About Halo Training
About HALO Training
Designed to grow professional teams across every industry, through military simulations – from the boardroom to the field.
Our intelligence and special forces backgrounds give us the unique ability to apply real-life technical and situational responses to corporate and business environments. Responses that deal with real pressure and real consequences.
Meet the team
Dr Geoff Sutton initially cut his teeth in the NZ military as an organisational psychologist providing internal consultancy services to middle and senior managers. As the Special Forces (SF) psychologist for the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment Geoff designed and ran multiple specialist selection processes for the SAS, worked with individuals following potentially traumatic events, developed a range of high performance packages for SF trainees, and delivered peak performance developmental suites to teams within the unit.
Geoff specialises in harmful team members and workplace behaviours, having done his Doctorate in dark personality traits. More recently Geoff has lectured for the University of Canterbury in the Management and Psychology departments, and has consulted in the Canterbury region to local businesses.
Josh spent 9 years in the New Zealand Defence Force, first in the Royal New Zealand Navy as a Diver before transferring to the New Zealand Army. During his time in the military he deployed twice to Afghanistan.
Following his military service, Josh spent several years with the United Nations in Jordan, Lebanon,and the Gaza Strip. In Gaza he led a staff of over 1200 people to provide safety for almost 12,000 staff members and security to over 300 installations including schools, health clinics, and warehouses.
On his return to New Zealand he co-founded Desert Road Project Management, an organisation that provides security consulting, project management, and risk management services to public and private sector organisations looking to manage risks to their staff and operations. Josh holds a BA in Politics and Defence Studies.
Ryan Gilbert served 11 years in the New Zealand Army, deploying to East Timor and Afghanistan. Specialising in reconnaissance and surveillance, Ryan went on to become a section commander and training co-ordinator.
After his military career Ryan went into the civil training sector as an instructor for skills-based training such as confined space entry and permit-to-work issuing, as well as teaching fire-fighting and technical rescue to ERT (Emergency Response Teams) for companies such as Fonterra and Silver Fern Farms. Ryan also spent time as a defence capability analyst for Desert Road Project Management.
Ryan is the owner and director of PHORGE – specialising in cultivating creativity and personal wellness with techniques that influence the body and mind such as breathwork, yoga, meditation, and outdoor survival training.
Maria is a co-founder of HALO Training. She is a passionate and driven strategic thinker with a wealth of experience innovating, motivating, building, deploying and leading. She thrives on product innovation, navigating adversity and challenging the status quo.
Maria is the nerve center of HALO working hard behind the scenes supporting the team and is responsible for developing our long term strategy, building our capabilities and providing purpose and direction for the organisation to achieve our vision.
Maria has many years of experience in customer service and is currently working towards a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership.
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