ACT Safety Limited is a Private Training Establishment (PTE) that has been providing Health and Safety services for all industries and business sectors for the past 13 years. Our aim is to provide safety courses to equip people with the knowledge and necessary skills to enable them to live and work in a zero-harm environment.

Our safety courses provide in-depth
training with a collaborative, learner-centered approach which promotes a sense of personal ownership to safety.

Our passion and customer focus are strengthened by our ability to customise our client's training need to meet their specific requirement.

ACT Safety Limited is own by Activate Learning Centre (ATC New Zealand) which is currently the 7th largest PTE in New Zealand. ATC New Zealand is a charity education company founded 1984 and passionate about seeing lives changed through learning. ATC operate nationwide from four main campuses located in East Tamaki, Pukekohe, Hamilton, and Christchurch. 

ACT Safety have recently been audited by NZQA and were found to be “Highly Confident” in our Educational Performance.  As a Category 1 Training Provider (PTE) we can offer unit standard training in Occupational Health & Safety and Fire and Emergency. We are authorized and accredited to load your results onto the NZQA framework.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

ACT Safety offer training packages customised to suit your industry or site. All our training packages are written to the highest standard and all assessment material is pre-moderated by the relevant ITO.

Our trainers have years of industry experience and therefore we can offer 24/7 training covering all your shift requirements.  Contact our friendly team to discuss your on-site training needs.


Meet Our Team

John Preston

Operations Manager

John is an experience Health and Safety Professional and Trainer.  Consultant (16 years training experience), worked in various industries in both New Zealand and Australia, scope of work performed, business management, operations, supervision, training, construction, plant installation, commissioning, maintenance, mining and quarrying operations. Extensive experience in high risk industries, management, production and processing, steel industries; metalliferous mining, gold, nickel, iron ore, oil and gas facilities, electrical transmission, distribution (lines and sub-stations), civil brown and green fields sites. Extensive experience development and implementation of quality systems, and training programs, delivery and facilitation of training packages.  

Deliver and preparation of course material for National Certificate in Business training. Hold Diploma Front Line Management, Australian Certificate in Workplace assessment and training, New Zealand practicing electrical license, unit standard for assessor 4098, and 11281. Delivery of unit standards training packages on the NZQA framework to level 6 standards.

Since returning to New Zealand over 8 years ago, significant involvement in the training at New Zealand Steel, Glenbrook, Waikato North Head, and Taharoa Iron Sands. New Zealand Steel, delivery of their full suite of isolation packages, Isolation leader Level 1, 2, 3, Authorised Person, Protected person, and Inductions. Confined Space and Gas Testing, Safe Systems of Work. I have also worked with the Risk Reduction Committees to help improve the training on many of these packages, specifically, Isolation Leader Level 2 Isolation Leader module, confined space refresher, and SSW training.

Performed off-shore training for ACT Safety Ltd with Goodman Fielder Fiji, risk management, and permit to work systems. Facilitated the work group committee formed to amalgamate Goodman Fielder permit to work systems for Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the pacific islands.


Irene Volschenk

Business Development Manager

Irene Volschenk is a experienced Project Manager, with a strong background in Business Management, Sales and Operations.  With a Degree in Business Management, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Mental Health.   Irene has a passion for self development, believing you are never to old to learn she regularly develops internal campaigns to assist employees with their personal development goals.

Irene opens the line of communication between clients, customers, and businesses to get projects done. With over 20 years in both public and private sectors, Irene has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. 

Immigrated to New Zealand in 2008, married for 28 years and 2 adult children. 

Irene is extremely focused, fostering customer relationships which is very important to her and this is instilled and fostered by the entire ACT Safety team.  

Irene enjoys reading and being creative by completing her Diploma in Dressmaking in 2016.  There is something magical about having the skill to construct your own clothes.

Ciaran O’Regan

Health & Safety Advisor/Trainer

Ciaran O' Regan is a Health and Safety Trainer / Consultant with 6 years’ experience.  Ciaran has worked in various industries in New Zealand, construction, rigging applications, plant operations, quarrying operations.

Experience in health and safety training package development and providing training for workers and clients. Qualified in NEBOSH Certificate in 2013 for Management of international health and safety, control of international workplace hazards, international health and safety practical application. I would like to apply my qualifications in Management of international health and safety, control of international workplace hazards in the work environment.

Delivery of unit standards training packages on the NZQA framework and accredited to level 5.

Held various leadership positions, looking after the profitability of companies. Plant operation background. Provided training on various quarry sites, understands the risks involved in high risk operations, including isolation procedures.

Ciaran's main attributes and those that he continue to develop would be reliable and trustworthy, communication skills (this especially was developed working with victim support), passionate about developing strong relationships with customers and community a strong team player and the ability to meet deadlines.

