Who we are

What we stand for

Better work, better lives and a better future.

Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ), is a charitable trust developed in 2018 with the objective of improving the lives of construction workers by raising the standard of health and safety culture and performance across the construction industry in New Zealand.

The CHASNZ Board, comprises Independent Chair, Roger McRae and senior industry leaders from across all construction sectors, working together they are the collective voice for industry addressing the need for a sustainable change across the sector, identifying areas of risk, providing guidance on best practice health and safety and ensuring health and safety is an intrinsic part of doing better business.

Over the past five years injury claims have steadily increased and sadly 37 people have died on our building sites, making construction sites the deadliest workplaces in New Zealand.

This increasing injury rate is a key reason why ACC has entered into a five-year partnership with CHASNZ allowing an increase in efforts across health and safety promotion and protection initiatives, enabling a reduction in the harm caused by occupational illness and injury in the construction sector.

We want ALL our construction workers to go home safe and well at the end of each day.

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.

Campbell Mattson

MD, Location Homes NZ
Representing: Residential Building Contractors

Campbell has worked in the New Zealand residential building industry for over fifteen years and is the current Master Builders President. BBS qualified in Finance, Property, Valuation and Construction, Campbell works as a Managing Director of Location Homes NZ, business owner of Morph Construction Solutions and is an active advocate of health and wellbeing.

Campbell represents the residential sector on the CHASNZ Board and will support the 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, he aims to encourage safe practices, so all workers return home every night.

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.

Jenny Maxwell

Owner/Operator – CS Roofing Canterbury Ltd
Representing: SME Sector Clients

Jenny has a clear passion for the care of people and a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. She has held the position of Health and Safety Manager for CS Roofing Canterbury for 12 years, taking the opportunities of upskilling wherever possible, completing training for Occupation Health and Safety and is a qualified Workplace Drug Tester. She believes that for Health and Safety in the workplace to be effective there needs to be a culture of collaboration for all parties and a desire to be thorough in thought and deed.

She is very passionate about the specialist trade of Roofing. Joining the executive board of the Roofing Association of New Zealand (RANZ) in 2016, she currently holds the position of President and sits as the Director of External Policy.

Jenny is the Founding Chair of NZWiR – In 2018 she went to the International Roofing Expo in New Orleans USA where she attended the National Women in Roofing Conference. Realising the potential an organisation like that could have in the New Zealand industry, she set about working with the National Women in Roofing board to set a similar association set up here in NZ, the National launch of NZWiR was in June 2019.

Outside of work Jenny is a very keen golfer, an enthusiastic mountain biker, and walker. She has competed in several competition 10K walks and has completed a half marathon walk. She strongly believes that to empower and engage with all people in the construction industry, we will be able to do great things for industry, employers, and most importantly the workers themselves.

Hugh Goddard

Managing Director – Pipeline & Civil
Representing: Civil Sector Clients

Hugh is a Civil Engineer with over 20 years experience in constructing pipelines, roads, bridges, subdivisions, bulk earthworks and landfills. He also has firsthand knowledge in tendering and delivering major infrastructure projects in New Zealand, Ireland, UK, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Poland.

Hugh is a passionate advocate for health and safety in the construction sector, and enjoys helping small and medium sized enterprises embrace health and safety as a means of achieving operational excellence and superior business performance.

He is a member of the Business Leader’s H&S Forum Steering group, Vice Chair of the Auckland Region of Civil Contractors New Zealand and is involved in developing trade training programmes as part of an Industry Reference Group with Connexis.

Hugh is a Chartered Director and received the award for Outstanding Individual of the Year at the 2021 Civil Contractors Auckland Branch Awards.  Hugh is also an Independent Director of Inframax Construction Limited.

He is chairman of Silverdale Rugby Club, and has coached, refereed and played rugby for many years. He is also a taekwondo practioner, black belt, assistant instructor, and is married with four children.

Toby Beaglehole

CE, Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning
Representing: Training & Education

Toby has over 15 years industry experience and joined BCITO in 2020, following his role as Chief Executive of Connexis, which he led since 2018. For both training organisations, Toby has been involved in managing the RoVE transition, leading cultural change and enhancing organisational performance.

BCITO is New Zealand’s largest provider of building and construction apprenticeships with over 18,000 active apprentices. Toby has led ITO’s for several years and is a well-respected, experienced business leader with a wealth of knowledge in change management through his previous complex roles including Chief Executive of New Zealand Oil Services Ltd (JV between Z Energy and BP) and at NZ Post, particularly following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Toby is Treasurer of the Business Leaders’ Health & Safety forum and has been involved with the Construction and Infrastructure WDC since it was established in late 2019. A strong advocate for improving workforce safety and wellbeing both in NZ and overseas, Toby believes culture, training and education are key to making our workplaces safer and more productive.

Dennis Maga

General Secretary, FIRST Union
Representing: Unions

Dennis Maga is General Secretary of one of the country’s largest private sector unions, FIRST Union.

Born in the Philippines, Dennis is a well-known activist and union leader, helping lead campaigns to improve the lives of migrant workers, former refugees, and precarious workers and to end human trafficking.

Dennis plays an integral part in fighting for social justice dedicated to the worker’s struggle ensuring they have all they need to get decent work, decent wages and safe work places.

Dennis proudly takes a stand against any unfair treatment of the workforce and is working to give our workers the power to make a difference for our families, our co-workers, communities and friends.

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.

Doug Johnson

Former MD & Consultant / Principal Engineering
Geologist, Tonkin + Taylor
Representing: Consultants

Based in Auckland, Doug Johnson is Tonkin + Taylor’s Managing Director and an engineering geologist with more than 30 years’ experience.

