Our Team

Nigel Palmer

Nigel Palmer

SiteWise Manager

Email: npalmer@sitesafe.org.nz

Phone: 021 324 923

Having held management positions in several different industries over the last 30 years including Sales & Marketing, Consumer Electronics, Land Development, The Ski industry and New Zealand’s Wine business, following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011, I found myself drawn into the Health & Safety sector and in particular, prequalification which was just beginning to transform into a service appealing to a growing number of Principal organisations and main contractors.

While my skill set and business experience didn’t at first appear relevant to the health and safety industry, I quickly realized that many of the professional and personal values I had acquired throughout my business career were indeed transferable and have been of huge value in helping to develop and build SiteWise into one of New Zealand’s most successful prequalification platforms.

Our primary focus in developing SiteWise has been built around the user experience with ease of use, simplicity and support being our most fundamental priorities. Together with the principle of listening to our customers, this focus remains one of the strongest pillars SiteWise is built on allowing us to deliver a professional, consistent, and quality service.

Krystal Sidon

Krystal Sidon

SiteWise Coordinator

Email: ksidon@sitesafe.org.nz

Phone: 021 717 586

My foundational background is in Education.

In 2014 I was given the opportunity to pivot into Health and Safety, obtaining several years of experience managing Health and Safety within the construction industry.

It is an absolute privilege to be able to support PCBUS, around New Zealand, as they embark on their Prequalification journey.

Katie Sparks

Katie Sparks

SiteWise Administrator

Email: ksparks@sitesafe.org.nz

Phone: 027 245 4464

Katie joined the SiteWise team at the start of 2021 in an administration role. Katie comes from the airline industry where she led, trained, and assessed cabin crew in emergency and safety procedures/protocols. She has also spent several years in hospitality where she managed large venues & staff. More recently Katie was a Wedding & Events Coordinator living in sunny Nelson.

Katie is very passionate about health and safety and customer service because she loves supporting customers to ensure they achieve their desired outcomes.

Trudy Hodge

Trudy Hodge

SiteWise Lead Assessor

Email: thodge@sitesafe.org.nz

Phone: 021 244 7361

I have a background in Quality Assurance however Health and Safety has been my career choice for the past 15 plus years.
I have worked for several companies, big and small, which has given me a sound knowledge of many industries.
Some of the key industries to note are laboratory, seed, meat, civil construction, and dairy/manufacturing.

Before starting the role of Lead Assessor, I was a full time Health and Safety Advisor for Site Safe, helping to service the Southern region

I have qualifications in Quality Assurance, Seed Technology and Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6).
Other strengths are training, investigation, consultancy, and auditing.

I live in a small rural village West of Christchurch with my partner, two cats and two dogs.
In my spare time, I enjoy being creative. This can be in the garden or painting pet portraits onto different media types.

I would love to talk to you about how I can help improve your health and safety systems.

Paul Hyde-Smith

Paul Hyde-Smith

SiteWise Assessor

Email: phyde-smith@sitesafe.org.nz

Phone: 027 236 6544

Paul joined the SiteWise team in January 2022 as an Assessor. Paul has over 25 years’ experience working in the construction industry including both residential project and health and safety management. His passion for improving health and safety lead him to become a Health & Safety Advisor with Site Safe from 2006 – 2015. He has now returned to be an Assessor. His sound knowledge and understanding, along with his practical H&S experience will benefit companies when reviewing the SiteWise assessments. Paul will be able to provide sound advice and give good guidance if they fall short.

In his spare time Paul enjoys flying his microlight trike, hiking and biking.

Specific Expertise

  • Health & safety auditing
  • Risk management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Health and safety management systems
  • Site specific safety planning
  • ICAM investigation
  • Incident investigation
  • ISO H&S Prequalification assessments
  • Emergency management
  • Site project management
  • Residential construction

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Nebosh International General Certificate in Occupational Health and safety
  • ICAM Incident Investigation
  • Site Safe Certificate in Construction Site Safety
  • NZ Institute of Safety Management member
  • Auditors Certificate
  • STMS L2/3 NP
Genele Cleary

Genele Cleary

SiteWise Assessor

Email: gcleary@sitesafe.org.nz

Phone: 021 819 378

Genele joined SiteWise in October 2023, based in Hawkes Bay and covering Country wide assessments. This is not Genele’s first term as a SiteWise Assessor, she worked as a Central Region Site Safe Advisor between 2016 and 2019, and filled her spare time when not training, completing SiteWise Assessments. She has over 22 years of practical Health and Safety Advisory experience and is looking forward to assisting our SiteWise Client Base.

Her areas of expertise are broad and her interests include Safety by Design, Contract Management, the development of Health & Safety Culture and Continual Improvement, Systems development, Worker Engagement, Management of Risk and Training/Upskilling others and herself.

In Genele’s spare time she enjoys, travel, cooking, reading, walking, getting creative, and spending time with family, friends and her Lab Daisy.

Qualifications and Membership:

Oxford Brookes University Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management

ICAM Incident Investigation

Lead Auditor Integrated Management Systems (ISO45001, ISO14001, ISO9001)

Site Safe Certificate in Construction Site Safety

NEBOSH National General Certificate (UK)

IOSH Managing Safely in Construction

City and Guilds PTLLS (preparing to train in the life-long learning sector) L 4

Association of Project Managers Certificate and Introductory Certificate in Project Management

Professional member of New Zealand Institute of Safety Management NZISM

Graduate member of Institute of Occupational Safety and Health  IOSH

Neville Wardlaw

Neville Wardlaw

SiteWise Assessor

Email: nwardlaw@sitesafe.org.nz

Phone: 027 576 0789

This is my third time back with the SiteWise team. My previous role was as a contract assessor, and I’m now a part-time employee. 

I have worked mostly on construction sites and major hazard facilities over the years, firstly as an electrician, then electrical inspector and lastly as a health and safety advisor. 


  • Tertiary qualifications in health and safety in both New Zealand and Australia. 
  • Has held a number of management positions in both roles over the years.  
  • Has a rich diversity of workplace knowledge and experience to assist in making assessment judgement calls in line with SiteWise protocols.