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Meet the Team

Chris Anders

Operations Manager

I’m Chris Anders, Operations Manager at RISsafety since 2015. I’m a Cronulla Sharks supporter, I enjoy home renovations and barbecues. What makes RISsafety different to other height safety providers, in my opinion, is our ability to provide turnkey solutions. My role as Operations Manager has given me the opportunity to work on many projects to help our team provide better service to our customers. In particular, I’ve enjoyed working on relocating branches like we did in Hobart. If you are looking for a long term safety systems partner, then get in touch with us today.

Rachel Baldacchino

Project Administrator – NSW/ACT

I’m Rachel Baldacchino, NSW/ACT Project Administrator. As part of the RISsafety team for the last 6 years, I have really enjoyed working on projects such as the North West Rail Link – Rapid Transit Rail Facility. Having grown up in the area, I found this project really interesting on a personal level too. What I love most about RISsafety is that all our staff are dedicated and they consult with clients from the design stage right through to installation and handover on each project. Working with such a dedicated team is really motivating. If you would like help with your next height safety project, please get in touch.

Ben Bennett

Branch Manager – Far North QLD

Hi, I’m Ben Bennett, Branch Manger for RISsafety’s Far North Queensland Branch. As a result of witnessing not only firsthand but other incidents I became very passionate about how safety was implemented in the workplace. When the opportunity arose to be part of a company whom design, manufacture and install products and services that not only save people’s lives but potentially change how the height safety industry operated – it was a no brainer to join the team. If you need help with any safety requirements in the Far North Queensland region, please get in touch with me.

 

Joanne Bourke

Purchasing Supervisor

Hi I’m Joanne Bourke Purchasing Supervisor for RISsafety. I began as Purchasing Assistant in October of 2010, working part time during school hours. As time went by, I took on more roles such as PPE stock control and developed several spreadsheets to help track orders and stock levels. In February of 2019 I changed to full time, my title changed from Purchasing assistant to Operations Coordinator as managers noticed that I was branching into areas beyond that of solely purchasing. I attained my Certificate IV in Purchasing mid 2020 through TAFE online and have been able to implement different strategies involving client/supplier relationships as well as risk management procedures. December 2020 saw the position of Senior Purchasing Officer become available, and I was more than happy to slide over and fill the gap. With just over 10 years worth of product and industry knowledge, along with having already built a great rapport with many of our suppliers; this transition has been seamless. I am proud to be a part of the RIS family and am eager to move onwards and upwards in my new role.

Glenn Connors

Business Development Manager

Hi, I’m Glenn Connors, Business Development Manager for RISsafety in North Brisbane. I’ve been part of the RISsafety team since June this year. I have a background in the Construction industry, and I really wanted to make the move from building products to a solutions based industry and company, so RISsafety has been the perfect place for me. While I live in Brisbane now, I previously lived in Cronulla, Sydney, so I’m a Sharks supporter! If you need help with any safety requirements in the South East QLD region, please get in touch with me.

 

Colin Dengate

Business Development Manager – NSW

“I’m Colin Dengate and I’ve been part of the RISsafety team for 15 years. As a Business Development Manager in NSW, I have seen many projects over the years, and I particularly enjoyed working on Central Railway Station as we had to involve the use of a helicopter! I follow the Canterbury Bulldogs and enjoy weekend trips to the coast. At RISsafety, we install our own systems and that makes a huge difference for our partners. Feel free to get in touch with me to chat about your ongoing height safety projects.

Simon Egan

Account Manager – Real Estate Sector

Hi I’m Simon Egan, Account Manager for the Real Estate Sector specialising in planned maintenance for RISsafety. I have recently moved into the role of Account Manager and I have been with RIS for 4.5 years working in many different roles throughout the time including Sales Administrator, Estimator and Client Solutions Specialist. I have previous experience working in Account Management Global X as well as with Telstra producing technical drawings. I love that protecting people is at the core of what we do at RISsafety . Outside of work I am passionate about craft beer, football (go the Roar), my 2 children and family – in no particular order!

Benjamin Gatt

Sales Estimator

Hi. I’m Ben, Estimator for the Northern Region at RISsafety. I have 10 years of previous design/engineering experience within the mining industry so in my short time with RISsafety, it has been a very enjoyable experience albeit totally different to my previous role. My hobbies include 4wding, mechanics and fabrication, I also spend a bit of my time gaming. I have 3 dogs with whom I spend a lot of my downtime with.

Vincent Geisler

Business Development Manager

Hi I’m Vincent Geisler, Business Development Manager at RISsafety. My journey started in Germany where I learnt carpentry and general construction. I then moved to Australia to pursue future development and see the world. Here I completed front line management while working in construction. This led me to move to Brisbane where I worked in solar installation, general construction, structural steel erection and domestic carpentry. In my mid 20s I wanted to grow further and pursued Mechanical Engineering, 3D modelling and 2D drafting to enable myself to move away from physical work and embrace my knowledge. At the end of this I realised that I wanted to work in rope access. From here I stepped into height safety installations and system recertification. Then 6 years ago RISsafety engaged me as recertification contractor until I was offered employment in November 2019 as a Recertification Technician. In February 2021 I moved into the role of Business Development Manager to utilise further skills from previous experience and gain more knowledge in the industry.

