Cathy Knowsley B.Phed, BA (psychology), Dip.HSM

Health and Safety Practitioner
HiViz Event Management Limited
Wellington Region


I am a consultant specialising in health and safety for the arts, theatre, entertainment, and events industries.

With over 25 years of experience as a theatre technician and events site manager, I have a unique insight into the practical application of workplace health and safety in these challenging work environments. 

I also specialise in event safety management, with a focus on ensuring the comfort and safety of event participants, attendees, spectators and audiences. I believe that this is best achieved through good site design, crowd management planning, emergency planning, and robust communication systems.

My approach is to be solutions-focused, and I enjoy collaborating with practitioners to achieve the best safety outcomes, whilst respecting the creativity of my clients and upholding the integrity of their events. I promote open communication and joint decision making to ensure that the health and safety solutions agreed upon can and will be applied in the field.

I am committed to education and encouraging a positive culture of safety and responsibility throughout the arts, entertainment and events industries.

The services I offer include:

  • Health and safety management system development.
  • Bespoke risk management planning for specific events.
  • Site-specific safety management planning.
  • Crowd management planning.¬†
  • Event site planning and design.
  • Emergency planning for events.
  • Onsite management and supervision.
  • Health and safety reviews and assessments
HASANZ Registered
  • New Zealand Institute of Safety Management
  • Entertainment Technology New Zealand.
    Event Safety Alliance (USA)
    New Zealand Events Association
    Global Crowd Safety Alliance (Working Group Member)
  • Diploma Health & Safety Management
    Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
    Bachelor of Physical Education
My Skills and Experience

Postal address

56 South Karori Road
Wellington 6012