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 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 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.

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 – Acting General Manager External Strategy and Engagement 

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.

Mariana Niehaus - Acting General Manager People, Culture and Safety

Mariana Niehaus

Mariana has worked in human resources, learning and development and organisational development in various roles and as consultant in a number of countries in Africa, the Caribbean and for the past 7 years in New Zealand.

She has been with WorkSafe since October 2014, where she initially worked to develop a learning framework to transition WorkSafe staff from the Health and Safety in Employment Act to the Heatlh and Safety at Work Act. She then went on to become Learning and Development Manager. 

Ron Peake - Acting General Manager Business Performance and Modernisation

Ron is an extremely experienced leader with particular experience in effective critical assessment and delivery for desired Organisational outcomes. Most recently Ron has held the role of the Lead for the Modernisation Office, he will continue in this role while acting GM BPM, where he has been leading the Modernisation Office to optimise, align and facilitate our programmes of work, to ensure we become a modern regulator. This informs the organisations 2020/2021 business planning and budgeting process. The establishment of the ePMO programme is essential to prioritising and ensuring alignment and delivery of these critical outcomes.
 
He works closely with people to develop the frameworks and capabilities that get programmes back on track. He’ll ensure transitions and capabilities are stronger than when he arrived, arming teams and organisations with the tools to stay on track. Ron has over 15 years’ experience leading large teams through change, in the public and private sectors. He focuses on strategy development, complex organisational change, management, programme and project work, contract management and procurement.