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Best in the Industry: Meet the 2016 Security Industry Awardees

NZ Security, Oct/Nov 2016

Melanie Clark of First Security Guard Services takes out the NZSA Female Security Professional of the Year AwardMelanie Clark of First Security Guard Services takes out the NZSA Female Security Professional of the Year Award

 

At the 2016 Security Industry Awards in Rotorua, 14 award recipients (11 Category winners and 3 Highly Commended) were recognised for exemplifying exceptional performance and professionalism within the industry. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

 

Security Administrator of the Year

This award recognises excellence, commitment and professionalism for those who provide the vital administration functions that support every business. The individual will have exhibited not only excellent technical skills but also outstanding customer service, high levels of innovation and superb time management.

The winner of the Security Administrator of the Year Award is Cole Taylor of Red Badge Group. Cole has been described as having superb administrative skills and a deep understanding of staff motivation as well as the specific needs of the range of clients that the company supports.

Because of his skills, Cole has been given ownership of a project focused on ensuring the efficiency and robustness of rostering, reporting and time keeping systems throughout the company. He is a dedicated, productive and valued team member, and has been integral to developing the company culture and producing a happy and engaged workforce.

 

Communications Centre Operator of the Year

This award recognises excellence, commitment and professionalism within the ‘communications centre operator’ sector of the industry. The individual will have demonstrated an outstanding level of service delivery that exceeds customer expectations.

The winner of the Communications Centre Operator of the Year Award is Melanie Clark of First Security Guard Services. Melanie is an all-rounder, instrumental in ensuring smooth operations, organising procedures, and providing training. According to her colleagues, she deals with problems efficiently and she takes everything in her stride.

Melanie is described as an individual of exceptional caliber and “just darn good at her job.”

She is the typical ‘mum’ – with an extra set of ears and eyes in the back of her head – so she knows exactly what is going on around her. Melanie is also the winner of the coveted NZSA Female Security Professional of the Year Award.

 

Innovative Product of the Year

This is the only award that is business-based and recognises an organisation that has developed and delivered technical innovation and excellence within the security sector.

The winner of the Innovative Product of the Year Award is Gallagher Security for the Gallagher Command Centre Mobile App. Although this product has been in existence for some time, enhancements and new and innovative functionality have been added that now provide a service solution that breaks the mold of traditional offerings. The application enables significant benefits for users from an operational, safety and duty of care perspective and has been readily adopted by organisations including universities, utilities, mining, manufacturing, ports and airports.

 

Security Technician of the Year

This award recognises excellence within the technical security sector of the industry, including – but not limited to – technical expertise and an excellence in emerging technologies. The individual will have demonstrated an outstanding level of innovation and service delivery.

The winner of the Security Technician of the Year Award is Brendan Hellyer of Rhino Fire and Security. Brendan is described as bringing passion for excellence and pride to the entire team he works with. His employer states that he forms meaningful long-term relationships with all the staff and customers that he works with, which is testament to his ability to communicate effectively.

Brendan has undertaken a number of training and professional development programmes, which have supported his technical skills. He has a continuing interest in emerging technologies and, in particular, CCTV analytics and risk profiling and solutions.

 

Security Trainee of the Year

This award recognises an individual who has made outstanding progress in professional development and training for their role in the security industry. They will have displayed commitment to training and achieving results through the national qualification framework.

The winner of the Security Trainee of the Year Award is Colin Pascoe of Monitor NZ. This nominee does not fit the standard profile of a “trainee”. He is closer to retirement age than the start of his career and he is a business owner with many years of experience, but he has demonstrated fantastic dedication to complete the modules of the National Diploma in Security, and he clearly meets the award criteria.

 

Workplace Assessor of the Year

This award celebrates those who have made a difference to improving security practice via training and recognises the individual who has consistently promoted outstanding performance and produced identifiable results that have benefitted their organisation or the customers that they work with.

The winner of the Security Trainer or Workplace Assessor of the Year Award is Darren Sapich of Red Badge Group. Darren has been instrumental in working with the Skills Organisation and aligning internal training programmes with the NCiS Level 2 qualification, and he has provided inspiration for a number of staff to become trainers and tutors within the company.

Customers refer to a professional who is skilled and competent and goes above and beyond their expectations, whilst his employer states that he is passionate about training and growing people and that his impact on the team cannot be overstated.

The recipient of the Highly Commended Award for Security Training is Ngaire Kelaher of the NZSA. Ngaire maintains very high standards and supports others to achieve the same. As her nominator says, “she has been stoic in her roles and always performed her duties to an exceptional standard whilst balancing ongoing personal development, volunteering with independent industry groups and raising a family.”

 

Security Consultant of the Year

This award recognises the Security Consultant who has demonstrated outstanding performance in their role. It recognises the existence of a distinct skills set and the ways this is harnessed and managed to make a difference to security strategy and/or practice.

