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Who is InDefence

Hi my name is Ash Gard and I’m the co-founder of InDefence.

InDefence is a personal safety business that tackles head on the issue of violence in the workplace.


Like you I’m sure, I am shocked at the reality that 1 in 4 workers, a whopping 25% of the work force across all industries will be assaulted while performing their role.Sadly the statistics are significantly higher within the health care and emergency services sectors.


I believe that is absolutely appalling. We also understand that it is a really tough subject for a business, regardless of its size to address in todays politically correct and litigious society.


Please let me introduce our team of professionals. Firstly Anna Hacquoil is the co - founder of InDefence. 

Anna has worked in the legal industry for 10 years and was admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court in 2006.


Anna has an extensive background in the legal, security, violence mitigation and personal safety  industries insuring that the training that we provide protects your organisation and your employees.


Richard Downing is a professional within the Aviation industry for over 25 years and the violence mitigation industry for a decade. Richard has been involved in Aviation Security development and implementation forums and steering committees and holds responsible persons approvals for an organisation in the aviation industry.

Richard is experienced in Corporate Emergency Response Planning including large scale multi agency exercise planning and has holds positions of authority over Emergency Response in the aviation sector.

His expertise are the areas of large scale multi-location operations management, operational and business improvement, policy and procedure development, process implementation, disruption management, risk assessment, human factors analysis and investigation, work place training and assessment, resource planning, long term operational forecasting, Drug and Alcohol Management Plans and remote/austere operational planning and delivery.

Katee Grover graduated from The Edith Cowan University in Perth with a  Bachelor of Counter Terrorism, Security and Intelligence. Katee has an extensive career within the security industry and is highly experienced in the areas of asset protection, immigration and detention facilities. 

Greg Farley is a forensic disabilities specialist who is highly experienced in the mental health industry. Greg has worked with dangerous individuals that pose a significant risk to society and specialises in the management of aggressive behaviour. 

Greg is a mental health defensive tactics instructor who is qualified in a number of government approved conflict de-escalation training programs.

Andrea Shoecraft is a health care professional with over 10 years experience in the defensive tactics and personal safety industry.


Andrea is an experienced IT project manager focussing on quality and risk management. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and has tertiary qualifications in medical imaging technology,  information technology, health management and project management. 


Andrea has extensive knowledge of the healthcare environment and the unique challenges experienced by healthcare professionals when dealing with the public.


Personally I have been fortunate to have provided security services to major organisations, personalities  and events globally for over 20 years. I have an extensive background in all aspects of security and specialise in Close Personal Protection, Defensive Tactics and personal safety.

I have travelled the world as the emergency management planner for the Rolling Stones, and provided protective details to  people such as Harry Styles and Paris Hilton, organisations such as the New Zealand All Blacks, The Qld State of Origin team and bands like Guns n Roses.

I was a security coordinator for the Olympic precint and venues during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia where I was responsible for crowds that exceeded 2 million people.

I joined the Military enlisting in the Royal Australian Regiment (infantry) in 2001. As a result of my military career I am proficient in the use of many small and large camber firearms, rocket launchers, explosives and military weapons and tactics. During my time in the infantry I deployed on operations to East Timor receiving the Australian Active Service Medal, the United Nations East Timor Medal and the Infantry Combat Badge.

Upon returning to Australia I transferred to the Royal Australian Corp of Military Police where I gained military qualifications in Policing, Government, frontline management, public safety, resource operations, infantry operation and close personal protection.

During my Military career I was responsible for all policing matters including minor criminal investigation and the of training units in defensive tactics, control and restraint and riot control.

Our Instructors are defences tactics experts, qualified in areas such as personal self defence strategies, confined spaces and public transport (Air Marshals defensive tactics), third party protection (extracting Co-workers form danger) ,spontaneous knife defences, control and restraint, defending violence on the ground, water bourne defensive tactics, hostile environment tactics, lone worker tactics, hostage situation tactics, conversation management and active attacker simulation training.

We take the safety of your staff and the preservation of your business extremely seriously. As a business owner myself I understand that your reputation can be destroyed by one employees actions instantly. We won't compromise on the level of training that we provide to protect your organisation. 

I hope that we have the chance to work together and address your concerns by creating a safe environment where your staff maintain a professional image under extreme circumstances.

I’m Ash Gard, thanks for watching this video.  I know your time is valuable -  if you have any concerns please feel free to contact me via the contact us link and I will do my best to address your concerns.

Please be safe

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Ash Gard

Founder & Director

If you have any questions or need some help to address issues in your workplace please feel free to drop me a line.

My team and I will help you clarify your objectives so you can decide if InDefence is the right fit for your business.

Your information and needs will be held in strict confidence. Trust and honesty are important virtues to InDefence so we believe its a great place to start building a professional relationship.

0400 333 363

0400 333 363

PO Box 4681 Robina 4226

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