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Diversity & Inclusion Champions Announced

Thursday, 18 October, 2018 - 12:45
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Earlier this year SIA’s Women in Safety and Health (WISH) network launched the Diversity & Inclusion Champions Award.

After an overwhelming number of submissions, the WISH network is happy to announce the winners of the 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Champions Award

The winners are:

Liam O’Connor (Tasman Rope Access) - As Group HSEQ Manager, Liam has implemented a variety of Social Impact Programs (eg: WithYouWithMe - an employment pathway for transitioning special forces soldiers from the ADF and Wirrpanda Foundation - again employment pathways for Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Apprentices) across his large employer. 

Gregory Ho (Edith Cowan University) - As Lecturer, Gregory has personally mentored many ethnic students (particularly from Middle Eastern, African and Indian backgrounds) and has sponsored their early employment and career progression across the Australian Health & Safety Industry.  

Alanna Walding (nee Ball) (Women in Safety Network) - Alanna is founder and CEO of the Women in Safety (WIS) Network - a volunteering role that actively connects over 1000 (male and female) WHS Professionals by events, social media and blogs / podcasts. 

Supporting the WISH network’s strategic goal of diversity and inclusion across the Australian health & safety profession and in practice, the Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award recognise those working in the Australian health & safety industry who are dedicated to and spend time and energy in helping and encouraging others (be it in their workplace, their community or among their peers) for increased diversity and inclusion for professionals and practitioners in the health & safety sector.

We would like to thank everyone who was nominated for WISH’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Award. We hope to be able to recognize more outstanding Individuals and their contributions to the health & safety profession in the future.