New Zealand OSPAs 2023 Judges

Professor Rouben Azizian

Professor Rouben AzizanProfessor Rouben Azizian is Director of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University, Honorary Professor of the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College and Editor-in-Chief of National Security Journal. Previously he worked at the US Defence Department’s Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu.

During his teaching tenure at APCSS, Professor Azizian also designed and coordinated regional security sector workshops and national security strategy development activities. His areas of expertise are security sector governance, national security strategy, international security and diplomacy. Professor Azizian has published several books as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles and working papers on international and national security topics.

Ngaire Kelaher CPP PSP

Ngaire is the ASIS International Regional Vice President for region 15A which includes New Zealand. Ngaire is also the Assistant Regional Vice President for Learning and Certification for Region 15 which includes New Zealand and Australia and was also the previous ASIS New Zealand Chapter Chairperson.

Ngaire has been in the security industry since 1995 beginning as a security guard, then conducting training and assessing against industry standards, conducting security audits against codes of practice, delivery security-related client specific programmes, and is currently the Security Risk and Training consultant for RISQ New Zealand / Bespoke Security Group.

Ngaire has been an ASIS International member since February 2005, for 18 years and was the first female Chairperson of the ASIS New Zealand Chapter. She is also the first female to have double ASIS International certifications, the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP).

Ngaire has also been a judge for the New Zealand Security Awards representing ASIS for the last few years and has judged for the Women in Security Aotearoa awards.

Ngaire is a member of the Security Institute (UK), New Zealand Institute of Private Investigators (NZIPI), an individual associate member of the New Zealand Security Association (NZSA), a member of the International Foundation of Protection Officers (IFPO) and a member of International CPTED Association member (Crime Prevention through environment design).

Fun fact, Ngaire is also a registered Independent Celebrant in New Zealand (and a member of CANZ – Celebrants Association of New Zealand) known as the ‘Tattooed Celebrant.’

David Proud

David ProudDavid commenced his electronic security career in 1987 as an engineer with Harding Signals. Ten years later, he started VIP Security in 1997 and grew VIP into a successful multi-branch business that he sold in 2020.

Within his 33 years in the security industry, David was a committed NZSA board member for 16 years across two stints, covering all aspects of governance, including time as Deputy Chair; David stepped down from the NZSA board in 2022.

David concurrently spent 15 years with the New Zealand Infantry Regiment territorials leaving as a non-commissioned officer in 2019.

Following the sale of VIP Security, David is completing his Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Canterbury. He is no longer directly involved in the security industry, is now engaged in business mentoring and consultation

Dr Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor

Bridgette Sullivan TaylorBridgette has expertise in strategic-decision making in the context of uncertainty and developing organisational resilience (OR) strategy that has helped inform policy and practice in both NZ and the UK.

Bridgette has worked on strategic projects funded by the UK Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat focused on public-private partnership and developing OR capabilities to a range of extreme events and threats. Projects included: development of the OR BS standard, review of the CCA Act (2004), developed the National Risk Register and Regional Resilience Forums; developed resilience scenarios and multi-agency responses as an all of government approach linked to security sector related remits to mitigate the impact of extreme events. Member of the UK Government Emergency Planning College (York) and Business Continuity Institute (UK) to develop OR capabilities.

At the University of Auckland she has continued as a subject matter expert driving evidence-based change through thought leadership avenues to executive education participants and internal departments; UoA Business Recovery Programme Consultant; informed the strategic plan; providing the business recovery leadership team, through the impacts of COVID-19 and the global pandemic, creating a framework to support during the recovery phase, including supporting the Risk Office and revising the Enterprise Risk Framework.

Andrew D. Thorburn

Andrew D. Thorburn

Andrew D. Thorburn is a highly experienced and commercially astute protective security and organisational development consultant with a career that spans both the private and public sectors.

Andrew brings more than 26 years of security technology and staff services strategy and implementation experience to end user clients.

During the last 10 years, Andrew has delivered independent security and risk management advisory services through a national independent consultancy firm and more recently as National Brand Manager (Security) & Enterprise Security & Risk Manager for a Wesco – Anixter technology solutions distributor, Atlas Gentech NZ Ltd.

Andrew regularly contributes to the profession through voluntary sector leadership, development, and delivery of subject matter to special interest groups, such as New Zealand Security Association, ISC2 and ASIS International, in addition to contributing thought leadership pieces for industry online and print publications.

He is the immediate past ASIS International Chapter 148 Chairperson, 2018 New Zealand Security Industry Security Consultant of the Year, was voted to the top 10 IFSEC Global Influencers list of Commercial Security – End Users (Including Security Directors/Heads of Security), in both 2020 and 2021, voted top 10 influencer in Association Figures / Academics / Thought Leaders for 2022.  Andrew is a founding member of the New Zealand Security Sector Network, the 2023 Head Judge for the IFSEC Global Influencers in Security & Fire Awards and the Co-Chair of the New Zealand Network for Women in Security.

PHYSEC and PERSEC disciplines is what Andrew is recognised as being highly skilled in. Following tasking’s supporting technology treatments with a consultancy in the central government space, Andrew has deepened his professional knowledge and developed an interest in the converged governance and INFOSEC disciplines.