Who we are

Who we are

The Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) was formed in 2017 under the leadership of Ray Smith, then Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections.  The GHSL moved to the Ministry of Primary Industries in 2019 following Ray Smith’s appointment as Director-General.

The GHSL is a small team tasked with providing practical support to chief executives, senior leaders and the health and safety teams of government agencies to enable their leadership of health and safety for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

The GHSL works with 42 public service and other government agencies to:

  • strengthen system capability
  • build cross-sector relationships that sustain learning and intelligence about what works
  • raise awareness of issues and opportunities
  • support sharing of proactive and joined up responses
  • develop resources to support the system, where is it practical to do so.

The GHSL Team

Lance Goodall - Director

Braden Lister - Principal Adviser Health and Safety

Liam Bourne - Principal Adviser, Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Debbie Bridge - Principal Adviser, Health and Safety Workforce Capability

Anita McGhie-Filkins - Executive Coordinator

Find out more about  functional leadership in the New Zealand state sector on the Te Kawa Mataaho (Public Service Commission)(external(external link) link)(external link) website.

The Government Health and Safety Lead's website is sponsored by the Accident Compensation Corporation and WorkSafe New Zealand.