Mike Cosman

Health and Safety Professional
CosmanParkes Ltd


I've been consulting for the past 10 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? Im not really an implementor although I work with others to develop strategic and implementation plans and to evaluate effectiveness. I don't write manuals or sell systems.

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 Advisory 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)



Health and safety service

  • Accident or Incident Investigations - Expert Witness
  • Contractor Safety Management
  • Compliance with Legislation
  • Hazard or Risk Assessment
  • Health and Safety Advice
  • Health and Safety Assurance
  • Health and Safety Audit
  • Health and Safety Governance
  • Health and Safety Leadership
  • Health and Safety System Performance
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Risk Management Systems
  • Asbestos
  • Safe Plus onsite assessments

Health and safety subject

  • Asbestos
  • Fatality
  • Working in and around vehicles

Injury or health issue



  • Northland Region
  • Auckland Region
  • Waikato Region
  • Bay of Plenty Region
  • Gisborne Region
  • Taranaki Region
  • Hawkes Bay Region
  • Manawatu-Wanganui Region
  • Wellington Region
  • Wairarapa Region
  • Tasman Region
  • Nelson Region
  • Marlborough Region
  • West Coast Region
  • Canterbury Region
  • Otago Region
  • Southland Region


  • Construction and Building Services
  • DHB
  • Engineering
  • Financial and Insurance Services
  • Forestry
  • Government - Central
  • Government - Local
  • Health Services
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Meat and Food Processing
  • Professional and Admin Services
  • SOE
  • Water and Waste Services

Business size experience

  • Large 50-99
  • Enterprise 100+

Street address

Berl House
108, The Terrace
Wellington 6011

Postal address

PO Box 25064
Wellington 6011