Nigel joined Australian Vinyls in the middle of the Victorian gas outage caused by the Longford incident in 1998 as a Plant Manager at the Laverton Plant. Within six months, two incidents occurred that had at their root cause, two fundamental management systems – the Permit-to-work system and the Management of Change system. As part of the response, Nigel lead the initial Safety Case program at Australian Vinyls, developed a keen interest in process safety and now consults widely in the field, generally to Regulators (he is an Approved Assessor of Safety Cases for the Commonwealth) and to designers and developers of infrastructure in proximity to major hazard facilities and hydrocarbon pipelines. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and was one of the first of IChemE’s Professional Process Safety Engineers.
After graduating from RMIT University with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in design, project management, operational, safety and executive roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries.
Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on several advisory committee roles. This includes representing the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA) on drafting the 2007 OHS regulations for major hazards in Victoria – Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007. She has also represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on the Safe Work Australia temporary advisory group for drafting the major hazard facility model law. Trish has also represented PACIA to the WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and been an invited speaker for various local and international conferences.
She currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee.
Additional appointments have included positions as a director and vice president for a not-for-profit community radio station.
Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE (FIChemE) and Engineers Australia (FIEAust). She also holds a diploma of OHS and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency.
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|RACI Centenary Congress 23-28 July 2017|