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A Reimagined Approach To 'Health And Safety Governance'

Chris Jones, Steering Committee Member, NZ General Manager Safety Forum
Francois Barton, Executive Director of Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum
Thursday, 25th May | 12 noon AEST, 2pm NZST | 1 hr
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About this webinar:

Is it time to challenge the status quo of our health and safety governance? 

Despite due diligence obligations being written into New Zealand’s and Australia's legal frameworks, there’s a strong consensus that few Boards are fulfilling their duties well. 

Not only are duties being performed half-heartedly, but there’s also a growing suspicion that health and safety governance isn’t adding much value to organisational efforts to keep people healthy and safe. Instead, a focus on compliance, lagging indicators, and paperwork continue to dominate  board discussions. 

In this session, Chris Jones and Francois Barton will share insights from the cross-industry ‘Better Governance’ project and will outline a new vision and set of guiding principles for a reimagined approach to health and safety governance.


Who will benefit from this webinar?
Anyone interested in achieving significant HSW improvement or leading change programs including CXOs, Board Members, Directors, Leaders and Senior Executives, Heads of HSW, ESG and HR, HSW, ESG and HR managers and professionals

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Meet the speakers

Chris Jones-2

Chris Jones

Chief Safety And Wellbeing Officer, Department of Corrections

Chris is Chief Safety & Wellbeing Officer for New Zealand’s Department of Corrections, is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management, and is on the Steering Committee for the New Zealand General Manager Safety Forum. 


Prior to Corrections, Chris held senior leadership roles in WorkSafe New Zealand, the country’s health and safety regulator, Network Rail, the UK’s railway infrastructure management company, and Nuffield Health, one of the UK’s largest health and wellbeing service providers. 


Chris’ formal education includes an MBA, an MA in Organisational Wellbeing, an MSc in Exercise & Nutrition Science, and a BA (Hons) in Health & Fitness Management. He is also a certified Clinical Exercise Specialist and Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist.


Francois Barton

Francois Barton

Executive Director of Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum

Francois leads the Business Leaders’ Health & Safety Forum — a coalition of business and government leaders committed to improving the performance of workplace health and safety in New Zealand. Its focus is to make workplaces safer by growing world-class CEO safety leadership in New Zealand, and by leveraging the combined skill, influence and resources of members. The Forum now includes over 390 member CEOs from across New Zealand organisations.


Prior to joining the Forum Francois established and ran WorkSafe NZ’s national programme team, which has delivered major safety campaigns in construction, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing. He previously held roles at MBIE – including being involved in early discussions that led to the development of the Canterbury Safety Rebuild Charter – and at the Department of Labour, where he was part of the team that set up the Forum in 2010.