A leadership conversation with Dr John Green

Exploring Safety II - Sept 11 2018

The compelling case for change; Three key principles for success; Adapting existing tools to Safety II uses

At this event, internationally acclaimed Safety II exert Dr John Green, will talk about the pitfalls of traditional approaches to health and safety, which are based on control and constraint.

John argues that while these approaches might have yielded positive results in the past, in today’s world they have become increasingly problematic and obstructive.

A control and constrain approach tends to alienate those doing the work. Worse, it sometimes leads to companies that are achieving low accidents rates being ‘blindsided’ by serious incidents or fatalities that appear to occur out of the blue. 

At this event John will discuss a different approach, based on Safety II principles. Specifically, he will discuss practical ways leaders can apply a Safety II approach to their existing risk management strategies, building on tools already in place.

He will outline three key principles that under-pin a Safety II leadership approach, and how these can help leaders see different things, and see things differently.

This event is open to the Forum's category 4 and 5 members. It will focus on leadership, rather than technical aspects of health and safety, so is most relevant to CEOs, directors (particularly those on risk committees), members of executive teams and other senior executives with significant operational or people leadership roles.

Numbers are limited. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 About Dr John Green

 Dr Green has 38 years’ experience working in industrial health and safety. He is recognised as a major force for change in how industrial health and safety is delivered. 

He is currently the Director HSE for Battersea Power Station Development Company which is responsible for the iconic £12 billion mixed commercial and residential project in London – the world's largest private mixed development.

Dr Green has held Executive positions with Motorola, British Airways, Alfred McAlpine and Laing O'Rourke. At Laing O’Rourke he was central to translating Safety II concepts into initiatives that significantly reduced injury rates at the firm’s Australian business.

He holds qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Management, Risk Management, Change Management, Psychology, Law and Philosophy.




  • Sorrento on the Park, 670 Manukau Rd, Royal Oak, Auckland

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