ASBESTOS 2024 Speakers

Liz Darlison

Liz has enjoyed 40 years of clinical practice at the University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL). After brief spells in vascular surgery and coronary care Liz spent an influential decade in UHL’s very research active respiratory unit. This led to an interest in lung cancer and the focus for the last 24 years of her clinical practice. In response to patient need in 2004, Liz established Mesothelioma UK, a national charity for mesothelioma.

Currently she is a Consultant Nurse at UHL and is also CEO at Mesothelioma UK. Liz has Honorary university positions in both Leicester and Sheffield, is very research active, keenly promotes nursing as a career and engages in education and training on many levels.

Liz is a founder member of the International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum, a past chair, and now lifetime honorary member, of Lung Cancer Nursing UK, a long serving previous board member of The British Thoracic Oncology Group and a current, first nurse member of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group board.

In the 2019 Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday honours list, Liz was invited to become a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her services to patients and cancer research.

Jasper Kosters

Jasper Kosters is an international independent consultant for industry parties as well as for buyers and suppliers of asbestos-related services. An example of this is his role is his membership of the MT of AC Minerals, a factory in development for processing asbestos cement products into completely asbestos-free new raw materials for the cement, concrete and paint industry.

Currently he is the proud owner of an asbestos consultancy company-group (Admanstars B.V., Admanstars Advies B.V. and Admanstars Projects B.V.) that provides asbestos surveys, removal services, quality controls and specialist advice for courts and insurance companies.

With his 23 years’ experience he also makes valuable contributions in various ways to the development of legislations and regulations surrounding the subject of asbestos. This is evident from the many positions in various working groups an committees and his membership of industry organisations like VOAM (NL), Fedasbest (BE), FAAM (UK), Asbestonomy (UK) and FAMANZ (AUS+NZ).

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan’s experience with asbestos dates back to 1995 when he began work with Hampshire
County Council’s Scientific Service. In 1996 he passed the asbestos P-Cert (now W504) and in 1999
passed the Certificate of Competence in asbestos. During this time, he also completed an MSc in
Environmental Management.

In 2003 Jonathan began work with the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer where his main
role was to develop course material, deliver BOHS asbestos short courses and tutor MSc students
through all phases of the Occupational and Environmental, Health & Safety Management Degree.
Jonathan went on to complete a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), and for the last 19
years he has been the Chief Executive of Gully Howard Technical (GHT) responsible for all aspects of
strategic leadership and heading the board of directors.

Jonathan is the Registrar of the Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM) and has
been elected on to the Board of Trustees of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

Dr Georgia Khatib

Dr Georgia Khatib has over 9 years’ regulatory and policy research experience in the Australian public sector, underpinned by a PhD in Medicine and a previous 15-year career as a medical research scientist, both nationally and internationally, in academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

She has led multidisciplinary teams, using diverse analytical approaches to investigate complex issues, to deliver evidence-based information and new knowledge for informed planning and decision-making

Simone Stevenson

Simone Stevenson is the inaugural CEO of the Victorian Asbestos Eradication Agency, established in 2017. Ms Stevenson has extensive experience in public policy, program implementation and stakeholder engagement in government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Ms Stevenson’s background in workplace health and safety, workers’ compensation, industrial relations, health, and international development is underpinned by.  Ms Stevenson is the chair of the Victorian Asbestos Forum and an appointed observer on the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency Council.

Fraser Brims

Fraser Brims is a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Head of Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Founding Professor at Curtin Medical School. He is a Chief Investigator for the NHMRC National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases, leads the WA Asbestos Review Program and is Chair of the WA Mesothelioma Registry.

He is Chief Investigator for the LUCAP project, funded by Cancer Australia, designed to identify and alleviate unwarranted variations in lung cancer care across Australia. He was a member of the National Dust Diseases Taskforce, advising the Minister for Health on managing artificial stone-related silicosis in Australia.

Steven Kao

A/Prof Steven Kao is a medical oncology senior staff specialist at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and a clinical associate professor at the University of Sydney. He completed his PhD at the Asbestos and Dust Diseases Research Institute and is now the clinical lead at the institute.

He specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic cancers, including mesothelioma. He was awarded the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Cancer Research Scholar from the Cancer Institute NSW in 2012.

Jodie Deakes

Jodie Deakes is the CEO of the Asbestos and Silica Safety and Eradication Agency, with over 24 years’ working across all regulatory functions of the QLD and NSW WHS safety regulators.

Jodie was the Executive Director, Work Health & Safety Engagement and Policy Services at the Office of Industrial Relations Queensland from 2020 to 2023 and held senior executive leadership roles across SafeWork NSW.

As the Chair of the QLD Interagency Asbestos Group, a previous member on the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council, and leading support for impacted families, Jodie is passionate about preventing asbestos related diseases.

Jodie is an alumna of the Executive Fellows Program of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Newcastle.