Maurice, our Academic Manager has almost been with us a year and has brought to the team his knowledge, experience, and good humor. He manages our quality assurance processes to ensure we meet the standards required by NZQA, ISO, and Nebosh and retain these accreditations. He helps to make sure our customers receive the highest standard of service possible.
After school Maurice went policing for 16 years, all over the North Island. He then went into commercial Flower Growing for 5 years, specialising in Misty Blue and carnations. He worked as a Security Manager and Security Trainer and was Associate Head of the School of Trades at Waikato Polytech. Then followed a stint as an Earthquake Assessor in Christchurch for the EQC before starting at VHNZ.
We sat down with Maurice to ask him a little more about his views on the world of Safety.
Maurice, what is your first memory of the importance of safety?
The first time I was confronted with an angry husband during a domestic violence dispute. I realised I hadn't thought about my own safety and didn't have a backup plan in case something went wrong.
I also remember feeling fear when I went to a gang fight after my first son had been born. Suddenly I was responsible for so much more than myself.
What has surprised you most about working within Health and Safety, Industry training?
The passion that I am seeing within the Health and Safety industry. From the outside, I felt that Health and Safety was an enforced thing. For average New Zealanders going about their business it probably still is, but now I see that trainers, managers and advisors within the industry are extremely passionate for it and understand the true need.
What do you wish other people knew about safety in New Zealand?
I wish everyone understood safety's real purpose. I don't want people to experience failed safety planning, but to understand the importance of it.
Tell me about something you've learnt while working at VHNZ?
The difference between delivering training through a large institution like the Polytech and a Private Training Establishment (PTE). A PTE can be so responsive and flexible and that agility means they can provide customised training rather than out of the box solutions. This makes VHNZ training very relevant to employers and trainees.
What might (someone) be surprised to know about you?
I am a licensed Private Investigator and security contractor. I am also a qualified loss adjustor and I've been to India four times as a Christian Missionary.
If you were alone on a desert island and could only take three items what would you take?
My wife, she would have everything else we would need in her handbag.
If you won lotto tomorrow, what would be the first thing you would buy?
A holiday to the Maldives for my family.
Maurice enjoys his family, fishing and golf all whilst having a good laugh. Thanks for being part of our team Maurice.