As Chair of the Safety Institute of Australia, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Kym Bills as our new Chair of the College of Fellows.
I would firstly like to acknowledge Kelly Johnstone for her exceptional contribution to the Institute as the previous Chair of the College of Fellows and to Cameron Montgomery for his time as Acting Chair in the interim. Both Kelly and Cameron will remain involved with the Institute, lending their knowledge, expertise and wisdom to the work we do amongst our wide community of leaders.
Before his recent retirement, Kym was CEO of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance for seven years employed through the CSIRO. He was previously Foundation Head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau from 1999 to 2009. During 2009, Kym was appointed by The Hon Martin Ferguson and The Hon Norman Moore to review the Australian offshore petroleum industry safety regulations in light of the 2008 Varanus Island explosions and he was subsequently Project Director of the National Mine Safety Framework WHS reform process. Kym has had a rich and long-spanning history around the issue of health and safety as Chair of the Australian Centre for Natural Gas Management, the National Road Safety Strategy panel, the International Transportation Safety Association and the Commonwealth/State/NT Marine & Ports Group. Kym is a fellow of seven professional bodies including the SIA and has also served in the support of the Institute previously as the branch Chair of our WA Branch and has been particularly supportive of our policy work.
In speaking with Kym as I have done extensively in recent times, I know he is excited about the opportunity the role presents to help the Board, CEO, Fellows of the Institute and our many regional network leaders on our ongoing journey toward excellence in health and safety.
We are thrilled to welcome Kym’s lifetime of expertise in guiding the College of Fellows in the coming years and wish him the best of luck during his time in the role. Kym will be directly communicating with members shortly to talk about his plans for the College of Fellows.