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InDefence is a professional and highly experienced provider of workplace defensive tactics and personal safety training.  We bring together personal safety tactics, legal considerations and 50 years of military, law enforcement, legal, aviation, public transport and security management of places of mass gathering experience to formulate logical solutions to meet your needs. 

InDefence addresses the full spectrum of conflict, providing training solutions based on the legal ramifications of applying force and an improved law enforcement use of force model. We have a strong emphasis on conversation management skills and situational awareness in order to identify and avoid the need for physical intervention. 


Our goal is to provide skills to the employee or manager so that they ‘respond’, rather than ‘react’ inappropriately during stressful situations effectively mitigating criminal and civil litigation. 

We believe our approach and credentials will clearly demonstrate that InDefence can provide proven solutions and prepared responses to incidents that control or mitigate risk to your organisation relating to vocational violence.

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Ash Gard

Founder & Director

As co-founding Director of InDefence Personal Safety Specialists, Ash pours innovation and creativity into each project while keeping a purposeful and clear collaborated objective. This approach has led to Ashley and his team to providing personal safety and security solutions to many international companies and high profile personalities. 

A former member of the Royal Australian Corp of Military Police, Ash is a Close Personal Protection expert, with over 20 years’ experience in the Military law enforcement and security industries. Ash is an expert defensive tactics instructor with experience in Physical intervention tactics, conrtol and restraint, riot control, self defence personal safety strategies and tactics and hostile environment tuition.


Ash knows what it takes to transform an organisations requirements into a training package that not only ticks all the boxes but performs well and truly above the organisations expectations.

Ash’s passion and attention to detail sets InDefence apart in the Personal Safety Industry and he is devoted to finding sustainable solutions. Ash is intensely committed to creating dialogue between organisational departments, authorities and emergency services so that all can incorporate the tenets of sustainability into their processes and methods.

When Ash is not researching the latest tactics or making his clients happy, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing guitar (poorly) and woodworking. 

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Anna Hacquoil

Founder & Director

After 10 years within the legal industry and being admitted as a Lawyer in the Supreme Court in 2006,  Anna joined Ash to become co-founder of InDefence Personal Safety Specialists.

Anna has meticulous attention to detail and fantastic organisational skills. Her great business sense ensures that budgets and schedules stay on track keeping costs for clients as low as possible.


Anna draws on 17 years of experience in the legal, security and defensive tactics industries, is one of the highest qualified and experienced female defensive tactics instructors in Australia, and has contributed to many women’s health magazines in relation to personal safety.

Because Anna is originally from New Zealand and misses the cold, she finds herself dedicated to early morning runs with her husky Titan, bush walking and dreams constantly of her next travelling adventure. 

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