Brett Read

Brett Read is a Founder and Managing Director of Safety Leaders Group, Australia.

Relevant experience:

  • 20 years of global leadership consulting experience with a broad range of clients within the resources sector, and construction
  • His passion is for organisational improvement through team and leadership development
  • 15 years experience in management in the corporate sector working for multi-national Corporations and in the Australian Army where he served in the SAS Regiment as a Troop Commander.

Education and competencies:

  • Bachelor of Business (Management); Graduate Diploma (Survival and Rescue Management); Graduate Certificate in Transport Systems Management
  • DiSC, MBTI, TMI, HBDI accredited
  • Bow Tie XP Qualified
  • Author of several SPE papers


Rod Ritchie

Rod Ritchie is a Director of Safety Leaders Group, New Zealand.

Relevant experience:

  • Corporate SVP HSSE in an integrated O&G company
  • Managing Director of an International Oilfield Service company
  • Global expat and hostile environment experience
  • Ex field engineer both onshore and offshore

Education and competencies:

  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Ashridge Leader
  • Certified Lead Auditor
  • Accident/Incident Investigator
  • Bow Tie XP/Tripod Beta qualified
  • Bossiet/Heut qualified
  • Author of several SPE papers


Chris Butler

Chris Butler is a Principal Consultant of Safety Leaders Group, Australia

Relevant experience:

  • 22 years global experience in senior roles in high reliability organisations and high risk environments within the areas of nuclear, oil & gas, mining, construction, power, engineering and chemical industries
  • Expertise in leadership, safety performance programs, strategic & business analysis, team development & executive coaching

Education and competencies:

  • Masters of Science (Geophysics); Bachelor of Science & Engineering (Systems Engineering); Advance Certificate Nuclear Power; Submarine Warfare
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment
  • DiSC accredited


Bob Hunter

Bob is a Senior Consultant of Safety Leaders Group, Australia

Relevant experience:

  • 13 years commercial global experience in risk management (operational asset & site risk; corporate portfolio risk; geo-political risk); leadership & change management; design & delivery of executive leadership development
  • 16 years military experience including the SAS & National Counter Terrorism Crisis Management & Response

Education and competencies:

  • MBA; Graduate Diplomas: Personnel & Resources Management; Operations Management
  • Graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon
  • Sword of Honour


Peter James

Peter James is a senior Consultant of Safety Leaders Group, Australia

Relevant experience:

  • 20 years consulting experience in strategic change managment, executive performance coaching, senior leadership and organisational development within the areas of oil & gas, mining, manufacturing, agribusiness and finance
  • Ex Senior Management roies in Mechanical Engineering industry

Education and competencies:

  • MBA; Graduate Diploma Education (adult); Diploma in Management; Diploma in Mechanical Engineering;
  • Cert IV in Workplace Training & Assessment
  • Master Coach qualifed
  • Human Synergistics (LSI); DiSC; HOGAN, Six Sigma accredited


Steve Stanley

Steve is a Senior Consultant of Safety Leaders Group, Australia.

Relevant experience:

  • 20 years consulting experience in the areas of leadership, coaching and building internal capability within the areas of oil & gas, mining, financial, IT & health sectors
  • His passion is for the development of top class leadership through executive coaching
  • Managing Director of a Professional Excellence Centre & CEO Institute
  • Board Member of a Leadership Academy
  • Ex Director for Centre for Excellence in Teaching

Education and competencies:

  • Bachlor of ARts; Diploma of Teaching; Graduate of Advanced Command Course
  • Qualified Facilitator & Group Facilitator
  • Publisher of Professional Teaching Journal


Ian Young

Ian Young is a Senior Consultant of Safety Leaders Group, Australia

Relevant experience:

  • 8 years consulting experience in safety, security, Crisis & Emergency Management; Safety Leadership coaching
  • 15 years global military experience in direct leadership & SAS operations in Counter Terrorism; communications & information systems and evacuation planning

Education and competencies:

  • Graduate Diplomas: Survival & Rescue Management; Communications & Information Systems Management; Diploma of Personnel & Resource Management
  • Graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon
  • Sword of Honour; Queens Medal

Dr. Keith Owen


Keith Owen brings a unique view to the subjects of individual, group and organisational change by bringing to bear his knowledge and experience of physiology and endocrinology, personality and clinical psychology, and neuropsychology (Ph.D. Psychology, University of Texas at Austin), research and quantitative methods, and organizational development. During his career, Dr. Owen has focused on how individuals, teams, and organization can attain and sustain high performance and excellence.

Following completion of his formal education, Dr. Owen served on the Zoology and Psychology faculties at the University of Texas at Austin and later was Dean of the Department of Social and Behavioural oral Sciences at Austin Community College in Austin Texas. In his role as Dean, he managed over 100 full-time and 300 part-time faculty members who delivered instruction to over 6,000 students a semester. He has also served as a guest faculty member, lecturing in organisational diagnosis and research at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

Dr Owen has been a long term consultant within a variety of industries including oil & gas, technology.


