Health and Safety Director Karen Wells

Anything less than safe sites and healthy team members is unacceptable. People come first. Tailored in-house health and safety software tracks, reports and analyses all situations. Costly errors eliminated before they happen is no downtime for you. Morale is high — subcontractors who feel respect on-site — deliver increased productivity. We pass on our competitive edge for your gain.

Karen has over 20 years’ experience driving health and safety systems at a senior level, achieving results others believed would be too strategically challenging. Karen is analytically minded, with the ability to investigate complex issues and establish facts. She is fully conversant in New Zealand legislation and ISO standards, and is an approved safety auditor with the New Zealand Safety Council.

For a successful business A Key Ingredient

NZCCL’s safe and healthy workplace practices, while providing reassurance to our employees, contractors and customers, has significant benefits to your project. We know that when staff feel safe and supported your business prospers with improved efficiency and productivity. Lower operating costs, reduced absenteeism, plus high employee morale means consistency, continuity, and prevention of unnecessary delays on your project. 

This is not an area to skimp on expertise and experience, with the potential risks associated with negligent H&S practices too high for everyone involved. Our expert consultant, Karen Wells, keeps our H&S Policy and management systems current and more importantly always adhered to. When current and emerging risks are intelligently managed, your strategic and operational needs are rewarded.
















Areas of Expertise Qualifications and Affiliations

Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Impac, 2010, NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health.
  • University of Waikato, 2004, Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  • University of Waikato, 2003, Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDipMgt).
  • NZ Safety Council Accredited Safety Auditor.
  • Chartered Managers Institute (UK) Member.
  • IOSH Member at Technical Level.
  • NZ Institute of Safety Management Member.
  • NZ Safety Council Member.


Areas of Expertise

  • Designing and implementing audit tools against legislative requirements and best practice strategies.
  • Undertaking effective workplace inspections against internationally recognized standards including ISO 4801, 45001, 9001 and 14000 and recommending cost effective remedial actions.
  • Demonstrating detailed knowledge and understanding of applicable legislation with the ability to implement policies, procedures and training programs to address health, safety and quality needs.
  • Supporting management teams with regards to the implications of current and emerging health, safety and environmental legislation, including evaluating options, making recommendations and generating action plans to ensure compliance.
  • Working with and influencing principle and sub-contractor companies in health, safety and quality performance and requirements.
  • Adopting and implementing change management processes with a value-added approach.
  • Reducing LTI and MTI frequency rates.
  • Developing, writing and implementing management systems for health, safety and quality requirements.
  • Understanding corporate cultures and implementing new safety systems and programs to increase risk awareness.
  • Working within cultural constraints to achieve mutually beneficial results.
  • Motivating and mentoring others to peak performance levels and influencing behavioural attitudes to improve performance.
  • Technical writing including succinct, timely and accurate reports which are easily interpreted.
  • Training, development and assessment of health, safety and quality focused courses.
  • Driving results with a targeted focus.
  • Simulating emergency scenario’s based on real time events.
  • Managing budgets and reporting at all required levels.
  • Extensive experience in commercial, civil and industrial construction.



Creative Retention Strategies for the Construction Sector, K. Wells, New Zealand, 2009

A thesis titled Creative Retention Strategies, incorporating retention of good staff in tough economic conditions and researched recognition and reward strategies.