Emerging Safety Leaders powered by IMPAC

About us

The Emerging Safety Leaders (ESL) network supports those who are developing their careers in the occupational health and safety (OHS) industry in New Zealand. It was established to provide NZISM members and non-members alike the opportunity to engage with and learn from their peers and we’re delighted to have IMPAC as our Network Partner.

The ESL is an open forum which also enables us to increase engagement with OHS practitioners outside of NZISM. For those who are just beginning their journey into OHS, either through their roles as H&S reps or through study, this network provides information on the career path for OHS practitioners with the hope of increasing the number of young people entering the profession.

Our Network Partner IMPAC is New Zealand’s leading Health and Safety solutions provider. IMPAC shares our commitment to support, mentor and grow the industry’s up-and-coming practitioners. They contribute a wealth of practical knowledge and expertise, and are the only NZ based NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner (click here for more information).

IMPAC’s commitment to ESL each year provides significant professional development opportunities for emerging safety leaders, including a scholarship up to the value of $13,500 and a fulltime 12-24 month paid internship, each awarded to a qualifying ESL network member.

Look out for more information and the first call for applications in early 2021.

The ESL network has core bases in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with a plan to grow future bases organically. In addition we have a national ESL Committee whose details can be found below.

Details of events at each of the ESL centres will be announced via NZISM newsletters, social media and the NZISM events calendar found on the NZISM website.

Keep an eye out for upcoming meetings in your region and bring along a friend or colleague who may also benefit from being a part of a dynamic group of young professionals.

ESL Network Database

We have setup a new database to capture registration to the ESL network. This enables us to communicate effectively with all our members, keep you updated on relevant content, events and information and understand a bit more about you.

Whether you are already an ESL member or would like to join the ESL network, please sign up by entering your details via the link below.

Coming Up

Thur 21 Jan 12:00pm

Decision making in uncertainty

The majority of safety professionals and those operating in high-risk environments have to deal with uncertainty on a daily basis. The problem with uncertainties is that they are managed by emotion, not logic. They are managed through biases and heuristics, and make use of previous experiences and are driven by pressures, goals and rewards from the operational environment. Our presenter, Gareth Lock, will provide an insight into his work, which spans multiple domains from military aviation, healthcare, power generation and his passion, the diving community, and explain how this can help you deal with uncertainties in your own sphere.

Our thanks to NZISM Auckland branch and the Emerging Safety Leaders (ESL) network for arranging this webinar event.

Bio: Since 2011, Gareth Lock has been on a mission to take the human factors and crew resource management lessons learned from his 25 year military aviation career and apply it to diving. In 2016, he developed The Human Diver https://www.thehumandiver.com with the goal to bring human factors, non-technical skills and a Just Culture to the diving industry via a number of different online and face-to-face programmes. Since then, he has trained more than 350 divers from across the globe in face-to-face programmes and nearly 1,500 people are subscribed to his online micro-class. In March 2019, Gareth published his book ‘Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors’ which has sold more than 3,500 copies, and on 20 May 2020, the video documentary ‘If Only…’ was released telling the story of a tragic diving accident through the lens of human factors and a Just Culture. Gareth has presented globally to share his passion and knowledge. Since June 2018 he has been part of the Paradigm Human Performance team who are making a global name for themselves in the field of Human and Organisational Performance.

Visit IMPAC to see how you can progress your H&S career.

Webinar Recordings

What organisations can learn about performance and Health & Safety from the Paratroopers

Meet ESL member, NZISM Auckland Branch Manager and ex-army paratrooper medic, Heinrich Havemann

Before moving into WHS, Heinrich served in an elite medical unit attached to the South African Special Forces. He talks about the lessons he learned whilst serving and how this translates into embedding safety into business practice.

Facilitated by Julia Mardjetko.

Meet the Team

Joshua Dorman (Wellington)

022 158 9465

Gareth Beck (Auckland)

022 354 9709

Jen Dransfield (Christchurch)


Peter Fitt (Christchurch)


Matt Dixon (Bay of Plenty)


Vanessa Jones (Bay of Plenty)

021 125 8726