Ron Mundy


Mr. Mundy has been working in the field of organizational development and change management, with a focus on applied research for over 30 years. Ron brings a unique perspective to project implementation with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas in Austin, and over 30 years of experience including roles in training and development, consulting, and facilitation.

Ron has worked in many major corporations in the U.S, and internationally as well as started-up and run several of his own companies. Mr. Mundy has been directly responsible for the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of hundreds of research projects both in the US and internationally. He has implemented research for clients in many fields, including manufacturing, high tech, oil and gas, utilities, finance, health care, and public policy. He regularly guest lectures at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne Australia on the topic of conducting organization and customer research. His strengths include data collection methodology design, data interpretation, report development, individual and group interviewing, and training.


Frank Falkstein


Frank B. Falkstein has been working in the field of marketing management and consulting for over 35 years. He has held senior level marketing positions for major corporations as well as started-up and run several of his own companies.

Falkstein began working in marketing with Federated Department Stores where he was instrumental in developing state of the art (at the time) database marketing programs. Falkstein continued in executive positions with other national retail chains before participating in the start-up and management of a chain of seafood restaurants.

 After selling his interest in the restaurants, Falkstein, along with venture capital partners, started and grew what was to become the largest specialty advertising product manufacturer and distributor in the country, Norwood Promotional Products.

Falkstein sold his interest in Norwood to his venture partners and worked as a marketing consultant and real estate broker/developer for several years. Falkstein then served in various consulting and executive management and marketing capacities with the Bear Creek Corporation (Harry and David Fruit of the Month; Jackson-Perkins Roses) and DIMAC Direct, both large national direct marketing companies. He joined the Lower Colorado River Authority in 2000, specializing in customer service and communications.

He became a principal with Safety Leaders Group in January 2007.


Larry Pearson


As well as being recognized as a passionate supporter of eliminating workplace injuries, Larry Pearson is a Professional Speaker, Consultant, Coach and Trainer with over 30 years of business expertise.

After college, Mr Pearson spent the early years sharpening his business skills with Fortune 500 Companies like Pitney Bowes, Campbell Soup and Mayne Nickless Transportation.

 He has extensive consulting experiences with a broad range of clients across such industries as finance, energy, petroleum, steel, technologies and more. Mr Pearson is a Professional Member of the International Speakers Federation and a Past President of the Calgary chapter. Pearson has also been awarded the prestigious CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation, of which there are less than 600 of, in the world.

Clients affectionately call him… The TOTAL ATTITUDE GUY, which links directly to his life strategy… “Take charge of your ATTITUDE, it’s the ONLY thing you ever have complete control over in your entire life.”

As a Director of Safety Leaders Group based in Alberta, Canada, Larry Pearson CSP, uses his role as a Professional Speaker, Trainer and Consultant to help people realize they can eliminate workplace injuries by their leadership performance inside the organization.



Melinda Pearson


As a consultant, coach, trainer and workshop facilitator, Melinda Pearson has over 25 years of front line business experience.

Mrs Pearson has consulted with some of the most recognizable organizations in industries such as transportation, integrated energy, resource drilling, finance and so on, and they have greatly benefited from her passionate yet humorous approach to elevating performance.

 Apart from numerous business successes, Melinda Pearson has been awarded the credentials of Certified Behavioural Analyst (CPBA). This designation signifies that she has achieved the highest level of professional excellence in the application of the DISC Behavioral Instrument.

Melinda Pearson has worked extensively in the areas of human behaviour and maximizing the connection factor inside an organization.

As a director of Safety Leaders Group based in Alberta, Canada, her primary focus is to help people and organizations reach their potential performance through interactive effective communication.


Dr. Will Guild


Dr. Guild received his Ph.D. in Community Social Psychology from Boston College in 1981. Since that time he has provided ongoing research and consulting with private and public organizations. Over the last 25 years Dr. Guild conducted hundreds of employee, customer and public research projects and worked with clients to implement the results of that research for clients from such industries as telecommunications, technology, integrated energy and finance.

Over the last 10 years a major focus if Dr. Guild’s work has been using collaborative processes the increase trust, credibility and information sharing among groups that are often at odds with one another, to identify areas of mutual interests, and to overcome barriers to the successful completion of critical projects.


Jennifer Schuiling


  Jennifer Schuiling is a Consultant at Safety Leaders Group. She holds a Diploma of Teaching from the WA Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Western Australia. Mrs Schuiling has spent 20 years in the field of learning and development working with a range of clients from telecommunications, mining, oil & gas, and government. During this time she has focused on organisational development in the areas of leadership and culture change. She brings with her a breadth of understanding in design for learning, survey delivery & feedback processes, project co-ordination and performance through purpose and relationship. Her strategic mindset and genuine, perceptive nature ensure she establishes strong relationships focused on the client’s needs. Jennifer Schuiling believes an open mind and communication are critical to creating innovative solutions in the face of problem solving and decision making. Her passion is to inspire a desire in individuals to recognise and realise their full potential.