About Us

The Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) provides practical support to chief executives and senior leaders of government agencies to enable their personal leadership of health and safety for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

The GHSL works with 38 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 system resources where is it practical to do so.
We are a small team based out of Ministry for Primary Industries:

Tina Paterson - Director

Tom Boderick - Principal Adviser

Millie Thompson - Senior Adviser

Debbie Bridge - Senior Adviser Workforce Development

Anita McGhie-Filkins - Executive Coordinator

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