Margaret van SchaikManaging Director, Van Schaik Health & Safety Solutions and Chair, Women in Safety Excellence NZ

Anna Cassels-Brown is an experienced leader, having held senior executive positions at Auckland Airport, Landcorp, Refining NZ and Fonterra. She has made the jump to governance and is currently a non-executive director at Leighs Construction. Anna will share her career journey; the opportunities; issues faced; and lessons learned along the way when aspiring to more senior roles.

Anna Cassels-BrownNon-Executive Director

Imposter syndrome or its original label imposter phenomenon is something that a lot of people report experiencing at some stage in their career. Feeling like a fraud and a fake, or simply feeling like you are not good enough, can be crippling and in turn limiting when it comes to owning successes or progressing in your chosen endeavours. In short, it can get in the way and not feel great! So, what actually is the deal with this widely experienced phenomenon? Where did it come from? Is this just another thing that is wrong with us? (the word dysfunction certainly implies so). Do women suffer from it more than men? Who is more likely to experience it? or is there more to this whole construct that we have simply been missing? In this discussion, Bridget is going to invite us to look at the imposter phenomenon from a different perspective. Instead of focusing on an individualistic view and pathologizing women, Bridget is going to invite you to consider looking into the systems that we have built and work within, and how those systems can influence how we think about ourselves. Bridget will also explore ways in which we can not only look at this phenomenon differently but also strategies we can employ to silence the inner fraud and make room for our own inner champion.

Bridget JelleyDirector, and Workplace Psychologist, Glia

Robyn BennettNZISM President

Alison GillManaging Director, edenfx HSE Recruitment

Rachel MoonSenior Manager People Safety Business Partnering, Air New Zealand

Senior health & safety leaders share their stories including their why, challenges faced, and opportunities taken.

Facilitator: Bridget JelleyWorkplace Psychologist, Glia


Fiona Ewing, former National Director, Forest Industry Safety Council

Deborah HammondGeneral Manager Group Health & Safety, IHC NZ

Jo PrigmoreNational Manager Health & Safety, Fulton Hogan

Diversity of thought and perspective in the boardroom improves business performance and innovation. Kirsten Patterson reflects on how we are faring from a governance perspective in Aotearoa and the focus for the Institute of Directors in this area.

Kirsten PattersonChief Executive, Institute of Directors NZ

Wondering how to start tackling the latest workplace hot topic, menopause? Do you have midlife women in your team? Niki will share what she is has learnt in her two years of research into the latest science and share Kiwi women’s experiences.

Niki BezzantAward-winning health writer, journalist & speaker. Author of menopause guide This Changes Everything

Margaret van SchaikManaging Director, Van Schaik Health & Safety Solutions and Chair, Women in Safety Excellence NZ

Aiming Higher

Safeguard is proud to present the inaugural Women in Safety Conference. Partnering with the Women in Safety Excellence NZ (WISE) network, this one-day conference aims to empower and inspire women working in health and safety to set their sights on leadership and governance roles.

The conference will address key issues including the imposter phenomenon; pathways to career success; navigating employment; diversity at the board table and menopause at work.

We hope you can join us on Thursday 25 May at Eden Park in Auckland for a day of lively discussion, inspiration and networking.

A livestream option is available if you are unable to attend in person.

