Congratulations to our new Health and Safety Advisor - Kelcie Mills

31 Jul 2020, 9:30 AM

A lot of you have been asking the question – who is our new health and safety advisor?

Congratulations to Kelcie Mills! You’ve probably seen her around and you might have already met her.  Kelcie has been at regional council in a casual position since July 2019.  Right now, Kelcie is studying a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Health and Safety.  She only has three papers to go until she finishes her degree, so we’ve snapped her up quick!

“It took some convincing to apply for the role as I’m not quite finished my studies! I’m so happy I did.  I love working here, and I already ready know the people and the culture at regional council so the transition into the role is easier than starting somewhere new,” Kelcie says.

Beryl Steele HR Manager is equally as pleased to have her on board:

“Having worked with Kelcie for the past year, it’s been great to have her as part of the team and we’re delighted to have her on board permanently.”

Kelcie started here as our Health and Safety Project Assistant, working up to three days a week.  Some of the experience she’s had over that time has been updating the risk register, background work on contractor management, checking in on essential workers during the COVID-19 lockdown and helping the HR team out with paperwork.

“While I’m comfortable here at council I’m now finding my feet in my new role.  I’m planning on reintroducing myself to as many people as possible and I’ll let them know I’m the go-to person for any health and safety questions, so you might see me doing my rounds!”

Kelcie has always had her sights set on a career in health and safety, and it’s a career choice that allows her to tap into parts of her personality that really suit the role.

“I’ve always been the person who looks out for others.  It’s really satisfying to help others see risks in their role that they might not otherwise see or know about.”

“I also really love meeting new people and I thoroughly enjoy being part of the family environment here at Northland Regional Council.”

Kelcie is now getting familiar with reviewing procedures, sorting chemical storage, writing contractor handbooks and organising training, just to get her started!  She’ll soon be joining the Health and Safety Committee and the wellbeing group.  There’s a lot of work to be done, Kelcie and the team will enlist help from contractors where needed along the way.  I’m sure all of you will wish her the best of luck for the role and we’re very lucky to have her as a full-time, valued member of the team.

Kelcie is all set up and looking forward to working in her new role.