Before becoming Managing Director in 2010, Doug managed the company’s largest team – Geotechnical. Doug’s specialist skills include engineering geological mapping, site investigation, soil and rock assessment, slope stability, groundwater and natural hazard assessment. He worked on many large civil engineering, mining and quarry projects throughout New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and the South Pacific.

Doug holds an MSc (Hons) and has published several papers on risk assessment and the evaluation and design of quarry and mine slopes using quantitative risk methods.

Clive Mackenzie

CEO, Kiwi Property Group Limited
Representing: Private Sector Clients

Clive brings a wealth of experience to the industry with over 20-years in property and finance and is well respected in the Private Sector Client sector.As CEO of Kiwi Property Group Limited, Clive is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and management of the Company.Previously Senior Vice President–Development, East Coast for Westfield USA, he was involved in the creation and implementation of transformational strategies to evolve, strengthen and develop Westfield’s real estate portfolio.Holding senior roles in both Washington and New Zealand, Clive specialises in retail and mixed-use developments of both existing shopping centres and greenfield opportunities.

About the team

Chris Alderson

CEO, CHASNZ

Chris leads 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. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a registered safety professional with HASANZ and a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Chris brings more than 30 years of experience leading business transformation across global organisations. His passion for Health and Safety transformation has driven Chris to lead 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 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.

Chris is a board member of Mates in Construction NZ, the charity dedicated to suicide prevention in the construction industry.

Jon Harper-Slade

GM Health & Safety Innovation, CHASNZ

Jon’s passion for helping people is what has motivated him through a varied career underpinned by health and safety.

Jon has an essential role at CHASNZ undertaking key initiatives and researching innovative solutions that contribute to CHASNZ’s aspirations for creating better lives, better work and a better future.

Arriving in New Zealand in 2014, Jon worked mainly in the construction and transportation sectors for both client and constructor organisations. Previously, in the UK, Jon was Head of Health, Safety, and Environment for a global research and consultancy business working internationally, including the Middle East and Africa. Prior to this Jon worked as a Pavements Engineer and also had a career in the military working with Ammunition and Explosives.

Jon is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CFIOSH), a Certified Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (CertFellNZISM) and a HASANZ registered Health and Safety Professional. Jon has also recently completed post graduate studies with Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

Chris Polaczuk

Programme Manager / Ergonomics, CHASNZ

Chris leads CHASNZ’s ‘human factors’ approach and the Work Should Not Hurt programme. He promotes evidenced based initiatives for the construction industry with the aim to develop ways to address the contributing factors causing health problems and not just the obvious physical ones.

Chris is a trained Occupational Therapist becoming a self-employed Occupational Health Consultant working with employers and ACC on occupational health and safety including workplace analysis and worker assessment, workplace training and injury prevention and management. Chris has extensive experience in the prevention and management of workplace musculoskeletal conditions and has republished both the NZ OOS Management Guidelines, NZ Patient Handling Guidelines and the Manual Handling Code of Practice.

Rachel Brooke

GM Engagement, CHASNZ

Rachel leads CHASNZ’s approach to engaging with industry and government. All of CHASNZ’s programmes have a heavy reliance on working with the sector and this role is essential in ensuring that all the work generated by CHASNZ and its partners is understood and used by the construction industry.

Rachel is passionate about health and safety and improving operational performance through excellence in safety. She has a wealth of senior stakeholder experience and understands the industry and its challenges.

Her experience as a senior HR and Health and Safety professional makes her adept at creating and leading successful teams that strive for excellence and achieve great outcomes in complex operating environments. Her collaborative approach as a people connector combined with her pragmatic and analytical leadership techniques will be pivotal in her role.

Her previous roles as Safety Assurance Manager, City Rail Link and Group Manager Health, Safety & Wellbeing for Auckland Transport, both major change and transformation programmes were key drivers in affirming her passion for health and safety.

Carolyn Patten

Business Manager, CHASNZ

In her role as Business Manager, Carolyn ensures the smooth running of the CHASNZ management team and Trustee Board. As a catalyst for change, and a registered charity it is important that the organisation’s policies and ways of working are fit for purpose. Carolyn is at the centre of all operational decisions and ensures that the team are supported to carry out our strategy.

She has had an extensive career working in Office Manager and Executive Assistant type roles across a wide range of industries. Carolyn also spent 4 years working at Fonterra and a number of years at global tech companies EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and Intel NZ.

Having fully renovated her parents’ house as well as her own home, Carolyn has a real passion for DIY. She doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty, is super organised and loves getting things done and making sure everyone is happy.

Dr Stephven Kolose

Principal Ergonomist
Work Should Not Hurt, CHASNZ

Stephven is Principal Ergonomist for the Work Should Not Hurt Programme. He is passionate about applied human factors and ergonomics (HFE) research and how it can help reduce injuries amongst New Zealand workers.

Stephven has a unique skillset acquired in both New Zealand and England. He has a PhD (3D anthropometry, AUT), MSc (Ergonomics, Loughborough), PGDipErg (Ergonomics, Massey) and BSc (Psychology, Otago). His PhD produced the first 3D anthropometric dataset in New Zealand which was used to predict clothing size and fit for military uniforms. 

Previously, he was a Senior adviser (HFE, WorkSafe NZ), Principal researcher and Research associate (Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand, AUT), Research scientist (NZDF), HFE consultant (Bristol) and a director of a private consultancy. Stephven is also the Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand (HFESNZ) and a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Outside of work, Stephven is into fishing, science fiction shows, and spending time with his wife and four energetic children.