New WorkSafe NZ Chief Executive
WorkSafe New Zealand has this week welcomed its new Chief Executive, Gordon MacDonald.
Gordon has 35 years’ experience in health and safety in the United Kingdom. He joined the UK’s Health and Safety Executive in 1978, ultimately rising to be Acting Deputy Chief Executive before accepting the top job at WorkSafe NZ.
Gordon started at WorkSafe NZ on Monday March 17, taking over from acting Chief Executive, Geoffrey Podger.
“WorkSafe NZ is less than six months old, and Geoffrey and his team have done a great job getting it up and running. I look forward to building on their work,” said Gordon MacDonald.
“WorkSafe NZ has been established to tackle New Zealand’s unacceptably high rate of workplace deaths and injuries. It is an incredibly important task, and I’m proud to lead WorkSafe as it works together with businesses and workers to ensure New Zealanders return from a days’ work healthy and safe.
During his career with the UK’s Health and Safety Executive Gordon worked in a wide range of operational and policy areas. He helped develop major hazards legislation to implement European Union Directives; led strategic and research functions in the nuclear industry; managed regional teams of inspectors; and led the Hazardous Industries Division regulating the offshore oil industry and the onshore chemicals and petrochemicals industries.
“New Zealand and the UK share many similar challenges in health and safety. I hope my experience over 35 years in the UK will help WorkSafe NZ become a world-leading regulator and help New Zealand businesses put workers’ health and safety first,” said Gordon MacDonald.