Dr Peta Miller,
Peta Miller WHS Consulting

Dr Peta Miller has over 35 years work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation experience within the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the private sector and academia in 2018, Peta worked for 18 years as a Director at Safe Work Australia leading research, development of national strategy, legislative policy and guidance including on good work design, MSDs and psychological health and safety. In 2018 she established her own consulting company providing wide ranging strategic WHS advice. She is the human factors and organizational culture expert member on the Nuclear Safety Committee for the Australian Radiation Protections and Nuclear Safety Agency. She is a board member on an Australian workplace mental health charity.

In her role at the University of New South Wales her research focus is on how strategy, governance and resourcing decisions directly and indirectly impact on WHS performance. Peta has a Bachelor in Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and post graduate qualifications in ergonomics and human factors. Her PhD remains topical and examined the human and performance costs and benefits of high workloads. Peta is a Chartered Generalist OHS Professional at the Australian Institute of Health and Safety.

Sara Pazell,
Managing Director, Viva! Health at Work

Managing Director, Viva! Health at Work Sara is a human-centred design strategist. She is the managing director of an Asia-Pacific consultancy practice, Viva! Health at Work (cognitive, physical, and organisational analysis and human factors & ergonomics design in industrial and office settings, including workplace wellbeing programs). Sara is an Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland Sustainable Minerals Institute, an Adjunct Lecturer in Occupational Therapy within the School of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and a sessional academic and research supervisor in health, ergonomics, wellness, safety, and business subjects with the Australian Catholic University and Queensland University of Technology. Sara is an expert faculty member for Australia’s only certified Wellness WiseTM Practitioner training, maintaining a focus on good work design. Sara is an advanced sports trainer and yoga instructor also.

Hillary Bennett,
Director, Leading Safety

Hillary Bennett is a director of Leading Safety, a consultancy specialising in safety leadership, safety culture, human factors, and workplace health and safety. She is a registered psychologist and works with organisations across all sectors to develop safe and healthy workplaces. She has a particularly interest in mental health and wellbeing at work. She developed the Business Leaders Forum’s CEOs Guide to ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work. She has been exploring how to apply Safety-ll principles to enable and support workplace wellbeing.

Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive,
WorkSafe New Zealand

Nicole is a passionate New Zealander who cares deeply about people. As CEO of WorkSafe she believes transforming New Zealand’s health and safety performance is critical to reducing harm to our people and to sustaining and accelerating New Zealand’s economic success. Nicole wants to make a difference and leading the health and safety system to world-leading best practice is the best way she can do that. Nicole is driven by the adage "good health and safety practise makes good business sense". She has 15 years executive experience in large New Zealand businesses including Fonterra, KiwiRail, Toll, Fletcher Forest and ACC. In these roles she built and led improvements in business performance.

Dr Kate Blackwood,
Healthy Work Group, Massey University

Kate is a senior lecturer in the School of Management at Massey University and co-director of the Healthy Work Group - a multi-disciplinary team of researchers interested in workplace health and safety. Her research interests include fostering healthy work through the management of psychosocial risks, with a particular interest in the management of workplace bullying. Kate is currently working on a number of projects that explore the efficacy of workplace bullying interventions, and is a research team member on the recently launched New Zealand Workplace Barometer which provides longitudinal monitoring of work-related psychological health and safety outcomes. through a focus on leadership, care for people and systematic improvement in health and safety systems, culture and outcomes.

Dr Natalia D’Souza,
Healthy Work Group, Massey University

Natalia is a lecturer and researcher with the Healthy Work Group in the School of Management, Massey University. She teaches, researches, and supervises in the area of healthy work, with a particular focus on workplace cyberbullying and online harm.

Nigel Latta,
Clinical Psychologist

Nigel has worked for over two decades as a clinical psychologist, and more recently as an author and documentary maker. In his clinical career he worked in sex offender treatment programmes, schools, alcohol and drug treatment programmes, prisons, and with many thousands of families. He also consulted with the police, child youth and family, and the prison service. In more recent years he’s written books on both parenting and his work as a forensic psychologist which have now been published in nineteen countries. His television career has included documentaries on subjects ranging from parenting, to inequality, sugar, alcohol, Antarctic science, the psychology of money and most recently a series on neuroscience. In 2012 was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Herwin Bongers,
Co-ordinator, New Zealand Aviation Peer Assistance Network

Herwin Bongers is a full time B777 pilot and Coordinator for the New Zealand Aviation Peer Assistance Network (PAN NZ). As the former Medical & Welfare Director of the NZ Airline Pilots’ Association, after two work stress related suicides, he constructed and collaboratively implemented the PAN NZ programme.

Seeing the need to break through the scepticism and mistrust which stood as barriers for pilots and air traffic controllers to seek help for issues involving mental wellness, Herwin developed the trained peer assistance programme. PAN NZ brings together the NZ aviation industry, the Unions and the Civil Aviation Authority with the aviation medical and psychology expert oversight allowing the workers to deliver a structured programme of well trained workplace peer volunteers who are trusted to listen, assist and if needed guide their peers towards referral.

Three years on, PAN’s benefits are clear, with more and more aviators showing trust in PAN and willing to seek assistance. This nationwide, industrywide programme is the only kind in the world, showing NZ can lead the way once again.

Andy Pender,
Medical & Welfare Director, New Zealand Airline Pilots Association

Andy Pender is the Medical & Welfare Director for the New Zealand Airline Pilots Association. A volunteer for the organisation since 2012, he oversees the insurance, incident response, substance dependency support offerings for NZALPA, the professional body representing 2700 professional pilots and air traffic controllers. While holding down his day job as a 737 pilot flying around the South Pacific for Virgin Australia, Andy spends a majority of his time assisting colleagues facing medical challenges while lauding the benefits of peer based support to airlines, aviation corporates and government organisations.

Tuihana Ohia
Founder & Director of Woo, Ngati Pukenga, Ngaterangi, Te Arawa & European

More than 10 years’ experience working within the corporate wellbeing space across mainstream & Maori sectors. Tuihana has been instrumental in working with teams bringing an innovative approach to wellbeing, influencing and creating systemic change within organisations.

Tuihana has taken two companies to the NZ Health & Safety Awards and with both companies winning within the category of wellbeing. Most recently, Tuihana has been key in implementing "The Manaaki Support Network Project" with Vodafone NZ – an award winning/ peer support group established to initiate conversations with staff who may be encountering personal and professional challenges.

Tuihana enjoys keeping active, networking, kai and travelling with family.

Steve Killeen
Chief Executive Officer, Downer

Steve was appointed CEO of the New Zealand business in January 2017. He is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of social infrastructure including transportation, water, energy and communications.

Steve joined Downer in 2004 and he has held a number of senior operational roles including Executive General Manage, Northern Region and Executive General Manager, Infrastructure. He was a member of the New Zealand leadership team for eight years. Prior to his appointment as New Zealand’s CEO, he was Downer’s Group Executive Manager Strategy and Development. Before joining Downer, Steve held senior positions in both consulting and contracting businesses in the UK.

Steve holds qualifications in business, management and engineering including a Master’s Degree in Engineering Studies from Auckland University.

Dates & Locations

Auckland: 26 November 2019
Cordis Hotel, Auckland

Full Price

$650 + GST


$595+GST per workshop

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