Heather Andrews

Health and Safety Professional
Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd
Manawatu-Wanganui Region


I am a safety management professional and a Director of Aviation Safety Management Systems, one of New Zealand’s leading aviation regulatory consultancy firms.  I have experience outside the aviation sector as well with Health and Safety Consulting. 

My current work involves holding Senior Management positions for Safety Management Systems, including health and safety practices, within the aviation industry. Under my current contracts I advise Chief Executives on health and safety practices, chair multi-PCBU meetings at both governance and operations levels, lead hazard identification meetings with workshop-floor employees, train employees at all levels of the organisation, consult with external stakeholders, and develop systems and processes.  

I have a strong background in education and training. I can deliver health and safety training effectively and communicate with people from a wide range of backgrounds.

I have over 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles in the aviation industry, which has provided a range of experience that is relevant to understanding the aviation sector. This experience includes implementation of safety management systems and ensuring safe regulatory compliance is met.  I am also involved in unmanned aircraft operator certification, including airspace requirements and operator education, where technology is changing quickly.

I also have experience in auditing health and safety in both the aviation sector and other sectors. 


HASANZ Registered
  • New Zealand Institute of Safety Management
  • Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
    New Zealand Defence Industry Association
    Exemplar Global, Registration Number: 209490

  • Masters - Executive MBA (Honours)
    Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6, Tertiary)
    Accredited Safety Auditor (ASA), NZ Safety Council (Registration Number 076)
    Auditing Quality Management Systems and ISO9001, Southpac Aerospace (RABQSA-QM783)
    ISO19011:2018 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems, and Leading Audit Teams (Exemplar Global) to audit against:
    ISO9001:2015 Quality Management Systems
    ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems
    ISO45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
    Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (Level 5, Tertiary)
    US4098: Use Standards to Assess Candidate Performance
    US11552: Design Assessment
    US11551: Moderate Assessment
    The New Zealand Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) – Fire and Emergency of New Zealand (NZQA)
My Skills and Experience

Postal address

P O BOX 325
Manawatu 4740