What is a Baby Safety Month Ambassador?
It is a critical component of the Baby Safety Month where Ambassadors help educate parents and carers on how to improve safety. Ambassadors communicate directly with consumers and provide safety tips on things such as safe product use, childproofing the home, safe sleeping techniques and ways to reduce stress associated with parenting.
The awarding of the honour of Safety Ambassador is given to individuals and Companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the promotion and advocacy of safety within the Australian Nursery Industry and is a recognition of their leadership and commitment in relation to reducing preventable injuries.
Who can become a Safety Ambassador?
How do you become a Safety Ambassador?
Individuals or Companies are nominated and assessed by INPAA.
To be recognised as a Safety Ambassador, individuals and companies must display strong leadership in safety and be able to demonstrate this commitment over a continued length of time. Involvement in industry activities that contribute to improved consumer safety is a key prerequisite.
Special Thanks to our Baby Safety Ambassadors
Founder, Baby Loves Sleep
Baby Loves Sleep is one of INPAA’s inaugural Safety Ambassadors for Australia’s first baby Safety Month. The company lead and inspired by Malou Villarreal, demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the promotion and need for product safety associated with nursery products. Baby Loves Sleep is a brilliant example of how you don’t need to be a major sized company to achieve a major outcome in safety. It is a company that has embraced the need for a culture of safety best practice at the heart of its business and has shown that understanding the need for safety and effectively communicating this to their customers generates safer outcomes. On a personal level, Malou is a member of the team helping to deliver the Baby Safety Month.
Product Integrity & Child Safety Manager – Kidsafe Victoria
Robert Wise started his career in consumer product safety at Target Australia in the late 1980’s and has had a 30+ year career spanning many areas including consumer & product safety & compliance, product design, manufacturing, and regulation. Having worked with several well-known organisations such as Catch.com.au a leading ecommerce retailer, Target Australia, CNP Brands, Funtastic Pty Ltd, and government agencies such as the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission and Dept of Transport & Aviation, Rob continues his journey working with Kidsafe Victoria a leading not-for profit in children’s safety as well as being a principal consultant at Compliance Wise Consulting.
Rob has been involved in several Standards Australia technical committees and is a co-author of the INPAA Product Safety Framework, which was later published by Standards Australia as a Product Safety Framework handbook. Rob has a strong personal commitment towards consumer product safety and maintains high personal standards and expectations delivering highly regarded safety outcomes. Rob provides active leadership in the Australian Nursery industry and is currently Chair of INPAA’s Product Integrity and Consumer Safety Group, a forum that develops safety guidelines and solutions to challenges associated with product safety.
CEO Little Linen Company
Ben Wilson is the CEO and lead product innovator at The Little Linen Company. Taking over the once local manufacturing business in 2004 he has transformed this business into 4 leading brands with global reach. His passion is providing innovative safe parenting products and information to the world. He is active in the promotion of safety and is a leader in communicating the need for ongoing advancements in injury prevention. Ben is one of the inaugural Safety Ambassadors and a member of the Organising Committee for INPAAs Baby Safety Month
General Manager, Baby Products
Teresa has over 20 years’ experience in the Australian & International baby industry and is a leading advocate for product safety. Her senior positions with leading brands have seen her directly contribute to a number of industry groups that develop improved safety for children. In her industry leadership roles she has championed major advancements in product design and in the communication to consumers of safety awareness. Teresa is on the INPAA Advisory Council and is a key member of the Organising Committee responsible for the Baby Safety Month. Her integrity, extensive product and industry knowledge makes her a valued contributor within the Australian industry to the reduction of preventable injuries.
CEO Kidsafe Victoria
As CEO of Kidsafe Victoria, Melanie Courtney is a passionate advocate of reducing preventable childhood injuries and deaths. She and her team have established programs and campaigns over many years to raise awareness on how to improve safety - in and around homes, while on the road, around water and with product safety. She is committed to informing both industry suppliers and parents and carers of the need to promote product safety in both the design phase of products and their safe use to help keep kids safe.
Founder, Love To Dream
Hana Krawchuk is one of INPAA’s Baby Safety Month’s inaugural Safety Ambassadors. She is globally recognised and as a creator and innovator of baby, infant and toddler awarded sleep products that feature safety as a core design principle. Hana has been a leading advocate within the industry internationally on the issues of safety and continues to dedicate herself to helping educate parents and improving safer sleep around the world. It is through this work, and also her commitment to organisations and charities aligned with the prevention of SIDS internationally, that Hana has made an outstanding contribution to reducing preventable injuries. Hana is an active member of the industry’s leadership team and has been a driver to make Baby Safety Month possible in Australia.
The Amazing Baby Company
Carrie is a leader in the development and promotion of safety initiatives within the Nursery industry. She is a member of INPAA”s Advisory Council and a active member of working groups that design injury prevention strategies for nursery products supplied to the Australian market. Carrie is a passionate advocate for product safety within the industry and the Company that she heads, The Amazing Baby Company” is a trend setter in innovation and ensuring that product safety is a number one priority. Carrie is one of the inaugural Safety Ambassadors and a major contributor in the delivery of Australia’s Baby Safety month.
Co-Founder, River's Gift
Alex is co-founder of SIDS charity River's Gift, established following the tragic death of her 4 month old son, River in 2011. She is also proud to work with Kidsafe Victoria as their Engagement and Relationship manager, working with bereaved families supporting them to establish legacy programs in honour of their children. Originally from the UK, Alex has travelled nationally and internationally, speaking to audiences to passionately share her own story of courage, resilience and hope. Alex is Mum to two “rainbow” babies – Shiloh and Bodhi and feels so privileged to work with families to impact change within the community.
First Steps Safety Steps Baby Proofing
First Steps Safe Steps Baby Proofing is a company whose mission is to create safer homes for babies and infants to grow and explore. As a service, they continually demonstrate their commitment to baby safety by providing families with home safety assessments, correct and safe installation of essential baby safety products and education about home safety. Since opening, First Steps Safe Steps has worked with thousands of families to support their baby safety needs. As a Safety Ambassador they are passionate in their collaboration with INPAA to help reduce the rate of preventable infant-related accidents and amplify the conversation about baby safety.