The Director Health and Safety Dashboard is a collection and analysis of events, trends and insights from the previous year across business, governance and regulatory landscapes in an effort to identify issues and opportunities in leading and governing safe & healthy work that should be on every company directors’ radar for the year ahead. Download your FREE copy of the report here.


In this video I outline three things that company directors can personally do to build a foundation of trust and confidence with your board peers and the executive. Be sure to get your copy of my 2019 DIRECTOR HEALTH & SAFETY DASHBOARD - critical issues and insights across governance, business and regulatory landscapes that should be on every director's radar as they will have an impact on the way you lead and govern safe & healthy work from the boardroom.


In this video I explain how your business can leverage its commitment to health & safety to create value for multiple stakeholders who, at first appear to have very different needs, but in fact all have one thing in common - their attraction to health & safety. Be sure to get your copy of my 2019 Director Health & Safety Dashboard - critical issues and insights that should be on every director's radar.


This is Part 3 in a 3-part series into What Makes a Great Board of Directors Who Lead From Their Heart, by Leading Safe & Healthy Work. This week I'm giving you 3 RED FLAGS that will help you identify, as part of your governance role, that your culture may not be as healthy as you think


This is Part 2 of a 3-part series into What Makes a Great Board of Directors Who Lead From Their Heart. Today we look at TWO QUESTIONS that a great board of directors would consider when setting the annual bonus and designing executive compensation schemes so that it drives the right behaviour and has a positive impact on safe & healthy outcomes in their business.

#25 What Makes a Great Board of Directors- Part 1 (Boardroom Culture)

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series where we uncover 5 principles of boardroom culture and how they can shape a culture of safety in your organisation and make you a more confident leader of safe & healthy work from the boardroom.


The old adage, “common sense is not that common”, is well and true, but I want to remove it from your vocabulary all together. In its place, I ask you to think about how you might be influencing workplace behaviour by what you demonstrate to others is a priority to you. In this video I’ll give you 3 questions you can ask yourself to assist in this process.

#23 Where to Start With Safety Performance Indicators

When it comes to health and safety reporting there is no blanket template. All businesses have different needs, and you want to make sure to be monitoring what matters to your business. The key to your reporting should be to give you confidence that you’re controlling risk and highlight how health & safety activities are creating value in your organisation. Today I break down the purpose of lead and lag health & safety performance indicators, and how each of them should be used in your reporting.

#22 How To Lead Like Paul O’Neill

In his 12 years as CEO and Chair at Alcoa, Paul O’Neill increased annual net income by five times, its market capitalisation by $27 billion and led to the company becoming one of the best performing stocks on the Dow Jones Index – he attributes all the success to a focus on workplace health & safety and I’m going to share with you how he did it.

#21 How to Influence Others (Think Win/Win)

This week I’m using Stephen Covey's strategy ‘Think Win/Win’, to show you how you can have greater influence over others without relying on your job title or your role in the organisation.

#20 The Ultimate Tool To Understanding Your Critical Risks & Controls – The BowTie Risk Assessment – Part 2

This is the second instalment in a 2-part series on BowTie risk assessments. Today I show you how to apply the hierarchy of controls to a BowTie risk assessment which will ultimately give you a better understanding of where to target your resources and improve your monitoring and assurance activities.

#19 The Ultimate Tool To Understanding Your Critical Risks and Controls – The BowTie – Part 1

In this post I examine the BowTie risk assessment - a great tool for business leaders to help you visualise your critical risks and associated controls. When these two aspects of risk management are clear, you will be able to easily identify what you should be monitoring as part of your assurance and due diligence activities.

#18 WHS Due Diligence And The Big Bad BEAR

Today we look at how the requirement to draft accountability maps and statements and the deferral of executive variable remuneration under the Banking Executive Accountability Regime can be applied to WHS governance - accountability maps can be a foundation piece in your WHS governance framework and help officers understand who does what; and while the BEAR requires the deferral of executive remuneration, it means very little if WHS is not included in the assessment of overall business performance.

#17 Executive Safety Walks – Dos and Don’ts

Today we're going to walk through how Executives should act and behave Before, During and After conducting Executive safety walks. We're also going to look back at the safety walks conducted by BP and Transocean VIPs only seven hours before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in 2010 that killed 11 workers, so that you can learn from their mistakes. If you're not conducting safety walks, or just want a bit more guidance and assurance on your approach, today's post is for you.

#16: 3 Questions To Ask Before Joining a Board

Technically, a director joining a board today will not be responsible for decisions made prior to their joining. However, problems may arise in the future as a result of those earlier decisions. There are plenty of tools out there to assist Directors in conducting their due diligence before joining a board, but very little on what to look for in terms of workplace health & safety. So, when you are actively seeking to join a board of directors or you have been approached to join a board, there are a few things I suggest you should consider.

