Keynote Speakers

  • Louisa Hope

    Louisa Hope

    On the 15th of December 2014, the country came to a standstill as news broke that a gunman was holding ten customers and eight employee’s hostage at the Lindt Café in Martin Place, Sydney.

    Louisa Hope and her mother Robin had visited the café for a cup of coffee on an ordinary Monday morning. They were trapped for 16 terrifying hours until the Police Tactical Operations Unit stormed the café. Fifty-four year old Louisa, who has multiple sclerosis, was chosen by the gunman as a human shield. Though she suffered a bullet wound to the foot, Louisa and her mother were blessed to survive the ordeal.


    Louisa spent much of the next three months in Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. As an expression of gratitude for her care and determined to get something good out of the terrible situation, she founded the Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses. The Fund has been her ‘happy place’ since the siege, providing grants for equipment, education and research.


    Louisa has always enjoyed playing an active role in her local community. She loves the multicultural lifestyle of her inner west suburb, settling down with a great book, and travelling when she gets the chance. Louisa's church and her great network of friends and family bring her joy each day.


    These days she devotes much of her time and energy to making a difference with the Louisa Hope Fund for Nurses.

  • Private Damien Thomlinson

    Private Damien Thomlinson

    The story of Damien Thomlinson, an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is one that continues to evolve and inspire people around the world.

    Inspired by the military history of his Grandfather, Damien joined the Australian Defence Force and at the age of just 24 achieved his dream of becoming a Commando. This elite group is tasked with the most physically demanding, mentally challenging and dangerous roles in the armed forces.

    It was while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment that Thomlinson’s life was changed forever. In April 2009, whilst on night patrol in Southern Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over an improvised Taliban bomb. Damien suffered horrendous injuries in the explosion, which resulted in both of his legs being amputated. The damage to his body was so severe his medical team claim it is a miracle he wasn’t killed, and there were many times throughout his immediate treatment and beyond that medical staff did not think he would pull through.

    Most people could not imagine recovering and moving on from something as debilitating as the loss of two limbs – but Damien isn’t most people, and giving up is not in his nature. Instead of sinking into depression and retreating from the world, Thomlinson decided to treat the loss of his legs as another challenge to be overcome, a challenge that would forever change his life.

    With no time for self-pity, Damien threw himself into his rehabilitation and set about re-claiming his life, on his terms – a testament to his incredible drive and determination. With a great deal of commitment and hard work he taught himself to walk again with state of the art prosthetic legs.

    His ongoing quest for physical and mental rehabilitation has seen him undertake many challenges. He has participated in the TARGA Tasmania classic car rally, and has walked the demanding Kokoda Track to remember his friend Private Scott Palmer, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash one week before returning home to Australia. Private Palmer’s father walked with Thomlinson to honour his son’s memory.

    Today, Damien uses his experiences, passion for life and journey to inspire and motivate. His best-selling autobiography, Without Warning, which continues to sell across Australia, the US and UK. He also commits time to causes important to him as an ambassador for DefenceCare, Soldier On, the Commando Welfare Trust and other initiatives that aim to raise awareness and funds for injured soldiers and their families.

    An active athlete and keen surfer prior to his injuries, Damien took up snowboarding as part of his personal challenges, and hopes represent Australia at the Winter Paralympics in 2018. He was also part of the Australian Team for the 2014 and 2016 Invictus Games.

    While much of Damien’s work has been in the public eye, for the last three years he has studied acting behind the scenes. His big break came in blockbuster Hacksaw Ridge, where Damien was cast alongside Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaugh and Sam Worthington in the Mel Gibson-directed movie. It went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Damien continues to act and is President of the Australian Veteran’s Film Festival.

    2018 has seen Damien continue to grow his production company that focuses on veteran-related projects, as well as participate in this year’s ‘Australian Survivor’ as one of the Champions in the ‘Champions vs Contenders’ format airing on Network Ten. He is also one of the on-air talents for the ABC’s coverage of the Invictus Games, using his profile to help shine a light on other veterans’ amazing stories.

    These collective experiences all feed into Damien’s motivational speaking, an area in which Damien has carved out a successful career. His triumph against adversity, positive attitude and ambition for the future continues to resonate with people from all walks of life. Above all, Damien’s incredible journey stands as proof that no challenge is too great and that the ANZAC spirit truly is alive and well.

