Phil Parkes (New Zealand) “The visible difference vision”
Chief Executive, WorkSafe New Zealand
Phil Parkes took over as CE of WorkSafe in January this year. His driving vision for the health and safety system is that it moves beyond pure “health and safety” towards the concept of “better work”. His view is that everyone should be focused on doing things that will make a measurable difference to health and safety outcomes in New Zealand. The visible difference vision is designed to prompt participants in the system to recognise that doing the same thing year-on-year with no improved outcomes will not make a difference and has limited value in protecting our workers. He is very clear – the traditional approach to health and safety alone will not result in the improvements we all seek and he will discuss the criticality of innovative thinking to making that difference.