University Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee

Terms of reference

  • To review the scope of the University's health and safety organisational arrangements (occupational health and safety management system) to ensure that they are comprehensive and complete, with clear accountability for different roles.
  • To consider and initiate proposals to add to or amend the University's health and safety policy, standards and procedures.
  • To check and advise on systematic compliance with occupational health and safety legislation, and relevant regulations, standards and codes of practice.
  • To discuss issues of health and safety policy and practice raised by the chair of a Faculty/Service Division Health and Safety Committee and health and safety representatives.
  • To review and discuss formal proposals raised by a health and safety representative, if not previously resolved at a Faculty/Service Division level.
  • To monitor the University's arrangements for the management of health and safety via reports from the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team including:
    • Reports from the Associate Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.
    • Reports of untoward incidents carrying major risk to health and safety.
    • Reports of any enforcement interactions and notices served on the University by WorkSafe New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries or other regulatory body.
    • Reports on issues of significance from the Faculty and Service Division Health and Safety Committees, University Biological Safety Committee, or direct from Deans and other members of the senior leadership team (SLT). 
  • To report regularly to the Council, via the Vice-Chancellor's report, and the Audit and Risk Committee, on routine business and monitoring information; including apprising Council of accidents, and any incidents, and major risks.
  • To advise on the University's participation, as an accredited employer, in the ACC 'Partnership Programme'.    


  • Vice-Chancellor - Chair
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Registrar and Director of Human Resources  - Vice-Chairs
  • Equal membership taken from leadership, and management, and health and safety representatives:
    • A Dean of a Faculty.
    • Chief Executive Officer of UniServices.
    • Director of Campus Life.
    • Director of Property Services.
    • Three Faculty health and safety representatives appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.
    • Two health and safety representatives appointed by the Unions.
    • A student appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.
  • The power to co-opt one or two specialists
  • Associate Director, Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Committee members and term of office

Vice-Chancellor - Chair Holds office until
Prof. D Freshwater Ex officio  
Vice Chairs Holds office until
Mrs A Cleland, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Registrar Ex officio
Mr A Phipps, Director, Human Resources
Ex officio
University leadership and management Holds office until
TBA Ex officio
Mr D Matsis, Director, Associate Director Capital
Works, Property Services 
Ex officio
Dr A Shenk, CEO UniServices Ex officio
Mr B Mosely, Director, Campus Life  Ex officio
University faculty health and safety representatives
Holds office until
Mr R Gilbert, FMHS
 February 2022 
Mr K Murgitroyd, CAI
 February 2021
Mr T Signal, Arts
 February 2020 
Union health and safety representatives
Holds office until
Dr B Hughes, TEU
 February 2019
Ms M O'Connell, PSA
 February 2021
Student health and safety representative
Holds office until
Dr M Muthiah, FMHS
 February 2022
Associate Director Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Holds office until
Mr A Clark
Ex officio

Committee Secretary

Dee Chapman

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87779

Schedule of meetings

Date Time
15.02.2022 2.30pm
19.04.2022 2.30pm
21.06.2022 2.30pm
16.08.2022 2.30pm
18.10.2022 2.30pm 
13.12.2022 2.30pm