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

Karyn byrom gradnzism

Health and safety practitioner

NZISM-Graduate Member
NZQA-Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
New Zealand Direct Marketing Certificate
NZIM Certificate in Supervisory Management

Karyn Byrom started her working life at Wellington Hospital initially as a darkroom technician in the Photography Department and latterly as a Medical Photographer in the Wellington Clinical School of Medicine.  The first ever photo she printed was of a pair of feet following a lawn mower accident, never at that time would she envisage how much safety would become part of her future career.

Moving to Nelson she took a change in career path and for many years was involved in administration roles in both the electrical and mussel processing industry, the latter which brought her to work at Sealord.  During her 16 years at Sealord her interest in health and safety and the right for everyone to be safe developed further. Initially she become a Health and Safety Representative and progressively moved up to a Health and Safety Advisor role for the Sealord fleet.

Karyn has undertaken Health and Safety Representatives training, completed National Health and Safety Certificates and completed her Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6) and is a Graduate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management (NZISM). 

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.

Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson

Operational Specialist (Health and Safety)

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

Shane Holloway

Senior Safety Specialist

Shane Holloway

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

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.

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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