Psychosocial Technical Advisory Group

Dr Zoe Port

Zoe is a Lecturer in the School of Management at Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa Massey University and Co-Director of the Healthy Work Group research team. She has a wealth of knowledge, research experience, and passion for workplace safety, specifically in understanding the impact of psychosocial risks.

Dr Geoff Plimmer

Geoff is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University Te Herenga Waka and is committed to promoting healthy workplaces where people grow and develop in positive ways. His research is often focused on the public service, and covers topics such as leadership, wellbeing, employee resilience, development and negative workplace behaviours such as workplace bullying and micro-management.

Kate Milburn

Kate is a registered Organisational Psychologist and the Customer Relationship Lead at Umbrella Wellbeing. She has experience in a range of leadership positions, developing high-performing teams, and supporting businesses to be more proactive in creating mentally healthy workplaces. As an Organisational Psychologist, Kate brings a brings a wealth of experience and expertise on organisational wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, leadership and strategy.

Prof Bevan Catley

Bevan is a Professor of Work and Organisation in the School of Management at Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa. He has expertise in workplace health and safety, particularly in regard to bullying and violence, with an extensive number of publications on the topics.

Dougal Sutherland

Dougal is the Chief Executive of Umbrella Wellbeing and a Registered Clinical Psychologist. He is experienced in supporting workplaces and employees through times of significant growth and change. Dougal is especially passionate about making Psychology accessible for the general public through consultation and engagement with media. He is also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University.

Dr John Fitzgerald

John is the Lead for Mentally Healthy Work at Worksafe New Zealand Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa and a Registered Clinical Psychologist with experience in a range of clinical practice, as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Massey University, and an ongoing commitment towards improving the quality of work across Aotearoa.

Dr Kate Bone

Kate is the Principal Advisor Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Kate has led research projects in Australia and New Zealand and takes an evidence-based, holistic approach to workplace wellbeing recognising work environments as high-impact places to enhance hauora/wellbeing.

Millie Thompson

Millie is the Manager for Workplace Wellbeing at the Ministry of Social Development. She has worked for the Government Health and Safety Lead, the New Zealand Defence Force, and WorkSafe New Zealand to support better health, safety and wellbeing performance. Millie is completing her Masters in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, focusing on Executive perspectives of psychological health and safety.

Clare Bennett

Clare is the Director of Wellness for the New Zealand Defence Force, a Member of the NZ Order of Merit and a Registered Psychologist. She has experience building and promoting an integrated approach within the workplace, as a leader within the New Zealand Defence Force, and changing workplace culture.

Matthew Leaver

Matthew is the Manager of Health, Safety & Wellbeing and Business Continuity Management at Ministry of Health. He started his career in frontline healthcare working as a clinical psychologist, with a special interest in the interface between physical and mental health. More recently he has worked in organisational and leadership development, primarily in the health and disability sector. His current focus is engaging with kaimahi to build an organisation-wide, sustainable approach to wellbeing.

Other key stakeholders

Following technical review by the Psychosocial Technical Advisory Group, the Positive Workplace Cultures programme is then consulted on with a number of key stakeholders to ensure a diverse range of views are incorporated. Our key stakeholder groups include:

  • Papa Pounamu
  • WorkSafe New Zealand
  • Kia Toipoto
  • Maori Health and Safety Association
  • National Action Plan Against Racism
  • Public Service Association
  • Tui Raumata
  • Business Leaders H&S Forum
  • Te Kawa Mataaho
    • Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Workforce, Employment Relations and Equity
    • Integrity, Ethics and Standards