Welcome by the Chair of the College of Fellows

I am honoured to have been appointed as the Chair of the College of Fellows effective the 19th of March 2021 and I acknowledge I have very big shoes to fill taking over from Kym Bills, who is someone that I admire and greatly respect for the tremendous volunteer effort he has put in to the AIHS, through the College of Fellows, the Board and the SA and WA Branch commitments over the last 7 years. I welcome all Fellows to engage with me and the College of Fellows Executive members – we are all volunteers who are passionate about making a difference.

The College of Fellows is a senior group of thought leaders within the Institute comprising about 5% of the total AIHS membership. Our aim is to assist the Board in delivering on the AIHS Vision of ‘safe and healthy people in productive workplaces and communities’ and everything we do is about shaping workplace health and safety now and, in the generations, to come, because we believe that every Australian deserves to be safe and healthy at work.

You will see below details of College Executive members and the terms of reference for the College as updated in late 2019. In addition to the ongoing workload of the College Executive, we assist the Board and CEO with governance processes and in making a range of policy submissions.

Importantly, we encouraged outstanding WHS professionals to apply for fellowship. In 2020, 24 new Fellows were welcomed into the College and I hope more will apply in our regular biannual processes (see links below). In 2021, the College Executive will assist the Institute with input to Safe Work Australia for the next revision of the Australian Workplace Health and Safety Strategy for 2023 and beyond. We will continue to seek to harness the talents of existing Fellows. We look forward to working with you on this important journey to make a difference to WHS outcomes across Australia

Nathan Winter

Chair, College of Fellows


The College of Fellows was established in 2002 and comprises those members who are Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Institute. As a senior network of the Institute, the College works to support the Institute’s vision, values and strategy.

Membership of the College recognises OHS/WHS professionals who are making a substantial ongoing contribution to and have a record of achievement in the field. Fellows are committed members of the Institute and leaders within the profession.

The College is managed by a College of Fellows Chair and Executive Committee who are selected from the broader College membership. The College Chair is an ex officio member of the Board of the Institute, and Executive members each have a role to progress priorities in the following areas:

If you would like more information on the College or would like to get involved in the work of the College, please email

College of Fellows Executive Members

CoF Terms of Reference

Fellow Entry Criteria and Application process

Apply for Fellowship