“What you walk past is the standard you accept.”
Laurie is known for his ability to engage with staff and stakeholders at all levels. He has highly developed communication, analytical and strategic planning abilities and is particularly adept at understanding and assessing organisational culture, then developing and implementing strategies to maximise staff engagement and performance.
Laurie has a reputation for being a trusted adviser who is always willing to challenge the status quo and assist clients to expand their thinking and move beyond their comfort zone.
- Leading significant change to safety culture resulting in substantial improvements in employee engagement and injury rates;
- Restructuring of department and site workforces to deliver significant cost and efficiency improvements;
- Incident investigation using processes such as ICAM;
- Successfully leading delivery of major capital projects on time and within budget;
- Implementation of “Lean Manufacturing” systems and processes to manufacturing facilities;
- Workplace health and safety and human resource leadership;
- Contractor management;
- Reliability engineering and process improvement.
Recent Client Programs
Major electricity distributor – Lead consultant working with client after workplace fatality to ensure all electric shock risks are understood and managed.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne – Coach and consultant to the CEO and Senior Executive team resulting in a lost time injury rate reduction of more than 90% over 3 years.
Evolution Mining – Safety leadership training and coaching for executive managers and frontline leaders. Evolution’s recordable injury rate reduced by over 90% and their lost time injury rate fell to below 1 per million hours worked.
Queensland Rail – Dupont consultant with responsibility to reduce injury rates in Rollingstock Maintenance.
Timberlink Australia & NZ –responsible for the safety culture change program. Between 2016- 2017, Timberlink’s recordable injury rate dropped by almost 60%.
Laurie started with engineering and management roles in the aviation and manufacturing sectors and moved into senior management positions leading several hundred employees with organisations including:
Mars – 1985-1994
Mobil – 1996-1998
Carter Holt Harvey – 2003-2007
In 2009 Laurie became a full-time coach and consultant specialising in safety culture change. Laurie’s clients have included DuPont, Queensland Rail, Aurizon, Minerals and Metals Group, BHP Billiton, Evolution Mining, HVP Plantations, Coca Cola Amatil, St Vincent’s Health Australia, and Maxitrans.
Electronics Engineering Diploma, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence, Civil Aviation Authority (Australia)
Graduate Certificate in Management, Deakin University
Diploma of Management, University of Melbourne
Competitive Manufacturing Certificate, University of Ballarat
Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, Edith Cowan University
Workplace Certificates & Competencies
Development and implementation of culture change strategies;
Safety management systems and performance measurement.