Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS) Chairperson today announced that after a distinguished term as Chair of the College of Fellows, Kym Bills has stepped down from the role, and has been replaced by Mr Nathan Winter.
Kym is a long-standing AIHS Member and has been part of the leadership group at the Institute for many years, wearing many hats and doing exceptional work. He is a past Chair of the WA Branch Committee and is currently still Chair of the SA Branch. As Chair of the College of Fellows since March 2019, Kym also served as a Director on the AIHS Board and made himself an active member of the AIHS Finance, Risk, Audit, Performance and Compliance Committee (FRAPCC).
Kym has been central to numerous projects during his time as Chair including significant work around the AIHS governance framework, involving updating and modernizing the AIHS By-Laws, policies, and Constitution, including Terms of Reference for the College itself. He has worked alongside AIHS CEO David Clarke on several election briefings and has contributed significant input to the AIHS advocacy work through several inquiries. Kym said he hopes that the College continues from strength to strength under the leadership of Nathan Winter. “I hope we see an increasing number of fellows and honorary fellows volunteer to make contributions to the AIHS as thought-leaders and associate themselves with local branches and other networks,” he said.
Kym has consistently worked hard to bring people together during his time as Chair, especially during 2020 while face-to-face meeting were impossible, through hosting numerous CoF lunches‑ and virtual lunches- for new members. He has been an unwavering support to leaders throughout the Institute including his support for the work on the OHS Body of Knowledge and his assistance in the introduction of the new Continuing Professional Development program.
AIHS Chair Naomi Kemp has thanked Kym for his steadfast support stating “Kym has for many years continued to sacrifice a lot of his personal time to the AIHS, and his recent work as Chair of the College of Fellows ramped that up to whole new level. In just two years as Chair, he made a lasting impact. As Board Chair, I’ll also miss the balanced view and wealth of experience he brought to the table as a Board Director.”
When asked to reflect on his time as College Chair Kym said: "It has been a privilege to be Chair of the College and a Board Member for the past two years and to work with some fabulous, talented, and dedicated people including the CEO, Board Chair, FRAPCC Chair, BoK Manager and the CEO's EA to mention just a handful."
When asked his hopes for the AIHS and the profession Kym said he hopes to see the Institute “continue to attract new members and influence government, regulators and industry stakeholders accordingly” and for the profession itself to “continue to grow in its professionalism and capability”.
Incoming Chair Nathan Winter has a long-standing history with the AIHS, with over 13 years of membership and has been an active member of Branch Committees (WA/SA) throughout the entirety of his membership. Nathan is also the AIHS representative to the International Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations (INSHPO) from 2018 to Present.
Ms Kemp said she is looking forward to once again working with Nathan on the Board. “Nathan brings a range of experience and pragmatic insights which provides for good governance. He is action-oriented and is the right person to follow Kym’s work. Keeping momentum within the College and its various committees will require Nathan’s energy and enthusiasm to continue to progress the College and get things done.”
In speaking on behalf of the Board, staff members of the AIHS, and all those who have benefited from Kym’s contribution, Ms Kemp said “I would like to thank Kym for the tireless work he continues to put into the health and safety profession. He has personified the concept of leadership through service, and we are thrilled that he continues to make an ongoing contribution to the work of the Institute through his role in the SA Branch.”