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Phil Parkes
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Phil Parkes

Worksafe / Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa

Chief executive

  • Appointed 2020.
  • Previously chief operating officer, leading more than 300 employees.
  • Leadership positions at WorkSafe since 2014.
  • Earlier general manager policy and legal at Environmental Protection Authority.
  • Has a BSc (Hons) in environmental health and an MSc in environmental management.


Birmingham City Council
Senior Manager, Environmental Protection Unit
Jan 2005 - Dec 2007
Waikato Regional Council
Policy and Planning Manager
Jan 2008 - Dec 2009
Ministry for Primary Industries / Manatū Ahu Matua
Manager, Resource Management Policy
Jan 2009 - Dec 2012
Environmental Protection Authority / Te Mana Rauhī
General Manager, Policy and Legal
Jan 2012 - Dec 2015
Worksafe / Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa
Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer, General Manager, Better Regulation
Jan 2015 - Present

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