Michelle Henderson Wins Prestigious Health and Safety Leadership Award

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PowerNet Chief Operating Officer Michelle Henderson won the Safeguard Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum – Leader of the Year Award at Tuesday nights (28th May) New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards held in Auckland.

Henderson won the award for developing the innovative ‘Coaching by Kilometre’
programme in which she and leaders travel throughout Southland and Otago coaching
PowerNet frontline teams to lift leadership capability. Driving time is used in a structured
way for coaching, debriefing and planning.

The annual awards, supported by WorkSafe NZ, recognise excellence in the field of health
and safety for everyone involved in the prevention of work injury and ill-health.
Henderson said she was proud to represent PowerNet and show how a business in the
south was able to achieve national recognition.

“Thanks to all the team from the frontline to the leaders and CEO Jason Franklin and the
board. Also thanks to my family. They put up with a lot when I am away travelling and facing operational disruption through weather events,” she said.
She said she had always been supported to innovate and lift health and safety standards to
reinforce PowerNet’s ‘Safety Always’ ethos.

Franklin said the entire PowerNet team was proud of Henderson and that the win was a
reflection on how well respected she was in the health and safety field in New Zealand.
“It’s a tribute to Michelle’s ongoing commitment to safety and recognises her as a great
leader who champions continuous improvement in everything she does,” he said.
‘Coaching by Kilometre’ encourages leaders to engage regularly with field leaders and their
staff, something Henderson said was critical to achieving positive health and safety
outcomes.
“Coaching by Kilometre is a key plank in building a stronger health and safety culture at
PowerNet,” she said.

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