Staff + Board


Gary Morrison


Gary – 021 122 9606

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.

Tacia Strawbridge

Finance + Operations Manager

Tacia – 027 381 7724

Tacia has 15 years’ experience as a Commercial Manager in the construction industry. With expertise in finance, marketing, operations and administration, Tacia is in a great position to manage all the requirements of the business. Tacia is learning about the industry and is excited to be working with the NZSA and the team.

Andrea Charlton

National Manager Training + Employment Services

Andrea – 027 450 2020

I am curently employed with the NZSA as the National Manager Training and Employment Services, where we are running a work broker programme in association with the Ministry of Social Development. This programme helps place employable beneficiaries into the security sector. I am loving the challenges and triumphs that this role has created and I am grateful to be in such a supportive work environment.

Prior to working with the NZSA I had been working in the finance industry for the best part of 10 years. I also hold a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Human Resource Management and Marketing.

I hope I get to meet a few more members that will join us on this great programme in association with MSD and thanks to those who are already on the journey with us.

If you would like to find our more about this great programme and what benefits your organisation could receive, please feel free to contact me: [email protected].



Napat Pawapootanon

Senior National Work Broker

Napat – 027 381 4663

Napat is one of our MSD Work Broker Programme success stories and is continuing the good work as Senior National Work Broker Service. Working with Andrea, Napat vets and places MSD candidates with our member companies.

Napat graduated from University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Commercial Law and Management and is excited to apply his experience in a practical and rewarding way.


Gray Paterson

Independent Chairperson

Gray has held numerous roles including Managing Director, CEO, Trustee and is current Chairperson for a number of entities. For seven years he held the CEO role for the Apprenticeship Training Trust which employs and manages apprentices for small trade businesses in the electrical and plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying industries throughout New Zealand.

Gray is practical and solution orientated. He has been described as a hands-on honest leader who creates a positive culture, has strong financial acumen and personal and business integrity. His roles are now focused on giving back to industry, business and the community. Gray continues to be involved at board level across a number of organisations including not for profit as well as consulting and advising businesses and other projects.

Brett Wilson

Deputy Chairperson

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.

Andy Gollings

Andy was appointed to the role of Operations Manager in 2002 and has grown with the company seeing Red Badge flourish from an event specialist into a truly national company providing a wide range of high-quality manpower services. A qualified trainer, Andy is passionate about training and staff development. Following the 15th March 2019 attacks in Christchurch Andy led the Red Badge Group response as New Zealand scrambled to understand how to manage Crowded Spaces in this environment. Andy has also been active in the development of industry training and chairs the NZSA, Special Interest Group for Training and Development.

Caroline Halton

Originally from the UK, Caroline worked with the hospitality/service industry prior to arriving in New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand in 2003, Caroline has worked in the security industry since then. To date she has held several roles including HR/Recruitment, Operations Management, Client Service and Business Development roles.

Caroline is currently the Business Manager at Cityguard.

David Proud

David began his security engineering career in 1987 with Harding Signals and then started VIP Security as a one-man band in 1997. VIP Security was acquired by Advanced Security in 2020. David is now studying full-time towards an MBA at Canterbury University.

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 rejoined the board in 2013. David has held many committee roles on the NZSA board during the fifteen years, including complaints, finance, HR as well as the deputy chairperson from 2016 to 2020 when he stepped aside with the appointment of the independent chair.

Evan Morgans

As CMO for Security, Evan Morgans is inspired by Gallagher’s commitment to customers. “Every decision we make is focused on improving our customer experience, from creating better products, through interactions with end-users, and everyone in-between”, he says.

Prior to joining Gallagher 10 years ago, Evan held program management for technology companies, including Microsoft, focusing on small business solutions.

Having previously led the software product direction at Gallagher, Evan knows only too well how strongly the team is committed to solving customer’s biggest security challenges, and that in order to truly compete and succeed on the global stage they must, and do, solve real business problems

Greg Kitto

Greg has worked as a security consultant since 1989.  Greg has been employed in various roles by Pedersen Read since 1984 and in his present role as Senior Electrical Engineer since 1999.

Greg has significant experience within both the Electrical and Security industries and can offer unique insights and experiences from both semi-related industries.

Lance Riesterer

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.


Matt Stevenson

Matt Stevenson has worked in the security industry for over twenty years. Starting out in 1995 as a salesperson in Christchurch, he then established his own security firm which he sold in 2006 in order to join his father in building HSM Group Holdings Limited. HSM (High Security Management) was established in 1997 and delivers a broad range of security services including sales, installation, monitoring (including a Grade A1 monitoring station), risk management and guarding to both residential and commercial clients locally and across New Zealand.

Following his father’s retirement, Matt is now the CEO, and sole director/shareholder of HSM, leading a senior team of five managers that are driving the growth and expansion of HSM from new purpose built premises in Hastings.  Matt has been instrumental in developing the company into one of the top security providers that it is today with over 70 staff, with an outstanding reputation in the market place. Matt brings energy to the business, with a key focus on ensuring an outstanding customer experience.

Shane O’Halloran

Ex CIB in the NZ Police for 13 years and a further 23 years of operational risk and security management experience in the NZ security industry.   An extensive part of Shane’s career has been constructing multi facet security solutions within all NZ industries, forming relationships with other security suppliers and providing best practise to the NZ market.

Strong long-term relationships based on trust and responsibility is a personal key ethic of Shane and one which he actively leads.

Shane has been part of the Senior Management Team at Armourguard since 2003.

Shane has been leading Armourguard Security as Chief Operating Officer since 2016.