WorkSafe New Zealand Chief Executive Steve Haszard will step aside from his interim role in mid-2024, when the priority tasks he was brought in by the Board to undertake will largely be completed.

“Steve was appointed on a short term basis in October 2023, during a challenging time for WorkSafe,” says WorkSafe Board Chair Jennifer Kerr.

“His considerable experience in regulatory practice, organisational change and strategy development saw him get straight to work on our immediate priorities. Steve has swiftly delivered on those, and the Board is grateful for his strong and decisive leadership. He and I agree that the start of a new financial year will be around the right time to hand over to a permanent Chief Executive.”

Between now and the middle of the year, Steve and the executive team will continue working at pace to frame up and finalise the operating plan which will be ready for delivery for the start of the new financial year.

The Board will go to market for the Chief Executive role this week.