The Team

Alex Thomas

Founder & Spokesperson, Australia

A part-time carer for her disabled father as a result of his life’s work in agriculture, Alex is a fierce advocate for the health and safety of those in rural industries and communities.

With a career in work health and safety spanning in excess 14 years, Alex is also the 2018 AgriFuturesTM Rural Woman of the Year (SA), the winner of the 2018 SafeWork SA Augusta Zadow Award and the proud Director and Principal Consultant of her own consulting business, Alex Thomas Pty Ltd.

Having worked with over 100 businesses across a multitude of different industries, Alex’s core objective is to help her clients re-calibrate the value proposition of work health and safety from ‘box-ticking’ to empowering people, reducing risk and ultimately preventing people from getting hurt.

A Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation, Alex’s work is inspired by concepts used in applied psychology, neuroscience and sociology upon helping her clients facilitate safer, healthier outcomes for their people.

Formally endorsed by the Executive Director of SafeWork SA, Alex is an eternal empath, a master-collaborator and she loves daring to do things differently. Alex is also a lover of horses, a two-time trekker of the Kokoda track and an amateur yogi.

For more information on how Alex can help your business, please head to alexthomasptyltd.com.

Harriet Bremner

Ambassador, New Zealand

A genuine rural kiwi girl, Harriet Bremner is on a mission to change the ‘she’ll be right’ attitude towards health and safety in the New Zealand agriculture, food and fibre industries, as well as rural communities at large.

A former primary school teacher, Harriet has made the leap to follow her dreams of writing story books for rural children about her miniature dachshund, Poppy. Poppy teaches children important, practical life lessons, like how to use their ‘Think Safe Brain’ when out and about on the farm. She believes that sharing stories with children is extremely effective when it comes to engaging and educating them on important topics such as health and safety.

Harriet is also working as a health and safety advocate for and on behalf of New Zealand’s Safer Farms, where she aims to #PlantASeedForSafety and spread the message that health and safety in agriculture should adopt a practical approach, where people are put first at all times.

They should go to work and simply not die on the job.”

For more information on Safer Farms or to learn more about Harriet’s books, please head to saferfarms.org.nz or gurtandpops.com.

Erin Speedy

Copy Editor, New Zealand

Erin grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the rolling hills of the King Country before eventually settling in Christchurch.

She spent five years as a journalist in the mainstream print, radio and TV industries before wanting to get back to her roots in the rural sector and be part of positive change – though this time, on the other side of the fence.

Now a Communications Manager for two agricultural organisations including Safer Farms, Erin is inspired by rural men and women every day, transmitting their voices and stories into channels to be heard by all New Zealanders.

Erin believes the real stories of the agriculture, food and fibre sectors deserve a chance to be told, heard and understood by everyone in New Zealand and used to influence and empower one another.

Wanting to be part of change in the industry, she is extremely proud to be a small cog in the wheel of The #PlantASeedForSafety Project, spreading health, safety and wellbeing messages far and wide.

“It only takes one person, one message, one story to influence someone and save a life.”