Professor Sidney Dekker

Sidney Dekker is Chief Scientist at Art of Work.

Sidney Dekker (PhD Ohio State University, USA, 1996) is professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he runs the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He is also Professor (Hon.) of psychology at The University of Queensland, and Professor (Hon.) of human factors and patient safety at Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane. Previously, he was Professor of human factors and system safety at Lund University in Sweden. After becoming full professor, he learned to fly the Boeing 737, working part-time as an airline pilot out of Copenhagen. He has won worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking work in human factors and safety, and is best-selling author of, most recently, The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’ (2014), Second Victim (2013), Just Culture (2012), Drift into Failure (2011), and Patient Safety (2011). His latest book is Safety Differently (2015). More at


Michael Behm is a professor of Occupational Safety at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and Coordinator of the Working Commission on Safety and Health in Construction at the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, in the Netherlands.  He holds a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University.  Mike has been a Certified Safety Professional since 1995.  He was a safety and health professional for 10 years with Lenox China and Saint-Gobain Corporation.  Mike serves on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Construction Sector Occupational Research and Prevention through Design (PtD) Councils.  He was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology, Singapore focusing on safe design aspects of urban greenery systems, and a Visiting Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.  Mike’s philosophy on work is that each person has a significant role in arranging the conditions where they and their workmates can be successful.


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John Green has worked in the oil, gas, petrochemical, electronic and aviation sectors. He began his working life as a major hazards inspector for the HSE in the late 1970s. He then spent periods overseas with BP on Das Island, ADNOC in Abu Dhabi, CALTEX in Bahrain and Total where he was Head of Safety during the construction of the South Pars industrial complex. On returning to the UK John held senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Board level positions with Severn Trent and Alfred McAlpine. He is currently Director HSEQ and Corporate Responsibility for Laing O’Rourke's European hub.

John holds degrees in Occupational Health and Safety, Integrated Pollution Mgmt, and Risk Mgmt as well as qualifications in Psychology, Law and Change Mgmt. He spends any spare time that he has climbing, scuba diving and in any other pursuit that requires risk management skills.