We welcome the addition of three members to our senior leadership team.

Jude Urlich, General Manager, Strategy and Performance

Jude joins us after eight years in PHARMAC’s senior leadership team where she led corporate and policy functions, and most recently was Director of Engagement and Implementation.

Jude holds a Master of Public Policy and has extensive experience across multiple sectors in the management of community engagement, Government and sector relations, policy and communications.

Phil Parkes, Chief Operating Officer

After three years as General Manager, Better Regulation at WorkSafe, Phil was appointed into the inaugural position of Chief Operating Officer.

Phil’s background includes work with the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority and he brings strong regulatory and leadership experience from his work in local and central Government both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Mike Foley, Chief Digital and Information Officer

Mike joins us after Chief Information Officer roles with Instant Finance, Auckland Council and Watercare Services (Auckland Transition Agency).

Mike has a track record for digital innovation, strategic planning and leadership. He has developed and led high performing teams and will complement our maturing digital presence.


Our Chief Executive Nicole Rosie congratulated each on their appointments and welcomed them to WorkSafe.

"I am excited to be welcoming these three individuals into their respective positions at WorkSafe. They are all instigators of change, innovative problem solvers and experienced in leading teams to success."

"WorkSafe is only as effective as the people we have on board. These appointments mark an exciting step towards achieving our goal of a healthier and safer New Zealand."