New Hasanz chairman

This is a supplied media release.

The Health and Safety Association of New Zealand (Hasanz) has appointed Mike O’Brien as its new independent chairman.

He takes over from Craig Smith, who has held the position for two years and was involved in recruiting his successor.

Until recently, Mr O’Brien was head of CHEP New Zealand, a subsidiary of global supply chain Brambles. He has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in manufacturing, consumer electronics, technology and supply chain companies in New Zealand and overseas.

Mr O’Brien is a steering group member of the NZ Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum and has twice been a finalist in the leadership category of the NZ Workplace Health and Safety Awards.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors and has held governance roles across multiple organisations. Mr O'Brien has an MBA from the University of Auckland.

“Mike brings a combination of business acumen and an active commitment to improving health and safety in New Zealand workplaces,” says Mr Smith. “His skills in general management, governance, business transformation and positioning organisations for sustained profitability are an excellent fit for the next stage of HASANZ’s growth.”

“There’s a real need for businesses to be able to access capable health and safety advisers easily,” says Mr O’Brien. “Hasanz has an important role in linking different types of health and safety professionals to the business community, through the Hasanz Register, our workforce development forum and other initiatives. Working with our members and strategic partners, Hasanz can make impactful change at a system level and I look forward to supporting that to lift health and safety standards in New Zealand workplaces.”

Mr O’Brien takes up the position of Hasanz independent chairman immediately.