Mike Cosman

Health and Safety Professional
CosmanParkes Ltd
Auckland Region


I've been consulting for the past 14 years after a long and successful career as a health and safety regulator in the UK and in NZ since 2004. Clients are typically large public and private sector organisations across most industries.

My particular area of interest/expertise is diagnosis -what's working well or in need of improvement and why, what's gone wrong and how can we learn from it? I'm not really an implementer although I work with others to develop strategic and implementation plans and to evaluate effectiveness. I don't write manuals or sell systems. I am an accredited Safe+ assessor

The key role of governance in providing leadership in H&S was identified by the Taskforce (of which I was the only H&S professional member). I am an independent member of several governance groups in the public sector and work with the IoD and directly with clients to develop governance skills. I provide contestable advice to the board and senior executives as part of their assurance role through targeted reviews and investigations and act as an independent advisor. I am an accredited SafePlus assessor but am flexible and tailor my approach to each client's specific requirements.

I have provided expert witness advice for prosecution and defence in H&S cases as well as in related areas such as employment matters, civil/insurance claims and ACC.

I also have a particular interest in major capital project management and asbestos.

As Chair of the NZISM's  Board I am a strong believer in high professional standards and continuous professional development for those in our industry.

HASANZ Registered
  • New Zealand Institute of Safety Management
  • Chartered Member of IOSH,
    Member of the Institute of Directors
  • BSc (Hons) Management Science (University of Warwick, UK)
    Post Grad Diploma Occupational Safety and Hygiene (Aston University, UK)
    Certificate in Company Direction (IOD NZ)
My Skills and Experience

Postal address

59 Chatham Avenue
North Shore 0632

Street address

59 Chatham Avenue
North Shore 0632