CHAIR & SPEAKER PROFILES

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 in 2014 from the Environmental Protection Authority. Simon has a little over 19 years’ Public sector and regulatory practice experience including roles with the New Zealand Police, Department of Internal Affairs and the Environmental Protection Authority.

During his nearly 5 years with WorkSafe, Simon has been responsible for a number of work streams including the Certifications, Approvals and Registration team, Technical Programmes and Support. He is currently the Head of Specialist Interventions and the departments that sit under this are Duty Holder Review, Enforceable Undertakings, Investigations, Audit and Investigation.

Simon is passionate about health and safety and ensuring that he plays a role that enables New Zealand businesses to be equipped to provide a safe and evolving environment for their workers.

Simon believes that health and safety by design is an important cog in the pursuit of organisational excellence, Simon is committed to working with upstream designers, manufacturers and workplaces to identify critical health and safety risks that can be designed out making our workplaces a healthier and safer place.

 

Garth Gallaway

Garth Gallaway
Partner, Chapman Tripp
Garth has extensive experience in advising clients on professional indemnity, statutory liability and public liability insurance and is one of New Zealand’s leading legal experts in the Health and Safety (H&S) area.

He has a broad civil litigation practice and has appeared before all levels of the court system and before numerous specialist tribunals. He frequently acts for solicitors, accountants, real estate agents, valuers and a range of organisations in professional negligence proceedings.

Garth acts for numerous employers in H&S investigations and prosecutions. He acted for the Mines Rescue Service in the Royal Commission into the Pike River tragedy. Recently he successfully defended Athenberry Holdings Limited in the first prosecution by WorkSafe under the HSWA 2015. He also has extensive experience in the aviation sector having acted for numerous operators following fatal accidents. He has been involved in some of New Zealand’s highest profile coronial inquests, provides strategic legal advice to leading corporates and Boards on H&S matters and is regularly called on to speak on health and safety and insurance issues at industry conferences.

He is recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 and as a leading lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific 2018.

Garth has been elected chair of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and is a former member of the Film and Literature Board of Review. He is a trustee of the Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation and Honorary President of New Zealand Football. Garth has been a member of Radio Sport’s cricket commentary team (since 1996).

 

Samantha Turner

Samantha Turner
Partner, Simpson Grierson
Samantha is regularly involved in a wide range of employment law matters, from litigation to strategic advice. She assists clients with managing and resolving employment relationship problems (particularly stress and bullying claims), union-related issues, grievances and disputes. She reviews and drafts employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and more general communications between employers and employees. In terms of health and safety, Samantha works with clients in many sectors, including high-risk areas such as construction, infrastructure, and manufacturing, to provide strategic advice for the boardroom, defending prosecutions in the court, and reviewing operational health and safety processes for businesses in the private and public sectors.

 

Elizabeth Church
Programme Lead - Positive Workplace Programme, Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Specialising in conduct, culture and governance, Elizabeth leads the team tasked with implementing the report’s 33 recommendations to contribute to a respectful and inclusive Fire and Emergency New Zealand. She has held legal counsel and corporate governance roles in a variety of sectors, in New Zealand and internationally.

 

Chris Jones

Chris Jones
General Manager Safety & Wellbeing, Department of Corrections
Chris Jones is General Manager Safety & Wellbeing at the Department of Corrections, where he provides strategic leadership to enhance work-related health, safety and wellbeing across 150 sites, 10,000 staff, 40,000 offenders and 2,000 partner PCBUs. Prior to his role in Corrections, Chris held roles at WorkSafe NZ (where he led the Strategy, Guidance and Standards, and Occupational Health teams) and, in the UK, Network Rail (as Head of Occupational Health & Wellbeing Strategy) and Nuffield Health (as Professional Head of Physiology). Chris has studied extensively in the fields of safety, health and wellbeing, including gaining an MA in Organisational Health and Wellbeing.

 

Sarah-Lee Stead

Sarah-Lee Stead
Special Counsel, Kensington Swan
Sarah-Lee leads the Health and Safety practice in Auckland. Sarah is often on the coal face of mental health in an organisational environment. She provides strategic advice on the Health and Safety at Work Act and instructs a range of clients on health and safety compliance issues, good practice, leadership, culture issues, and governance to improve a company’s Health & Safety statistics. Sarah-Lee is passionate about mental health and how organisations can lead innovative change in their company.

 

Grant Pritchard

Grant Pritchard
Mental Health Advocate, Spark
Grant is an in-house lawyer and workplace mental health advocate at Spark. He voluntarily leads Spark’s workplace mental health network, which is a finalist at Diversity Awards NZ 2019. Before moving into his current role, Grant spent over a decade in senior legal and commercial roles in Australia and New Zealand, winning Young Australian In-house Lawyer of the Year 2014. Grant has spoken at conferences in New Zealand, Australia and India on topics like legal innovation, emerging technology and workplace mental health. His vision is to see New Zealand thriving in the area of mental health by transforming how we do mental health at work.

 

Kylie Dunn

Kylie Dunn
Partner, Russell McVeagh
Kylie is a partner in Russell McVeagh’s Litigation team, specialising in employment law. She advises some of New Zealand's largest employers on the full range of employment issues. She has particular experience in union related issues and the interface between health and safety obligations and employment law.

 

Stephen Bell

Stephen Bell
Health & Safety Manager, NCTIR
Stephen is a Mining Engineer, and holds a Site Senior Executive Certificate of Competence and various Coal and Quarry Manager's COC's . He has had over 40 years' experience mainly in the coal mining industry in New Zealand both Underground and Opencast. Stephen has worked in, and managed mines in nearly every New Zealand coalfield and has experience in Australia and West Virginia. He has held roles with Solid Energy New Zealand from Miner, Mine Manager, Operations Manager, and Chief Mining Engineer.

Stephen was a founding member of the NZ Mines Rescue Board of Trustees and held a position on the Board for 23 years. He was a brigadesman with Mines Rescue for 16 years. He is a Board member of, and examiner for the NZ Board of Examiners.

Since 2017 Stephen has been employed by Fulton Hogan as the Health and Safety Manager for the NCTIR Alliance which was set up to recover the transport links between the North and South Islands following the devastating 7.5 level Kaikoura Earthquake in November 2016. NCTIR recently became the first project in the Southern Hemisphere to win the International Civil Engineering (ICE) People's choice awards for which he is a member of the Alliance Leadership Team. NCTIR recently won the Safeguard award for collaboration between PCBU's.