Greg Dearsly

Greg Dearsly
Managing Director, First4Safety and President, NZISM

Greg is owner of First 4 Safety Ltd and has been involved in the provision of occupational safety and health advice and assistance for 18 years. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health from Massey University and the National Certificate in Adult Education. Greg is currently progressing through the Masters In Advanced Leadership Practices at Massey.

Greg is a Graduate member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) and is their current President. He is a member of the Health and Safety Associations (HASANZ) Leadership Team and represents NZISM on the Board of Directors of the International Network of Health and Safety Practitioner Organisations.

From 2000 - 2011 Greg held various health and safety roles with Waste Management culminating in a 5 year period as the National Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for Transpacific Industries. Greg has been involved as a member of the WasteMINZ Health and Safety Sector Group since its inception in 2002, including 4 years as chairperson.


Joe Schumacher

Joe Schumacher
Manager – Occupational Health, Wellbeing and Safety, Capital & Coast District Health Board

Joe started off as an Electricity Lineman ‘some time ago’ and spent a decade or so learning about the personal value of operational risk management, mostly in the form of ‘not falling off tall structures’ or ‘avoiding contact with live electrical services and a path to earth at the same time’. Joe entered the safety profession in 2004 following a fatal workplace event. Since then Joe worked for a number of years across Australasia in Electricity and related fields before getting into something ‘a little bit different’ and spending a year at Landcorp and Corrections respectively before taking up his current role at Capital & Coast District Health Board. The common theme he’s found across the various industries and organisations has been a growing appreciation of the concept that solutions to H&S challenges are already known by those doing the work, we just learn how to listen.


Holly Patterson

Holly Patterson
Director, Upskills

Holly Patterson is a learning and development specialist with 9 years’ experience in building workplace upskilling programs for organisations facing the challenges of adult literacy. She has been a co-director at Upskills since 2014 where she has developed and implemented training programmes for operational level staff with companies such as Goodman Fielder, Waste Management NZ, Dempsey Wood and First Security, among others. Her passion for empowering individuals to engage and speak up at work in order to be safer and happier, has helped businesses achieve and sustain desired quality and safety outcomes. Upskills has been the proud partner in the winning entry in the Skills Highway category at the NZ Diversity Awards in 2015 and again in 2017


Lisa Ducat

Lisa Ducat
Community Engagement & Health Promotion Specialist, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Lisa Ducat has a background in health promotion, education and social policy, with a focus on mental health, human rights and equity. Her main area of focus is mental wellbeing at work, including the development and delivery of workplace resources and information. Lisa’s work focuses on supporting workplaces to integrate mental wellbeing into their day to day systems using their own expertise and knowledge. She has extensive experience and training in workshop development and delivery in the areas of mental health and wellbeing for workplaces and communities.


Matt Sadgrove

Matt Sadgrove
Health and Safety Manager, Delta

Matt is the Health & Safety Manager at Delta who works with its 570+ staff and over 200 contractors looking to secure a system that supports safe outcomes and a healthy work environment for all parties.

Matt believes caring for people is at the heart of what he does and that implementing positive change is a team activity with many minds focussed on the same goal as only way forward.

Matt has worked in several diverse and challenging roles including union shed secretary at a large South Island freezing works, national sales manager at a fitness equipment wholesale company, Aerobics Instructor at Les Mills, a Martial Arts Instructor and his current and his current role H&S Manager at Delta.

Matt is a graduate member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM) a member of the Career Pathway Development team at NZISM and the current Chair of the Dunedin Health & Safety forum. He has published a number of H&S articles in Safeguard Magazine, the Otago Southland Employers association magazine and BRANZ Build Magazine. He was also a finalist in the 2018 Safeguard New Zealand Workplace Health & Safety Awards for practitioner of the year.

Matt has a diploma in Occupational Health & Safety from SIT and is looking to complete a Masters in Health at Victoria University.


Glen Coleman
National Health & Safety Manager, Hancock Forest Management

Glen is the National Health and Safety Manager for Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd. He helps to lead the businesses firm commitment to providing a safe and healthy place to work, not only for its employees, but also for its contractors and their employees. Over the last three years the implemented work program has concentrated on "the people" which has proven to be very successful.

Glen previously worked at Downer NZ Ltd as a Health and Safety Manager and before that at the Department of Labour as Senior Health & Safety Inspector, warranted in Construction and General inspection. He was also a warranted HSNO compliance officer.

He is a current registered graduate member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management.


Ruth Cook

Ruth Cook
Engagement and Programme Lead, WorkSafe New Zealand

Ruth is the Engagement and Programme Lead, with responsibility for the Transport and Logistics sector, and WorkSafe’s Vehicle programme. Her focus is all about activating industry leadership to take Health and Safety seriously.


Julie-Ann Mail
Engagement Lead, WorkSafe New Zealand

Julie-Ann is WorkSafe NZ’s Engagement Lead for the Manufacturing Sector. Her role is to grow strategic partnerships within the sector, and oversees WorkSafe’s Manufacturing programme.

She is passionate about supporting the Sector to make a real and sustained change to reducing life changing injuries and fatalities in the work place. Julie-Ann brings with her a wealth of Senior Management experience – both in the private and government sector.

When she has time, she enjoys her home in the Wairarapa which she shares with her family and horses.


Jono Selu

Jono Selu
Community Engagement and Health Promotion Specialist, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Jono Selu is of Samoan and European heritage, born and bred in West Auckland. He is an LGBTI social activist with a particular interest in intersectionality and identity formation. Jonathan has a background in health promotion and education, specialising in sexual health, sexual violence prevention, sexuality and gender identity, mental health, and decolonisation. Jono has a Masters of Applied Social Work from Massey University and currently works in workplace mental wellbeing at the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Dates & Locations

Auckland: 20 August 2019
Stamford Plaza

Wellington: 21 August 2019
Rydges Hotel

Christchurch: 22 August 2019
Rydges Latimer

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