WorkSafe Board

The WorkSafe Board is accountable to the Government, stakeholders and society. Current board members are listed here.


Paul Barker

Paul Barker (Chairman)

Paul was appointed Chairman of WorkSafe Victoria in September 2015.

He is also a Director of Cricket Victoria and a Trust Member of the Victorian Arts Centre.

Paul has previously held roles including Deputy Chairman of WorkSafe Victoria, Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission, the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, VicForests, Stadium Operations Limited (Etihad Stadium), the Victorian Division of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Director of Employment National Limited.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Clare Amies

Clare Amies, Chief Executive

Clare was appointed Chief Executive in June 2015.

Clare was recently the Executive Director of the Insurance Business Unit for WorkSafe. Prior to that Clare was Executive Director of the Health & Disability Strategy Group, a collaboration between WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) that provides health policy and strategic support to the TAC and WorkSafe.

Clare spent six years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Region Health Centre and five years prior to that as its General Manager, Primary Care Services.

Clare's educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work; she holds a Graduate Certificate of Public Policy & Management and is a Harvard graduate from the Advanced Management Program (AMP).

Clare is a Director of Reach, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of Leadership Victoria.


Ross McCann

Ross McCann AM

Ross joins the WorkSafe Board with a significant track record in senior leadership roles in the chemical manufacturing and resources sectors. Ross is the current Chairman of Qenos, one of Australia's largest chemical manufacturers, the President of the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association, and a Board member of Sustainability Victoria.

Ross began his career at ICI Australia where he spent 25 years in management roles in operations, project management, and business development. Ross has also held senior roles at WMC Resources where he was a member of the executive committee responsible for major project management in Australia and overseas.


Samantha Smith

Dr Samantha Smith

Samantha joined the board of WorkSafe in October 2016.

She is an experienced communications, stakeholder management and research specialist and, as Director of Melbourne agency Pinnacle, consults to the government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Academically, Samantha has a Doctorate in Business Administration from Monash University, obtained for her communications and behaviour change related social research into Gen Y. She also has a Masters in Communications and Media Studies (Monash University) and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing (RMIT).

A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Samantha is a Non-Executive Director of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and the Australian Communities Foundation and is Chair of their Development and Donor Relations Committee.

Samantha sits on Swinburne University's Master of Marketing Course Advisory Committee, assists in judging the Telstra Australian Business Awards and Business Women's Awards and is a published author on the topics of Gen Y and social media.


Doug Kearsley

Doug Kearsley

Doug joined the board of WorkSafe in 2017.

He has over 30 years' experience working at a Senior Executive and Board level in the statutory insurance and finance sector including significant roles with the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria (TAC), WorkSafe Victoria, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) and ESSSuper. His advisory and governance experience in public financial corporations includes an understanding of statutory schemes and the drivers of success including strategic planning, risk management, financing and capital management.

Doug is the appointed Chair of WorkSafe's Audit and Risk Committees and is currently a Director with ESSSuper.


Jane Brockington

Jane Brockington

Jane is the Principal of Bridging Policy and Practice where her work encompasses regulatory design and practice, governance and integrity and strategy, transformation and capability building.

Jane is a non-executive director on the boards of Worksafe Victoria and TRY Australia, she chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for VicRoads and Victoria Police, is a member of the Victoria Police Corporate Advisory Group and the Melbourne Forum Membership Committee.

In 2015-16, Jane was Deputy Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee which reviewed the Environment Protection Authority (Victoria). Previously she held leadership roles in the Commonwealth and Victorian public sectors including as the inaugural CEO of the Victorian Commission for Liquor and Gambling Regulation overseeing its creation in 2012, and was CEO of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Jane holds qualifications in economics, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), Executive Fellow of ANZSOG and Fellow of Leadership Victoria.

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