Delivering consistency of health and safety standards in the construction industry.

Kia taurite ngā paerewa hauora, haumaru i te ahumahi waihanga

Raising the standards of Health and Safety in Construction

CHASNZ is an accredited charitable trust that has been developed to deliver a unified voice and to raise the standard of health and safety across the whole of the construction industry.

We want ALL construction workers to go home safe and well at the end of every day and we aim to help create a stepchange in the health and safety culture and performance in the next five years.  We can achieve this by working with industry to identify and provide guidance on best practice health and safety.

We are fortunate to have a high calibre Board who will act as ‘Brand Champions’ for each key sector of construction, providing inspirational leadership to enable better involvement and connection within the industry. 

This will allow us to establish consistent, easy to engage, health and safety systems that are at the heart of business culture. But it doesn’t stop there, we will continuously review and make improvements to the health and safety standards in the construction industry.

He mea arataki a CHASNZ e te ahumahi,
hei painga mō te ahumahi. Kotahi tonu tōna reo, e karanga ana kia whakapikia
ngā taumata hauora, haumaru i ngā kokonga katoa o te ahumahi waihanga.

I roto i te rima tau e heke mai nei, e whai ana mātou kia kore katoa ngā mate,
ngā whara kino me ngā māuiui auroa ko te mahi te pūtakenga.

Meet the Board of Trustees

Roger McRae

Independent Chairperson

Roger has over 35 years' experience in the construction industry in NZ and overseas, 31 of these years with McConnell Dowell, the last 17 as GM/MD for McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd. 

He brings a breadth of construction experience in the infrastructure sector as well as considerable experience in the governance of major project alliances and joint ventures. As a founding board member of Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), Roger contributed to the Alliance successfully meeting the challenge of mobilising a very large organisation in a very short timeframe. 

Roger has gained a reputation as a leader who really delivers, giving surety of strong project governance and achievement of key project objectives.

Steve Killeen

CEO, Downer
Representing: Civil Contractors

Steve has over 25 years' experience in the delivery of social infrastructure including transportation, water, energy and communications.

CEO of Downer since 2017, Steve has also held a number of senior operational roles including Executive General Manager, Infrastructure and Downer Group Executive Manager, Strategy and Development since joining the company in 2004. Prior to this he held senior positions in consulting and contracting businesses in UK.

Steve holds qualifications in business, management and engineering including a Master's Degree in Engineering Studies from Auckland University.

Rick Herd

CEO, Naylor Love
Representing: Commercial Building Contractors

Rick began his career in construction in 1973 as a cadet engineering officer with the Ministry of Works.

He worked his way up through the commercial construction industry, eventually working as a Regional Construction Manager for a large national contractor.

He completed an MBA in 1995, subsequently working in General Manager or Chief Executive roles in the marine engineering contracting, the manufacture of engineered wood products (LVL) and the industrial mechanical construction sectors. Rick is now CEO of Naylor Love.

Nigel Smith

MD, Milestone Homes
Representing: Residential Building Contractors

A trade qualified architectural designer, Nigel has been in the New Zealand residential building industry for over thirty years, working as a designer, builder, estimator, project manager, and building company owner. He has owned his own residential construction business, as well as a franchise business before become the franchisor for Milestone Homes.

Nigel is representing the residential sector on the CHASNZ board with the aim to assist in the direction and dissemination of Health and Safety information and strategies back into the residential building sector of NZ. Faced with daily challenges in modifying attitudes and processes on site to ensure all workers are kept safe and return home every night is a huge task. Nigel hopes to be able to provide insight to the board from examples in the residential sector and to also report back to the same sector to effect real change as we move forward.

Graham Burke

CEO, Specialised Trade Contractors Federation
Representing: Small to Medium Enterprises

Graham has 35 years' experience working in construction, specialising in scaffolding for the last 20. An Advanced Scaffolder, he started WorkZone Scaffolds in 2000 & built it to a successful medium sized business before selling in 2016, when he took the role of CEO of Scaffolding, Access and Rigging NZ(Inc) (SARNZ).

Graham is the President of the NZ Specialist Trade Contractors Federation and has represented industry on ITO’s, Standards Committees, Construction Safety Council and many other industry groups.

His achievements include the revocation of an Approved Code of Practice for Scaffolding in favour of an industry led Best Practice Guidelines and was instrumental in the successful lobbying of government to amend the Construction Contracts Act to protect subcontractors retentions.

Nicole Rosie

CEO, WorkSafe NZ
Representing: Government

Nicole believes that transforming New Zealand’s health and safety performance is critical to
reducing harm to our people and sustaining and accelerating New Zealand’s economic success.

