WorkSafe names new CEO

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WorkSafe New Zealand has announced its newest CEO today, naming industry veteran Nicole Rosie as its latest executive recruit.

Auckland-based Rosie joins the occupational health and safety regulator following a lengthy stint at Fonterra where she’s held a number of high-level roles including director of health and safety and acting general manager of risk.

“Nicole is currently a senior manager at Fonterra and has an impressive background in health and safety management at some of this country’s largest companies,” said WorkSafe Chairman Professor Gregor Coster. “She also has extensive experience in managing substantial transformation projects with large budgets.

Trained as a lawyer, Rosie also has direct health and safety experience in the transport infrastructure and forestry sectors at KiwiRail and Fletcher Challenge Forests

“Nicole’s experience in health and safety and management will bring a new dimension to WorkSafe’s ability to meet its commitments to leading the cultural and operational change required to bring down New Zealand’s unacceptably high levels of workplace deaths and injuries,” said Professor Coster.    

“Nicole is a highly experienced executive who has led health and safety; led major change programmes; worked in ACC and injury management, forestry, transport infrastructure and energy; and managed relationships with industry in her roles in transport, electricity and at Fonterra,” he continued.

Rosie is due to take up role of chief executive from 12 December 2016 – she is replacing Gordon MacDonald who plans to return to the United Kingdom after leading WorkSafe for nearly three years.

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