Conference MC

ANZEX Delegate

  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown
    Canterbury District Health Board

    Born in Christchurch but raised in Blenheim, Michael calls Christchurch home. It’s here that he lives with his wife Glenys and their children.

    He originally started his career as an electronics technician for a Wellington company, manufacturing foreign object detection equipment for the food and textiles industry. Having attained the position of Senior Service Engineer, He left that company to spend three years driving tour coaches in Europe and the UK.
    When he had enough of living out of a backpack, he returned to Christchurch. After a few years specialising in industrial XRay, metal detection and weighing systems, he started working for the Canterbury District Health Board. As a Biomedical Services Technician, his specific areas of responsibility include the Emergency Department, Resuscitation Equipment, Rural Hospitals and numerous clients outside the hospital. He is passionate about his job and relishes the fact that he is able to use his skills and enthusiasm working alongside other medical professionals to improve patient care. It excites him that, having worked for more than 10 years in this field, he is still constantly learning new things, and working on new equipment.

    Outside of work, he enjoys breeding quail and spending time exploring the outdoors with his family.

    He is excited about what the future holds; Christchurch following the earthquakes is turning into an amazing city, and with a rapidly growing health service, the District Health Board is a stimulating and interesting place to work.

Oral Presenter

  • Charles Cheesman

    Charles Cheesman
    Bion Systems

    Charles has spent more than 25 years proactively working with micro-organisms in waterborne states. The last 20 years specifically eliminating and risk managing microflora in Water Distribution Systems. He has developed cutting edge technology for pathogen elimination, carries out forensic analysis and also writes Risk Management Plans for Water Distribution Systems.

  • Cindy Wang

    Cindy Wang
    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

    Cindy graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with a Master of Biomedical Engineering degree and research experience in customised device development. She joined the Biomedical Engineering department RPAH in 2015 after an internship and has been primarily supporting the Emergency department in Electronics Team for 3 years. Cindy currently supports the Mechanical Team and Radiation Oncology Team as a frontline engineer for Linear Accelerators.

  • Colin Nicol

    Colin Nicol
    Do Diligence

    Colin, one of the founding Directors of Do Diligence and has worked in the EHS and Compliance field for over 15 years. Colin has developed a keen interest in compliance working on world-class projects in the UK, South Africa and Australia. 

    Colin believes that we should work smarter, not harder and that we are finding increasing ways of achieving this using current and developing technology. 

    Being part of a market leading global organisation in healthcare and other sectors has provided a range of experience which Colin brings to organisations for technology-based solutions that facilitate simple solutions for increasingly complex industry.

  • David Sumner

    David Sumner
    Johnson Controls

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  • David Wiley

    David Wiley

    David has been working with assets and consulting in asset management for 25 years. He has extensive experience in maintenance and operations and has helped large multi-national organisations improve their internal capability to manage their assets effectively leading to significant performance and cost benefits.

    David is passionate about sharing his knowledge with the asset management community and would love to share his experience in the health sector and the benefits that AssetFuture can offer the sector.

  • Donald Macdonald

    Donald Macdonald
    Macdonald Lucas Pty Ltd

    Donald is a property professional who, since graduating in 1988 has consulted  in the UK, Australia and New Zealand to clients in a wide variety of sectors including: health care, local government, state government, aged care, education and the private sector. 

    He has enabled his clients to realise substantial benefits including cost savings, quality improvements and effective risk mitigation through his FM and asset management advice and support.

    Keenly interested in the development of FM and asset management in Australia, Donald has presented, lectured and had several articles published on topics that include FM Procurement and life cycle.

  • Edward Li

    Edward Li
    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

    Edward is currently employed under Sydney Local Health District in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Biomedical Engineering. He primarily supports Renal Dialysis as a Technical Officer which he has done for the past 3 years whilst also working under the roles of Contracts and Operations Coordinator.

  • Kanishka Atapattu

    Kanishka Atapattu
    COO of CAMS Asset Management RMIT

    A Ph.D student at RMIT University Kanishka is researching a number of projects including the CAMS life cycle modelling tool and RMIT's Sustainability Urban Precinct Project (SUPP).