She is driven by the adage “good health and safety practise makes good business sense”.  Nicole has 15 years executive experience in large New Zealand businesses including Fonterra, KiwiRail, Toll, Fletcher Forest and ACC.  In these roles she led improvements in business performance through a focus on leadership, care for people and systematic improvement in health and safety systems, culture and outcomes. 

Her most recent roles were leading major business transformation for Fonterra and was also Director of Health & Safety for Fonterra's globabl business in 52 countries.

Shane Ellison

CEO, Auckland Transport
Representing: Public Sector Clients

Shane has over 20 years global experience in senior leadership roles across the transport and infrastructure sectors.

Most recently, these included being the International Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer (New South Wales and Queensland) for Transdev, the world’s largest private operator of public transport.

Shane was a key member of the consortium which secured the tender for Sydney’s $2.2 billion light rail project, currently under construction.

At Auckland Transport his key focus areas are on the delivery of the region's largest ever infrastructure development programme, road safety and organisational transformation around responsiveness and providing better customer experiences.

Susan Huria

Chair, Ngāi Tahu Property
Representing: Private Sector Clients

Susan is Chairman of Veterinary Enterprises Group, Deputy Chair of Ngāi Tahu Property and a Director of Marsden Maritime. She joined the Board of Connexis in 2016, the industry training organisation for the infrastructure sector. Susan is also the independent Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Māori Television.

For the past two decades she has served on numerous boards including Deputy Chair at Agresearch, Director at Airways, Watercare, Radio New Zealand Limited, Housing New Zealand, Ngāi Tahu Development and Manukau Leisure.

She has served as a Trustee at First Foundation, Workbase, the national centre for workplace literacy and was a member of the Māori Governance Centre at Waikato University. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and serves on the Auckland Branch Committee.

Francois Barton

Executive Director, Business Leaders' H&S Forum
Representing: Independent

Before joining the Forum in May 2015, Francois was with the health and safety regulator for almost 10 years. During that time, Francois worked on policy, strategy, operations and national programmes and was involved in the establishment of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum back in 2009-10. 
Francois has spent his career working with industry to effect change. These experiences have involved working with a diverse range of organisations, including large and small businesses, sector groups and technical experts.

Darryl-Lee Wendelborn

MD, Beca NZ
Representing: Consultants

Darryl-Lee is a civil engineer with over 20 years of experience in Engineering and related professional services.  

She has a background in transportation planning and has lead multidisciplinary teams undertaking strategic planning studies for various complex transport planning projects.    

Darryl-Lee has been a key member of Beca’s senior leadership team since 2011, as national Operations Manager for Beca’s substantial Environments business. She is known for her collaborative working style and dedication to the teamwork required to deliver transformational outcomes.

Bill Newson

National Secretary, E tū
Representing: Unions

Bill is National Secretary of E tū and he represents the CTU on CHASNZ Board.  

E tū is New Zealand’s largest private sector union representing working people across a number of industries including construction.  

Bill has 30 years’ experience as a union representative and board experience in industry training. He is a member of the Occupational Health Advisory Group to the Worksafe Board.    

Bill is a fabrication-welder by trade and has experienced first-hand the life-long pain and disfigurement of a workplace accident.

Brett Murray

CE, Site Safe New Zealand Inc.
Representing: Health & Safety Training

Throughout Bretts' 15 years working in health and safety, he has been committed to improving the safety and health of workplaces.

Brett spent almost a decade as the head of operations for New Zealand’s health and safety regulator and his experience includes many years of oversight responsibility for New Zealand’s most serious and complex industrial investigations. Brett headed the investigation into the Pike River mining disaster and afterwards went on to establish and lead WorkSafe’s High Hazard Unit.

Brett is passionate about applying industry learnings which in turn will eliminate trends via knowledge passed onto the training sector.

About the Team

Chris Alderson


Chris brings more than 30 years of experience leading business transformation across global and New Zealand based organisations. His passion for Health and Safety transformation drives Chris to lead and implement global Health and Safety programmes across many of New Zealand's leading organisations, including Fonterra, and in his capacity as the National Consulting Health and Safety lead at PwC.

Chris is now leading Health and Safety in the Construction sector through Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ). Chris has industry and technical experience which spans across construction, supply chain, operations, the dairy industry, aviation, logistics, information systems, finance and safety.

Chris is a key strategic leader with a strong people focus, having led and developed teams to achieve high levels of success, and is a recognised industry leader in safety-critical operations, where management of critical risk is vital to any business success.

Jon Harper-Slade

GM Skills & Competency, CHASNZ

Jon is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and a Certified Member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management.

A passion for helping people has motivated Jon through a varied career in Health and Safety in the UK, the Middle East and Africa.  Jon has worked mainly in the Construction sector for both client and constructor organisations.

Previously GM, Construction Safety Council, Jon is now GM Skills & Competency for CHASNZ and also leads ConstructSafe, the Health and Safety competency assessment scheme for construction.