MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Erik Hollnagel

Erik Hollnagel is Senior professor of Patient Safety at Jönköping University (Sweden), Adjunct Professor, Central Queensland University (Australia), Visiting Professorial Fellow, Macquarie University (Australia), and Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München (Germany). He has also been professor at the University of Linköping (Sweden), Ecole des Mines de Paris (France), and University of Southern Denmark.

Erik has throughout his career worked at universities, research centres, and with industries in many countries and with problems from a variety of domains including nuclear power generation, aerospace and aviation, software engineering, land-based and maritime transportation, industrial production, and healthcare. He has published widely and is the author/editor of 24 books, including five books on resilience engineering, as well as a large number of papers and book chapters. Erik has been President of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics (1994 – 2000) as well as co-founder and past President of the Resilience Engineering Association.

Ron Gantt

Ron Gantt is Director of Innovation and Operations for Reflect Consulting Group, a small organization and management consulting organization located in San Ramon, California.

He is passionate about helping organizations develop the capacity to foster learning, resilience, and human flourishing at work.

Ron is also owner and contributor at SafetyDifferently.com.


Beth Lay

Founder and principal, Applied Resilience, LLC, Houston Texas Director, Safety and Human Performance, Lewis Tree, Henrietta, NY An experienced leader who helps develop resilient, reliable organizations. Four years experience as Director of Human Performance at Calpine Corp, an owner / operator of 80+ electric utility power plants. Seven years experience as the leader of Siemens Energy Field Service Risk Management team. A Practitioner in Resilience Engineering and Highly Reliable Organizing for 10+ years. She is a mechanical engineer with a graduate certificate in Cognitive Science. She has worked with companies such as NASA, Los Alamos National Labs, ThyssenKrupp, contributed to development of EU crisis management guidelines through the Darwin project, and currently advising on the design of Human Performance coach training for the Department of Energy. Areas of expertise include: Resilience Engineering, Highly Reliable Organizing, Safety II, Human Performance, and Operational Risk Management.


Rollin J. “Terry” Fairbanks, MD MS

Dr. Fairbanks is professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University and vice president, Quality & Safety for MedStar Health, a large healthcare system in the Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington DC region, with 10 hospitals, 280 outpatient sites, and 31,000 associates. He is board certified in emergency medicine and practices at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the largest trauma center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Fairbanks is founding director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, a group of 30 human factors professionals, scientists, and clinicians imbedded in the health system, with a focus on research, safety advisement, design consultation, and policy related to healthcare quality and safety. A former paramedic, general aviation pilot, and transportation safety researcher, he holds a master’s degree in ISE/human factors engineering, serves on several national boards and faculties, has served in safety advisory roles for the United States, Spanish, and Australian governments, and has authored more than 120 publications and a book on healthcare safety and human factors engineering. He has been listed in Becker’s Hospital Review “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.”


David Provan

David is presently a part-time researcher at Griffith University in Australia, and the founder of safety consultancy firm, Safety 21. Over the past 20 years David has held international Safety Executive roles within organisations operating across a number of safety critical industries, including: Oil and Gas, Construction, Transport, Manufacturing and Healthcare. His work operating Safety-II in practice, with former company Origin Energy, has been showcased in the documentary titled "Safety Differently" released in October 2017.

His research interests focus on the current and future role of Safety Professionals, and the implementation of Safety-II within organisations. His company Safety 21, works with organisations to re-orientate their resources and practices to thrive in the 21st century. These consultancy services are based on our reality that many of the safety practices within organisations have not changed since the 1990’s and all organisations can’t benefit greatly from understanding and adopting the latest research and thinking is safety, in particular Safety-II.


Jeff Lyth

Since beginning his career in safety over 25 years ago, Jeff Lyth has become recognized as an expert and innovator in workplace safety and leadership.

Throughout his career, Jeff has been involved in industry-leading innovation, such as the first Canadian use of computerized tower-crane anti-collision systems, the province-wide use of the ‘Safety Climate Tool’ survey from the Health and Safety Laboratory in the U.K., and the development of the BCCSA Silica Tool among other things.

He has ‘retired’ his CRSP and CHSC designations, and his current work is entirely in leadership development and synesis, assisting a variety of organizations and safety departments to move beyond a conventional approach and break through the performance plateaus associated with those views and methods.

His focus is on ‘productive safety’ and building capacity for operational resilience.


Tom McDaniel

Tom has been an implementation leader of many new practices to improve all types of losses in industry. His thirty eight years experience in the energy industry in various quality and EHS roles has been dedicated to applying practices to ensure losses at kept at a minimum. He has been an early adopter of many new programs including Human Performance, Loss Control, Safety Culture, Safety-II, and New Safety applying them throughout the globe. He is a frequently invited speaker on both Safety-II and Human Performance.

Tom's programs are used throughout many companies and industries. He is currently supporting numerous companies through his own business; Tom McDaniel & Associates.

Tom continues to mentor numerous safety and quality professional sharing his success with Safety-II and Human Performance at a systems level. His approach to safety includes new methods to measure performance, new actions for safety professionals, and new ways to uncover weak, failed, or non-existent management systems without having to wait for failure to learn.