WorkSafe New Zealand Appoints New General Manager for High Hazards and Energy Safety


Tony Hetherington has been appointed as General Manager for High Hazards and Energy Safety.

Mr. Hetherington will take up his appointment in August.

Chief Operating Officer, Phil Parkes said Mr. Hetherington comes to WorkSafe New Zealand with vast experience as a high hazards regulator in the United Kingdom and will be a tremendous asset to WorkSafe.

“He has almost 30 years working with the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and has worked with most major sectors of the UK’s high hazards industries developing intervention strategies, leading accident and incident investigations and taking enforcement action. This includes investigating construction deaths, offshore gas releases and major failures in infection control in hospitals.”

Mr. Parkes said the newly appointed General Manager has worked with other regulators, including coordinating offshore safety and environmental processes and supporting the UK financial regulator for the gas industry to both reduce the costs of gas main replacement and maintain safety standards for the public.

“Given his experience, Tony has the ideal background to take us forward. He will be a tremendous asset to our organisation and will help us to build on the foundations laid over the past few years since WorkSafe was established.”

Acting General Manager, Craig Marriott will be with WorkSafe until the end of June when his contract comes to an end.

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