Lessons learnt from leaders during COVID-19

A webinar with Colin Radford (WorkSafe Victoria), Sandro Demaio (VicHealth) and Margo Lydon (SuperFriend).
Date and time

Tuesday 20 Oct 2020 at 11:15am to 12:00pm


Webinar (online event)

Event details

Be part of an honest conversation about leading through change, featuring the chief executives from the Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration. You'll not only hear how they have navigated a year of unprecedented change and leadership complexity, but gain insights as they reflect on their personal leadership approach, how they're prioritising the mental health of their own people and the important lessons learnt that will forever change the organisations they lead.


  • Colin Radford, WorkSafe Victoria
  • Sandro Demaio, VicHealth
  • Margo Lydon, SuperFriend

Colin Radford – Chief Executive, WorkSafe Victoria

Colin was appointed Chief Executive of WorkSafe Victoria in November 2019.  WorkSafe is Victoria’s occupational health and safety regulator and workplace injury insurer. In a 30 year career working in and with the Victorian Public sector, Colin has held many senior roles including most recently, as CEO of the Victorian Management Insurance Authority, where he oversaw a major cultural and strategic transformation.  He has previously served as an executive at WorkSafe and the Transport Accident Commission, has held senior roles in Ministerial offices, advising three Victorian Premiers and as Chief of Staff to a Cabinet Minister.

He spent seven years as a Partner at Deloitte, where he led the Victorian Government practice and was the National Public Sector Leader for Financial Advisory Services. A Graduate of Columbia Business School (New York) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Colin is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and the Williamson Community Leadership Program. In 2019, Colin was recognised as Australia’s CEO Diversity Champion, by the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Dr Sandro Demaio – Chief Executive Officer, VicHealth

Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Sandro previously worked for the World Health Organization and was CEO of the EAT Foundation. He also co-founded the NCDFREE global social movement and established a not-for-profit foundation to improve the health and nutrition of Australian kids. Sandro has published many scientific journal articles and is author of the Doctor’s Diet cookbook. He also co-hosts the ABC television and Netflix show Ask the Doctor.

Margo Lydon – Chief Executive, SuperFriend

Margo has been working in mental health and suicide prevention for 20 years and has been CEO of SuperFriend for 10 years. She has extensive experience in leadership, business growth and strategic partnerships and systems change. Margo holds a Master of Science, Positive Organization Development and Change and a Bachelor of Business Degree. Margo represents SuperFriend on a number of nationally recognised strategic alliances including: The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration, LeadingWell Queensland Collaboration, and Roses in the Ocean’s Sector Advisory.

Through Margo’s involvement and influence in the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, she also Chairs the Stakeholder and Communications working group of the National Workplace Initiative – an $11.5 million investment over four years from the Commonwealth’s Department of Health to create a nationally consistent approach to workplace mental health. Margo is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Beta Gamma Sigma. Margo was a finalist in the 2019 Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Victoria) in the “For Purpose and Social Enterprise” category.