2019 Hazardous Substances Management Summit

Compliance, use and lifecycle management of hazardous substances and environmental management


Dr Jim Mcleod

Independent Occupational Health Adviser & Director

Robust Medic

Dr Jim McLeod, Father, Husband, grandparent. Ex GP, Doing full time Occ Health for 18 years. Senior Wellness Specialist Northpower. Advisory Group member to WorkSafe on matters health-work related. Ex fireman, current fisherman on a boat his wife bought him for his birthday.
Featured Speakers

Dr Fiona Thomson-Carter

General Manager, Hazardous Substances & New Organisms,

Environmental Protection Authority

Dr Fiona Thomson-Carter has a strong track record in managing operational delivery of critical science to the public and private sectors in the UK and in NZ. Proven ability to maintain and enhance scientific efforts in financially ­constrained environments through effective relationship management and responsiveness to clients’ needs. An ability to consistently deliver world­ class science in challenging circumstances has earned her a reputation as an effective operator among customers. Ability to focus on what is significant and important in a constantly changing and complex environment and continue to work towards mutual objectives. Strategic overview on how to prepare for the future and the skills and knowledge required to effect and manage change. Extensive experience in microbiology of human and animal diseases in the UK and NZ, diagnosis, outbreak investigation and research.

Dave Gawn

Chief Executive

Pike River Recovery Agency

Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency Chief Executive Dave Gawn leads a small Government agency based at the Greymouth office and mine site, with the objective of conducting a safe manned recovery of the Pike River mine drift. Dave is accountable to the Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-Entry Andrew Little and works in partnership with the Family Reference Group. The Agency was established as a stand-alone government department on 31 January 2018 and will be disestablished once the Pike River mine site has been rehabilitated and returned to the Department of Conservation. Dave has enjoyed a distinguished military career spanning 40 years, starting with his enlistment in 1979 and culminating in his appointment as Chief of the New Zealand Army in 2013-2015. Prior to that Dave was Commander Joint Forces New Zealand (2011-2013) and Land Commander New Zealand Army (2007-2010). In 2016-2017 he was based in Israel as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO), overseeing peace-keeping operations for the five signatories of the 1949 Armistice Agreement. He holds a Master of Strategic Studies from Deakin University in Australia.

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