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

Tony Groves

As a part of Tony’s 18-year career in both the Defence Force and as a Risk Management Consultant, he was continually sent to foreign places in times of instability.  
 
“It was here that I encountered numerous challenges including managing large numbers of internally displaced people, working through language barriers as a part of a multi-national team, adverse living conditions and leading teams through many dynamic challenges”.
 
Tony also worked within the Battlegroup Intelligence Cell providing intelligence support to combat commanders and staff on operations in support of decision making and the wider intelligence community.
 
Tony holds a Diploma of Government (Security), Diploma of Security and Risk Management, Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership and a Master of Science in Counter-terrorism Studies.
 

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.

Geoff Sutton

Josh Jacobsen

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.

Ryan Gilbert

Maria Topia-Groves

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.

“M” gained her experience working with the New Zealand Defence Force through her postgraduate studies. During this time she provided the Defence Force with strategies for fostering community resilience to help families of service personnel involved in overseas missions. She also made recommendations on how to develop the officer cadet program of the New Zealand Army.  
 
She is currently working within the Intelligence community, where managing the unexpected is a daily requirement. She is familiar with working in high pressure situations, where communication, working collaboratively within a team and delivering results are of paramount importance. She regularly presents intelligence briefings to key stake holders at both a local and national level to advise and recommend future courses of action. 
 
“M” holds a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology and is currently working towards a Diploma in Intelligence Analysis.

 

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