#15 Leading Safe & Healthy Work – A Blueprint for CEOs [FREE RESOURCE]

As a CEO, do you ever feel overwhelmed with the lack of clarity around your role in leading safe & healthy work? Or do you think that as long as you continue to say 'safety first' that the message will sooner or later get through? Well then this post is for you. I'm going to walk you through my framework for coaching CEOs and MDs on leading safe & healthy work. As a bonus, be sure to download the FREE COPY of my Blueprint for CEOs on Leading Safe & Healthy Work.

#14 The Future Is Bright- Strategic Foresight

This week I provide a summary of the Workplace Safety Futures report. The report highlights new technologies and ways of working that introduce new risks and challenges for WHS and workers’ compensation, but also have the potential to make work safer and reduce workplace injury. Every business leader should be aware of these trends as they will influence your business in some way or another.

#13 Director Health & Safety Sentiment: A Review of the Recent AICD Director Sentiment Index

This week I examine why respondents to the latest Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director Sentiment Index survey, didn't nominate health & safety as something that keeps them awake at night, and why they think health & safety has too much red-tape that hinders productivity.

#12: 4 Director Health & Safety Governance Myths

Have you ever wondered what makes your organisation different to those that have experienced tragic health & safety incidents? In this week's post I walk through some of the myths directors have in executing health & safety governance.

#11 Investing in Mental Health Is A Healthy Investment – Part 3: Leadership [A 3-Part Series For Directors]

This is Part 3 in a 3-part series for Directors on their role in the boardroom to govern and lead mentally healthy workplaces. In this post I highlight how directors can influence the mental health of their organisation, through their relationship with the CEO.

#10 Investing in Mental Health Is A Healthy Investment – Part 2: Good Governance [A 3-Part Series For Directors]

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series for Directors on their role in the boardroom to govern and lead mentally healthy workplaces. In this post, I outline a 4-part framework that will assist directors in leading workplace mental health in the boardroom.

#9 Applying An Accounting Lens to WHS Performance Reporting [FREE Sample Board WHS Report]

This week I explore the two biggest problems I’ve seen in board WHS performance reporting and share a suggested framework that will assist board members in making strategic decisions and complying with their due diligence obligations.

#8 Investing in Mental Health is a Healthy Investment – Part 1: The ROI [A 3-Part Series for Directors]

This is Part 1st in a 3-part series of posts that will assist directors in their governance and leadership responsibilities to lead and govern mental health in the boardroom. The focus of this post is to better understand 'what is mental health' and how it can have a positive impact on your company's bottom line.

#7 How To Leverage Workplace Health & Safety To Build Trust in Your Organisation

Trust should not be mistaken as simply a soft, social virtue; rather it is a truly hard, economic driver for every organisation. Ongoing trust-building activities should be one of the most important strategic priorities for every organisation. As workplace health & safety is a unifying point of collaboration in any business, it is the perfect catalyst for leadership to build trust in their business.

#6 2017 in Review: What every director should know for their 2018 Health & Safety Dashboard [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Sexual misconduct, Grenfell Tower, introduction of industrial manslaughter and modern slavery, these were some of the biggest stories of 2017 in health & safety – it was a year we won't soon forget! This week I have outlined 7 key workplace health & safety matters that should feature on any director's radar in 2018.

#5 Do Executive Incentive Schemes Effectively Drive Positive Health & Safety Performance? [3-Part Series]

This is Part 3 in a 3-part series dissecting the 2016 Citi Research Safety Spotlight Report. Given that cultural change is fostered through the influence of climate and an organisation’s safety climate is shaped by management’s policies, behaviours, attitudes and decisions, this provides a compelling argument for close attention to the structure and content of those incentives used to motivate boards and senior managers. As suggested above, ‘what get’s measured (and incentivised) get’s managed’.

#4 Injury Classifications – Moving Away From Lost Time Injury [3-Part Series]

This is Part 2 in a 3-part series dissecting the 2016 Citi Research Safety Spotlight Report. The focus of this week's post is to dissect the motivation to move away from using lost time injury (LTI) data as a measure of a business’ health and safety performance and introduce a new framework for reporting injuries and illnesses that will assist the business in its pursuit to prevent harm and provide a comparable measure of health & safety performance across businesses and industry.

#3 Process Safety: The Black Swan of Safety [A 3-Part Series]

This is Part 1 in a 3-part series dissecting parts of the 2016 Citi Research Safety Spotlight Report. In this post I introduce the concept of process safety and the types of process safety indicators ASX100 companies are reporting on.

#2 My Key Takeaways From the 2017 Deloitte (NZ) Health & Safety Leadership Survey

My key takeaways from the 2017 ’Walking the Talk’ Health & Safety Leadership Survey published by Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum and Deloitte (NZ).

#1 How Business Directors Can Stay Informed Of Health & Safety Matters

“Boards need to get out and get informed”. This week I run through what it means for 'officers' under WHS legislation to 'stay informed of health & safety matters' and some practical tips on how directors can do so.
Samantha McGolrick


I’m Samantha

I teach board members and executives how to lead with heart and put people first, by leading safe & healthy work. Stick around and I’ll share with you the skills, knowledge and mindset you need to know what to ask, and when to act and lead with confidence.