  • Kesh Chand

    Kesh Chand
    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital-SLHD

    As a team leader for Renal technical Services Royal Prince Alfred Hospital-SLHD, Kesh is responsible for the technical aspects on Haemodialysis machines in a patient care environment. The key attributes are as follows:

    • Management of medical equipment-including planning, acquisition, implementation, maintenance and disposal
    • Carry out risk assessments prior to patient dialysing at home
    • Completion of all assigned repairs & maintenance jobs within given time frames to ensure client satisfaction in maintaining their dialysis treatment
    • Completion of all routine/scheduled inspections as directed to ensure regulatory requirements are met
    • To participate in Quality Improvement activities within Biomedical Engineering Department to develop service efficiency and effectiveness
    • Assist in evaluation of new equipment and techniques in the dialysis field
    • Perform and arrange analysis of water and dialysis samples and interpretation of analytical results to enable correct treatment choice or course of action required
    • Gain an understanding of nursing aspect of dialysis as to distinguish between medical and technical problems


  • Les Szabo

    Les Szabo

    Les has 20 years experience is in the water treatment industry, commencing as a Service Technician and is now the NSW State Manager for HydroChem, a leading Water Treatment Provider.  A specialist in water treatment, Les has also worked in areas of water and soil contamination, including property risk areas of IAQ and Asbestos. 

    During 2000, Les played an instrumental role in the development of the Risk Management Team following the Melbourne Aquarium Legionnaire's disease outbreak.

    Les completed  Science degree in Monash University, with minors in biochemistry and majoring in physiology, pharmacology and toxicology.  He is a qualified Corrosion Technologist and has completed the Management Accounting unit at Macquarie University Business School.

  • Mark Collen

    Mark Collen

    Mark Collen was originally from England. He began his enjoyment in Chemistry in later years of High School, completing an Honours degree in Industrial Chemistry (part time) at UTS, whilst working in laboratories and manufacturing facilities in Sydney. During this time a particular interest in water management and environmental protection was developed. He graduated with honours majoring in environmental assessment and processes.

    Mark was awarded the Francis Feledy award for achievement whilst at University.

    Mark has been employed with water treatment companies in Queensland for past 17 years, working with almost all Hospitals in Queensland, focusing on water treatment, water and energy management, and recycling of resources.

    Mark underwent training for project management and went onto to manage a number of major projects. Of late, the focus on legionella management in potable systems came to the forefront. Mark was involved in providing ongoing solutions to Wesley Hospital following the legionella-based fatality.

    He has more recently become involved in auditing, assessing designing, and installing AS4187:2014 plants in multiple facilities in Victoria, Western Australia, and Queensland.

  • Matthew Brace

    Matthew Brace
    Electrical Project Engineer, Wood & Grieve Engineers, now part of Stantec

    Matt graduated from London South Bank University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering with First Class Honours and is a Chartered RPEQ. He commenced his engineering career with EDP Consulting Engineers in 1997. After nearly 15 years with this firm, he emigrated to Australia.

    Matt joined Wood & Grieve Engineers (now part of Stantec) in 2015 and is an Associate Electrical Project Engineer. Matt’s experience covers a wide variety of sectors including public, private and government projects, and leading multidisciplinary teams, inclusive of Architecture, Traffic, Building Certification, Heritage, Quantity Surveying etc. 

    Matt has been, and continues to be, intimately involved in a number of projects for Metro North Hospital and Health Service over the last three to four years, particularly at Redcliffe Hospital where significant infrastructure upgrades are being planned and implemented. The approach adopted by Matt and WGE (now part of Stantec) to the risks, collaboration, design and construction on these projects is pivotal to their success, particularly when dealing with aging critical infrastructure in live 24/7 operated facilities.

  • Matthew Kennedy

    Matthew Kennedy
    Frazer-Nash Consultancy

    Matt Kennedy is the Group Leader for Safety and Systems Assurance in the Frazer-Nash Consultancy Adelaide office. During a 20 year career in the Royal Australian Air Force he contributed to a wide range of technical projects and programs, developing and integrating complex systems with safety critical consequences should things have gone wrong. Matt also spent time working within the Defence Aviation Safety Regulator, overseeing the implementation and application of technical regulations by a mix of Defence and commercial engineering and operating organisation. Since leaving Defence Matt has continued to pursue the application of effective and appropriate safety management systems in high criticality industries. He has provided support to the management of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, has contributed to developing robust safety arguments in rail programs, and continues to support Defence safety policy improvement.

