About us

The Emerging Safety Leaders Network will support those who are developing their careers in the occupational health and safety industry in New Zealand. The Emerging Safety Leaders Network is established to provide NZISM members and non-members the opportunity to engage with and learn from their peers.

This will be an open forum which will enable us to increase engagement with OH&S professionals outside of NZISM. For those who are just beginning their journey into OH&S either through their roles as H&S reps, or through studying cognate qualifications, this network will provide information on the career of the OH&S professional with the hope of increasing the number of young people entering the profession.

Initially this network will be established in the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with one regional network established in Bay of Plenty. The concept is to grow the network organically. We have established a national Emerging Safety Leaders Committee and you can find details on the committee members below.

Details on events at each of these regions will be announced via NZISM newsletters, social media networks and the events calendar on the homepage of our website. Keep an eye out for upcoming meetings in your region and bring along a friend or colleague who may also benefit from the Emerging Safety Leaders network.

ESL Network Database

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

Whether you are already a ESL member or would like to join the ESL network, please ensure your subscription to the database by entering your details on the link below.

Webinar Recordings

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

Meet ESL member 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)

Matthew Dixon (Bay of Plenty)

Vanessa Jones (Bay of Plenty)
021 125 8726