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Mick Simpson

Mick Simpson

General Manager Operations CQCN North, Aurizon

Mick has worked in rail industry for over 34 years. He began his career in Toowoomba’s Willowburn Depot as a Fitter & Turner where he progressed to the position of Depot Manager Rollingstock before transferring to CQCN where he managed Rollingstock Maintenance, Traincrew and Station and Yards at the Callemondah Depot.
Following that, Mick managed Aurizon’s National Deployment function from the live run centre in Fortitude Valley.
At CQCN North (Coal Business Unit), he is responsible for the safe execution of all Aurizon’s Goonyella and Newlands operations and Rollingstock maintenance.
Mick has special interests in areas including safety management, supply chain management, change management, people management, performance improvement, career development and coaching/mentoring.
Mick has an MBA with a supply chain logistics specialisation, a diploma in Frontline Management and a Fitting, Turning and Machining trade qualification.

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
QME Expo Floor Theatre

Panel discussion: Fostering a positive safety culture: Insights from the frontline

BMA Hay Point Coal Terminal and Aurizon joined forces with Sentis to disseminate the safety ethos throughout their operations. While BMA had a relatively low lost time injury frequency rate, it grappled with several low-level incidents. This prompted a re-evaluation of the safety protocols. 

Aurizon confronted challenges around safety management and leadership, evident in incidents involving its safety programs. Both BMA Hay Point and Aurizon sought a positive shift promoting safety across their domains. 

Key takeaways:

  • Equipping leaders with the tools and skills to communicate the safety message 
  • Instilling collective ownership and accountability for safety initiatives 
  • Recognising and addressing the attitudinal and cultural elements that influence safety 
  • Refining and adapting operating system principles to align with evolving standards and organisational needs
  • Occupational Health & Safety