Understand your health & safety legal compliance obligations
LegalSAFE is NZ’s most trusted health & safety law conference, bringing together health and safety professionals, consultants and managers over four days in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga. A livestream option is available on 10 October if you are unable to attend in person.
With presentations from some of New Zealand’s leading health and safety lawyers, input from WorkSafe New Zealand and industry case studies, LegalSAFE is your best opportunity to not just meet your compliance obligations, but to create healthier, safer workplaces overall.
LegalSAFE aims to provide practical solutions to your health and safety compliance questions.
Partner, Cosman Parkes
Mike is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded health and safety practitioners with over 43 years’ experience in operational, management, policy and strategic roles. He has a varied regulatory background in the UK and New Zealand and has worked as a strategic consultant to many of the leading public and private sector organisations over the last 14 years including as a member of the Independent Taskforce and Forestry Safety Review. In 2020 Mike was awarded the Safeguard Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to health and safety. Mike’s extensive work with the Institute of Directors, boards and executive teams means that he has a good understanding of their needs, whilst in his role as Chair of NZISM’s Board he helps promote professional development and accreditation for all those working in the field. Having been an investigator and prosecutor, Mike now provides expert advice in legal proceedings and keeps a keen eye on developments in this field. He is currently involved in some of the most significant cases before the Courts.
Director, Nautilus Consulting
Martin has worked in the Maritime and Ports sector since 1984, originally in operational roles and then since 1997 in Senior Management roles, in Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. In 2001 he was appointed GM Business Development of Flinders Ports South Australia and in January 2004 was appointed CEO of Port Nelson Ltd (PNL), a position he held until July 2019. During his time as CEO of Port Nelson he served as Vice President of the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) representing Asia / Oceania and in 2019 became one of only three New Zealanders to ever be made an honorary member of IAPH. He has served as a member of the National Steering Group of the NZ Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum and since 2019 has been operating an independent business, Nautilus Consulting, servicing the Maritime, Ports and Logistics sectors in NZ.
Partner, Anthony Harper
Grant Nicholson is a lawyer at Anthony Harper, a national law firm. Grant specialises in workplace health and safety and has been prominent in the sector for a long time. He has been involved in investigations and prosecutions arising from many of New Zealand's highest profile workplace incidents and is currently working on cases relating to forestry, transportation/logistics, infrastructure incidents, the Whakaari/White Island volcano eruption, and farming incidents.
Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Mitre 10
Shirley has overseen health, safety, and well-being at Mitre 10 since 2014. She started her health and safety journey as an Injury Prevention Consultant at ACC, and this swiftly led to leadership roles in relationship management and projects. Beyond ACC, Shirley consulted for diverse businesses and insurers. She then solidified her technical and leadership experience as the Group Manager of Health and Safety at Foodstuffs Auckland. Shirley is dedicated to offering practical and actionable solutions to help keep people safe and well. A Professional Member of the NZ Institute of Safety Management, she holds a Masters in Regional and Resource Planning and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration (OSH).
Safeguard Awards Health & Safety Practitioner of the Year
Special Counsel, Wotton + Kearney
Joseph Lill is a Special Counsel at Wotton + Kearney. He specialises in health and safety and insurance law.
Joseph has worked on a wide range of health and safety matters including Enforceable Undertakings, defended hearings and sentencing appeals. He appeared as junior counsel on the leading sentencing decisions of Stumpmaster and Oceana Gold. He works across New Zealand and has recently appeared in sentencings involving fatalities or serious injuries in Hastings, Greymouth, Christchurch and Hawera. In addition to regulatory investigations and Court work he provides pro-active advice regarding health and safety compliance.
Prior to joining Wotton + Kearney Joseph returned from two years in London to work at a leading New Zealand law firm. Before heading overseas Joseph was a prosecutor for the Department of Labour.
Managing Director, Learning Teams Inc
Brent is well regarded as a safety coach and for taking organisations on a learning journey to understand how people are seen as the solution and how to engage people and leverage their skills so that worker participation becomes a normal way of running an organisation where everybody benefits. Brent is a HOP (Human and organisational Performance) and Learning Teams coach and has been trained and mentored by the HOP masters Todd Conklin, Rob Fisher and Tony Muschara.
He was the architect of the Fullers Project Order, which is New Zealand's most significant Court Ordered Project Order for the Maritime Industry. He is also the architect for the EnviroNZ Enforceable Undertaking with WorkSafe NZ for the waste industry, using the WorkSafe BetterWork# principles, Learning Teams and the 4Ds for WEPR and Critical Risks.
Brent is the principal author of the Amazon best-selling safety books:
The Practice of Learning Teams (ISBN: 979-8665374321 - August 2020)
Learning From Everyday Work (ISBN: 979-8487526328 - September 2021)
4Ds for HOP and Learning Teams (ISBN: 979-8358020726 - June 2023)
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