institute of Health & Safety

David was appointed CEO of the SIA in September 2014, brought in from outside the field of health and safety to work with the Board to create a new strategic plan and to build a strong administration capable of providing industry leadership across all of the SIA’s key strategic focus areas. David has a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Business Administration and describes himself as a jack of all trades. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a Chief Executive, including leading two previous industry bodies.

Julie Nielson, Executive Director of Health Safety, Worksafe VIC

Julie Nielsen has had a life-long commitment to health and safety.  This has led her to take on a range of health and safety roles, including her current position as the Executive Director, Health and Safety at WorkSafe Victoria.    Prior to this Julie held a range of senior positions within the Queensland health and safety regulatory authority between 2002 and 2018, most recently as an Executive Director with the Office of Industrial Relations.  Julie and her team are passionate about WorkSafe Victoria's Strategy 2030 which is driven by positive stakeholder engagement, prevention led culture and a client-centric approach.

Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Steve leads the Work Health and Safety Team at Herbert Smith Freehills, as well as performing the Head of Office function for the Melbourne Employment team. He has been involved in the defence of a number of WHS prosecutions, arising from serious workplace incidents. This includes providing prompt and practical advice on steps to take immediately following an incident, as well as developing strategies for the efficient management of ongoing regulatory investigations. Steve represents clients in State and Federal Courts, the Fair Work Commission as well as administrative tribunals.


Leighton Cantrill, Senior Consultant, SafeSearch

 Placing a high value and respect for people, recruiting in Safety comes naturally to Leighton – having an impact on safety behaviour and culture.  Leighton is an outcome-driven recruitment professional, with over a decade working in recruitment and generalist HR positions, with over 2 ½ years working in Safety recruitment.  He draws great satisfaction from building and executing strategies to build high performing teams – through contemporary and proven methods. And he brings this into the HSE recruitment world, building strong networks and regularly engaging passive candidates.