CHAIR & SPEAKER PROFILES

Mike Cosman

Mike Cosman
Director, Cosman Parkes
Mike is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded health and safety practitioners with nearly 40 years’ experience in operational, management, policy and strategic roles. He has a varied regulatory background in the UK and New Zealand and has worked as a consultant to many of the leading public and private sector organisations over the last 11 years including as a member of the Independent Taskforce and Forestry Safety Review.

Mike’s extensive work with the Institute of Directors, boards and executive teams means that he has a good understanding of their needs, whilst in his role as Chair of the NZISM’s Advisory Board he helps promote professional development and accreditation for all those working in the field.

Mike also provides expert advice in legal proceedings and keeps a keen eye on developments in this field.

 

Kirsty McDonald

Kirsty McDonald
Partner, Duncan Cotterill
Kirsty is an Employment & Health and Safety Partner based in Auckland. She is known for providing strategic and pragmatic advice to guide businesses through difficult health and safety issues, investigations and regularly acts for clients facing prosecution.

Her recent experience has included

  • Representing an Australian Company in a WorkSafe NZ investigation into bullying with no resulting prosecution
  • Representing a roading contractor in a WorkSafe NZ investigation following a fatality with no resulting prosecution
  • Representing a manufacturer in a WorkSafe NZ prosecution where no fine was awarded
  • Representing numerous organisations in the District Court at sentencing
  • Assisting clients with Enforceable Undertakings and Project Orders

Kirsty advise a broad range of clients in New Zealand across all sectors such as education, manufacturing, construction, forestry, distribution, transportation, professional services and IT. She is an experienced advocate, having represented clients in the Employment Relations Authority, the Employment Court and the District Court.

 

Simon Humphries

Simon Humphries
Head of Specialist Interventions, WorkSafe New Zealand
Simon joined WorkSafe New Zealand in mid-2014 and has 20 years’ public sector and regulatory experience. Simon has worked for the Environmental Protection Authority, the New Zealand Police and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Simon’s six years with WorkSafe has seen him lead work streams for the Certifications, Approvals and Registration team and the Technical Programmes and Support Team. Simon’s current role as Head of Specialist Interventions sees him leading work streams for Investigations, Critical Response and Interventions and Support.

Simon is passionate about health and safety, and advocates for collective collaboration across Government, businesses and workers to establish better leadership, participation in, and accountability for people’s health and safety. Simon is committed to WorkSafe’s ‘why’ being everyone who goes to work comes home healthy and safe.

 

Grant Nicholson
Partner, Anthony Harper

Widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading health and safety lawyers, Grant has extensive experience in all aspects of health and safety law.

He advises New Zealand and international businesses including construction and infrastructure companies, Crown entities, distributors, insurance companies, manufacturers, producers, retailers, territorial authorities, utilities companies and others on their health and safety needs.

Grant is an active member of the health and safety community, encouraging clients to go beyond compliance and rather deliver outstanding results. He regularly advises on legal compliance, safety management systems and processes, leadership and culture development and, most commonly, serious incident investigations and representation during interactions with regulators and the courts.