Meet The Team

Our team are highly skilled, knowledgeable and passionate people with a diverse range of industry experience. Backed by real-life experience, our team enjoy educating people about safety and creating relevant and engaging learning experiences for students.

Brian Souness

Brian Souness

General Manager

Brian Souness

General Manager

Brian has over 30 years multi-disciplined experience in various industries from project management of major projects, contract management, health safety & environment strategy, through to training and development.

Brian has in depth knowledge in HSEQ risk management and training strategies predominantly in the Heavy Engineering sector. He has a track record of achieving cultural step changes in HSE approach and delivery. He was instrumental in developing the concept of an HSE CEO forum – a collaborative approach to HSE delivery in Taranaki (BeSafe Taranaki).

Tania Garrett

Tania Garrett

Operations Manager

Tania Garrett

Operations Manager

Tania is Operations Manager at Wood Training and responsible for the day to day operation of the business, including both the Marine and Hot Fire Training centres. She has extensive knowledge and experience of managing people and operations, primarily in the offshore hydrocarbon industry, having held several positions as Crewing Manager for the recruitment, management and delivery of resources for a number of large drilling and maintenance campaigns.

Her background provides an understanding and insight into both the operational demands and training requirements for business in both heavy engineering and manufacturing industries.

Julia Faselt

Julia Faselt

Sales and Customer Services Manager

Julia Faselt

Sales and Customer Services Manager

With some previous background in the hospitality industry, Julia joined Wood Training in 2014 and instantly became an integral part of the team. Over the years she has built strong, long lasting relationships with her clients. As our Sales and Marketing leader, Julia has a single focus –  making our business stand out against our competitors, by going above and beyond clients’ expectations with an absolute determination to achieve results.

Julia has recently been recognised by Wood for her extraordinary commitment to providing an outstanding customer service by becoming a finalist of the Wood Global Inspire Awards 2020.

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Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

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Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.

Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson

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Chris Davidson

Qualified Off-Shore Master, Deckhand, Fast Rescue Boat to name just a few, Chris is our lead Marine Trainer.  He holds a qualification in Adult Education and is a qualified OPITO instructor with years of experience at sea as well as in the training and management arena.  His expertise in things marine is without parallel and his passion for health and safety places him at the top of his game.

Jack Hywood

Jack Hywood

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Jack Hywood

Coming off the tools from the Fluid Transfer Industry where he headed the engineering department, Jack has worked across Australia and New Zealand honing his skills and knowledge. With a change in career, his passion for health and safety has become his focus, and he consults all over the country, particularly around Hazardous Substance compliance, permit to work systems, and safe work practices. Jack holds both a New Zealand Diploma and NEBOSH International qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety as well as Adult Education and Training.

Bob Korewha

Bob Korewha

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Bob Korewha

There isn’t much that Bob can’t drive or operate.  Bob is a MITO, and Connexis registered assessor, a Competenz registered Forklift Trainer and an NZTA approved assessor.  Bob started his career as a Driver/Operator within the Transport and Building Industries and has spent the last 20 years training people on safe driving and operating equipment.  He believes in giving the right information to the candidate so that they can make the right decisions out there in the workplace, that teaching the safe use of heavy machinery includes a strong approach to forming a safety culture at their workplace so that the operator goes home safe every day.

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Jonathan (Jono) Miller

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Jonathan (Jono) Miller

Instructing in First Aid from mid-2006, Jon is an experienced first aid instructor.  Jon’s sense of humour and on the job stories ensure engaging and relevant training whenever he delivers. Jon has extended his safety training skills over the years now also delivers our Helicopter Underwater Escape Training courses and continues to deliver training with freshness and relevance

Stephen Ritson

Stephen Ritson

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Stephen Ritson

Steve’s background includes serving with the Royal Marines Commando, a teacher of Art and Design, Fire Fighter (NZFS), Ship Security Officer maintaining security. His personal passion lies with mountaineering and climbing, bringing valuable rope skills and rescue to the Industrial rope access industry. Steve has a strong understanding of teams working under high pressure in high hazard and high stress environments. He holds a postgraduate Certificate in Education as well as qualifications in Training, Assessment, Rope Access and Occupation and Health and Safety.

Thomas Visagie

Thomas Visagie

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Thomas Visagie

Thomas has been involved in Workplace Health and Safety since 2012.  He has spent many years working for WorkSafe NZ and is enjoying the transition from regulator to educator. He holds a Bachelor of Science as well as a Work Health and Safety Diploma and is currently a Licensed Asbestos Assessor.  

Malcolm White

Malcolm White

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Malcolm White

Consultant, Training Facilitator and company director, Mal has a history of work in the oil and gas sector, process operation and hazard management.  He has extensive experience in many roles in the workforce and brings authentic experience to the training situation.  With a background in physics, chemistry, statistics and human anatomy he knows his subject matter well, and this knowledge and experience comes to the fore in his training and delivery.

John Williams

John Williams

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John Williams

A safety conscious individual, John provides the bridge between training, assessing and employment on many of Taranaki’s oil and gas sites. Holding health and safety roles throughout the region and a passion for hazard identification and confined space entry, John is a well-known trainer and on the job assessor throughout the Taranaki region. John has numerous years of experience in training and his knowledge sees him as a valuable trainer due to his breath of knowledge and practical take on training.

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