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SRCC members

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) provides for the SRCC to have 11 members, each appointed by the Minister (other than Safe Work Australia's CEO). Members other than the Chairperson may appoint a deputy, subject to the Minister's approval. A member, other than Safe Work Australia's CEO, holds office on a part-time basis for a term, but no longer than three years. Members are eligible for reappointment.

The SRCC currently has the following members:

  • Chairperson Barry Sherriff
  • Three people nominated by the Australian Council of Trade Unions Lisa Newman, Deputy National President, Community and Public Sector Union, Trevor Gauld, The State Secretary of Tasmanian Branch of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union and Michael Borowick, Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Someone who represents the licensees Dominic Andreacchio
  • Someone who represents the Commonwealth and Commonwealth authorities Steve Kibble Group Manager, Work Health and Safety Policy Group, Department of Employment
  • Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia Michelle Baxter
  • Someone who represents the interests of members and former members of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs
  • Someone who represents the interests of the Australian Capital Territory's public sector employers Catherine Hudson
  • Member with qualifications or experience relevant to the SRCC's functions, or the exercise of its powers Steve Somogyi.
  • Member with qualifications or experience relevant to the SRCC’s functions, or the exercise of its powers Jane Hall

Comcare primarily provides secretarial services to the SRCC, along with other professional staffing and resources when needed.

Members' biographies

Barry Sherriff

Barry Sherriff
Chairperson

Barry Sherriff is a lawyer and consultant with over 35 years' experience in work health and safety, workers' compensation, risk management and governance. He is the principal of 'Sherriff Consulting' which provides legal and non-legal advice, representation and training (partnering where appropriate with other organisations).

Barry is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Safety Institute of Australia.

Barry's principal areas of practice are work health & safety, leadership & culture, governance, organisational effectiveness, strategy and policy. He is experienced across all industry sectors and the public sector for the Commonwealth and various States.

Barry was a member of the three person panel that undertook the National OHS Review and on whose recommendations the model Work Health and Safety Act is closely based. He has also been involved in various ways in the ongoing development of the laws, regulations, codes of practice and guidance material.

Barry has for many years been recognised in the various directors of leading lawyers and was named the Best Lawyers 2016 OHS Lawyer of the Year, Melbourne. He is an acknowledged thought leader, speaking regularly at conferences and authoring numerous publications including "Sherriff's Work Health and Safety Law Guide".


Trevor Gauld

Trevor Gauld
State Secretary of Tasmanian Branch of the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union
member nominated by the ACTU

Trevor holds a variety of licences and qualifications relevant to the electrical industry and has worked across a large range of the different electrical industry sectors including power distribution and transmission, electrical maintenance and electrical construction. He has extensive experience as both and elected health and safety representative in the workplace and as a Workplace Health and Safety Permit Holder under the Work Health and Safety Act in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.

He began working fulltime for the Union in 2008 and during that time has represented his Unions members' interests on a variety of working committees, boards and advisory councils at both a State and Federal Level.  Trevor is experienced in working with industry stakeholders to improve workplace health and safety as well as the development and implementation of agreed industry safety standards including advising regulatory agencies and Government on the application of relevant legislative instruments.

Trevor advocates strongly for a sensible and reasoned approach to occupational health and safety that delivers measurable outcomes rather than simply another administrative checklist.  He is passionate about implementing systems which genuinely improve safety outcomes in the workplace through effective consultation and the appropriate application of the hierarchy of safety controls.


Steve SomogyiSteve Somogyi
Executive Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, RMIT University
member with qualifications or experience relevant to the SRCC's functions, or the exercise of its powers

Steve has extensive experience in the financial services, health care and higher education industries. This includes 27 years with National Mutual as Chief Manager for New Zealand, Associate Director—Operations and Chief Finance Executive. Steve was a Member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority from July 2003 to June 2006. He was the Chief Operating Officer of RMIT University from 2006 to 2016.

Steve holds a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne in Physics and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Management. He is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute. Steve has been a Commissioner on the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission since 1999, a Director of ANZ Wealth companies, a Director of Guild Group companies, a Director of Spatial Vision Innovations, a Director of Higher Education Services and a Director of UniSuper.


Dominic Andreacchio photoDominic Andreacchio
member representing licensees

Dominic joined Australian air Express in 1999, and has since enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Human Resource Management

In his previous executive role at Lane's Biscuits he helped implement widespread organisational change in human resources and industrial relations. Dominic's other roles included National Training and Development Manager and Human Resource Manager at Smorgan ARC, where he was instrumental in applying best practice change management.

Dominic has completed a number of ministerial appointments in the federal government labour market programs and holds various board positions. He is the immediate past chairman of Kangan Institute; a current Director on the Board of Kangan Institue; and President of the Victorian TAFE Association.

He holds a Masters in Business Management, Post Graduate Degree in Business Human Resources Management, Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management, and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Dominic was elected by licensees to represent their views and appointed to the SRCC on 14 September 2011.


Michael_BorowickMichael Borowick
Assistant Secretary ACTU
member nominated by the ACTU

Michael was elected as Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Assistant Secretary in November 2010.

He oversees the work of the Communications, Campaigns, Occupational Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation teams.

Michael also represents the ACTU as a member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council; Safe Work Australia; Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission; Defence Reserves Support Council; and Defence Industry Innovation Board.


