Established in 1997, QEC is a specialised regulatory and technical consultancy, working across the fields of environmental, safety, hazardous substances, food safety and quality management.We provide consultancy, training, auditing, assessment and certification services throughout New Zealand. Our staff are experienced and tertiary qualified.

QEC is a registered Private Training Establishment (PTE) with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. We operate a training management system which is independently audited and accredited by NZQA. We provide a range of short to medium courses and National Certificates. At our last external review the NZQA concluded we were confident in educational performance and confident in self assessment. WE are the sole provider of the NZQA Approved Health and Safety Foundation Skills Certificate course.

Our health and safety system is accredited to TERTIARY in the ACC WSMP programme.

QEC is an accredited audit and certification agent to the Warranty Standards accreditation programme, approved by International Certifications Ltd. The standards include the Quality, Eco, Work Safe, Safe Food and Risk Management. Our auditors hold international registration with either EXEMPLAR or Warranty Standards. Our auditors are skilled in working in a variety of work places with different environments, cultures, and hazards.

QEC is contracted to ACC to provide senior audit services for auditor peer review and the accredited employer programme (AEP).

QEC employs two Worksafe approved Compliance Certifiers under the Health and Safety at Work Act, providing compliance assessment and certification for certified handlers, locations and stationary container systems.

We have a well earned reputation for excellence and our specialised industry and regulatory knowledge enables us to provide our clients with consultancy across the fields of quality, health and safety and environmental management.

Our staff

Leigh-Anne Peake

Managing Director

Education and Training:

Bachelor of Science (earth science)
Diploma of Environmental Management
Diploma Occupational Health and Safety
Certificate in Quality Assurance
EXEMPLAR Lead Environmental Auditor
ACC Approved Senior Auditor AEP
HNSO Compliance Certifier – locations, approved handlers, tanks (TST0036)

Key Activities:
Client and project management
Site assessments and audits
Management system development
Safety culture development
HSNO location compliance certificates
HSNO Certified Handler certification
Auditing- compliance, risk, health and safety, quality

Leigh-Anne has managed and expanded QEC since 1997. Her background is predominantly chemical industry, however over the years she has gained experience across a range of sectors, including manufacturing, forestry, food, education, compliance, resource consents, waste, contaminated sites, plant and machinery. Leigh-Anne is a specialist auditor trainer and her skills are highly sought after. Over the years, many of QEC's clients have achieved their goals and objectives with input and coaching from Leigh-Anne. 

Contact Leigh-Anne on 07 827 0075 ext 19

Andrew Peake

Account Manager, Impartiality Manager

Key Activities:
Inspection body appeal management 

Andrew has many years' experience running commercial businesses. He looks after the accounting function for QEC and is keen to further develop commercial relationships with QEC's many existing and future clients. He is also provides independence and impartiality for our inspection body procedures. 

Andrew, under instruction from the girls, is learning to make coffee and is progressing well.

Contact Andrew on 07 827 0075 ext 15

Fiona Forrest

Hazardous Substance Team Leader

Education and training:
Bachelor in Forensic Science and Biology (Hons)
Diploma of Environmental Management 
WorkSafe Approved Compliance Certifier – locations, stationary containers, tanks, certified handlers (TST100175)

Key Activities:
Hazardous substance assessment and monitoring
Site assessments and audits
Auditing - environmental, health and safety, quality
Fiona has four and a half years experience in Quality Control working in a GMP Laboratory. Fiona is involved in hazardous substance management including HSNO compliance, site audits and certification.

Contact Fiona on or 07 827 0075 ext 22

Vivian O’Kane
Project Coordinator, Food Safety

Education and Training
NZCS Chemistry
NZ Dip Bus (First Line Management) Level 3

Key Activities

Vivian has over 20 years’ experience in quality control and quality assurance in a variety of industries, including food manufacturing, dietary supplements and veterinary pharmaceuticals.  Vivian brings her industry experience and is involved in auditing, training, and providing support to consultants with their work in the field

Contact Vivian on or 07 827 0075 ext 17 . 

Adrea Noyes
Improvement Facilitator

Education and training:
Master of Science (res. hons.) (Earth Sciences)
National Certificate in Community Support Services
National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (Vocational/Workplace)

Key Activities:
Moodle development and administration
Resource consents
Social media

Adrea is involved in research, training, and works in the field with data capture, and report content.  She actively works with clients to facilitate improvements in regards to health and safety in their workplaces such as conducting workplace assessment of training or competence and emergency response.  

