Led by Phil Parkes 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.

Phil Parkes – Chief Executive

Phil Parkes website

Phil is the Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand. Taking up the role in 2020, following the departure of Nicole Rosie, Phil has held several leadership positions at WorkSafe since 2014. Phil’s previous role was Chief Operating Officer, leading our Operations Group of over 300 employees, including High Hazards, Energy and Public Safety, Health and Safety Innovation, Operational Excellence, our General Inspectorate, Specialist Interventions, and Health and Technical Services.

Phil also brings extensive regulatory and leadership experiences from previous roles in local and central government in New Zealand and the UK. 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 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.

Mike Hargreaves – General Manager Regulatory Effectiveness and Legal Group

Mike Hargreaves website

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.

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.​

Tony Hetherington - Acting Chief Operating Officer

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Tony is currently Acting Chief Operating Officer. He 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.

Glenda Harvey - General Manager People, Culture and Safety

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Glenda joined WorkSafe in January 2020. She has over 25 years senior management experience in human resources, organisational culture/capability development, health and safety, and governance roles within the manufacturing, construction and health sectors.

Before joining WorkSafe, Glenda had a brief contracting role at Voyager Internet, where she supported them in their growth phase to establish a people leadership role on their executive team.

Before that, Glenda spent nearly 20 years at Holcim, a long-standing supplier of cement and other building materials into the NZ construction industry. Glenda worked for Holcim in both New Zealand and Australia in a wide range of leadership roles including human resources, safety and communications. Her most recent role was as Country Manager for the New Zealand business.

Kevin Lampen-Smith - General Manager External Strategy and Engagement

[image] Kevin Lampen-Smith

Kevin started with WorkSafe as the General Manager External Strategy and Engagement in May 2020.

Before joining WorkSafe, Kevin spent eight years in the role of Chief Executive and Registrar at the Real Estate Authority. He’s worked in the regulatory and consumer areas of the public sector for many years. He’s a chartered accountant with experience in senior roles across government, including the Electricity Authority, its predecessor the Electricity Commission, and Heritage NZ.

Catherine Epps, General Manager Health and Technical Services

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Catherine joined the leadership team in this newly formed position in July 2020. She’s held senior leadership roles in public and private healthcare organisations for over a decade. Catherine started at WorkSafe in November 2018, and before that was Executive Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical at Capital and Coast District Health Board.

Catherine has a Masters in Human Communication and Deaf Studies, and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers. She also has clinical expertise as a Speech-language Therapist specialising in neuro rehabilitation, including supporting those with brain injuries to return to work. 

Catherine migrated from the UK in 2006, and now identifies as a Kiwi who loves pastimes that allow her to enjoy the best of New Zealand; tramping, sailing, and hanging out with her whanau.

Allan Frost - General Manager Business Performance and Finance

Allan joined WorkSafe in June 2020. He has over 20 years’ experience in both private and public sector leadership and executive roles. He’s led a range of functions, including legal, risk & assurance, programme delivery, ICT, planning and performance, and finance.

Before joining WorkSafe, Allan was most recently running his own consultancy, and before that, held a range of executive roles at the NZ Transport Agency and Ministry of Agriculture.

Mohi Apou – National Advisor Māori

Mohi Joined WorkSafe in 2018 and began in the new role of National Advisor Māori in July 2020. His 20 years of experience includes work for the Te Wananga o Raukawa, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Education, NZQA, Crown Law Office, Te Puni Kokiri and the Office of Treaty Settlements and the Royal NZ Navy.  In terms of education, Mohi has a Masters in Matauranga Māori (Philosophy).

Mohi has empowered, coached and mentored many people in Tikanga Māori through the course of his career, as well as facilitated many connections and conversations between the military, Justice dept, Iwi groups, and local and regional authorities.