The winner of the Security Consultant of the Year Award is Lincoln Potter. Lincoln has worked in the security industry since 1991 in operational roles that cover almost every aspect of the industry. With his passion for self-improvement, teaching and coaching he has found his forte as a security consultant.

Lincoln has achieved his NZQA National Diploma in Security and is totally committed to improving standards within the security industry. He gives freely of his time in assisting, mentoring and guiding a significant number of other security professionals.

The recipient of the Highly Commended Award for Security Consultancy is Marc Collins of Icaras Consultants. Marc’s nominator states that his knowledge, experience, honesty, leadership skills and humility make him stand out from the crowd. He has led a range of work items including investigations, reviews and writing a Strategic Threat Assessment, all of which have led to “seismic improvements” in the organisation’s security culture.

 

Patrol Officer of the Year

This award recognises excellence, commitment and professionalism within patrolling, including service to customers and outstanding acts. The award is presented to the individual that has gone beyond what could have been expected of him/her in providing a level of service that exceeds customer and/or manager expectations.

The winner of the Patrol Officer of the Year Award is Sonatane Taatonga of Arrow Security. This nominee is described as an exemplary employee who sets the standards and benchmarks that others aspire to.

In March of this year, Sonatane attended an alarm activation at a large commercial site and after detecting a faint smell of smoke, entered the building hand observed flames. Thinking quickly, he closed a number of interior doors to prevent the fire spreading, called emergency services and then positioned himself outside the building to await their attendance.

The customer praised his quick thinking and believes his actions helped prevent significant damage. He also commended the officer for staying on site to assist initially the fire department and later, the owner and management staff, in maintaining the safety and security of the premises.

 

Security Officer of the Year

This award recognises excellence, commitment and professionalism within the guarding sector, including service to customers and outstanding acts. The award will be presented to the individual who has gone beyond what could reasonably have been expected of them in providing a level of service that exceeds customer and/or manager expectations.

The winner of the Security Officer (Guarding) of the Year Award is Daniel (Dan) Fenton of the Red Badge Group. Endorsements received from customers, work colleagues and managers state that Dan always goes the extra mile to help out and meet the demands that a high performance team has. He communicates really well, and “is just a nice guy who wants to do – and does – the best job he can.”

In June of this year, a guest watching the Welsh Rugby team train at QBE Stadium suffered a heart attack and required urgent medical treatment. Dan quickly found the Welsh medical team and summoned their assistance. Letters of endorsement commend the calmness, leadership and professionalism he demonstrated during this incident and his actions in assisting others who were impacted by it.

 

Security Supervisor or Operations Manager of the Year

This award recognises those who through security expertise, operational knowledge, customer service and skilful and innovative leadership ensure the delivery of services that exceed customer expectations. Outstanding performers in this category are inspirational leaders and innovators who are setting examples that others follow.

The winner of the Security Supervisor or Operations Manager of the Year Award is Rangi Hurihanganui of Watchdog Security. Rangi is described as a consummate security professional. His employer says that when he hired him, he immediately thought he had recruited a good employee, but by the end of his first staff meeting he realised he had a star on his team. Such is his mana and his ability to hit the right buttons with his staff.

Rangi’s attitude towards his job is that it is a profession to be proud of, and he imparts this attitude to his staff. He is a skilled trainer who has developed his own systems and processes. He not only sets the standards; he lives them with integrity.

Rangi is also highly respected in his community. He is a Maori leader and is passionate about addressing the high rates of juvenile Maori offending within his local community. He is also the winner of the coveted Ian Dick Memorial Award for Security Professional of the Year.

The recipient of the Highly Commended citation is John Cartwright of First Security Guard Services. John in responsible for supervising and managing a number of sites throughout New Zealand, including generating site-specific SOPs, training, performance management and mentoring a team of 20 officers. He is described as a natural leader and a listener, approachable, responsive, proactive and able to manage any scenario with a calm and restrained approach.

 

Security Specialist of the Year

This award recognises commitment and professionalism within the security industry sectors not otherwise covered by the awards. It will be presented to the individual who has gone beyond what could reasonably have been expected of them in providing the level of service that exceeds the expectations of their client/manager.

The winner of the Security Specialist of the Year Award is Hoki Witute of Northen Districts Security. Having worked for his employer for eight years, Hoki was appointed in 2011 to a new role as senior city safe officer with the task of making the city CBD safer and more user friendly. He has worked tirelessly in building relationships with all key stakeholders and in particular gaining the respect and trust of those who had originally been the “trouble makers”.

Earlier this year, Hoki intervened in a confrontation between two males where a knife was brandished. He managed to de-escalate the situation whilst also summoning support and then assisted the two individuals and recovered the weapon. He received a Police Commendation and Mayoral Citation for his actions. His employer says “He continues to make a positive change to our town and is our true local hero.”

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