Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald


Health and Safety Advisor

P: 021 244 8453


As an award-winning health and safety advisor with more than 10 years’ experience, Sarah has led health and safety programmes on major civil and infrastructure projects, including the $630 million Mackays to Peka Peka expressway. Formerly a Senior Health and Safety Advisor for Fletcher Construction, Sarah has hands-on experience working with subcontractors and workers to lift health and safety practices, and improve on-site attitudes to safety.

Sarah has a proven passion for the industry and holds a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Massey University. A graduate member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management, Sarah has delivered successful risk and health management strategies which have demonstrated significant return on investment and driven down injury rates. With experience in conducting investigations, and qualifications in a range of technical areas, Sarah excels in connecting and engaging with contractors as an educator, coach and mentor.

Qualifications and Awards

  • Safeguard Health and Safety Practitioner of the Year 2017
  • NZIOB Safety Excellence Award 2017
  • Hays NAWIC 2016 Professional Women of the Year - Highly Commended
  • Safeguard 2015 Best Significant Health and Safety Initiative by a large company – Finalist
  • Fletcher Construction 2016 HSW Advisor of the Year - Finalist
  • NZISM Graduate
  • Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
  • ICAM Investigation
  • Work Place Urine Drug Testing NZQA 25458
  • NZDDA Drug and Alcohol Management Course
  • MYOB Health and Safety system
  • CES Asbestos identification and control course
  • First Aid Level Two
  • HSNO Approved Handler
  • Excavator slinging, lifting and placing loads
  • Confined spaces