HASANZ Independent Chair

Mike O'Brien
phone +64 27 450 8465

Mike  has over 20 years of experience as a business leader. He has held executive positions in manufacturing, consumer electronics, technology and supply chain companies in New Zealand and overseas, along with various governance positions. Most recently, Mike spent five years as head of CHEP New Zealand, a subsidiary of Brambles, a global supplier of supply chain solutions. He holds an MBA from Auckland University. Mike is actively committed to improving the health and safety of New Zealand workplaces. He is on the steering group of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum and has twice been a finalist in the leadership category of the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards. Mike is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, He is President of youth development charity CISV NZ.

Executive Director

Philip Aldridge
phone +64 27 229 9462

Philip leads the day to day operation of HASANZ and the implementation of its business strategy. He has a broad background in both the public and private sectors with extensive leadership experience across a range of membership, government, industry training and commercial organisations. When Chief Executive of InfraTrain New Zealand he chaired the Built Environment Training Alliance (BETA) and was closely involved in building capability in the high-risk infrastructure construction industry for the Christchurch rebuild. This spurred his active interest in promoting workplace health and safety. 

Philip's working days are Monday to Friday.

Programme Manager- Strategy & Engagement

Lisa Bridge
+64 211 38 4151

Lisa manages special projects for HASANZ, with oversight of the HASANZ Register. She has worked predominately in the education sector and has extensive experience in project and product delivery across the globe in the UK, UAE and New Zealand for both the private and public sectors, including not-for-profit organisations. Lisa has a passion for wellness and delivering projects that improve people’s lives. 

Business Manager

Mia Hradský
+64 27 2299994

Mia is the first point of contact for the HASANZ Scholarship Programme. Mia has worked internationally in the public and private sectors, including many years in the tourism industry. Mia hails from Germany but now calls New Zealand home and loves helping others.

Mia's working days are Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Business Manager

Ruth Hefford
+64 27 201 1759

Ruth Hefford is currently running the day to day operations in the HASANZ office and anything to do with the HASANZ Register.

Ruth has a very diverse background from working in different roles, ranging from, customer service, Office Management, Health and Safety, administration and Information Technology (IT). 

Ruth is very passionate about Health, Safety and wellbeing, especially in the workplace, and has a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Ruth is also a volunteer fire fighter for Fire and Emergency New Zealand with the Wainuiomata Bushfire Force where health and safety is at the forefront of every firefighters minds.

Ruth's working days are Monday to Thursday (times vary)

Senior Adviser

Heather Kimber
+64 276 350 022

Heather is Senior Advisor at HASANZ, project managing initiatives to develop and build workforce capacity. Heather has worked in the public sector in New Zealand and Australia and also in the not-for- profit sector. She has experience in corporate and strategic planning and an extensive background  in public health, focussing on health promotion and building healthy public policy. Heather has a  passion for health, safety and wellbeing and enjoys working with people and stakeholders.

Heathers working days are Monday to Friday.

Office Administrator

Michelle Reidy

Michelle is a proud kiwi who has 30 years’ experience in office administration. From working in Government she has also enjoyed roles in an accountancy firm, a boutique ICT company and working in the water safety sector before joining HASANZ

Outside of the Monday to Friday Michelle loves the beach, her animals, sampling good pinot noir and tries really hard to walk, cycle and swim habitually!  

Michelle’s working days are Mon, Tue, Thurs and Fri 8.30am – 3.00pm