About us

We specialise in design safety.

Managing systems safety for major rail and aviation infrastructure projects requires definitive expertise and experience. Plan Safe is the trusted name in safety.

Plan Safe consultants have spent their career working for renowned organisations such as Airservices Australia, NATS UK, Qantas, Rex, SKM-Jacobs, Rio Tinto, Downer, CPB Contractors and Yarra Trams and are responsible for delivering some of Australia’s largest infrastructure and transport projects.

Plan Safe is committed to the safety of your people and customers by ensuring the safe development of your systems and assets. We will work with you to refine, improve and adapt your transport systems and help you manage the human response to change and growth.

The defining factor

At Plan Safe we know that poor communication can be the barrier to getting your multimillion dollar project across the line.

Our engagement specialist will identify the opportunities within your program and develop a communications strategy that enables you to connect with your stakeholder community for timely, productive outcomes.

Meet the team

Malcolm Gallagher, Director

Malcolm is Plan Safe’s founder. Nurtured by challenging and high-reliability organisations, he is a highly-skilled project manager and safety-change leader driven by innovation. More broadly, his experience encompasses communication strategy, project team leadership, workshop facilitation, safety assurance, technical documentation production and the creation of multi-platform training packages. He has worked both in-house and in consultant capacities and his industry experience spans transport, aviation, infrastructure and communications.

Ana Borges, Business Manager

Ana has over a decade of experience in Business Management with knowledge across several areas including Operations, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Sales. She is currently completing her Masters in Business Management and graduated with honours from UNIVALI’s Bachelor of Administration & Management.

Elisa Redondo de la Mata, Principal Safety Consultant

Elisa is a qualified Aerospace Engineer with an extensive background in aviation safety, including Airport Safety Management and Air Traffic Management. Her career has been based on technical safety, SMS implementation and risk management. She holds a BSc Aerospace Engineering (Air Navigation and Aerospace systems), MSc in Industrial Management from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain; and a MSc in Aerospace Engineering (Erasmus+) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL).

Simon Jackson, Principal Safety Consultant

Simon is a qualified physicist and practicing Chartered Engineer, with a focus on safety and risk. He’s worked for 13 years within safety-related industries, including the Civil Nuclear, Defence Nuclear, Air Traffic Management, Rail (Heavy-haul and Light Rail), mining and oil and gas industries. His experience includes working as a project safety manager for Airservices Australia and NATS UK, implementing radar, ADS-B and WAM technologies.

Russell Higgins, Principal Human Factors Consultant

Russell is an experienced Human Factors Consultant and people manager with a demonstrated history of working in the aviation and railroad industry. His skills include System Safety, Human Factors, Aircraft Systems and Performance, Quality Assurance, Training and Auditing. Russell has 35 years’ experience in aviation including various operational and HF positions and holds a master’s in aviation management focused in Human Factors from Swinburne University of Technology.

Tammi Graham, Human Factors Consultant

Tammi is a Human Factors Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the Aviation Industry. She is an experienced Commercial Airline Pilot and Captain with a consistent track record in performing flight operations to rigorous safety standards within a highly regulated, safety critical industry. She holds an MSc in Organizational Psychology from Birkbeck University of London, UK.

Peter Spring, Principal Human Factors Consultant

Peter is a Human Factors (HF) Practitioner with ten years’ experience applying HF skills in urban and regional rail. He has recent experience working as an HF Specialist employee at TfNSW on train driving automation and contractor at Sydney Trains on signalling automation rail projects. In 2016 he worked as a HF Manager at Alstom Transport on the Sydney Light Rail project in the design and construction team. Peter holds a Bachelors in psychology and a PHD in Human Factors.

Rob Weaver, Principal Safety Consultant

Rob has extensive experience in aviation safety, including 4 years as Head of Safety for Australian Air Traffic Control and Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting. He is a former Chair of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) Asia Pacific Safety Workgroup and member of CANSO Global Safety Steering Committee.

Rob holds a PhD in Safety Critical Systems and a Masters of Engineering in Computer Systems and Software Engineering both from the University of York, UK.

Andrew Horton, Project Management and Safety Consultant

Andrew comes from a mechanical engineering background and has held project management and leadership positions in the rail, marine, defence and heavy-manufacturing sectors. As a lean specialist, he is regularly engaged to drive change, safety and productivity improvements for products, services, facilities and operations.

Jules Stopp, Engagement and Communications

A highly accomplished engagement professional, Jules delivers intervention and communication programs to engage stakeholders in productive dialogue, retain customers and empower staff. Jules brings a unique and powerful skill set to the Plan Safe team that enables our clients to better connect with their audience for outcomes that matter.

Bridget McQueenie, Safety and HF Intern

Bridget is a passionate aspiring professional in Aviation Safety and Human Factors. She is a qualified pilot, ex Australian Air Force Cadet and is currently a student at Swinburne University of Technology, completing a Bachelor of Aviation Management. 

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