Thursday 06 August 2015

New health and safety executive director for WorkSafe

WorkSafe Victoria’s new Executive Director of Health and Safety, Marnie Williams, has this week joined the organisation’s leadership group, heading up the health and safety business unit.


Ms Williams’ appointment was announced by WorkSafe on 8 July.

WorkSafe’s Chief Executive, Clare Amies, said Ms Williams brought with her a strong background in people leadership, regulation and stakeholder engagement, as well as extensive knowledge of occupational health and safety.

“It is an exciting and challenging time for Ms Williams to be joining the organisation, which is continuing to support employers make Victorian workplaces some of the safest in the country in which to work,” said Ms Amies.

“Ms Williams’ skills and passion for health and safety will be an invaluable asset to WorkSafe and to Victorian employers and workers.”

Ms Williams is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Taxi Services Commission, and is well known to WorkSafe through previous leadership roles in the organisation between 1996 and 2011.  

Ms Williams said her initial priorities included learning first-hand the health and safety challenges faced by local employers and workers during visits to WorkSafe offices across the state.

“It’s critical that employers and workers are supported in their commitment to reduce workplace injuries and continue to challenge and improve the ways in which health and safety is managed in workplaces,” said Ms Williams.

“Everyone should go off to work knowing that they will come home safe at the end of the day.”

Ms Williams replaces former Executive Director of Health and Safety, Len Neist, who resigned from WorkSafe earlier this year to take up new opportunities.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Fawcett: 0478 305 640, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.