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Meet the VHNZ Team: Dave Giddens

26 October 2016

Meet the VHNZ Team: Dave Giddens

Dave joined VHNZ at the start of October 2016 and is the Regional Training Manager for Bay of Plenty and Waikato Regions. Dave replaces Marcus Bathan who has moved on to Training Manager.

Previously employment was with Connexis Industry Training Organization (11 years) as the Area Manager in Nelson and finally 3 years ago moved Tauranga firstly to manage BOP/Waikato and last 6 months the North Island Dave has spent majority of his life involved in Training, firstly with the NZ Army (21 years in various establishment), ENZA (Apple and Pear Board) and the NZRU (Rugby Development Manager). In the middle had time away from training (5 years) and Owned a Specialized Sports shop for runners and tramping.

With his experience across a multitude of industries we asked Dave about his thoughts on Health and Safety within NZ:

Dave, what is your first memory of the importance of safety?
I remember Safety was paramount where ever you went in the Military, this being on the open range, driving vehicles or in the barracks. 

What has surprised you most about working within Health and Safety, Industry training?
The amount of miss information that is out there; Companies or Managers need to invest time and energy into their Staff to ensure they are trained properly to operate safely in a work environment.

What do you wish other people knew about safety in New Zealand? 
For everyone to take responsibility in the Workplace; to build a culture of acceptance.

Tell me about something you've learnt while working at VHNZ?
That there are companies out there investing in their staff.

What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
If you require advice on Sport shoes (not Fashion) on the in's and out's, happy to help.

If you were alone on a dessert island and could only take three items what would you take?
Food (this includes wine), 

Dave's Qualifications in Brief:
First Line Management Level 4
Adult Education Level 4

Over the years Dave has been involved in a variety of sports these include Rugby, Touch Rugby, Refereeing and Running. He is more involved on the social activities now which include, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Walking and Lawn Bowling. Welcome to the team Dave. We are excited to have you on board.