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.
Paula Rose QSO - Deputy Chair
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.
Chris Ellis is the former Chief Executive of Brightwater Group and was inaugural Chairman of the NZ Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum. He trained as an engineer and has a long track record in the Australasian building products and construction industries. He held general management and executive roles in Fletcher Building before his leadership role at Brightwater Group.
Dr Jan White
A medical doctor by training, Jan has worked in medical and general management for over 20 years in both Australia and New Zealand. She has held a number of key health sector posts including six years as Chief Executive of the Waikato District Health Board and seven years as Chief Executive of the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). She is also on the Boards of Pharmac and Central Region’s Technical Advisory Services Ltd (TAS).
Nikki Davies-Colley and her husband have farmed cattle and sheep for over 30 years and owned companies involved in forest management and harvesting in Northland for 25 years. She is Chair of Northpower, a founding director of the merged Farmlands Co-operative Society Ltd, its subsidiary Farmlands Finance Ltd, and chairs the Farmlands People & Performance Sub-Committee. She is also a director of Landcorp Ltd and chairs the People and Safety Sub-Committee of that company. Nikki has implemented a number of initiatives to improve health and safety in her various organisations.
Kristen Thompson was previously a Health and Safety Policy Analyst at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. Kristen is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and has represented and assisted individuals and unions with health and safety, personal injury and employment disputes.
Bill Moran has significant experience in the public sector, particularly in business transformation leadership, and economic and financial expertise. Bill previously worked at the New Zealand Treasury for 30 years, and is currently the Chair of Sport and Recreation New Zealand, the Chair of High Performance Sport New Zealand and the deputy Chair of Otago Polytechnic. Earlier this year, he was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.