Ross Passalaqua

Senior Consultant

“Good safety is good business.”

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Ross Passalaqua
Ross Passalaqua

Ross Passalaqua

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Ross Passalaqua is an experienced Company Director and business consultant with broad leadership, commercial, operational, and technical experience ranging across multiple sectors including the oil, gas, chemicals, transport and logistics, safety, services, and tourism industries in Australia and internationally.

Following an early career in consulting engineering and project management, Ross progressed to undertake corporate roles involving safety and risk analysis, business development, marketing, and senior operations and commercial management. These included roles across Australia plus expatriate postings in PNG, the UK and in the USA with primarily the Shell Group of Companies.

Ross currently holds a number of Board positions and separately provides independent safety consulting services.


Board and senior executive experience across a number of small to very large successful organisations that provides a key understanding and capacity to drive sustainable triple bottom line outcomes.

A strategic focus built on a foundation of quality process, good governance and effective risk oversight.

Representation and influencing capabilities in both private and government sectors in Australia and internationally that can facilitate the achievement of optimal outcomes.

Strategic partnerships and safety leadership coaching.

Mentoring and coaching senior leadership teams to drive safety culture and implement safety leadership programs.

Recent Client Programs

Some examples include:

Alliance Group (NZ) – Two year safety culture program that enabled the client to reduce their injury rate by 45% each year of the program.

Parks Victoria – Chair, People and Safety Committee.

South East Water – Chair, Service Delivery Committee

Career History

Chair, North East Victorian Tourism Board Inc., 2019 -present

Director, Disabled Wintersport Australia Inc., 2011 – present

Director, People and Parks Foundation Board, 2017 – present

Senior Consultant, BWC Group. 2017 – present

Director, East Gippsland Water Corporation, 2017 – 2019

Senior Consultant, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, 2012 – 2017

Director, South East Water Corporation, 2010 – 2017

Member, Parks Victoria Board, 2014 – 2017

Director, iota Services Pty Ltd, 2014 – 2017

Director, North East Victoria Tourism Board Inc., 2010 – 2016

CEO, Falls Creek Resort Management, 2006 – 2010

General Manager, Shell Services Oceania, 2003 -2005

General Manager, Mayne Logistics, 2000 -2003

The Shell Group of Companies, 1980 – 2000

Project engineer and project manager, 1974 – 1980

Academic Credentials

Associateship Diploma in Civil Engineering, RMIT, 1973

Workplace Certificate & Competencies

Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Advanced Marketing, London Business School, 1990

Safety, executive development, sales, marketing, business management, negotiating skills, media relations, skills and competency training and development

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