Phone: 0409 786 659

The SSSafe Team

Craig Adams - Director / B. Soc.
Fauna Management /Project Development /Course Facilitator
  • Leading industry advisor on snake safety
  • Venomous snake expert and former Operations Manager for the Australian Reptile Park
  • Managed the Park's life-saving snake and spider venom program*
  • Facilitated the Occupational Health and Safety portfolio, with an emphasis on emergency procedures.

Craig established SSSAFE in 2009, following 15 years at The Australian Reptile Park managing  the life saving Venom Program, facilitating the park's Occupational Health and safety Portfolio and curating a large collection of native and exotic fauna.  Craig has worked in most Australian habitats, including some of our most remote regions to locate, collect, research and film endemic species.  Including, with his wife Jackie, trekking into isolated wilderness regions to search for venomous snakes and spiders for inclusion in the Reptile Park's venom collection program for scientific purposes and for the collection of new data on endangered species.

Craig has also featured in numerous National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs on the world's most venomous creatures. He worked alongside Steve Irwin as a consultant on his film "Oceans' Deadliest" and continues to work periodically with Steve's best friend John Stainton in an advisory and "to camera" role. Together with Jackie, he has also starred in numerous other television, print media and documentary films and is acknowledged by his peers as the "go to" person in this field.

Having developed the Australian Reptile Park's Snake Awareness Program and delivered it to a wide audience Craig could see the need for the Snake Safety Seminars to become more focussed and specialised to enable industry to deal with their many 'on the job' safety concerns.  Through Craig's creative communication and leadership skills, safety awareness and wildlife expertise SSSAFE has developed its unique range of professional training programs and environmental services.

Jackie Adams - Director / BA Psych. Dip Ed.
Training and Assessment /Learning Consultant /spider expert

A qualified teacher and Co-Director of SSSAFE, Jackie is one of the country's leading authorities on native and exotic spiders having maintained Australia's largest collection at the Australian Reptile park.  She has worked closely with leading venom authority, CSL, through her work as head of the Funnel Web Spider venom Program, and as Park Education Coordinator developed a range of innovative learning programs for all ages.  Jackie has been involved in numerous remote field trips to study and film Australian wildlife.  Her vitality, communication, organisation and training skills are a driving force and essential part of the SSSAFE experience.


Garon Staines - Principal Ecologist / B. Sc.
Environmental Compliance / Assessments / Reports

Garon has more than 15 years experience in natural area, environmental management, ecological survey and assessment; working in both the private and public sectors. He is a qualified and experienced ecological restoration practitioner and a NSW accredited Biobanking Assessor

Currently the Director of Future Ecology Pty Ltd, Garon brings to SSSAFE a range of highly client focussed and professional services including:

  • Threatened species surveys
  • Assessments of significance for threatened species issues listed under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act and/or the Commonwealth Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act
  • Provide expert advice on ecological and threatened species matters
  • Supervise, induct and audit vegetation clearing and civil contractors for compliance with all relevant ecological, fauna management and construction plans
  • Write habitat and ecological restoration plans, threatened species management plans, contractor and construction environmental management plans

Garon is also and experienced member of the SSSAFE Spotter Catching Team.

Michael Cowley - Lawyer / OHS Consultant
Accredited OH&S Instructor and Trainer / Hazard Assessor / Legal Compliance

Michael is a former underground coal miner, who has been practicing law for over 20 years. During that time he has represented numerous organisations on occupational health and safety issues. Michael has analysed over 3000 workplace incidents - to determine precise causes and remedial measures - from near misses to fatalities. The input of Michael Cowley has been pivotal to the development and continual improvement of SSSAFE training initiatives and safety assessments.

Jan Richens - Administration and Marketing / B.Bus

Marketing, Media and Communications Jan has an extensive background using all media channels and excels at building strong business relationships.  Jan rigorously ensures the SSSAFE message is always crystal clear and concise.  Her communication skills and good business sense are indispensable.