Kylie Emery Steve Kibble Group Manager, Work Health and Safety Policy Group, Department of Employment
member representing the Commonwealth

Steve leads the delivery of policy advice on workers' compensation and work health and safety in the Department of Employment.

He was the Deputy CEO of Comcare from 2008-12. Before that, Steve provided advice to Australian Government Ministers about workplace relations policy in a range of senior roles.


U-_winxp_Desktop_Online-Services_SRCC_Newman_LisaLisa Newman
Deputy National President, Community and Public Sector Union
member nominated by the ACTU

Lisa Newman is the Deputy National President of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), and was appointed to the Commission in August 2013. Lisa has worked in unions covering both the private and public sectors and has an extensive background in the application of Health and Safety legislation and policy development. She began her career as a delegate and organiser in the New Zealand finance industry in 1991, and brought this valuable experience to Australia in 1996. Soon she became an organiser with the Finance Sector Union and Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance before joining the CPSU in 2000.

Lisa has since worked with delegates and members through bargaining and enforcement campaigns in Defence, Austrade, DFAT, DHA, Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support. Based in the NSW office, Lisa currently leads the Community Service Team, which organises across the massive Human Services portfolio that covere Centrelink, Medicare, Commonwealth Rehab Services and Child Support, and is NSW Regional Director.


Catherine HudsonCatherine Hudson
member representing the interests of the Australian Capital Territory's public sector employers

Cathy Hudson has a long career in the public sector having worked in the Queensland Public Service from 1991 to 2002 and the ACT Public Service since 2003. She has extensive experience in the provision of strategic advice on public policy issues across many portfolio areas.

In June 2011 she took up her current role of Deputy Director-General, Economic Development, Policy and Governance Division, Economic Development Directorate. This position includes responsibility for Business Development (including InvestACT), Ministerial, Cabinet and Policy, Communications and Media and Workforce and Governance.

From July 2006 until June 2011, she undertook the dual role of Deputy Chief Executive, Governance Division and Commissioner for Public Administration within the Chief Minister's Department. This position encompassed responsibility for the Office of Industrial Relations and Public Sector Management Group. From November 2008 to April 2009 she was asked to establish and lead the creation of the Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water as Acting Chief Executive and facilitate the recruitment of the permanent Chief Executive.

Cathy has an economics degree from the University of Adelaide.


Michelle BaxterMichelle Baxter
Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia

Michelle Baxter is the Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia. Michelle has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector and has held a range of senior positions in the Australian Public Service including leading agency change at the Fair Work Ombudsman; and roles in the safety and entitlements area, and the Council of Australian Governments Taskforce at the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

In addition to representing Safe Work Australia as a Commissioner on the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission, Michelle sits on Safe Work Australia and its Strategic Issues Groups (SIGs) and represents Safe Work Australia on the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities and Heads of Workers' Compensation Authorities. Michelle has previously held positions representing the Commonwealth as a Commissioner on the SRCC; as a member of Safe Work Australia and as the Chair of Safe Work Australia's SIG on Workers' Compensation.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. Michelle is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory.


 Air Marshal Ray GriggsVice Admiral Ray Griggs
member representing the interests of members and former members of the Defence Force

Vice Admiral Griggs joined the Adelaide Port Division of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in 1978 as a radio operator and entered the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell in 1979.

He undertook training in the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne, and HMA Ships Advance and Yarra before attaining his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in the Royal Navy Ship HMS Jersey.

He served as Navigating Officer of HMA Ships Cessnock, Torrens, Tobruk, Jervis Bay and Perth; was the commissioning Executive Officer of HMAS Anzac helping to bring that class of ship into service; and commanded the Anzac class frigate, HMAS Arunta, and the Australian Amphibious Task Group.

Vice Admiral Griggs has served in a wide range of postings including as Deputy Fleet Commander, a member of the 2009 Defence White Paper team, as the Deputy Head Strategic Reform and Governance and as Deputy Chief of Joint Operations.

He was Chief of Navy between June 2011-June 2014 and appointed Vice Chief of the Defence Force on 30 June 2014.


Jane HallJane Hall
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia
member with qualifications or experience relevant to the SRCC's functions, or the exercise of its powers

Jane Hall is a partner in the International Labour, Employment and Safety practice of Seyfarth Shaw Australia. She has almost 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. With three of those spent working in house in legal and operational roles, she has a unique and in depth understanding of clients’ needs.

Jane has extensive experience in crisis management across a range of industries and jurisdictions, including advising on stakeholder management, internal and external communications, management of employee welfare, investigations, briefings, remedial measures and expert engagement.

Jane has been listed in the Occupation Health & Safety category of the AFR’s Best Lawyers Peer Review since 2014 and was also featured as a “Women to Watch - Leading the profession” in the April 2015 edition of  Australasian Lawyer.

She is known for her responsiveness, commitment and ability to handle delicate situations. Jane provides sound, tactical advice across the construction, financial, health, insurance, emergency services, energy and resources,  food, government, manufacturing, mining, property, recycling, retail telecommunications, transport and waste industries.

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University.  Jane is an Australian legal practitioner, admitted in New South Wales (1997) and in Victoria (2002).

Page last updated: 30 Nov 2016