WorkSafe NZ makes board appointments

Chris Ellis.

New Zealand’s workplace health and safety regulator, WorkSafe New Zealand, has announced two new appointments  Bill Moran and Kristen Thompson  and two re-appointments, Chris Ellis and Paula Rose, to the board.

Moran has significant experience in the public sector, particularly in business transformation leadership, and economic and financial expertise. He previously worked at Treasury for 30 years, and is the chair of Sport and Recreation New Zealand and of High Performance Sport New Zealand and the deputy chair of Otago Polytechnic. Earlier this year, he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Thompson was previously a health and safety policy analyst at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. She is a barrister and solicitor and has represented and assisted individuals and unions with health and safety, personal injury and employment disputes.

Ellis has served on the Board of WorkSafe since 2013. He was the inaugural chairman of the NZ Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum. As a trained engineer, he has a long track record in the Australasian building products and construction industries.

Rose, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, has served on the board since 2013 and as deputy chair since December 2018. She is a member of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission and of the Parole Board.

Moran and Thompson will both sit on the board for terms of three years from July 1, 2019. Ellis returns for a one-year term, commencing June 16, 2019 and Paula Rose returns as a member and deputy chair of the board for a two-year term, beginning May 30,  2019.

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