Dean Cipolla Bio

Dean Cipolla Biography (Short)

Dean Cipolla FGIA
Managing Director – Executive Safety Services

With over twenty eight years specialised experience in developing and implementing Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) solutions and strategies across all levels of organisations, Dean has been instrumental in delivering projects with a focus on simplifying processes and working with Company Boards & Executives to mitigate and reduce the costs of risk.

Dean has extensive experience in operational and strategic Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) functions, operational systems governance, WHS strategic Regulator and legal case management and Executive Officer WHS duties training, mentoring and support. In the last five years he has expanded his remit further to encompass Business Improvement and Company Standards and Controls.

Through the past eight years, Dean has specialised in working with Line Management, Directors, Executives and Boards to develop WHS strategies and engaging company Directors and Officers in developing an understanding and ownership of their obligations, resulting in improved performance.

With a natural solution-focused coaching approach, Dean is effective in gaining an understanding of stakeholders’ needs and enabling them to work through a strategy in a simplified and meaningful manner. There is a focus on both the long-term needs of the business, as well as an awareness of the current reality and operational requirements. As a result, Dean is an effective business partner who is skilled in supporting, mentoring and training organisations to manage and meet their obligations and minimise risks. He believes that WHS has become too complicated and focusses on simple solutions to address complex situations.

Dean is married and has three children and two granddaughters. When he is not working with organisations to implement and manage change, Dean spends his time working on his 1959 FC Holden, travelling around Australia and working on his sustainably built straw bale house and property near Woodend.

Qualification Summary:

Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management

Certificate in Governance Practice
Certificate IV in Workers’ Compensation Management
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Certificate IV in Safety Leadership – Construction
ICAM Lead Investigator


Fellow – Governance Institute of Australia

Safety Institute of Australia


A Construction Safety Competency Framework; Improving OH&S by Creating and Maintaining a Safety Culture – (2007, CRC for Construction Innovation)

Safety Effectiveness Indicators Workbook – (2009, CRC for Construction Innovation)

The Australian Institute of Building:

Sept 2007 – Professional Excellence Award for Research and Development

Team Leader for the development of A Construction Safety Competency Framework; Improving OH&S by Creating and Maintaining a Safety Culture

Atsumi Award:

Nov 2007 – International Federation of Asian & Western Pacific Contractors Association (IFAWPCA)

Awarded for outstanding contribution in promoting the growth and development of the construction industry in Australia.

Awarded to Dean Cipolla for his leadership of the CRC research project – Construction Site Safety Culture: a Safety Management Competency System for the construction industry

Australian Engineering Excellence Award:

Nov 2010 – For work in construction industry safety.

The award was for leadership of three main projects: Construction site safety culture; Safer construction; and Safety effectiveness indicators.

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