Kevin Thompson


Introducing Kevin Thompson, Chief Executive, New Zealand Safety Council. Kevin has been a member of the New Zealand Safety Council since 2003, a NZSC Registered Safety Professional since 2005, and in 2019 approved as a HASANZ Registered Health and Safety Professional. He currently serves on the HASANZ Board of Governance and the HASANZ sub committee for competency profiles. He is a very experienced professional in the safety and training disciplines since 1997, and 12 years working as a Senior Safety Manager in an Australasian Construction company. Since 2014 he has worked in the public sector as a consultant,

John Beattie


John is the Chairman of the Board of the New Zealand Safety Council, and he is also chair of the NZSC Registration Board for Registered Safety Professionals. He is a senior HSEQ Director having held several executive HSE General Manager roles with large international corporates. His background includes a career as an Engineering Artificer and Systems Engineer. He has also worked in the construction, rail, mining, infrastructure, transportation, forestry, telecommunications, gas, and manufacturing industry sectors. He specialises in developing due diligence governance and in leading organisational safety and environment capability through positive performance indicators and outcome measures. He is passionate about improving health, safety and environmental professionalism throughout Australasia.

Karyn Beattie

Media Manager

Karyn is a Safety, Health and Environmental professional currently the Group Sustainability Manager at Active Refrigeration Limited and Thermal Solutions. She also represents the council regularly, speaking at conferences and forums, volunteering for charitable work and mentoring other safety professionals. Karyn currently serves as the Media Manager for the New Zealand Safety Council and handles enquiries.

Phillip Tse

Board Member

Sydney Sykes

Board Member

I am a Registered Safety Practitioner (RPS) and an Accredited Safety Auditor (ASA), and a member of the New Zealand Safety Council Board serving my 4th term ( 8 years) I have lead the collaborative development of H&S policies, strategy and change management plans as well as developed a wide range of documented procedures for hands on use on site. My participation in workplace health, safety and environment design, development and implementation indicates my strong hands on approach health and safety leadership. I have 44 years of Safety experience in the Manufacturing, public service, transport and civil construction industries. I have extensive experience in conducting ISO9001, 14001, ASNZS4801 and OHSAS18001 third party audits as well as an experienced ICAM investigator. Having qualifications in electrical and mechanical engineering allows me to have a practical approach to resolving complex technical health and safety issues.

Jodi Wright


“Jodi has been working in the OHSE field for more than 20 years with a wealth of experience in many high risk industries. Jodi started working as a nurse completing her training in 1975 and proceeded to extend her knowledge by undertaking the Pharmacy Technicians Certificate completing this in 1981. Over the years Jodi has continued to extend her knowledge base by undertaking multiple courses, some being a post grad Diploma in Health (Case Management) and Masters OHSE in 2011. Jodi is a registered Health and Safety Professional and an Accredited Safety Auditor. Jodi was recognised by industry and awarded the New Zealand Health and Safety Professional in 2012.”

Roana Carran

Board Member

Roana is a registered safety professional (RSP) and an accredited safety auditor(ASA). Having completed an apprenticeship in fitting and turning then gaining a graduate in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master of Business Administration. Roana has a strong background in training and training development especially with unit standards. Roana is a working director of two Recruitment Companies and actively works with many work groups and committees with the aim of improving health and safety in all workplaces. Roana was recognised by industry, achieving the award for New Zealand Health and Safety Practitioner of the Year in 2005. Roana has previously served on the Executive Team and returns in 2019 to add new values from her experiences.

Andy Loader

Co-opted Member

Past President of the Institute of Quarrying New Zealand branch (1991), elected Honorary Fellow 2005. Served 16 years on the national executive committee. I have been managing my own Consultancy Company (First Rock Consultancy Ltd) providing training and assessment services, safety and health management planning, resource consent services, mine and quarry planning services and auditing services, since 1995 and was elected as a member of the inaugural New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners 2013. Prior to this I was employed as an Inspector of Quarries in the Mining Inspection Group of the Ministry of Commerce for nine years. Foundation member of the New Zealand Safety Council. Accredited as a Registered Safety Professional (RSP Registration No.010) by the NZ Safety Council 30-05-04. Accredited Safety Auditor (ASA Registration No: 006) by the NZ Safety Council February 2006. Elected to the position of CEO May 2013 and retired from the executive in June 2017.