Governance Bio
Hans Buwalda
Appoint Professional

Hans Buwalda

10 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Council Controlled Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I specialize in environment, health and safety governance, strategy, risk management and assurance. I am looking for governance roles in organisations which seek strategic benefits and redued risks from EHS issues.”


Governance Roles

Deputy Chair

New Zealand Eco-Labelling Trust

August 2015 - Present (4 years)

The New Zealand Eco-labelling Trust operates Environmental Choice; New Zealand's official environmental label, initiated and endorsed by the New Zealand Government, which recognizes manufacturers that reduce the environmental impact of their products.


New Zealand Green Building Council

August 2006 - November 2013 (7 years)

Founding Director and chaired the Technical and the Residential Sub-Committees.

Executive Roles

Principal Consultant


January 2015 - Present (5 years)

Specialize in environment, health and safety governance, strategy, risk management and assurance.

Group Environment, Health and Safety Manager

Fletcher Building Ltd

October 2002 - December 2014 (12 years)

Established the governance processes for EHS, including enhanced reporting to the Board and an independent assurance programme. Established the executive structure for strategic management of EHS issues, with a CEO-lead Environment, Health and Safety Council. Prepared strategic health and safety, and sustainability programmes. Developed risk-based approaches for hazard management. Provided direction for reporting, review, audit and assurance processes.


Safety Institute of Australia

Chartered OHS Professional, Occupational Health and Safety

2016 - 2017

NZ Institute of Directors

Chartered Member, Governance

2016 - 2016

University of Auckland

Executive Master of Business Administration, Business management

1987 - 1989

Lincoln College

Post Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources, Environmental science

1976 - 1976

University of Canterbury

Bachelor of Science, Geography

1972 - 1976