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Nicole Rosie – Chief Executive

Nicole Rosie is the Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand.

Nicole is a highly experienced executive who brings a unique and valuable mix of talents to our work. She joined WorkSafe on 12 December 2016 from Fonterra where she was leading a major shareholder value project. She has led health and safety; she has led major change programmes; she has worked in ACC and injury management, forestry, transport infrastructure and energy; and has managed relationships with industry in her roles in transport, energy and at Fonterra where she was also acting General Manager for Risk.

Prior to Fonterra, Nicole managed strategic relationships at Vector; was General Manager for Policy and Safety at KiwiRail, General Manager Risk and Strategy at Toll NZ, and General Manager Health, Safety and Environment at Tranz Rail. She also has experience with WorkCover Queensland and ACC, and was Health and Injury Prevention manager at Fletcher Challenge Forests.

[image] Chief Executive - Nicole Rosie.

Mike Hargreaves – Chief Legal Adviser

Mike joined the Department of Labour's legal team in 2002 as a solicitor, becoming a senior solicitor in 2006.

In these roles, Mike prosecuted many cases under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre following the Mangatepopo canyoning tragedy in 2008. Mike became the Director Litigation for the Department of Labour in 2009. Mike was previously in private practice in Taranaki.

[image] Leadership team - Mike Hargreaves – Chief Legal Adviser.

Kirstie Hewlett – General Manager, Strategy and Performance

Kirstie has worked in law firms in the private sector and in a number of senior policy management roles in the public sector before joining WorkSafe NZ, Kirstie held the position of General Manager, Labour Environment at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and was responsible for the Government response to the Health and Safety Taskforce and formation of Working Safer, and the development of the new health and safety regulatory framework.

[image] General manager - Kirstie Hewlett

Phillip Jacques – Chief Financial Officer/General Manager Corporate Services

Phillip has a background in significant leadership roles including most recently at the IRD where he was Business Partnering Manager leading the Business Partnering Group. For more than 20 years Phillip worked at the Earthquake Commission including positions as General Manager of Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer.

Phillip has a Chemistry degree, Diplomas in Management and Accounting, and has completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford.

[image] General manager - CFO - Phillip Jacques

Brett Murray – General Manager, Operations and Specialist Services

Brett Murray joined the former Department of Labour in 2004, and previous roles have included Regional Manager for Central Region, heading the investigation into the Pike River mine tragedy and General Manager National Services and Support.

Earlier in his career, he spent 15 years working within the NZ Police in various roles, and spent time running his own business.

[image] Leadership team - Brett Murray - General Manager High Hazards & Specialist Services.

Phil Parkes – General Manager, Operational Policy

Phil joined WorkSafe from the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority. He was General Manager Policy and Legal, leading the implementation of a new regulatory framework for environmental effects of off-shore petroleum and mineral activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone. Phil also represents New Zealand on Chemical Safety issues at the OECD.

Phil brings strong regulatory and leadership experience having worked extensively in local and central government in New Zealand and the UK. His early career as a frontline inspector included a broad range of compliance portfolios, including health and safety. Phil moved into a variety of management roles – including three years developing public policy for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (now Ministry for Primary Industries).

Phil has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health and an MSc in Environmental Management and has completed an executive leadership course with Mt Eliza Business School.

[image] General manager - Phil Parkes

Jo Pugh – Deputy General Manager, Assessments, Operations and Support

Jo began her career in health and safety working at the OSH office in New Plymouth and moved into a health and safety inspector role four years later. After several years as an inspector, she was promoted to manager of the New Plymouth office before taking up a role as Chief Inspector - Assessments for the Central Region.

Jo brings a wealth of frontline experience having worked in both Investigations and Assessments. Her move to Assessments was inspired by the proactive nature of the work and the ability to create long term and sustainable change in New Zealand’s health and safety space.

During her time at WorkSafe, Jo has formed close ties with the forestry sector, playing a key role in the major health and safety culture changes that has occurred within this industry.

[image] Leadership team - Jo Pugh

Wayne Vernon – General Manager, High Hazards and Energy Safety

Until recently, Wayne was WorkSafe’s Chief Inspector – Petroleum and Geothermal before stepping into the general manager role responsible for the High Hazards Unit and Energy Safety functions.

Wayne is a chartered electrical engineer who has been elected as a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering Technology, and Engineers Australia.

He began his career in the UK’s steel industry, where he developed an enduring drive for improving health and safety outcomes in complex industrial technical systems.

Before being lured over to New Zealand to set up the Petroleum and Geothermal regime in the High Hazards Unit, Wayne’s previous roles include being one of ‘Her Majesty’s Principal Specialist Inspectors’ in the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, and as an inspector and manager at Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority.

[image] Leadership team - Wayne Vernon


Last updated 31 May 2017


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.