WorkSafe is a Crown agency; we have a governance board. Board members are appointed by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety.
Members of our Board have backgrounds in New Zealand’s work health and safety environment, including work illness and occupational disease, public sector governance, central government processes, worker and business perspectives, administration of work health and safety legislation and risk management frameworks, and business generally.
Ross Wilson – Chair
Ross Wilson is a former president of the NZ Council of Trade Unions.
Of Scottish and Ngāi Tahu descent, Ross has governance experience which includes Chair and Deputy Chair of the ACC, and director of the Port of Wellington, KiwiRail, and NZ Railways Corporation. He is a lawyer with a strong interest in employment and workplace health and safety law and practice, and he brings a worker perspective to the Board.
Bill Moran - Deputy Chair
Bill Moran has significant experience in the public sector, particularly in business transformation leadership, and economic and financial expertise. He currently holds governance roles with government, private sector, and not-for-profit organisations. Bill worked at the New Zealand Treasury for 30 years, and is now the Chair of Sport New Zealand, High Performance Sport New Zealand and the New Zealand Sports Foundation., He is deputy Chair of Community Trust South and a director of Pioneer Energy, Southern Generation, Invest South, Youthtown, and Sky City Charitable Trust Queenstown. He is also an independent member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Queenstown Lakes District Council. In 2019 he was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to State, Sport, and Youth.
Nikki Davies-Colley has been involved in the farming and forestry industries for more than 30 years. She is Chair of Tiaki Plantations Ltd, National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) Ltd, TBfree New Zealand Ltd, and OSPRI New Zealand Ltd. She has past directorships of Northpower Limited (Chair), Farmlands Cooperative Trading Society Ltd, and Kitchen Studio Distribution Ltd, Landcorp Farming Limited, The Tree People Ltd and MP Logging Ltd. Nikki is Deputy Chair of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.
James Fletcher trained as a lawyer and was an employment and commercial litigator. He has since forged a 20-year management career across the building products, electrical and mechanical contracting, facilities management and, more recently, professional services industries.
He is the New Zealand Chief Operating Officer of DLA Piper, a global law firm located in more than 40 countries. Prior to that role, James held CEO positions with Treescape, Spotless New Zealand and OCS New Zealand. He was twice a finalist for leader of the year in Safeguard's New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards and is on the steering group of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.
Robin Hapi has public, private, and voluntary sector governance and executive experience. A former CEO of Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd and Chair of Sealord Group Ltd, Robin understands the need for strong health and safety processes and systems. He has other board roles with Kainga Ora Homes and Communities, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, and a dairy farm. He recently retired as Chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and member of Te Mātāwai. Robin is also involved in sporting, Māori and Voluntary roles in his hometown of Foxton/Te Awahou. He has an MBA (with distinction) from Massey University and in 2016 was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to Māori, the Community and Governance.
Paula Rose QSO
Paula Rose QSO is an independent consultant specialising in leadership, performance, safety, and transport issues.
Paula was the Deputy Chair of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety and brings the knowledge, insights, and stakeholder networks gained on the Taskforce. Paula was previously the NZ Police National Manager responsible for Road Policing. Her leadership of road safety involved the development of a systems approach that has contributed to a reduction in the road toll; including initiatives to bring about cultural and behavioural change, together with a more strategic approach to regulatory enforcement.
She is a member of the Parole Board and a director of the NZ Broadcasting Standards Authority.
Kristen Thompson is a lawyer with a background in employment, health and safety, and personal injury law, predominantly for unions and injured workers. She has previously worked as a litigator and advisor to a number of not-for-profit incorporated societies and charities. She has also worked as a health and safety policy analyst for the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. She also sits on a number of other boards.