CHAIR & SPEAKER PROFILES

Brent Sutton

Brent Sutton
Principal, Safety Associates
Brent works in partnership with organisations in the commercial, government and education sector providing practical advice to address health and safety risks and develop strategies to drive improvements in organisational learning. Brent is well regarded as a safety coach and for taking organisations on a learning journey to understand how workers are seen as the solution, how to engage people and leverage their skills so that worker participation becomes a new way of running an organisation, where everybody benefits without replacing your existing health and safety system.

Brent is the project architect for New Zealand's most significant Court Ordered Project Order granted under the Health and Safety At Work Act, which is to develop, train and implement a Learning Teams framework for the maritime industry.

Brent is one of the authors of the new book "The Practice of Learning Teams: Learning and improving safety, quality and operational excellence.", with foreword by Dr Todd Conklin released August 2020 (ISBN: 9798665374321, Sutton, McCarthy and Robinson: Pre-Accident Investigation Media) and the podcast host of The Practice of Learning Teams on SafetyFM.com

Brent lives in Auckland, New Zealand and actively advocates for doing safety differently

 

Duayne Cloke

Duayne Cloke
Senior Manager – Critical Risk, NZTA
Duayne is currently the Senior Manager Critical Risk at Waka Kotahi (NZTA) leading operational HS&W across all maintenance and construction. He is an experienced Health and Safety Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting and civil construction industries. He is a strong operational professional with a Post Grad Dip Occ Health and Safety from Massey University.

Duayne ‘s focuses on the key areas of leadership, planning and communication to achieve great positives H&S outcomes. Building strong relationships built on trust enables Duayne to be a great problem solver and risk manager. Duayne also works hard to achieve a positive organisational culture that enables the embedding of H&S within the fabric of the business.

Duayne’s Critical Risk team at Waka Kotahi is new and has a lot to achieve, from well planned, procured, lead and constructed projects to leading the Road Worker Safety Improvement Programme. This programme is an umbrella programme that is looking at all aspects of road worker and public safety at construction sites, including reviewing CoPTTM, Training and Competency, Procurement, Innovation and Public education. Duayne is also leading Waka Kotahi’s desire for HS&W step change through the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

 

Grant Nicholson
Partner, Anthony Harper

Widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading health and safety lawyers, Grant has extensive experience in all aspects of health and safety law.

He advises New Zealand and international businesses including construction and infrastructure companies, Crown entities, distributors, insurance companies, manufacturers, producers, retailers, territorial authorities, utilities companies and others on their health and safety needs.

Grant is an active member of the health and safety community, encouraging clients to go beyond compliance and rather deliver outstanding results. He regularly advises on legal compliance, safety management systems and processes, leadership and culture development and, most commonly, serious incident investigations and representation during interactions with regulators and the courts.

 

Kirsty McDonald

Kirsty McDonald
Partner, Duncan Cotterill
Kirsty is an Employment & Health and Safety Partner based in Auckland. She is known for providing strategic and pragmatic advice to guide businesses through difficult health and safety issues, investigations and regularly acts for clients facing prosecution.

Her recent experience has included

  • Representing an Australian Company in a WorkSafe NZ investigation into bullying with no resulting prosecution
  • Representing a roading contractor in a WorkSafe NZ investigation following a fatality with no resulting prosecution
  • Representing a manufacturer in a WorkSafe NZ prosecution where no fine was awarded
  • Representing numerous organisations in the District Court at sentencing
  • Assisting clients with Enforceable Undertakings and Project Orders

Kirsty advise a broad range of clients in New Zealand across all sectors such as education, manufacturing, construction, forestry, distribution, transportation, professional services and IT. She is an experienced advocate, having represented clients in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the District Court.

 

Mike Cosman

Mike Cosman
Director, Cosman Parkes
Mike is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded health and safety practitioners with nearly 40 years’ experience in operational, management, policy and strategic roles. He has a varied regulatory background in the UK and New Zealand and has worked as a consultant to many of the leading public and private sector organisations over the last 11 years including as a member of the Independent Taskforce and Forestry Safety Review.

Mike’s extensive work with the Institute of Directors, boards and executive teams means that he has a good understanding of their needs, whilst in his role as Chair of the NZISM’s Advisory Board he helps promote professional development and accreditation for all those working in the field.

Mike also provides expert advice in legal proceedings and keeps a keen eye on developments in this field.

 

Simon Humphries

Simon Humphries
Head of Specialist Interventions, WorkSafe New Zealand
Simon joined WorkSafe New Zealand in mid-2014 and has 20 years’ public sector and regulatory experience. Simon has worked for the Environmental Protection Authority, the New Zealand Police and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Simon’s six years with WorkSafe has seen him lead work streams for the Certifications, Approvals and Registration team and the Technical Programmes and Support Team. Simon’s current role as Head of Specialist Interventions sees him leading work streams for Investigations, Critical Response and Interventions and Support.

Simon is passionate about health and safety, and advocates for collective collaboration across Government, businesses and workers to establish better leadership, participation in, and accountability for people’s health and safety. Simon is committed to WorkSafe’s ‘why’ being everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe.