Led by Nicole Rosie our Chief Executive, our leadership team leads WorkSafe in driving the transformation of New Zealand’s health and safety performance.

They do this by:

  • caring deeply for our own people and for those that are at, or affected by work
  • creating and maintaining a high performing organisation
  • striving to become a ‘world-class’ regulator
  • jointly owning and delivering on our commitments
  • providing a work environment that is satisfying and fun.

Nicole Rosie – Chief Executive

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Nicole Rosie is the Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand.

Nicole is a highly experienced executive who brings a unique and valuable mix of talents to our work. She joined WorkSafe on 12 December 2016 from Fonterra where she was leading a major shareholder value project. She has led health and safety; she has led major change programmes; she has worked in ACC and injury management, forestry, transport infrastructure and energy; and has managed relationships with industry in her roles in transport, energy and at Fonterra where she was also acting General Manager for Risk.

Prior to Fonterra, Nicole managed strategic relationships at Vector; was General Manager for Policy and Safety at KiwiRail, General Manager Risk and Strategy at Toll NZ, and General Manager Health, Safety and Environment at Tranz Rail. She also has experience with WorkCover Queensland and ACC, and was Health and Injury Prevention manager at Fletcher Challenge Forests.

Mike Hargreaves – General Manager, Better Regulation and Legal

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Mike joined the Department of Labour's legal team in 2002 as a solicitor, becoming a senior solicitor in 2006.

In these roles, Mike prosecuted many cases under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre following the Mangatepopo canyoning tragedy in 2008. Mike became the Director Litigation for the Department of Labour in 2009. Mike was previously in private practice in Taranaki.

Phillip Jacques – Chief Financial Officer/General Manager Corporate Services

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Phillip has a background in significant leadership roles including most recently at the IRD where he was Business Partnering Manager leading the Business Partnering Group. For more than 20 years Phillip worked at the Earthquake Commission including positions as General Manager of Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer.

Phillip has a Chemistry degree, Diplomas in Management and Accounting, and has completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford.

Mike Foley – Chief Digital Information Officer

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Mike’s an extremely experienced leader with particular experience in digital transformation and ICT strategy and implementation. Most recently Mike held the role of Chief Information Officer at Instant Finance, where he led a digital transformation to optimise the organisation's traditional desk-based operation.  

He was previously part of the Auckland Transition Agency, then took on the role of Chief Information Officer for Auckland Council where he led a significant programme to bring together the legacy ICT systems from the eight councils. In this role he designed and delivered the Council’s digital transformation, information and technology strategic plans, as well as ongoing operational delivery and support models. Mike’s earlier career includes a range of consultancy roles, with particular focus on Customer Relationship Management systems.​

Phil Parkes – Chief Operating Officer

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Phil joined WorkSafe from the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority. He was General Manager Policy and Legal, leading the implementation of a new regulatory framework for environmental effects of off-shore petroleum and mineral activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone. Phil also represents New Zealand on Chemical Safety issues at the OECD.

Phil brings strong regulatory and leadership experience having worked extensively in local and central government in New Zealand and the UK. His early career as a frontline inspector included a broad range of compliance portfolios, including health and safety. Phil moved into a variety of management roles – including three years developing public policy for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (now Ministry for Primary Industries).

Phil has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health and an MSc in Environmental Management and has completed an executive leadership course with Mt Eliza Business School.

Jude Urlich – General Manager, Strategy and Performance 

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Jude has been the General Manager, Strategy and Performance since January 2018.  She leads the System Strategies, Performance Systems, Research and Evaluation, Relationship Management, Maruiti, Engagement and Implementation, and Marketing and Communications functions.  She was previously a member of PHARMAC’s Senior Leadership Team for eight years, where her responsibilities included management of stakeholder engagement, Government and sector relations, policy leadership, Maori and Pacific peoples’ responsiveness, communications and implementation programmes, as well as its response to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Jude’s previous roles include senior leadership positions at the NZ Lotteries Commission and Victoria University of Wellington.  She has run her own business and directed the Buy Kiwi Made media campaign. She holds a Master of Public Policy with Distinction and won the Prime Minister’s Prize in Public Policy.