Pelin Fantham, our General Manager Operations, leads the Operations leadership team.
Pelin Fantham - General Manager Operations
Pelin joined WorkSafe in November 2020.
Pelin leads day-to-day operations across WorkSafe - including High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety Operational Excellence, General Inspectorate, Specialist Interventions, and Health and Technical Services.
Before taking up the General Manager Operations position, she spent 11 years in senior regulatory and change leadership roles at Maritime New Zealand, most recently as Deputy Director Compliance Systems Delivery and Programme Manager – Strategic Projects.
She’s experienced in developing and delivering harm-prevention projects and safety initiatives, and achieves robust outputs and services through effective systems and processes, project delivery, business planning, and financial, risk and staff management. Her leadership philosophy is based on trust, collaboration and building high-performing teams.
She holds a Bachelor of Science from Sheffield Hallam University.
Tony Hetherington - Head of High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety.
Tony joined WorkSafe in August 2018 as Head of High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety.
Tony’s an experienced regulator. He spent the first nine years of his career working on air and noise pollution in London. He then joined the Health and Safety Executive (Great Britain’s equivalent to WorkSafe) as an inspector. During his 30 years with HSE he worked with a wide range of industries from construction to health services. His roles have covered investigation of accidents and managing legal proceedings. He’s also been responsible for inspector training and development and leading HSE’s liaison with local authorities. Tony’s last job with HSE was Head of Energy Division covering offshore oil and gas, onshore mining and gas importation, transmission and distribution.
Simon Humphries – Head of Specialist Interventions
Coming from the Environmental Protection Authority, Simon joined WorkSafe in 2014 – with a career of over 19 years in public sector and regulatory practice experience (including New Zealand Police and Department of Internal Affairs).
During his nearly five years with WorkSafe, Simon has been responsible for a number of workstreams (Certifications, Approvals and Registration, and Technical Programmes and Support). He is currently the Head of Specialist Interventions in Operations.
Simon is passionate about health and safety, ensuring that he contributes to enabling New Zealand to provide a safe and evolving environment for workers. He believes that health and safety by design is an important cog in the pursuit of organisational excellence, and is committed to working with upstream designers, manufacturers, and workplaces to identify and mitigate critical health-and-safety risks, making our workplaces healthier and safer.
Jo Pugh – Head of General Inspectorate
Based in Wellington, Jo has worked in health and safety regulation for more than 16 years – as Health and Safety Inspector, Service Manager, and Chief Inspector for the Central Region. Nationally, she has focused on forestry and agriculture, as well as Occupational Health.
As Head of General Inspectorate in Operations, Jo is responsible for the workforce of about 180 people who perform proactive workplace assessments targeting our most vulnerable sectors, i.e. agriculture, construction, forestry, and manufacturing. General Inspectorate focuses on activities with the long-term impact, aiming at achieving 25% reduction in injuries and fatalities by 2020.
Shannon Dobson - Executive Officer
Shannon oversees complex programmes of work and activities that cut right across all functions in Operations. She joined Worksafe following a career spanning ten years in a variety of frontline and corporate public sector roles. Most recently, she helped lead the establishment of the Government Health and Safety Lead domiciled in the Department of Corrections.
In 2018, Shannon was awarded Master’s Degree of Public Management, with a research paper on professionalising health and safety workforce in New Zealand public sector. This research was supplemented with creating all-of-government Health-and-Safety Summer Intern Programme as a means of encouraging young workers into a career in health and safety.