In late 2016, the CAMS Board established a Risk Committee. The creation of the Committee is in keeping with good governance and a reflection of the commitment by CAMS to be the only non for profit government recognised sanctioning body committed to risk management and safety.
This new Risk Committee is made up of two current Board members (Alan Evans and Terry Atkinson) and two independent Committee members who are highly skilled in risk management. This is a first for Australian motor sport and the CVs of the two independent Committee members confirm how fortunate CAMS is to have two outstanding leaders in their field assist with our sport.
Merrilyn Tinsley MSc (OHS), BSc, GCert Industrial Hygiene
2016 - present
Risk Committee Member
Merrilyn Tinsley is currently the Head of Safety Health and Environment at BAE Systems Australia. Merrilyn has been in this role for more than two years and has been with BAE Systems for six years, starting with the Aerospace Sector in 2010.
Merrilyn has a Science Degree and a Masters of Occupational Health and Safety along with a Graduate Certificate in Industrial Hygiene.
Prior to BAE Systems, Merrilyn worked for Global Mining Organisations BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in senior Safety Leadership roles across rural and remote parts of Australia.
Merrilyn is passionate about ensuring leadership understands the need to get the balance right between reducing personal injuries and making sure critical risks are properly understood, owned and controlled. Merrilyn has recently introduced a Safety Psychology program into the Australian business, which is designed to allow participants to take control and responsibility for their safety decisions so they can continue to do the things they enjoy outside of work.
Merrilyn’s hobbies are travelling, snow skiing, scuba diving, watching Australian Rules Football and Rugby Union.
Merrilyn is married with two teenage children and lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
Melanie Gordon BE (Mech), MBA (Proj Mgmt), MScTech (Safety), MAICD
2016 - present
Risk Committee Member
Melanie Gordon attained her Mechanical Engineering qualification while studying at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She returned to complete her Masters in Business Administration with a major in Project Management at the University of Southern Queensland and a Masters of Science and Technology with a specialisation in Industrial Safety at the University of New South Wales.
Melanie has had a very successful career in the resources and mining sector with more than 15 years’ experience working in open-cut mines, underground mines, processing plants and water infrastructure. She has led teams of up to 170 people in the fields of maintenance, projects, engineering, operations, safety management and business improvement. Melanie is also an experienced Board Member with current and previous roles on Boards, Advisory Boards and Committees in various industries.
Melanie has a passion for improving safety with a specific interest in the workplace and at home, specifically in vehicle and road safety. She developed this passion while working as the Senior Safety Manager for BHP Billiton’s head office in Melbourne. In 2012 she introduced new safety policies to improve the safety standards of vehicles which benefited 100,000 employees and contractors for the company globally.
Melanie and her family have a keen interest in the exciting world of motor sports. She is thrilled to join the team at CAMS and as a committed member of the CAMS Risk Committee aims to embed a best-in-class Risk Management system which can be shared with our sister motor sport organisations around the world.
Melanie lives in Brisbane with her husband Mac, 4-year-old son Jack, and newborn daughter Emma.