This year’s panel of independent judges is made up of these three experts in safety and business. You can also read the judging criteria the STAR Awards judges are using in their decision-making.


Francois Barton

Francois established and ran WorkSafe NZ’s national programme team, which has delivered major safety campaigns in construction, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing. He is currently the Executive Director for the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.

Francois previously held roles at MBIE, including being involved in early discussions that led to the development of the Canterbury Safety Rebuild Charter, and at the Department of Labour where he was part of the team that set up the Forum in 2010.


Sheridan Broadbent

Sheridan has been working in executive and governance roles in the infrastructure, technology and energy sectors for more than 20 years. She is the Deputy Chair of Kordia and of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.

Sheridan also provides shareholder and board advisory services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and business start-ups in the technology and infrastructure sectors, as Managing Director of Breach Consulting Ltd. 




Andrew Priest

Andrew is a management consultant specialising in business strategy and organisational dynamics. He is also an independent director with past appointments at farmer cooperatives in Canterbury. Andrew has extensive executive leadership experience, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Ngāi Tahu Farming and Forestry, as well as from international roles with Heinz Wattie’s, General Cable and a United States based position with Carter Holt Harvey.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waikato, a Master of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury, and a Master of Arts in Organisational Psychology from Columbia University.