Worksafe appoints Phil Parkes as Chief Operating Officer

Phil Parkes has been appointed new Chief Operating Officer for Worksafe.  The following message is Phil introducing himself and other new appointments:

I started in my new job last week after a short sabbatical overseas. I’ve been part of our senior leadership team for over three years, and have a background in regulatory and operational management roles both here and in the UK.

I want to update you about ongoing changes within the High Hazards and Energy Safety group.

We have now appointed Craig Marriott as Acting GM for the High Hazards and Energy Safety group. Craig joins us to provide continuity and leadership to the group while we complete our recruitment process for the permanent role.  He joins us on 19 February and will be with us until June, based in New Plymouth but traveling nationally.

Craig has more than 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.

I also want to acknowledge Mark Pizey, who left us last week to take up a role in the private sector.

Mark showed huge commitment to us during his time here and made a significant contribution to the organisation as a technical expert and as a manager. I know Mark will be missed by many in the sector, but we wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.