Speakers Profile - Darren Flanagan

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Regional Queensland

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Seventeen years ago, a phone call changed Darren's life forever.
Summoned to the Beaconsfield gold mine collapse, he operated over 70 explosives in a continuous 30-hour stretch deep underground, helping rescue two men trapped nearly 1 km below the surface.

The impact of this experience ran deeper than initially realised. Today, Darren speaks extensively to organisations of all sizes, sharing his journey of pain, trauma, hope, and resilience. His story has taught him that conversations about these challenges can transform workplaces and organisations, proving that we have the power to spark dialogues and drive impactful change.

As a motivational speaker who covers topics including Workplace Safety, Risk Management, Mental Health, Leadership and Teamwork, Darren's mission is to empower teams through transformative lessons built upon the foundation of the Beaconsfield mining disaster.

His talks go beyond motivation; they spark change.

He will guide your team in embracing courageous leadership, initiating vital mental health
discussions, and cultivating an environment where innovation and collaboration flourish.

Creating transformations that extend far beyond the presentation room.


Risk Management:
Drawing from his role in the mine disaster, he underscores the necessity of 'reducing risk as part of your DNA.'

From his direct engagement in the mining disaster, Darren crafts a narrative showcasing the unyielding strength that emerges when individuals unite to conquer extraordinary challenges.

Mental Health
Drawing from his own experience, particularly the mining disaster that altered the course of his life, Darren passionately discusses the real issues surrounding mental well-being.

Workplace Safety
Darren's talks don't just emphasise the significance of risk management; he backs it up with vivid anecdotes that underscore the importance of best practices in this field.

Perseverance By sharing the raw, emotional journey of the mine disaster, he conveys the unyielding human spirit under immense pressure, emphasising the importance of determination in tough times.

Leadership Centred on leadership, he uses the mining disaster experience to inspire unrelenting spirit and guide effective team communication.

Darren combines the principles of courageous leadership and mental health awareness to empower your team and cultivate resilience.

His presentations reveal how ordinary people can exhibit unwavering determination and peak performance in exceptional circumstances. Darren supports these insights with compelling anecdotes that reinforce risk management best practices.

During his talks, he aims to:
- Nurture open dialogues among your staff and team leaders.
- Foster improved communication and heightened productivity.
- Emphasise the value of approachable leadership.

His personal experiences underscore the paramount importance of mental health
awareness. Darren shares the poignant story of nine resilient minders who, despite their physical strength, grappled with mental health challenges following the harrowing rescue.

During his talks, he advocates for:
- The courage to speak up and seek assistance.
- Shattering the stigma around mental health issues.
- Open discussions that can benefit everyone.

As a result of Darren's incredible experience plus both his Mental Health & Risk Management advocacy that he proudly fulfilled the role of Chair & Ambassador for the NSW Govt SafeWork initiative 'Family and Injured Worker Support Group' from 2020-2022.