Contact Adrea on or 07 827 0075 ext 12

Satnam Singh
Hazardous Substance Assessor

Education and Training
Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development
Completing Certificate in Applied Science 

Key Activities
Hazardous substance assessment

Satnam has worked various positions in the food manufacturing industry with over 3 years of experience in health and safety and quality control. He is avidly involved in providing support to consultants in hazardous substances regulations and site assessments.

Contact Satnam on or 07 827 0075 ext 20

Mary Amacna
Consultant/Training and QA Coordinator

Education and Training
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advanced Educational Facilitation (Adult Education)
Certificate in Professional Education
Certificate of Proficiency in Science Education

Key Activities
Course Review
Quality Assurance

Mary has varied work experience both in manufacturing industry and education settings. She worked as a process engineer in an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001accredited company before moving to hazardous waste environmental services. She has also worked as a pollution control officer for years in-charged of treating and transporting hazardous substances as well as compliance with legal requirements and HSE regulations.

After acquiring her license to teach, she expanded her skills to include education and has over five years of experience in science and chemistry education.

Contact Mary on or 07 827 0075 ext 16


Hazardous Substance Assessor

  QEC is a multi service consulting and certification company; and we certify businesses to store and use hazardous substances safely. Specialising in all aspects of quality, environmental, and health and safety management systems, we seek a hazardous substance consultant to join our team.

In this role you will undertake the following key duties:

Support other consultants with their work.

Consultancy activities including hazardous substance management, safety data sheet preparation, signage and labeling assessment, PPE/WES assessments.

Calculate secondary containment, separation distances, and hazardous atmosphere zones.

Assess building design and the need for waivers, compliance plans, and coordinate action plans for Worksafe.

Undertake certification assessments for all or any of certified hander competence, locations, stationary containers, fillers, legal compliance. 

Report writing including but not limited to test certification assessment reports, audit reports, compliance plans applications, and hazardous substance inventory reports.

Design and facilitate hazardous substance emergency scenarios.


This full time role would suit someone who has an outgoing personality, the ability to learn quickly and enjoys a challenging and varied work environment.  In addition you will be self motivated, able to work unsupervised, produce high consistently high quality work and thrive on deadlines and targets.

To be successful in this role you will ideally have demonstrated experience with the implementation of hazardous substance compliance. A tertiary qualification in a science or health and safety related field will assist your application.   Auditing skills or qualification would be advantageous.

If this sounds like a great job but you don’t have all the skills we seek, don’t let this stop you from applying, for the right person we will provide the necessary training.

Whilst the QEC office is based in Cambridge, we work throughout New Zealand so regular travel will be required.  

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Clients success

Associated Auctioneers Consent Compliance Perfection!

During 2018 renewal of the stormwater discharge consent for the Tuakau Saleyards, the site received an enviable status remark from Waikato Regional Council Resource Officer Kent Russell.

"I appreciate that the site has a superb compliance record in terms of BOD".
QEC has been managing the consent applications, and monitoring the discharge for 13 years and has achieved 100% for its sampling and consent reporting compliance requirements! If you want complete peace of mind with your discharge consents, then you need to be working with QEC. Better Safer Business. Its that simple. 

20 Years EXEMPLAR Registered Senior Auditor

April 2017
Our Managing Director Leigh-Anne Peake has been an internationally accredited Senior Environmental (and safety and quality) Auditor with EXEMPLAR Global for an impressive 20 YEARS! This means she has completed 20 years of compulsory professional development, conducted audits, undergone peer review, re-registrations, and supported EXEMPLAR with auditor exam development for 20 consecutive years.

South Pacific Pictures Achieves Worksafe Warranty Certification

Congratulations to Mel Jones and the team working Hard at South Pacific Pictures Ltd who successfully passed their first Worksafe Warranty Audit July 2017. These guys produce Shortland Street, so next time you are watching a bit of your favourite soap, you can be assured that all the systems, including some great stunts, are all managed with a safety first attitude. After the audit Mel noted "the Audit was incredibly beneficial. Thanks so much for the recommendations". Contact us at QEC if you would like to know more about Worksafe Warranty accreditation in your business,

Shortland St Set

Shortland St Set

Industrial Tube Manufacturing Co. Ltd

Congratulations to Industrial Tube Manufacturing Co. Ltd for successfully commissioning their hydrogen facility on the 4th December 2014 for their stainless steel manufacturing and annealing operations in Hamilton

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