Paula Knaap
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Paula Knaap

Environmental Protection Authority / Te Mana Rauhī

General manager, engagement

  • Previously WorkSafe's director of strategic engagement and implementation, responsible for liaison with NZ industry, chief executives and organisations on improving the performance of NZ’s health and safety system.
  • Has led large regulatory and social policy functions at Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Education.
  • Has extensive international experience, negotiating inter-governmental agreements and representing NZ overseas.
  • Holds an LLB and a Master’s in Business (with distinction) from Henley Business School in the UK.
  • Is a member of the Public Services Career Board, and is a Global Women Breakthrough Leaders alumnus.


Worksafe / Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa
Director Strategic Engagement & Implementation
Feb 2018 - Oct 2020
Canterbury Safety Charter
Board Member
Aug 2018 - Jul 2019
Forestry Industry Safety Council
Board Member
Oct 2018 - Present
Kia Puāwai
Independent Director
Jul 2020 - Present
Environmental Protection Authority / Te Mana Rauhī
General Manager Engagement
Oct 2020 - Present

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