Our leadership team
Led by Nicole Rosie our Chief Executive, our leadership team leads WorkSafe in driving the transformation of New Zealand’s health and safety performance.
They do this by:
- caring deeply for our own people and for those that are at, or affected by work
- creating and maintaining a high performing organisation
- striving to become a ‘world-class’ regulator
- jointly owning and delivering on our commitments
- providing a work environment that is satisfying and fun.
Nicole Rosie - Chief Executive
Nicole Rosie is the Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand.
Nicole is a highly experienced executive who brings a unique and valuable mix of talents to our work. She joined WorkSafe on 12 December 2016 from Fonterra where she was leading a major shareholder value project. She has led health and safety; she has led major change programmes; she has worked in ACC and injury management, forestry, transport infrastructure and energy; and has managed relationships with industry in her roles in transport, energy and at Fonterra where she was also acting General Manager for Risk.
Prior to Fonterra, Nicole managed strategic relationships at Vector; was General Manager for Policy and Safety at KiwiRail, General Manager Risk and Strategy at Toll NZ, and General Manager Health, Safety and Environment at Tranz Rail. She also has experience with WorkCover Queensland and ACC, and was Health and Injury Prevention manager at Fletcher Challenge Forests.
Tracey Conlon – Acting Chief Legal Adviser
Tracey joined WorkSafe in February 2014 as a Principal Legal Advisor - Corporate. She had previously been employed in the Legal Services team of the Department of Labour and MBIE since 2000. Tracey’s role in those organisations involved developing legislation and providing advice across the range of areas administered by them, including health and safety, ACC, employment law, and immigration. Prior to this, Tracey had spent three years working at Parliament.
Mike Hargreaves – Acting General Manager, Better Regulation
Mike joined the Department of Labour's legal team in 2002 as a solicitor, becoming a senior solicitor in 2006.
In these roles, Mike prosecuted many cases under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, including the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre following the Mangatepopo canyoning tragedy in 2008. Mike became the Director Litigation for the Department of Labour in 2009. Mike was previously in private practice in Taranaki.
Phillip Jacques – Chief Financial Officer/General Manager Corporate Services
Phillip has a background in significant leadership roles including most recently at the IRD where he was Business Partnering Manager leading the Business Partnering Group. For more than 20 years Phillip worked at the Earthquake Commission including positions as General Manager of Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer.
Phillip has a Chemistry degree, Diplomas in Management and Accounting, and has completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford.
Carol McNaught - General Manager People and Culture
Carol joined WorkSafe in 2016 following senior leadership roles in the public sector. Carol’s previous roles include as General Manager, Human Resources at Summerset Group Holdings and Chief of Staff and Human Resources at TelstraClear.
Carol’s team is responsible for WorkSafe’s human resources advisory and support services, recruitment, health and safety, organisational development, payroll, talent management and learning and development functions. She also leads organisational-wide work developing and implementing our people and culture strategy.
Craig Marriott – Acting General Manager, High Hazards and Energy Safety
Craig has over 25 years’ experience managing safety in high hazard industries, principally in the nuclear and petrochemical sectors. He has experience across process and occupational safety disciplines, in technical and managerial roles and has developed safety cases for some of the world’s most hazardous processes.
Craig comes to us from Advisian, where he was the global lead in safety consulting. He has a successful track record and reputation for delivering pragmatic and workable solutions in the most highly regulated and hazardous industries.
Phil Parkes – Chief Operating Officer
Phil joined WorkSafe from the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority. He was General Manager Policy and Legal, leading the implementation of a new regulatory framework for environmental effects of off-shore petroleum and mineral activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone. Phil also represents New Zealand on Chemical Safety issues at the OECD.
Phil brings strong regulatory and leadership experience having worked extensively in local and central government in New Zealand and the UK. His early career as a frontline inspector included a broad range of compliance portfolios, including health and safety. Phil moved into a variety of management roles – including three years developing public policy for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (now Ministry for Primary Industries).
Phil has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health and an MSc in Environmental Management and has completed an executive leadership course with Mt Eliza Business School.
Jo Pugh – Deputy General Manager, Assessments
Jo began her career in health and safety working at the OSH office in New Plymouth and moved into a health and safety inspector role four years later. After several years as an inspector, she was promoted to manager of the New Plymouth office before taking up a role as Chief Inspector - Assessments for the Central Region.
Jo brings a wealth of frontline experience having worked in both Investigations and Assessments. Her move to Assessments was inspired by the proactive nature of the work and the ability to create long term and sustainable change in New Zealand’s health and safety space.
During her time at WorkSafe, Jo has formed close ties with the forestry sector, playing a key role in the major health and safety culture changes that has occurred within this industry.
Jude Urlich – General Manager, Strategy and Performance
Jude has been part of PHARMAC’s Senior Leadership Team for the last eight years, where her responsibilities have included management of stakeholder engagement, Government and sector relations, policy leadership, Maori and Pacific peoples’ responsiveness, communications and implementation programmes, as well as its response to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Jude’s previous roles include senior leadership positions at the NZ Lotteries Commission and Victoria University of Wellington. She has run her own business and directed the Buy Kiwi Made media campaign. She holds a Master of Public Policy with Distinction and won the Prime Minister’s Prize in Public Policy.