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Judith Hackitt on using lessons from safety management to achieve organisational change.
To address issues of diversity and inclusion in engineering, especially in relation to large numbers of females leaving the profession, Engineers Australia has released a strategic diversity and inclusion framework, "A Strategy for Inclusiveness, Well-being and Diversity in Engineering Workplaces". The strategy advocates a culture change approach for diversity that is similar to that used so successfully for safety in recent years.
In this presentation, Judith Hackitt will discuss the process safety model that forms the basis of the Engineers Australia diversity strategy and considers other areas of engineering management that may benefit from this systematic approach to change.
Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Having served as a Commissioner 2002–2005 and awarded a CBE for services to health and safety in 2006, Judith was appointed Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive in 2007 and has been in this role since. Judith is also a senior non-executive director and trustee of the Energy Saving Trust and a non-executive director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
Her experience as a chemical engineer spans 23 years in the chemicals manufacturing industry. She joined the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) in 1998 and was appointed Director General of CIA 2002–2005. She then worked in Brussels for the European Chemical Industry Association (CEFIC).
A Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a member of council, Judith was President of IChemE from 2013 to 2014. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2010.