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About Us

Creating a space to empower women in the Workplace Health & Safety Profession

The Women in Safety Excellence NZ network was established by Margaret van Schaik and Helen Parkes in 2010 and now has nearly 300 members around New Zealand, across all sectors of business and industry.

The network promotes the equity and advancement of women in the safety profession, striving to continuously influence industry to address current and future safety challenges affecting women in the workforce locally, nationally and globally.

Read our Mission Statement

Internationally, Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) common interest groups are well established with the goal of advancing their members and the safety profession through education, mentorship, networking, collaboration, research and innovation.

The WISE Committee oversees the ongoing management of the WISE NZ Network on behalf of the NZISM Senior Leadership Team. Their role is to support the delivery of the WISE National Events programme, develop communications, work with branches to develop local chapters, develop sponsorship opportunities, develop social media and marketing content, provide research and thought leadership and develop CPD opportunities including webinars and other online engagement opportunities.

That is a little bit about us.

We would love to know a little more about you and where you are on your career journey.

Let us know by completing this quick 6-question survey.



KEEPING IN TOUCH

To become a member of the WISE network all you need to do is register on our database and then start engaging with us on our LinkedIn page.

Having your contact details enables us to communicate effectively and keep you updated on relevant events, initiatives and outcomes, and to understand a little more about you and how we can best support you.

Please make sure you are officially signed up using the link below.

WISE Network members can also sign up to receive a copy of NZISM's fortnightly e-Newsletter.

NOTE: Please do NOT sign up for the NZISM newsletter if you are already an NZISM member as you will receive it twice.


Strategic Initiatives

Women In Safety Excellence drives a number of strategic initiatives designed to support women entering into and moving up through the health and safety profession in New Zealand.

Capability Development Project

One of our key initiatives is the WISE Capability Development Project, which aims to support and encourage female OHS practitioners to move from a technical level, into leadership and governance roles.

The project is supported by the HASANZ WISE Scholarship.

Career Development Pathway Report

In 2021, in support of the capability project, WISE completed research into professional development opportunities available for OHS practitioners wanting to move into leadership and governance roles. The outcome is the Career Development Pathway Research Report.

The report provides a useful overview of the availability and cost of courses/short courses/programmes (both domestic and international) available to help OHS practitioners take their next step forward.

We hope you find it an interesting read and encourage you to share it widely amongst your colleagues and peers. Good luck to those of you who have set your sights on leadership or governance positions. With a lot of the 'leg work' done for you, we hope you find the report a useful resource that will help make your next step forward just that little bit easier.


Coming Up

Advancing Your OHS Career (networking breakfast)

Fri 18 Nov, 7:30am

7:30am - Networking breakfast
8:00am - Guest speakers
8:45am - Close

Our Guest Speakers

  • Fiona Ewing - Director, Forestry Safety Council
  • Amy Richards - Senior HSE Advisor, Giesen Group
  • Margaret van Schaik - Director/Principal, Van Schaik H&S Solutions
  • Petra Hakansson - CEO/Founder, Guardian Angel


Our networking breakfast has been rescheduled to coincide with the new date of the HASANZ conference. If you are already registered your place remains secure. If you cannot make the new date please email Sara at cpd@nzism.org so your space may be released to somebody else.