New Chief Executive for WorkSafe

Wednesday 15 Jan 2020

Ross Wilson, chair of WorkSafe New Zealand recently announced recently the appointment of Phil Parkes as the agency’s new Chief Executive - He said, “Phil was previously chief operating officer, leading over 300 employees in our WorkSafe’s operations group. This team’s work includes high hazards, energy, public safety, health and safety innovation, operational Excellence. The team also covers our general inspectorate, specialist interventions, and health and technical services.”

“Phil has provided excellent operational leadership within the organisation. The Board is confident he has the knowledge, vision and skills to lead WorkSafe as Chief Executive.”

Phil also brings extensive regulatory and leadership experiences from previous roles in local and central government in New Zealand and the UK. Before Phil joined WorkSafe, he was General Manager Policy and Legal with the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority and led the implementation of a new regulatory framework.

He replaces Nicole Rosie who has moved to the chief executive role at the NZ Transport Agency, following three years at WorkSafe.

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