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Meet Monica Toews Brown, safety leader at Red Insight

Meet Monica Toews Brown, head safety nerd at Red Insight

By John Lechner

Monica Toews Brown, Risk Consultant

Safety & risk is one of those things we all face in business. Often we try to ignore it's impact on our business, that is until it all goes wrong and then we wish we had done things differently.

Monica is a risk consultant based here in my home town of Maitland with a great variety of experience. Monica grew up in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada - a town of approximately 30,000 people also known as the 'Salmon Capital of the World'

Monica's passion is people - with an educational background in psychology she has a passion for understanding people and why they behave the way they do.

Her professional expertise is in risk management with a focus on workplace health and safety. Psychology and safety are deeply intertwined - and she uses her knowledge and experience to try to influence people to think about their own behaviour to improve their safety performance and subsequently mitigate harm.

Monica is driven by excellence and seeing how her performance drives other people and workplaces to improve.

She is inspired when she meets with a new client and can quickly demonstrate how she can provide tips on how they can improve their safety leadership and safety culture. Plus she assists them develop and implement systems that help them comply with, or exceed, legislative expectations.

She is also driven by her 3 daughters - to demonstrate women can succeed in a male dominated industry, that we are all equal and can choose to work in our chosen area of passion.

I asked Monica what do you do and who do you help?

"Our business Red Insight - is a company owned and operated by myself and my husband which specialises in Workplace Health and Safety (WHS). We aim for insightful safety - to establish WHS strategies that not only comply with legislation, but suit the specific needs of the business. Our approach inspires and leads workplaces to achieve safety excellence.

We help workplaces in protecting their people and providing a safe workplace."

Where is your favourite place to travel to?

"With a full time commitment to work and young family, life can be a bit challenging so my favourite place to travel to would be any place to relax - with sun, swim-up bar, beach and activities such as snorkelling - like Playa del Carmen, a coastal resort town in Mexico, where we went for our honeymoon."

What is the one place/thing is at the top of your bucket list that you haven’t got to yet?


Favourite eating/drinking experience when travelling?

"My favourite restaurant of all time is a place in Vancouver Canada,  called Cravings - it's a restaurant hidden in a small area of Marpole in Vancouver. Best soup ever - spicy chicken. I haven't been back in years but the owner and service staff were always amazing."

If you had $1000 spare and no rules on how to spend it what would you do?

"Weekend get-away with my family - explore and teach the girls to appreciate as much as we can."

What is the best way to get in touch with you?

Web:       www.redinsight.com.au

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