Helen Parkes

Helen Parkes

Helen Parkes – Partner

A qualified and knowledgeable source of advice for Directors and Senior Leaders

Helen is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, a Prince 2 Practitioner and a former Environmental Health Officer. This gives her a broad view of safety and health and a unique perspective that she brings to her clients. She is tertiary qualified in:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Environmental health (vet.aux)
  • Public health
  • Marine geography

Helen takes a practical, business focused approach to consultancy. She works primarily with government and charitable / not for profit organisations and specialises in supporting Senior Leaders and Directors with health and safety.

Experienced and proven across a range of compliance activities

With a strong background in safety, health and environmental management across multiple sectors, Helen has a wealth of experience. Some of the projects she has been involved in include:

  • Leading the development of the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum CEO risk toolkit and Digging Deeper Risk Guides
  • Leading the development of the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum Monitoring What Matters guide
  • Providing occupational health information and advice to the Independent Health and Safety Taskforce
  • Providing advice to Government as a member of the Expert Design Group for SafePlus
  • Providing advice to the Ombudsman in respect of prisoner transportation
  • Analysing safety systems as part of the investigation into the grounding of the Rena for Maritime New Zealand and NZ Inc.
  • Reviewing Maritime New Zealand as a compliance agency for health and safety and hazardous substances
  • Supporting the Search and Rescue Sector to improve health and safety performance.

Recognised professionally

Helen is a member of national and international professional safety organisations:

Helen regularly writes articles on health and safety and related topics for various NZ publications, including for HRINZ (Human Resources Institute NZ) and Safeguard magazines. Have a look at our publications page to read some of these.

Helen was also a member of the IOSH Networks and International Committee from inception to 2016 – this was a governance committee for the worlds largest health and safety professional body, and she was the National Operations Manager of the NZISM from September 2012 to January 2014.