Group Health & Safety Manager
D: 09 574 7006
M: 021 1188 337
1 year service
As Group Health & Safety Manager, Darren is the man tasked with upholding Camelspace’s enviable safety record.
A health and safety (H&S) specialist, Darren came to Camelspace from within the construction industry. Having started his professional life as a quantity surveyor in housebuilding before transitioning into commercial, he has spent the last eight years in construction H&S.
Darren joined Camelspace in early 2018 and is responsible for fostering the company’s continual-improvement safety culture. His key area of expertise is designing effective, user-friendly H&S systems. As well as reviewing policies and procedures, he manages day-to-day accident reporting, training, auditing and management reporting.
He works with the wider Camelspace team to ensure training and competency requirements are up to date, equipment is safety-tested and certified, and that safety audits and compliance requirements are met. With a H&S officer in each branch, Darren provides support where they need it and makes sure the whole team have the resources, tools and knowledge to keep themselves safe.
To ensure he’s up with the latest industry requirements and practices, Darren takes his own learning and development seriously too. He has completed the Level 3 Certificate in Health & Safety, a national qualification, this year, alongside a Certificate in Construction Health & Safety (Site Safe & Unitec) and various Site Safe leadership and supervisory training. He is part of a H&S taskforce which meets bi-monthly and comprises representatives from other businesses and industries.
Another expat who came for a look and never went home, Darren moved to NZ in 2005 with his wife, worked as a quantity surveyor for Hawkins Construction before moving to Canam Construction. He spent 10 years with Canam, transitioning from quantity surveying into H&S management and business systems development positions. In addition, Darren consulted and contracted to other construction companies, helping them develop their H&S systems.
Outside of work, Darren is actively involved in his community supporting personal development and counselling for men through the Essentially Men Education Trust. He attends and is part of the service team for various events and workshops and facilitates men’s groups throughout the organisation, helping those working through mental health issues. He has appeared on the small screen more than once, having ‘a bit of fun’ as a TV extra in commercials and locally-produced TV shows.