WorkSafe New Zealand Chief Executive, Gordon MacDonald has paid tribute to the role the late Helen Kelly played in helping put Health and Safety “front and centre” as an issue that the whole country needed to address.

“Helen Kelly was the first person, after the border control officers, I met when I arrived in New Zealand two and a half years ago. I was jaded and tired after the trip from the UK but I left the airport totally re-energised after my first conversation with Helen.

“Helen was committed and passionate about health and safety. She was a constant presence, sometimes a critic and sometimes a supporter but without a doubt always intent on making life healthier and safer for people at work.

“I will miss her both professionally and personally. She will be missed but not forgotten by everyone associated with WorkSafe,” said Mr MacDonald.

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