Safeguard events team

Anna Cassels-Brown
Independent Director
In 2023 Anna transitioned to her “fourth career” as an independent non-executive director, after careers in HR, Health and Safety and most recently as Chief Operations Officer of New Zealand’s largest airport. She held executive roles in some of New Zealand’s most recognisable companies - Air New Zealand, Fonterra, Refining NZ, Landcorp and Auckland Airport, which were outstanding preparation for a career in governance. Anna is a current director of Leighs Construction Limited, and chairs that company’s People and Remuneration Committee. She maintains her lifelong passion for people and keeping them safe and well at work.
Bridget Jelley
Director and Workplace Psychologist, Glia
Bridget is a registered Psychologist and one of the very few Coaching Psychologists here in NZ. Her passion is in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of professionals and senior executives so that they can help their workforces to thrive. Bridget’s applies her skills in psychology to the field of business enabling those who work with her to really extend themselves and reach their goals. She is experienced in educating leaders on mental health in the workplace, building resilience, assessing psychological health, professional supervision and psychological risk management. Warning, Bridget is not your typical Psychologist!
Deborah Hammond
General Manager, Group Health & Safety, IHC NZ
Deborah’s health and safety career has been in central and local government and the private sector. In 2021 she accepted the opportunity to join the IHC Executive team as General Manager Group Health + Safety. Importantly for Deborah her values have aligned with the organisation she’s worked for and feels very privileged for the career opportunities health and safety has given her.
Kirsten Patterson
Chief Executive, Institute of Directors
Kirsten Patterson (known as KP) is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors. She is a qualified lawyer and a Distinguished Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, Co-Deputy Chair of the Global Network of Directors Institutes (GNDI) current Chair of the Brian Picot Ethical Leadership Advisory Board at Victoria University in Wellington, and serves on the Board of the mental health charity, Voices of Hope. She is a past Chair, and now Ambassador, for Wellington Women’s Homeless Trust. A strong advocate of diversity, KP is a member of Global Women New Zealand and was one of the founding members of Global Women’s ‘Champions for Change’, a group of senior executives and directors who commit to diversity in the workplace. KP was the founder and is Executive Sponsor for Chapter Zero New Zealand – the New Zealand Chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative - hosted by the IoD NZ to mobilise, connect, educate and equip directors and boards to make climate-smart governance decisions, thereby creating long term value for both shareholders and stakeholders.
Margaret Van Schaik
Managing Director, VS Health & Safety Solutions
Margaret is the co-founder and Chair of Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) New Zealand, Managing Director of VS Health and Safety Solutions and holds a number of advisory and community based governance roles. Margaret is a Chartered Fellow with IOSH and NZISM and registered HASANZ Health and Safety Professional with 25 years career experience in H&S group management in manufacturing, maritime, ports, banking, healthcare, trade industries, science and research, central and local government, H&S regulation and professional consultancy across public and private sectors in New Zealand.
Marie Wisker
Partner, Chapman Tripp
Marie advises clients on a wide variety of commercial disputes, specialising in employment law and health and safety. She works with a number of the firm’s key clients, many of whom are large employers. With a broad range of general commercial experience, Marie can provide practical advice relevant to the clients’ commercial objectives. She helps clients manage employment and health and safety risks through compliance advice and training, and has spoken at a number of conferences on both employment and health and safety. Marie assists clients on the full range of employment and health and safety matters, including difficult issues relating to mental health where employment and health and safety overlap.  She has advised clients on issues regarding personal grievances, employee mental health issues and represented clients responding to investigations and prosecutions by WorkSafe.
Niki Bezzant
Award winning health writer, journalist & speaker, Author of menopause guide This Changes Everything
Niki Bezzant is a multi-award-winning New Zealand writer, journalist, editor and commentator who has built a reputation for translating complex health and science jargon into easy-to-understand information for everyone. She has been involved in New Zealand media for more than 20 years. Currently the editor of Thrive magazine and the health editor of Woman magazine, she is also a frequent contributor to New Zealand’s top print, online and broadcast media. She founded and edited the Cuisine website before becoming founding editor of Healthy Food Guide magazine, taking that title from an independent start-up to New Zealand’s top-selling food magazine, a position it held for over a decade. Niki is a sought-after speaker and has given two TEDx talks, including ‘What social media is teaching us about life, health and food.’ She’s passionate about women’s health, especially empowering midlife women to become ‘vibrant, kick-ass old ladies’. Niki’s book, This Changes Everything: the honest guide to menopause and perimenopause was published in January 2022 and has sparked conversations about this important transition in women’s lives. She’s part of a movement aimed at empowering women by making talking about menopause just as easy and straightforward as talking about pregnancy or puberty.
Robyn Bennett
President, NZISM
Robyn is the President of NZISM, committed to raising the profile of the health and safety profession in Aotearoa New Zealand. She brings both an academic and pragmatic approach to helping employers to find realistic solutions to health and safety challenges. A HASANZ-registered health and safety professional specialising in health and safety audits, Robyn believes understanding how health and safety can be integrated into operational activities is the key to an effective health and safety system that is great for business and people.

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