About BeSafe Taranaki

BeSafe Taranaki was created through a drive for health and safety excellence in Taranaki. The leaders of Oil & Gas companies and contractors collaborated to form this group with keen interest on raising health and safety standards not only in their own operations but in the wider work environment and the community beyond. 

Initially the group sponsored and supported the HSE Training centre. The centre was a concrete example of the main focus of the group: raising the standard of health and safety in the Taranaki region through common training and procedures. 

Today BeSafe Taranaki has 2 key focus areas -




BeAligned was established in 2016 to deliver on initiatives that improve alignment on health, safety and wellbeing expectations for our workplaces and community. The group works collaboratively to promote and influence the membership to implement good, consistent and aligned safety practices. Examples of this include establishing commonality of training standards; workplace drug & alcohol policy; and safety related learnings communication




Engage brings together the wider business community with the forum to discuss the issues that we are all facing with our health & safety. Engage hosts events that feature presenters and subject experts to discuss and improve our collective understanding of the trending issues within health and safety. Past presentations and workshops have included WorkSafe NZ; ACC; Business Leaders Health & Safety Forum; CHASNZ and local community leaders.


We are governed by a board of Trustees

 Dr Joanna Breare was appointed Chief Executive Todd Energy in 2014.  She is the Chair of BeSafe Taranaki Board of Trustees, Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ), Chair of the Taranaki 2050 Just Transition Lead Group and a Board Member of Venture Taranaki Trust. She is passionate about the Taranaki region, in particular its Health and Safety. In her spare time, she is a volunteer Surf Life Guard at East End beach.


 Frances Boyce is the Managing Director of Whitaker Civil Engineering Ltd. She is the Deputy Chair of BeSafe Taranaki Trust, and has membership with NZISM, Institute of Directors, Business Health & Safety Leadership Forum, NAWIC and Taranaki Chamber of Commerce. With a background of quality, health, safety and environmental management, her motivation is derived from supporting our people and place.

Brian Ropitini is Taranaki born and bred and was previously the Director of Manufacturing for Methanex NZ Ltd and has over 30 years’ experience in the petrochemical industry in NZ and Canada.  He is passionate about improving the health and has been a BeSafe Trustee since 2013, (served as Chair from 2018 – 2020) is currently Deputy chair of the Taranaki Health Foundation Trust and Chair of Te Hanataua Trust


Kerry Williamson is the Head of Projects and leads the Project Delivery team for OMV New Zealand. He is on the OMV NZ Country Leadership Team and is responsible for the projects and operational support for the Māui, Pohokura, and Maari fields. Prior to this, Kerry was with the Royal Dutch Shell group for 22 years, with roles held across Operations, Projects and Business Planning around the world. He holds a degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering from The University of Auckland. Kerry is passionate  about HSE performance in his role, and focusses on strict planning for risk reduction and operational procedures that enable exceptional HSE performance through the project lifecycle. He plays an active role in BeSafe Taranaki as Trust sponsor of the BeAligned campaign.


David Langford is the Infrastructure Manager for New Plymouth District Council, responsible for service delivery across drinking water, wastewater, storm water, transportation, refuse & recycling, parks & open spaces, asset management and capital projects. With a background in civil construction contracting he brings a grounding in real-world health & safety experience to the client’s side of the industry and is a passionate advocate for strong supply chain leadership  by client organisations


Richard Ellis is the Managing Director of Dialog Fitzroy Limited. Richard joined Dialog Fitzroy (formerly known as Fitzroy Engineering) in 2005 and has been the Managing Director since April 2011.  He holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Engineering and Automation.  Richard has over 25 years’ experience and he has extensive experience in project management, contract negotiation and global markets.  He is a strong advocate for Health and Safety in the workplace and the environment.



Graham Wells is the Executive Director and Principal of Wells Group which provides services to clients across the country. Encouraging the ‘right behaviours’ in how people go about their activities, whether it be at work or not, is seen by him as a prime contributor to the achievement of great Health and Safety outcomes. Graham was instrumental in the establishment of Be Safe Taranaki Trust and has been a trustee since its inception.