Philip Aldridge stepping down as head of HASANZ

Sep 7, 2021

Tēnā koutou

I’m both happy and sad to announce that our Executive Director, Philip Aldridge, is leaving HASANZ on 8 October.

I’m happy because Philip is taking up an exciting new role as Chief Executive of Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (WDC), the first of six WDCs to be formed as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE).

I’m sad because HASANZ is losing an immensely capable and likeable head who has led the organisation so well over the last three and a half years.

As many of you know, Philip is a man of action, who gets things done. Under his leadership HASANZ has achieved many things including:
  • Launching the HASANZ Register of qualified health and safety professionals.
  • Producing the “Building the Professions” HASANZ Health and Safety Workforce Pipeline Report, giving the first clear view of the current state of workplace health and safety disciplines in New Zealand, including the capability and capacity gaps they face.
  • Establishing the HASANZ Scholarship programme, with funding from WorkSafe, ACC and the private sector to help close those gaps.
  • Initiating five workforce development programmes in partnership with WorkSafe to grow targeted professions and health and safety generalists.
  • Overseeing our second successful conference in 2018.
  • Helping to establish the GM Safety Forum with me.
Philip has also built a cohesive, skilled team to run HASANZ’s day to day operations and support our member associations, putting good people, systems and process in place.

As a result of Philip’s efforts, HASANZ is now seen as one of the key players in New Zealand’s health and safety system, delivering value for our member associations, the sector and New Zealand. HASANZ is a big step up from where it was when Philip joined it.

Personally, I will miss my workmate and partner in “all things HASANZ”.  Thank you Philip for all you have done for HASANZ. You go with the best wishes of the Governance Group.

Ngā mihi

Mike O’Brien
HASANZ Independent Chair