HeadSafe was founded by Les and Tina Heads in 2015. After many years working in Health and Safety Management with large international companies and as an independent consultant, Les was approached by business to set up HeadSafe.
We want to see New Zealand as a place where health and safety practices are fully ingrained into aspects of everyday working culture. We work to assist all workers in NZ and abroad reap the benefits of healthy and safe workplaces today, and into the future by making sure what's decided at management level actually works on the shop floor. This is done by working with you to develop health and safety practices that are customised to suit your workplace, and are easy to understand and implement.
Les has 30 years' experience in Health and Safety Management across varying industries here and abroad as a Consultant, Auditor, Manager and Director. Les has worked in the health and safety field for large companies such as NZCTU, Macraes Mine, Golden Cross Mine, Pacific National, Newmont, Randgold, Solid Energy, and also as an independent consultant. This knowledge and experience has led to roles around the world in countries including Africa, Australia, USA, Chile, Argentina and New Zealand.
Les's qualifications include a Master of Health Science Occupational Safety and Health, Diploma in Occupational Health Practice, Certified Safety Auditor, Certificate in Training and Assessing with professional membership with UK Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (CMIOSH), Australian Institute of Health and Safety (COHSProf), and NZ Institute of Safety Management (CertNZISM).
Les is Chair of the Accreditation Committee for NZISM and is on the HASANZ Scholarship Evaluation Panel.
Professor Bill Glass
Prof Glass is our Medical Advisor who brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of over 60 years working in the private and public sector in Occupational Health in New Zealand and overseas.
Recently awarded 2019 Senior New Zealander of the Year, Bill is recognised for his enormous contribution to Occupational Health which has seen major improvements in working conditions for those exposed to life changing effects of long term exposure to substances in the workplace. Bill is a continuous advocate for the worker, he challenges his medical colleagues and government agencies to listen to the worker in order to understand the job the worker does and how it effects their daily life.
The Asbestos Exposure Register was created by Bill - this register has led to further research to assist those and their families who have been exposed to understand the causes and effects of the workplace.
Tina's qualifications include an MBA and has seen her travel the world with positions working with United Nations, a number of Embassy roles, IT, Education, Construction and Hospitality.