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High Calibre & Experienced Professionals for your Business or Event

Meet our team of qualified consultants and key personnel.


In the Office:

Associate Consultants:


Paul Swale - Managing Director

Paul has an extremely wide-ranging background and experience within the Mining Industry, Security (Maritime and Land), Law Enforcement, Military, Emergency Management and Health & Safety.

Operating, providing advice and training in austere and remote locations worldwide, Paul has established and implemented a range of Crisis, Emergency, Security, Aerodrome and Safety Management processes across multi-jurisdictional bodies across various industries and in a number of challenging countries. These include the Middle East, Paupa New Guinea, East African nations, Latin American nations, New Zealand and Australia. He has facilitated and co-ordinated with various government authorities; and in each country the local community bodies. He relates well with diverse ethnic and cultural teams, and with all levels across industry. 


Natalie Hall - Operations Manager


James (Tony) Hill - Principal Consultant

Tony is ex-military and has a background in extremely high risk activities such as mixed gas construction diving, explosive demolitions (on land and underwater), landmine clearance as well as horizontal and vertical construction/destruction and training. He has operated and managed projects in extremely hostile environments such as Former Yugoslavia, Former USSR, Somalia, Yemen and Liberia. Tony holds a Masters degree in Integrated Logistics, a post graduate diploma in Defence and Strategic Studies, and is a qualified Lead Auditor and Health & Safety consultant.


Hilary Wilson-Hill - Associate Consultant

With a background of more than 30 years in operations, business management and accounting across many industries, Hilary has many years experience living in a range of countries overseas and has worked in international freight forwarding, marketing, food industry publications, cold storage and manufacturing.  She is also a qualified Health & Safety consultant.


Simon Reynolds - Associate Consultant

Simon has spent most of his working life operating in hazardous environments where managing risk was critical to operational success. From Construction Diving and blasting in both Australia and NZ, to a career as an Engineer Officer in the NZ Army that provided him with multiple deployments to assist with mine clearance operations in developing countries.  

Simon has also been involved in leadership and event management roles with The Offlimits Charitable Trust. Funds raised by running NZ’s largest participant motorsport activity, Tussock Buster, support Soldiers’ health and wellbeing. Simon is also qualified as a Lead Auditor.


Brenton Harrison - Associate Consultant

Following a career with the New Zealand’s Fire Service, Andrew has been an outdoor educator, youth, personal and family development practitioner, team leader, guide, centre manager and business owner for the past 14 years.

With his extensive background in adventure activity and running his own business managing high risks through implementing robust systems and great training, he has the ability to facilitate a wide range of Health & Safety services across a range of industries.


Brett Amos - Associate Consultant

Brett’s previous roles in the Solomon Islands with the RAMSI Mission and in Iraq with the British Foreign Office gave him an excellent understanding of cultural issues and the need for different approaches for various situations. His current role with the Earthquake Commission involves having to understand considerable amounts of technical information, negotiate with, and explain this effectively to a range of stakeholders.

As a Police Officer, Brett was a Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Officer and Trainer.  Implementing new initiatives in the community which had a direct result in crime reduction and community safety, was part of the role. He was also a driving force in setting up and running community Patrols in the local area and working extensively with Neighbourhood Watch. 

Brett is highly skilled in conflict resolution, negotiation and training, and holds the ICAM investigations qualification.


Ron Van Dillen - Associate Consultant

Ron has an extremely diversified experience with Health & Safety training and Security. His career has taken him through various roles such as the New Zealand Police Force, Investigator, Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Crewman and Safety Officer.

Ron has 14 years of experience in the New Zealand Police force including Armed Offenders Squad, Search & Rescue Squad and the Criminal Investigation Branch and has also worked with Fonterra with Fraud and Theft Investigations He spent time with the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter crew performing safety procedure pre-flight and inflight, aiding both pilot, paramedics and injured patients.

Ron spent some time working with the New Zealand Training Institute where he ran the NZQA Unit Standards towards Occupational Health & Safety RMG program, presenting OOS, Drugs in the Work Place, Hazard Control and Application of Risk Assessment Procedures in the Work Place.


Shaun Dickie - Associate Consultant

Shaun has an extremely varied and in-depth background in Health, Safety and Emergency Management. His career has seen him in various roles such as Station Commander, Paramedic, Consultant, Safety Specialist and Trainer.

Shaun’s career has seen him work in austere and remote environments within the Mining, Oil & Gas industries worldwide, from Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea and in East Africa.

Shaun has developed and delivered training in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Health Training (HLT) and the Public Safety Training Packages (Asia-Pacific PUA) to both full time and part time emergency response and management personnel throughout his career.


Matthew Gmelig - Associate Consultant

Originally an Intensive Care and Emergency nurse, Matt moved into preventative health as an Occupational Hygienist, WH&S and Emergency Response consultant. His varied work career means he offers more than just a theoretical answer to any Health and Safety issue.  Matt has a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology, and is a qualified Asbestos Assessor. From safety training to asbestos identification and WH&S consulting, Matt can provide a complete safety picture.


John Snooks - Associate Consultant

John has many years experience with large scale asbestos projects. He is accredited to the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) and operates an ISO accredited laboratory for asbestos testing and air monitoring. He and his team perform asbestos inspections on a weekly basis from small residential properties to large industrial sites.  John has a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, Masters in Occupational Health and Safety and Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Jim Kayes - Associate Consultant

Jim Kayes is an award winning journalist with more than 25 years experience across all forms of the media having worked in newspapers at the Waikato Times, Evening Post, Dominion and Dominion Post; online with stuff.co.nz and newshub.co.nz; in radio with RadioLive; and on television with TV3/Newshub and Sky TV.

He was part of the highly successful Paul Henry breakfast show on TV3 and RadioLive, and is a familiar face on Sky Sport and voice on RadioLive.

Jim has also worked in a media advisory capacity for, among others, FINA, World Squash, Waterpolo New Zealand and All Blacks Tours - for whom he is also their brand ambassador.

He is a skilled media advisor with an excellent understanding of modern media, and is adept at preventative media action and conflict resolution.

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