Masterclass Series 2022

Scottish by birth, pragmatic by nature, John Green is a compelling speaker and a master at transforming health and safety concepts into effective operational practice.

He is one of the forefathers of Safety Differently, and has an uncanny knack of crystallising what we thought we knew... but didn't quite know how to express or put into action.

We believe everyone deserves access to this Masterclass series - and we've made sure they have.

(includes NZISM membership until 31/3/23)

Introducing Dr John Green

John Green is an internationally acclaimed expert in Safety II – an approach that changes safety management from “avoiding things going wrong” to “ensuring everything goes right”.

John has worked in the oil, gas, petrochemical, electronics, heavy engineering, construction and aviation sectors and has 38 years’ experience of industrial safety. An advocate of challenging traditional or orthodox thinking, he is recognised and respected as someone who does safety differently and as a major force for change in how industrial safety is delivered.

He is currently the Senior-Vice President Global HSSE at SNC-Lavalin, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world.

John has held Executive positions with Motorola, British Airways, Alfred McAlpine, Laing O'Rourke, and he was Director HSE at Battersea Power Station Development Company, who were responsible for London's iconic £12 billion mixed commercial and residential project - the world's largest private mixed development.

He has spent periods living and working overseas with in the UAE, Iran, Europe, Hong Kong, parts of the USA and Australia. At Laing O’Rourke John was central to translating Safety II concepts into initiatives that significantly reduced injury rates at the firm’s Australian business.

John holds qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety, Environmental Management, Risk Management, Change Management, Psychology, Law and Philosophy and has a Masters in Philosophy and Criminology.

He spends any spare time that he has climbing in Europe and scuba diving across the world or any other pastime that requires exceptional risk management skills.


Masterclass 1

Safety Differently (Part 1)

9am - Wed 13 July 2022

Explores the background to the development of Safety Differently, looking at the philosophy and foundations.

Discusses the approach with reference to the traditional and Safety Differently fundamentals, as well as touching on the compelling case for change.

This session ends with a short exercise on shifting organisations.

Masterclass 2

Safety Differently (Part 2)

9am - Wed 20 July 2022

Looks at the tools and techniques associated with the approach and allows participants to see how common safety practices can be retooled with a new purpose.

Continues to examine the basis for a shift in safety paradigm and explores common uses and barriers to moving forward.

Masterclass 3

Psychological Safety (Part 1)

9am - Wed 10 August 2022

We will be exploring:

  • the link between safety and psychological safety;
  • the history and development of psychological safety;
  • how the lack of psychological safety can affect performance within an organisation;
  • the relationship between safety, trust, diversity and inclusion.

Masterclass 4

Psychological Safety (Part 2)

9am - Wed 7 September 2022


This final Masterclass will use all previous session material to suggest a model that wraps Safety Differently and Psychological Safety into a single coherent approach.

Practical tools will be suggested that can be used to foster the approach and allows participants to develop options for their own organisations.

Q&A time is built into all John's Masterclasses - however additional time is put aside in this final session so that participants have the opportunity to ask questions relating to, or triggered by, any session in this Masterclass series.