  • Mubashiruddin Mohammed

    Mubashiruddin Mohammed
    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

    Mubashiruddin Mohammed works as a Biomedical technical officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for the past five years. The areas of expertise are in the Intensive care unit and Neonatal ICU.

  • Patrick Chambers

    Patrick Chambers
    Mechanical Project Engineer, Wood and Grieve Engineers, now part of Stantec

    Patrick holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Development from Oxford University. He is a Chartered RPEQ Engineer with 10 years consulting engineering experience in various sectors and multidisciplinary teams, including 5 years working abroad with exposure to projects in Europe, Africa and Asia.

    Pat is an Associate Mechanical Project Engineer at Wood and Grieve Engineers (now part of Stantec) and is actively involved in healthcare engineering, including design and detailed business case roles for a variety of hospital redevelopment, refurbishment and engineering infrastructure upgrade projects in Queensland.

  • Rafx Hamilton

    Rafx Hamilton
    Cabrini Health

    After 22 years in the FMCG field, Rafx moved across to the healthcare engineering space at Cabrini Health. Over the last 10 years has been responsible for the Cabrini Engineering QMS, management of engineering PM & CM functions, project development and management, and financial management of Cabrini Engineering.

  • Richard Bentham

    Richard Bentham
    Flinders University

    Dr Richard Bentham, PhD, MSc, FRSPH is a public health microbiologist. His experience covers 30 years of research and consultancy relating to Legionella and other bacteria in cooling water systems, potable water systems and composts and potting mixes. His research has resulted in over 30 International Journal publications and consultancies to State governments in Australia and overseas relating to regulation and control. His specific areas of interest are Legionella ecology, control strategies and risk management. Richard is an Associate Professor in Public Health Microbiology at Flinders University in the College of Science and Engineering. Currently, he is Associate Director at Built Water Solutions, a water treatment specialist consultancy based in Adelaide.

  • Rob Arian

    Rob Arian

    Rob Arian has more than 13 years of practical and managerial experience in Clinical technology engineering and asset management combined with extensive regulatory knowledge around healthcare industries both in Australia and USA, his previous experiences in managing technical teams as well as Project management skills allowed him to lead all services and oversee the development and implementation of quality assurance strategies to provide the highest level of safety whilst achieving optimal return on investment and maximise utilisation.

  • Ryan Milne

    Ryan Milne
    Ecosafe International

    Ryan Milne is the founder and a Principal Consultant of Ecosafe International which is a specialist consultancy focusing on the interface between water and health. Ryan has a Master’s degree in science and extensive local, as well as international, experience within the Water Risk Management sector. Ryan has a particular focus on the holistic, practical and effective management of on-site potable, waste and process water systems. Ryan is an accredited Lead Drinking Water Auditor.  Ryan has a passion for innovation and working smarter to achieve water risk management outcomes.

  • Samit Sen

    Samit Sen
    Director APAC Data Enabled Business, Energy Optimisation, Johnson Controls

    As a graduate application engineer, Samit Sen joined Johnson controls in 1999 and has now been in the industry for 19 years.

    Samet currently leads Johnson Controls digital solutions offerings across APAC and has been instrumental in developing our technology that harnesses data to drive business objectives.

    In Samit's own words"A Hospital is no longer just a building. It is an intricate network of information. Medical systems, Patient systems, Security, HVAC, energy management and fire detection systems are all steadily increasing their capacity to connect devices, optimise data and perform advanced analytics – creating new value for Patients, Medical and operations staff.

  • Todd Marshman

    Todd Marshman
    Metro North Hospital and Health Service

    Todd Marshman is the Senior Project Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Capital Projects, MNHHS. Todd has worked for MNHHS for the past 32 years and his experience has derived from working in the Building Engineering and Maintenance Services and project management environment. Todd now leads a project team based at Redcliffe Hospital.

  • Wendy Hird

    Wendy Hird
    South Western Sydney Local Health District

    Wendy Hird is a Mechanical Engineer (B.E Mech) with over 20 years in the steel industry as a maintenance based project manager and business analyst. Her environmental drive initiated with working on large scale water recycling and water efficiency schemes at BlueScope Steel Pt Kembla. Moving into environmental management via Sydney Water and TAFE NSW, before leaping into healthcare in late 2017, she brings a pragmatic and operational focus to sustainability management.