Dr Paul Cummins
Paul is Managing Director at SeaChange Ltd.; an organisational development company that designs and implements Behaviour-based Risk Management Solutions to increase Safety Culture, Safety Performance and Safety Results in organisations. SeaChange clients span the Corporate Sector – FMCG, Pharma, Food & Drink Multinationals, Public Bodies; and the Commercial Sector – SMEs, Retail Groups, Hotels across Ireland and Europe. Paul has a BA and MSc in psychology, and an MBA where his research focus was on ‘leading staff safety-behaviour change through lean engagement practices’. Paul’s MBA thesis was published as a book in 2011: “The Effectiveness of Health & Safety Communication Practices: A Qualitative Investigation of the Effectiveness of H&S Communication Practices through Engagement.”
In 2014 Paul completed his PhD in Organisational Leadership with a focus on Social Identity Theory. Paul’s research led to key insights on understanding and positively impacting Safety Culture. Paul’s psychology and business qualifications have led to extensive experience working with a range of professionals in enhancing their safety performance through practical means.
“I have a huge interest in cutting-edge leadership – how effective leaders excel at motivating people – and the whole basis of our SeaChange approach is around building trust and value from the ground up, which is transformational leadership. Our interventions are deceptively simple, but they always involve and engage people at every level, and that is why we are recording sustainable positive results.”
‘Effective Behaviour-Based Safety Culture Initiatives: Making a REAL Difference’
Paul will be looking at the core human beliefs and attitudes that lead to unsafe behaviours in the workplace based on theoretical knowledge and evidence based research. Paul will then examine ways in which organisations can increase safe behaviours in the workplace through engagement methods, transparent communication and establishing real local ownership from the ground up. Paul will present real-world case study examples of a best practice behavioural intervention leading to behavioural breakthroughs and improved safety results.