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Executive Director Departure – TrackSAFE Foundation

19 November 2019

Executive Director Departure – TrackSAFE Foundation

After nine years of service to the TrackSAFE Foundation, Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director, has announced that she is stepping down to take on a new role within the industry. Ms Frauenfelder has gained extensive experience leading TrackSAFE as a national harm prevention charity – set up to make a significant difference in the number of incidents on the rail network and the resultant trauma for rail employees.  

“Naomi has been responsible for building the Foundation from the ground up, taking it from concept to reality; one that is a global first,” said Bob Herbert AM, Chairman of the TrackSAFE Foundation. 

“Most notably, in setting up the Foundation in 2012, Naomi worked with a range of industry stakeholders and Phoenix Australia (Centre for Posttraumatic Stress) to establish a national trauma management framework for the rail industry. The framework, still actively in place today, offers best practice guidelines on how to support rail workers when certain incidents arise in the workplace.

“The Australian rail industry’s reputation for its best practice trauma support and level of care is considered world-leading and has provided an excellent case study for other industries to follow as evidenced by the recent TrackSAFE/Toll Group MoU.

“TrackSAFE and Toll share a mutual concern and commitment to championing safe work practices, minimising safety risks and incidents, and improving the way traumatic events are handled. Naomi led the establishment of the Toll MoU in 2018 which saw TrackSAFE’s existing trauma management support tools and resources adapted for Toll and the road industry.

“Many will agree Naomi has been a hugely passionate advocate for suicide prevention, and a strategic thinker who’s adept at engaging diverse stakeholders in TrackSAFE’s mission to reduce rail suicide on the tracks. She has worked proactively to set up important partnerships with Lifeline Australia and R U OK?, demonstrating a strong desire to contribute to the serious, complex and under-recognised social problem of suicide on rail. 

“Naomi has been committed to establishing and raising the profile of the Foundation, having given keynote addresses at several national and international conferences over the years, in addition to representing TrackSAFE on national government working groups and international committees.

“Naomi led an Australian delegation of senior rail executives on an international study tour in 2017 to connect with rail industries in the USA and UK and investigate ways in which other countries manage risk around level crossings and what innovations might be applicable in Australia.

“On behalf of the TrackSAFE Foundation and Board of Directors I would like to sincerely thank Naomi for her dedication and leadership over the past nine years as Executive Director of the TrackSAFE Foundation. Naomi’s influence on the Foundation and the broader industry itself has been enduring and invaluable. As her journey with TrackSAFE comes to an end, we know her legacy will live on as the Foundation enters a new phase of growth and development, and we wish her all the very best in the next chapter of her career” said Mr Herbert.

From the 9 December 2019, Bob Herbert AM will act in the position of Executive Chairman while the recruitment for the permanent Executive Director in undertaken by the Board.



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