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Acting Chief Executive appointed for Worksafe

Englishman Geoffrey Podger has been appointed Acting Chief Executive-Designate for WorkSafe New Zealand.

He will begin work on 16 September 2013 and will become Acting Chief Executive in December, when WorkSafe New Zealand is expected to start operations. Mr Podger will continue in this role until 28 March 2014 by which time a permanent Chief Executive should be appointed and available to start.

Mr Podger's role will be to assist the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Establishment Board to create WorkSafe New Zealand as a separate entity, and to ensure a smooth transition for ministry Health and Safety Group staff.

Between now and December 2013, the ministry's Deputy Chief Executive Health and Safety, Lesley Haines, and her leadership team will remain responsible for the work of the Health and Safety Group. This includes embedding the new service delivery model, and decisions and implementation of national office changes affecting the Health and Safety Group.

Mr Podger is currently the Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the United Kingdom. When he takes up his job in New Zealand he will end a 39-year career in the British Civil Service. He has been Chief Executive of HSE since 2005 and was previously Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority and inaugural Chief Executive of the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency.

Last updated on the 30th July 2013