Ciaran has a high level of safety commitment and leadership, has a hands-on approach to all tasks, and likes to lead from the top and guide and mentor those who follow the same work ethics. Willingness to learn and achieve and use the training provided to continually develop experience in health and safety environment. In industries mistakes are very costly; his goal has always been to get each person home each night. 

Sharif O’Connor

Health & Safety Advisor/Trainer

Sharif O' Connor, with a wide range of experience, variety of industrial access including high rise painting, waterproofing inspections and repairs, general maintenance on bridges and buildings, and window cleaning. He has experience working in confined space, safety watch and rescue specialist, abseiling into confined space training, EWP operation, rope access.  

Sharif is Fluent in English and Spanish, good communicator, willing to learner and adept at conflict management.

Sharif continue to obtain experience delivering high quality industry standard training that is compatible with ongoing commitments within the rope access industry.  A high level of safety commitment and leadership, has a hands-on approach to all tasks, and likes to lead from the top and guide and mentor those who follow the same work ethics.

Willingness to learn and achieve and use the training provided to continually develop experience in health and safety environment. 

In his free time Sharif is a active member in the band Makeshift Parachutes, they are a Psychedelic, rock band from Auckland.


Imone Volschenk

Health & Safety Trainer

Imone Volschenk completed year 13 in 2018 at Botany Colleges. Imone started at ACT Safety as a Admin Assistant, providing the team with administrative support.

Imone has completed her CATT (Certificate in Adult Tertiary Teaching) early in 2020 and has been training Fire Extinguisher, Fire warden and EWP, Working at Heights courses for ACT Safety Ltd in her journey to become a experienced Health and Safety Trainer.

Imone is been trained to be ACT Safety's champion in delivering VR Training (Virtual Reality) in Confined Spaces, Working at Heights and Chemical Handling.

Imone continue to grow in the Training industry, Imone aims to deliver high quality industry standard training and enjoy the interaction with our clients and learners.

Imone is currently enrolled with the Southern Institute of Technology to complete her New Zealand Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety Management (level 6).

Imone's loves being creative and Digital and Traditional art is part of that journey.

Barrie McLeod

Business Consultant /Trainer

Barrie McLeod is an experience Trainer / Consultant with 13 years in house training experience within a Mining Company).  His scope of work performed, Permit to Work, Confined Space, Job Hazard analysis, Work at Height, + Rescue, EWP training, plant commissioning & maintenance setup within mining operations. Extensive experience in high risk industry, production and processing in metalliferous mining, gold. Delivery of array of Health & Safety standards, including First Aid 6402, 6401, 6400 & 29321. Experience in development and implementation of quality systems, and training programs, delivery, and facilitation of training packages. 

Barrie has significant involvement at OceanaGold Macraes New Zealand of delivery training in Isolation packages, Isolation Person, Authorised Person, Co-Acceptor person, and Inductions. Confined Space and Gas Testing. Plant shutdown setup prep to ensure safe systems for contractors when onsite.

To deliver a high level of safety to workers approach to all tasks and like to help guide and mentor those who follow the same work ethics.  Incidents/accidents are not only costly to industry, but personally; and the goal is to get each person home each night safely & healthy.

Zelda Van Wyngaardt

National Training Coordinator

Zelda is a Logistics & Supply Chain Management superstar.  With a Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and a decade of successful experience in Logistics, Zelda joined our team as National Training Coordinator in September 2020.  Zelda is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace.  She immigrated to New Zealand early in 2020, married for 26 years with 3 adult children, 1 grand child.  With her positive can do attitude, Zelda strives to support our customers by delivering excellent customer service.

Zelda enjoys a good Netflix binge and loves spending time with her family.

Michelle van der Bank

Health & Safety Compliance Coordinator

Michelle is a experienced Health and Safety Specialist, in control of our workplace Health & Safety.  With 13 years experience in Health and Safety auditing, consulting and training.  Michelle's primary responsibility is to thoroughly inspect and analyze our workplace environments, conditions and practices to identify potential dangers.  Michelle plays a critical role in making sure ACT Safety adhere to all Health and Safety requirements.

Michelle joined the team at ACT Safety in middle of May 2021 as the Health and Safety Compliance Coordinator. With her knowledge she want to make a difference and look after the well-being of both staff and our learners. 

Michelle is very customer focus, fostering our company culture.  She is dedicated to enhance our customer satisfaction and building strong customer relationships with our customer network.



Allie Bosch

Health & Safety Advisor/Trainer

Allie is a Health and Safety Trainer, Consultant and Assessor with a background in a broad range of high-risk operational work. His experience in health and safety management; the development of people; and project management is evident in his ambitious nature to bring forth positive change.

He holds a New Zealand Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and engages in continuous studies to enhance his capabilities. Certified in New Zealand Adult Education and with more than 25 years’ training experience in various countries he has extensive knowledge as facilitator, coordinator, advisor, and assessor to reach positive educational outcomes for trainees.   

