Health and Safety Executive Update: Leading a People First Culture

Good Governance practice

A positive and active health and safety culture is a business must. It will increase your business profile and economic returns; your workers will be more productive, spend less time away from work and be more engaged. This must build from the boardroom. Safety leadership begins at the top.

This executive update will give senior leaders the tools to influence a positive change, to not only ensure due diligence but empower the workforce to enable change.

We will see how world-class safety leaders:

  • Clarify their vision and focus
  • Understand health and safety is an investment
  • Get personally involved
  • Engage their organisation
  • Let their people get on with it

This is your opportunity to meet local and national business leaders and learn from their journey. This is your chance to reflect on your own safety governance conversations and share your learning experiences.

There will be a Q&A opportunity following the update.


  • Francois Barton, Executive Director, Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum
  • Andrew Priest, Chief Executive of Ngai Tahu Farming
  • Malika Rose, Health and Safety Manager, AJ Hackett 
francois barton


Francois Barton
Francois Barton took over as Forum Executive Director in May 2015.

Prior to joining the Forum Francois established and ran WorkSafe NZ’s national programme team, which has delivered major safety campaigns in construction, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing.

He previously held roles at MBIE - including being involved in early discussions that led to the development of the Canterbury Safety Rebuild Charter - and at the Department of Labour, where he was part of the team that set up the Forum in 2010.

Andrew Priest  

Andrew Priest

Prior to joining Ngāi Tahu in July 2015, Andrew had his own consulting practice with an emphasis on strategy formulation, performance improvement, risk management, and organisational alignment, across a range of industries encompassing forestry and wood products, energy, agriculture, retail banking, high-tech and the post-earthquake Christchurch rebuild. 

Before consulting, Andrew held international roles for companies operating in global markets including Forestry Corporation, Heinz-Watties, and a senior position for Carter Holt Harvey based in the United States. He is also an independent director with past appointments at farmer cooperatives based in the Canterbury region.

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Malika Rose
Malika’s background started in the Civil Engineering contracting space where she worked for both  Civil and Demolition Contractors in the UK before relocating to NZ in 2002.  Following seven years with the regulatory arm of Queenstown Lakes District Council as a Subdivision Engineer and later Manager of Environmental Health, Liquor and Engineering and seven years as Millbrook Country Club’s Health, Safety & Estate Manager, Malika is currently the H&S Officer for A J Hackett Bungy, holding this role for the last  20 months.   The key purpose of this role is to oversee the management of H&S within Bungy NZ which covers locations in both Queenstown and Auckland. The focus of the role is to ensure all obligations/responsibilities under the HSWA Act 2015 are met, as well as overseeing Training, Contractor Management, Audits, Management and Board Reporting, Continuous Improvement and Maintenance of Culture. 



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