Sarah-Jane is a self-confessed safety nerd and is a passionate advocate for safe workplaces within the Hunter.

In her ‘day-job’ as owner of Riskology Consulting and The Safety Academy of Australia, SJ (as she likes to be called!) comes across businesses they are embracing effective and groundbreaking safety management systems. She realised that whilst she was fortunate to be able to know about these organisations, there were many more out there that she may not be aware of and there was no local forum for businesses to come together and recognise and celebrate their achievements in the field of WHS.

In 2014 she began the process of developing the concept of the Hunter Safety Awards, launched it in 2015, with the inaugural event in 2016. This was followed by the 2017 event, with the 2018 event now underway.