As the Health, Safety and Training Coordinator at New Zealand Coal Mines, Allie managed all the aspects of the site’s health and safety requirements. In addition to health and safety, he delivered training as per the training needs analyses on subjects relating to surface extraction.  He currently delivers a variety of mining and quarrying related subjects as well as health and safety courses to the general public.

Allie always strives to deliver an optimum quality of work and encourage others to do the same. His naturally calm demeanor allows him to assist trainees in the management of pressure associated with studies. His extensive experience in training allows him to guide people to enhance their health and safety decision-making ability and applying it in their work environment.

Annie Viljoen

Business Administrator

Annie joined our team as Business Administrator 2021.  Annie is an experience Office Manager with more than 15 years’ experience in accounts payable and receivable, payroll, customer services, Key accounts and pre-production scheduling.

She strives when working under pressure and use her initiatives along with her ability to think on her feet to get excellent results.  Annie worked in both public and private sectors and enjoys a team environment.

Her passion in life is to serve others and spread love and kindness.  Annie is married with 3 adults children, 2 grand children.

Annie enjoys working in the garden, baking and spending time with her family. 


John Harvett

Health & Safety Advisor / Trainer (Extractives)

John is the newest member to the ACT Safety team, he joins the team as Health and Safety Advisor / Extractive Trainer.  John is an hands-on production orientated person with 16 years of mining experience in different mining methods.  Johnny believes a clean mine is a Safe mine and a Safe mine is a productive mine.

Johnny started his mining career at a young age, he was fortunate to have his father with 36 years mining experience as his mentor.  After completing school John started at Basil Read Mining in 2001 as a learner Supervisor and was later promoted to a Shift Foreman (Bulk Earthworks).  With experience on Platinum Opencast Mines, PMC Phalaborwa Rio Tinto, Ramp scavenging.

In 2007 he had the opportunity to start as a site foreman at Somkhele Anthracite Mine.  After working at Shanduka Coal (Middelburg Mpumalanga) he got promoted to a 2.6.1 Site Manager, after successfully completed a project for Opencast Coal Mine Roll over Mining Drilling & Blasting.

John currently holds his A & B Grade Surface Certificates, National Certificate in Rock breaking Surface Excavations and National Certificate in Opencast Blasting.  John has trained and worked on Multiple Mine Machinery Operation.

Johnny is married to Cheryl for 14 years and has welcome their baby girl to the family 15 months ago.  Johnny is an experienced deep sea fisher man with a Skipper license and is looking forward to land his first big fish here in New Zealand.


What people say about us?

"It’s the best health and safety course I’ve ever done and I learnt so much. It’s actually revolutionised my view and I have a renewed passion for what we do. The trainer is an outstanding trainer & you are very lucky to have such a warm, wonderful and passionate trainer on the team."

Juliet Reeves
McConnell Dowell Corporation Limited

Our workers enjoy attending training at ACT Safety and it shows when they return to site. They have better skills and our management have more confidence once they've attended the training at ACT Safety

André Hendriks
HSQE Officer - March Cato Limited

Thanks for the course found it helpful and I like the real world approach that you have taken while delivering this ICAM Training.

Martyn Wells
Branch Manager - CablePrice

This ICAM course has given me great confidence to work on the Central Interceptor project. All the recommendations you mention are in process on Central Interceptor project and more. 

There is a lot of Health and Safety involved working on the project both on the Ghella- Abergeldie Joint Venture side and the Watercare side.   Enjoyed your way of delivering the course.  Great course!

Anton Toki
Toki Contractors / Toki Tree Services Ltd

I started my training journey with ACT Safety in 2020 with the challenge of completing both A and B grade Quarry certificates and also to do it under a year! The team at ACT of been super supportive and are always there when I’ve needed a hand. The facilitation through zoom means no time off work and also no extra cost of having to travel somewhere.  

The administrators and the trainers are knowledgeable and experienced in delivering the material, they have provided a safe place to learn and they adapt to all learning styles.

I’m now a fan of ACT Safety and highly recommend them as training providers.

Rebecca Finlay
Health and Safety Advisor - Golden Bay Cement

As you are aware myself along with 3 other colleagues recently participated in the 2 Day online training session which is Unit Standard 17601 ICAM Investigation.

I felt it important to give you some feedback about my experience and how valuable this was for me in particular,  I honestly thought at first “ How was I going to adjust to the new norm, and the impact COVID has had” I guess for a lot of students its an adjustment to say the least.

I would like to commend Ciaran O’Regan for the professional and practical manner he presented the course content over the 2 days,  I was very comfortable and felt that the content presented exceeded my expectation from a delivery point of view.  Ciaran encouraged the students to interact and share information about experiences around incident investigation,  His knowledgebase was outstanding I honestly felt confident that I could now apply what I have learnt in our work environment.

Gary Norman
Health & Safety Assurance Auditor/Advisor - Spotless New Zealand