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Robyn Denholm to join the SafetyCulture board as the company eyes next phase of growth

Media Release | By | 27 Mar 2023 | 3 minute read

Global technology leader Robyn Denholm has joined the SafetyCulture board as a director.

Joining in her capacity as Operating Partner of Blackbird Ventures, Denholm is taking on the role in addition to her roles as Chair of the Board of Directors of Tesla Inc and Chair of The Technology Council of Australia

Denholm joins Luke Anear, Jan Hammer and Craig Tiley on the SafetyCulture board, and already has a close relationship with the SafetyCulture leadership team, having been an advisor since late 2021. As one of the most senior women in the global technology industry, she brings a wealth of experience and is a passionate advocate for the technology industry. She is also one of the leading voices calling for more diversity in the sector.

Commenting on her appointment, Denholm said: “I’m delighted to join the SafetyCulture board as the company looks towards its next phase of growth. What Luke and the team have already accomplished is remarkable, and I look forward to contributing to the next chapter of this incredible story.” 

“SafetyCulture’s mission is something that aligns with my personal values. I’m a firm believer that technology is the key to unlocking a more sustainable and safer future and from what I’ve seen, if SafetyCulture continues to evolve its platform and products at the same rate, then it has the potential to change the way that people go about their work,” said Denholm. 

Denholm will fill the board position recently vacated by Rick Baker, Blackbird’s co-founder and Partner, who has been a strategic advisor and SafetyCulture board member for the past 10 years. 

Commenting on the change to the board, SafetyCulture’s CEO and Founder, Luke Anear said: “I’d like to thank Rick Baker for his contribution to SafetyCulture over the last decade. I’m incredibly grateful to have met him and been on this journey with him. As one of our first investors, he has always believed in our potential and what we are trying to do. I can safely say that we wouldn’t be where we are today without him on our side,” said Anear. 

“At the same time, we’re thrilled to have someone of Robyn’s calibre on our board. Her expertise and guidance will help ensure we continue making sound strategic decisions and stay focused on achieving our mission. Robyn is also an incredible role model and the opportunity for our team to work closely with her is invaluable.”

SafetyCulture business update

SafetyCulture has made strong progress against its strategy, which is reflected in the significant user growth that the business has seen over the last 18 months. This has helped the business once again return to profitability as it prepares for its next phase of growth. 

In addition to the core functionalities of inspections, incident response and training, SafetyCulture has added several new features in the last 18 months allowing the product to be used for a range of new purposes and by a broader cross-section of employees within organizations. 

The business recently launched an insurance offering called SafetyCulture Care and has rolled out the SafetyCulture Marketplace e-commerce site in Australia, with plans to launch both in the US next month. These developments follow the acquisition of the training platform EdApp in 2020 and lone worker monitoring software SHEQSY in 2022, as well as a strategic investment in IoT player, Inauro. These capabilities will all play an important role in SafetyCulture’s future platform offering. 

Commenting on SafetyCulture’s progress, Anear said: “Despite operating against some pretty challenging conditions, we’ve made great progress on our strategy and continue to see significant increases in our key growth metrics.  We’ve avoided the layoffs we’re seeing across the industry and over the last two quarters we’ve been able to shift the business back to profitability. Profitable growth remains a key focus for us going forward as we continue to build out our operations platform.”

“Looking back at 2022, it was an incredible year of progress and important foundational work. I’m really proud that we were able to make a number of investments that will accelerate us towards our vision and I believe it will be the year that defines us,” said Anear.

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