- Natalee Johnston has had many firsts, Navy’s first female pilot, instructor, flight commander and executive officer.
- She is part of the Australian Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.
- She has personal insight into how people change to fit in and was part of the Royal Australian Navy's cultural transition.
- Natalee has conducted various radio, print and television interviews discussing the team and her own achievements.
- Resilience and perseverance
With opinions and attitudes against her, Natalee’s perseverance and resilience enabled her to become the first female pilot in the RAN. Overcoming the hardest critic, herself, along the way.
- Communication effectiveness
Words have so many meanings, depending on inflection, context, body language and relationships. Understanding how to communicate effectively for both the leader, manager and the workforce can be the difference between success and failure.
- Importance of safety and organisational culture
Safety and organisational culture are intertwined as they have such a significant influence on each other. Understand how they are linked and having the ability to identify when they are failing can not only save businesses but also lives.
Natalee was relaxed and well prepared and had a very interesting story to tell.
Lieutenant Commander (RAN Rtd.) Natalee Johnston presented a series of safety culture workshops to more than 100 Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance personnel in support of Defence Safety Week 2018. Natalee focused on the tragic loss of a Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopter and the resulting loss of all on board, providing an in-depth overview which clearly conveyed the importance of organisational safety culture and the broader values, attitudes, leadership commitment and community expectations beyond work, which collectively drive and influence safety culture. Natalee highlighted the need for ongoing organisational vigilance; in particular the need for leaders to understand their business risks and an inherent need to resource and support measures which manage monitor and evaluate those risks in order to prevent harm to all workers. Additionally, the criticality of ensuring that managers understand motivational pressures placed on their workers to succeed operationally, must be weighed up against worker perception and understanding that safety must not be compromised under any circumstances, against achieving operational outcomes. Natalee’s presentation inspired and motivated all attendees, making a strong impression in developing effective leadership in work health and safety, which features engagement and consultation, allowing managers to make better decisions relating to WHS matters, and striving to reduce work-related death, injury and disease.
Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance
Osborne Naval Shipyard