Gary Morrison has spent most of his working career in the security industry.
A qualified accountant by trade, Gary joined Armourguard Security as a junior accountant and during his 20 plus years with the company progressed through a number of roles including Group Accountant, Company Secretary and Cash Services Manager before being appointed General Manager for New Zealand and Fiji. During this time Gary led the company through significant growth and was recognised on several occasions as one of the parent company (Tyco International) outstanding leaders.
On leaving Armourguard, Gary established Icon Security Group, which over a ten year period became New Zealand’s leading privately owned security operator and featured in the reality TV series, Noise Control.
Having sold Icon Security in 2013, Gary spent sometime providing specialised consulting services before accepting the position of CEO for the New Zealand Security Association. The association provides representation for the New Zealand security industry and it’s members provide some 80% plus of industry revenues and employees.
Operations + Finance Manager
Shona is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has spent the last 20 years working in the automotive industry with a leading after-market parts distributor as their Financial Accountant. She saw the company grow from a national network of around 15 branches to its present 68 branches, her role included preparing monthly and annual reporting for the branch network and leading a team of 9 finance staff.
Shona has recently joined the NZSA staff and is looking forward to learning more about the industry and being a part of this small friendly team.
Johanna has worked for NZSA for 6 months now and has developed her role from Administrator to Operations Coordinator: organising and planning the security training, Awards dinner and other events.
Johanna is originally from Germany and comes from a retail background , she has always enjoyed customer service roles and getting involved with all aspects of a business.
Johanna looks forward to developing her role even further and providing the best service to the members of the NZSA.
Doug has been employed in the security industry for the last 30 years until moving to semi-retirement during 2014. His appointment to the NZSA Board for the past 3 years and into the future is through employment with the Gallagher Group.
Doug has worked in the Gallagher NZ, UK and USA offices. While in the UK, he was a member of the BSIA Access Control working group and is currently a member of the IEC international working group responsible for preparing a new set of Standards for access control and associated systems. He is also the NZ delegate to the IEC Technical Committee 79 (Alarm and Electronic Security Systems).
Doug’s vision for the NZSA is to further develop customer growth for NZSA members through initiatives that explain and promote benefits of choosing NZSA members for their security requirements, which include the benefits of established standards and training.
David began his security engineering career 30 years ago in 1987 with Harding Signals and then started VIP Security as a one-man-band in 1997. David has grown his team to 25 staff and are considered one of the leading electronic security companies in Christchurch, Marlborough and Nelson.
David is guided by an advisory board to assist in the strategic direction of VIP Security looking forward into the Christchurch rebuild and beyond.
David offers to the board a person well versed in most aspects of electronic security, company management and strategy. David is committed to continuously raising the standards and quality within the industry.
David has previously served on the NZSA board from 2004 to 2009 and re-joined the board in 2013. David was the deputy chair 2016-2017.
Passionate about doing business in an ethical and professional way.
Venessa migrated to New Zealand in 2010 from Cape Town, South Africa, where she held the position of Call Centre Manager and Administration Manager at ADT Security. During her tenure in ADT South Africa Venessa set up a centralised inbound Customer Service Call Centre for Cape Town.
Venessa joined ADT Security New Zealand as Monitoring Team Manager where she had to quickly learn to cope with New Zealand’s different challenges. She got first hand operational experience in crisis management during the Christchurch earthquakes. She now holds the position of Operations and Customer Services Manager.
Prior to joining ADT Venessa managed the Call Centre for Virgin Active where amongst other functions she handled Customer complaints on behalf of Richard Branson.
Venessa hold a Bachelor’s in Economics and majored in Financial Management and Industrial Phycology.
Venessa hopes her zeal for delivering exceptional customer service will help lift the standards in the security industry.
Steffan has been in the security industry for 27 years working across manned services, alarm monitoring, electronic installation and cash in transit. He has spent a significant amount of time working with customers and has a good understanding of what matters to end users of security services. Steffan has been with Armourguard for the past 27 years working as their Regional Manager, based in Palmerston North.
James has been on the Board of NZSA for 6 years.
Over the past six years he has seen some significant changes within the security industry and the association. There are more expectations for the NZSA than ever before to step up and be the voice of the industry. James believes that there has been significant progress made in this area with relationships with government and the delivery of added value to the membership including the establishment of NZSA Training and the fuel card initiative.
James looks forward to see NZSA continue to deliver more benefits to the NZSA membership and be the voice of the industry.
Lance has a background in finance and banking and is equally comfortable in the Boardroom or on the shop floor. He has led teams of up to 450 staff members in 17 different locations and in his current role he has nationwide responsibility for over 12,000 trainees in 15 different industries. Lance holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University and sits on the Skills Organisation senior leadership team.
Wade has worked as the General Manager of Alarm Watch for 10+ years. Strategic decision making has resulted in his team growing from six people to 60 plus people and increased their bureau client base by 1000 percent.
Wade enjoys working with over 100 different installation companies in New Zealand and the relationships he has formed have been critical in influencing their own company direction.
Matt Stevenson has worked in the security industry for over twenty years. Starting out in 1995 as salesperson in Christchurch, he then established his own security firm which he sold in 2006 in order to join his father in building the HSM Group Limited. HSM (High Security Management) was established in 1997 delivering a broad range of security services including sales, installation, monitoring (including a Grade B1 monitoring station) and guarding to both residential and commercial clients locally and across New Zealand.
Matt now leads both a sales team, of skilled technicians in both Fire and Security and co-leads the monitoring and guard team. As one of two directors at HSM, he has been instrumental in developing the company into one of the top security providers that it is today with over 70 staff. While a family business, HSM has an outstanding reputation in the market place. Matt brings energy to the business and he is focused on ensuring an outstanding customer experience.
Chris has over 12 years of industry experience in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Having a broad range of industry knowledge from guarding and patrols, to alarm monitoring and Cash in Transit, gives Chris a unique perspective on the challenges faced by multi-national organizations, across a diverse range of industries. Applying his industry knowledge to deliver total security solutions, ranging from protecting critical infrastructure systems to employees and property has been cornerstone to Chris’s career. Having started out his career in sales, Chris is now the General manager of Hills New Zealand, one of the leading value-added distributors in Australia and New Zealand.
Chris is a consistent advocate to further professionalise the security industry and is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the NZSA.
Brett has been involved in the security industry for around 25 years working for both Owens Security and Armourguard before starting Watchdog Security 14 years ago. He is passionate about the security industry and the challenges it brings. His vision is for an industry that delivers a consistent high quality product to its customers and a desirable career path with good pay to those who work in it. Having been seconded onto the NZSA for a 12 month term in 2016 he is standing again to continue contributing and to continue with the progress that the NZSA has made in the last 12 months as an effective and progressive industry body.