Guard Safety is certified and qualified, member of IOSH and NZISM, providing practical help with the NZ Health and Safety Act for the maritime and primary industries. Guard Safety was formed in August 2015.

Darren Guard

Darren Guard


NZISM Executive member
Member of IOSH and NZISM
Holder of the NEBOSH International General Certificate (Distinction Pass)
Holder of Offshore Masters Certificate (NZOM)

Darren Guard was introduced to fishing at a very young age due to his family being “in the business” – Guard Fishing. He worked his way up the business from crew to skipper to Managing Director. Darren spent 20 years in the family business and comments they never had a serious accident which he puts that down to competence and experience, of family and crew.

In 2005 Maritime New Zealand and the Seafood Industry Training Organisation (SITO) asked Darren to help them deliver FishSAFE, their safety training programme for commercial fishing vessels. 70 workshops were held for 1000 fishers, which led to a 51% reduction in new accident claims during the period of its lifecycle. While at Maritime New Zealand Darren studied and gained an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) qualification among other studies.

Darren’s involved in safety because he’s seen so many people in the industry he knows injured or killed at sea, and feels “it just doesn’t have to be that way.” In 2012 he was employed by Sealord Group Limited as the Health and Safety Manager for Harvesting Operations (the fishing fleet). Through this role Darren continued his association with the fishing industry driving safety initiatives; working alongside crew and shore based personnel alike to ensure that “everyone can go home safe at the end of the day”.

Shalaine started her career in the Market Research industry in roles leading the design, management and delivery of actionable business insights to multinational clients.

Her roles have encompassed that of Researcher, Project Manager and Client Liaison in the end to end process management of projects across various industries.

Shalaine creates business efficiencies through systems, management tools, process improvement and implementation. She is passionate about people, problem solving and working collaboratively with others to create better processes / services / products / business solutions.

Shalaine Jackson

Shalaine Jackson

Business Manager

MA Psychology
BSocSci Hons Psychology
BA Psychology & Criminology

Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson

Senior Safety Specialist

Registered Health and Safety Practitioner with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
NEBOSH International General Certificate in International Health and Safety (IGC)
Registered Incorporated Engineer (Institute of Engineering and Technology)
Member of the Nautical Institute

Paul is an experienced HSE professional with more than 30 years’ extensive international experience in the maritime and petrochemical industries including roles as Marine Superintendent, Engineering Manager, Fleet Safety Manager, Project Manager and Surveyor.

Paul is a Ship Master and Mechanical Engineer by trade and began his career at 17 in the Merchant Navy.

Paul also has extensive health, safety and environmental regulatory experience and was Principal Maritime Safety Auditor for Maritime New Zealand.

Our at sea safety services resource is Shane Holloway. Shane has been working on commercial vessels for 18 years. His most recent role was as Second Mate on a large factory vessel. As part of his role he was responsible for on-board safety management systems and Maritime Operator Safety System compliance. Shane holds a Deepsea Mates qualification and also recently put himself through the International Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). Shane has a passion for safety and a clear understanding of on-board risks and how to implement safety management systems to control these risks.

No job is too small or too large if you need safety verification that your at sea practices are aligned to your MOSS or Health and Safety systems for continuous improvement or due diligence for Directors then give us a call.

Shane Holloway

Shane Holloway

Operational Specialist (Health and Safety)

Deep Sea Mates Qualification
International Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH)

Marion Edwin CNZHFE

Principal Ergonomist and Optimise Director

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand
Master of Ergonomics
Diploma in Ergonomics
Diploma in Occupational Therapy

Marion is a recognised human factors and ergonomics professional and skilled workplace consultant and has worked with Guard Safety for solutions that address health and safety for fishers and fish/seafood processors for many years. She understands human performance (physical and mental) and has expertise in working with operational and design teams to create workplaces and gear that maximises efficiency and productivity and keeps workers healthy and safe. Marion has her sea legs (and a sense of humour) and loves working with people to understand the demands of their work. She is also an effective communicator at the top table with the management team. 

Marion has more than 20 years of experience in many industries and sectors – including sawmills and forests, meat and seafood processing, warehousing, other food processing and heavy manufacturing environments, warehousing, retail, casinos, hospitality and service industries, farming sector, infrastructure, health services, science and research, education, banking, fishing vessels, and in corporate and office environments.

He first went to sea from New Zealand on British Reefer ships then went on to sail with the Union Steam Ship Company. Following his sailing adventures Gary joined the New Zealand Fishing Industry where he moved from being a seagoing engineer to fleet management.

Over his career Gary has worked for a diverse range of industry companies: Sealord, Skeggs, Sanford, Independent Fisheries and Moana Pacific Fisheries. At Moana Pacific he served as the Southern Region Manager then spent six years as the Northern Operations Manager and Chatham Island Manager.

Gary managed the FishSAFE training program and more recently has been a Maritime Officer at Maritime New Zealand where he became well versed in MOSS.

Gary is also an Approved Person able to survey under 6 metre fishing vessels. He brings extensive experience in vessel operation, management and safety to the company.


Gary Levy

Gary Levy is a qualified Ships Engineer with many years of sea service behind him and an asset to Guard Safety as their Maritime Specialist.

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