Kate ColeManager, Occupational Health & Hygiene
Kate is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH)® who has worked in the construction industry for almost two decades on projects in Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. She holds degrees in Science, Engineering, and Occupational Hygiene, and supports major projects such as Sydney Metro as the Occupational Health and Hygiene Manager. Kate is a passionate advocate for preserving the health of Australian construction workers. She has been the catalyst for industry change, forming the first Air Quality Working Group through the Australian Tunnelling Society, where clients and contractors of major tunnelling projects in NSW work together to address the issue of silica dust during construction.
Kate was the recipient of the 2013 Draeger AIOH Young Hygienist Award, the 3M Top Student Prize at the University of Wollongong, the Thiess Managing Directors Award, a graduate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Future Leaders Institute, and in 2016 was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship where she travelled globally to investigate world best practice in silica dust control. Kate was recently named as one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review for her work in addressing the issue of silica dust exposure in the construction industry.