Barry Johnson

CEO

I’m Barry Johnson, CEO of RISsafety. At RISsafety we believe in doing all that we can to ensure that we and those around us are protected from harm, so people go home to their families after work each day. Safety is a system that includes products, practices and activities that we undertake to complete our work tasks, and the culture that we all build to protect everyone. If you are looking for a long term safety systems partner, then get in touch with us today.

Alice Morgan

National Project Manager

Hi I’m Alice Morgan. I completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science at La Trobe University followed by Honours at the University of Tasmania. In 2009 I started in a Data Entry Role with a business later acquired by RISsafety in 2011. Upon acquisition, I transitioned into a role as the National Recertification and Client Manager whilst also managing installation. Recently I moved into a newly created position as the National Project Manager. Process management, quality assurance and continuous improvement are some of the things that I have proven success with, am passionate about and look forward to bringing to this current role. There is an amazing bunch of people at RIS and there are always new challenges day in and day out. RIS has always been extremely supportive of my aspirations in life, from maternity leave right through to encouraging me to grow, learn and develop professionally. The things I love most in life is my husband, my 3 children, my family, friends, helping people, some competition on the hockey field and being an organiser.

Dhaval Patel

Estimator – Northern Region

Hi, I’m Dhaval Patel, an Estimator for RISsafety’s Northern Region. I joined RIS in November 2020. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and have a strong background in the HVAC industry. With my estimating experience and my solution orientated mindset, I’m looking forward to working closely with the RIS team in the coming months. On the weekends I enjoy reading, particularly autobiographies, travelling with my young family, and learning about Australian history and culture.

Vijay Phillips

Sales Estimator

Hi. I’m Vijay a Sales Estimator for RISsafety. I have 19 years of experience as a Mechanical Engineer. I have worked in Power Plants, construction projects, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) projects, along with Plumbing and Electrical projects for high rise buildings. I have also worked within HVAC Estimation in India, Middle East & Australia. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and I like to travel.

Darren Stafrace

Regional Sales Manager

Darren is our Regional Sales Manager for VIC, TAS and SA. Darren joined the RISsafety team in May and is enjoying the ability to help clients with their height safety needs. Darren came to RISsafety with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, spending much of that time running his own business. If you need help with height safety in VIC, TAS or SA then Darren and his team are keen to help you.

Benjamin Thain

Business Development Manager – Far North QLD

Benjamin Thain has joined the FNQ branch as the Townsville based Business Development Manager; Benjamin has come to us with a wealth of knowledge with a strong background in both training and building industries.
His role with RIS is very much an autonomous role based in Townsville; and is looking forward to growing the business throughout Townsville and surrounding areas. In the short period of time Benjamin has been with the company he has shown excellent ability to adapt to the height safety industry. We look forward to what Benjamin will bring to RISsafety and his passion for people and safety.

 

 

Georgia Thamm

Onboarding Specialist

Hi I’m Georgia Thamm, Onboarding Specialist for our Services Team at RISsafety. I have recently graduated from Latrobe University doing a Double Commerce and Law Degree. I have a long and decorated history working in Pharmacies to get the very best for our clients. I have a passion for helping people, problem solving and love working in a compliance or regulatory space. I’m excited about the opportunities that lay ahead at RISsafety and the career pathways they have. I have volunteered at the RSPCA for over 2 years as I have passion about animals, with dogs and pigs being my favourites. Whilst at university I was actively involved in several student societies. I love getting out and about, exploring Tasmania along with eating cold baked beans from the tin!

Rob Tucker

Senior Safety & Rescue Advisor

Hi, I’m Rob Tucker, Senior Safety & Rescue Advisor in South Australia. I’m passionate about helping you to improve the safety on your site. If it goes up, down or sideways, then I can help contribute to providing safe, compliant and user-friendly solutions. Get in touch for a free safety consultation.

Todd Uppington

Project Manager – SA

Hi. I’m Todd Uppington, the Project Manager for the South Australian branch. I have been with RISsafety for almost 6.5 years where I started as an installer, and after 6 months I was lucky enough to be offered a promotion as Installation Supervisor. In 2017 the business had grown to a point where we were able to create a new role for a Project Manager to help with the increased workload for the Installation team. I was lucky enough to be offered the position which I happily accepted and was keen to jump in and learn new skills. We have such a great team at RISsafety, and I have been lucky enough to work alongside many of them over the years to deliver some incredible results for our wide range of clients. I have worked on some great projects, including the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb, University of South Australia HIB Building and Thebarton Town Hall, just to name a few. There isn’t a day that goes by, where you aren’t challenged, but with a great team, we are able to create fantastic solutions to keep our clients and end-users of our systems safe, so they can go home to their families every night. It is very rewarding, and I can’t think of a better place to be working.

Adam Waters

Project Manager

I’m Adam Waters, Project Manager at RISsafety. As part of the RISsafety team for the last 3 months, I have really enjoyed working on projects such as the Heritage Listed Australian Landmark Centre of Sydney – Charter House. What I love most about RISsafety is the fact that we design, manufacture and install custom height safety systems. I’d love to help you with your next project, so please get in touch with me today.