Our leadership team

Lead 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 Chief Legal Adviser

[image] Mike Hargreaves Chief Legal Adviser

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

image Phillip Jacques Chief Financial Officer General Manager Corporate Services

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.

Deborah Kent – Acting General Manager, Strategy and Performance

Deborah Kent Acting General Manager Strategy and Performance

Deborah’s career has traversed a number of sectors including energy, science, education, management consultancy, health, insurance and not-for-profit.  Over the last 16 years Deborah has held executive and senior leadership roles in the public service where she has been responsible for a variety of functions including strategy, planning, commissioning, regulatory management, national workforce policy, communications, change and corporate services. 

Before joining WorkSafe NZ, Deborah worked at ACC in two significant strategic delivery roles focussed on developing long lasting partnerships, injury prevention and making better use of data and insights to improve customer outcomes.  Prior to ACC Deborah was the General Manager, Clinical Leadership Regulation and Protection at the Ministry of Health.

Deborah holds a Master’s Degree in Business, Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Applied Economics) from Massey University.

Carol McNaught - General Manager People and Culture

[image] Carol McNaught - General Manager People and Culture.

Carol joined WorkSafe in 2016 following senior leadership roles in the public sector. Carol’s previous roles include as General Manager, Human Resources at Summerset Group Holdings and Chief of Staff and Human Resources at TelstraClear.

Carol’s team is responsible for WorkSafe’s human resources advisory and support services, recruitment, health and safety, organisational development, payroll, talent management and learning and development functions. She also leads organisational-wide work developing and implementing our people and culture strategy.


Phil Parkes – General Manager, Better Regulation

Phil Parkes General Manager Better Regulation

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.

Mark Pizey, Acting General Manager High Hazards and Energy Safety

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Mark has spent the last 38 years involved in the mining industry both in New Zealand and overseas. During this time he has worked in both underground and surface operations and in both metalliferous and coal mining environments.

Mark holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate, an A Grade Quarry Manager’s Certificate and an A Grade Tunnel Manager’s Certificate. He has formal training in geology, rock mechanics and excavation engineering.

In 2006 Mark was selected as a sector expert for the ILO and was involved in the development of the Code of Practice for Underground Coal Mines in Geneva, Switzerland. Mark was also the Chair for the International Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, an NGO based in Washington DC for the period 2010 – 2012.

Mark has held positions across the sector, including supervisor, manager and general manager, and in various disciplines including production, exploration and development and in health, safety and environmental management.
Mark took up the position of Chief Inspector Extractives in April 2016. He is acting as General Manager for High Hazards and Energy Safety from 22 November 2017.

Jo Pugh – Acting General Manager, Operations and Specialist Services 

Jo Pugh Deputy General Manager Assessments Operations and Specialist Services

Jo began her career in health and safety working at the OSH office in New Plymouth and moved into a health and safety inspector role four years later. After several years as an inspector, she was promoted to manager of the New Plymouth office before taking up a role as Chief Inspector - Assessments for the Central Region.

Jo brings a wealth of frontline experience having worked in both Investigations and Assessments. Her move to Assessments was inspired by the proactive nature of the work and the ability to create long term and sustainable change in New Zealand’s health and safety space.

During her time at WorkSafe, Jo has formed close ties with the forestry sector, playing a key role in the major health and safety culture changes that has occurred within this industry.