Our People

  • Matt Wood – Chief Executive Officer & Director

    Matt Wood joined October Protection in December 2010 in the position of Operations Manager and quickly established himself in the organisation with his work ethic and professionalism. He was a driving force behind the growth and running of the company over the next 2 years especially in Christchurch after the devastating earthquakes of February 2011.

    In recognition of the excellent work done by Matt and the loyalty he had shown towards October Protection he was made a Co-Director and promoted to the position of the  Chief Operating Officer in March 2013.

    In May 2014 Matt took over ownership of the business and is now the CEO and Director of the October Protection Group.

    Matt’s passion for the business and its mission statement “the difference is professionalism” have driven him since he joined in 2010 and it is this driving force and passion that keeps October Protection thriving at the level it is today.

    He comes from a security and physical fitness background and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him. Having worked as a close protection operative, self defence trainer and security operative for nearly 20 years Matt has also provided Risk Management and Close Protection services to many VIPs, celebrities and dignitaries.

  • Shannon Dillon – Logistics Manager

    With nearly 15 years experience in the security industry, Shannon comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

    Shannon will assist the business with its day to day operations including recruitment, deployment of staff and training.

    As an experienced martial artist, Shannon also assists our team with control and restraint training as well as helping with our public self defence courses.

    Shannon can be reached on 021 221 4053 for all staffing requirements

  • Paul Dearie – Static Guard Operations Manager

    Paul Joined the organisation in 2014 and because of his extensive knowledge of the static guard industry, was promoted to Operations Manager of our new Static Guard division in 2015.

    Paul is responsible for staffing and managing a division that has already grown 300% in its first three months of operation.

    With a background in security that spans over a decade from many different countries, Paul brings experience, passion and knowledge to the management team

    Paul can be reached on 021 203 2156 or at paul@octoberprotection.co.nz

  • Conor Bryne – Operations Manager, Queenstown

    Well-known in bothChristchurch and Queenstown/Wanaka, Conor brings a wealth of expertise to the October Protection management team with well over 20 years experience in the security and hospitality industries. Having managed venues and bars as well as working in the security fields has given Conor a better insight into the running and securing of many different operations and his experience will be invaluable to October Protection.

    He will oversee the Queenstown and Wanaka operations and continue the great work previously done by Stu Cantellow who has returned back overseas. Conor will provide professional security and protection staff to our many clients and build the client base in the Queenstown/Wanaka regions.

  • Security and Protection Personnel

    October Protection’s security and protection personnel’s duties and responsibilities are forever varying as society changes. We continue training in the latest security and enforcement techniques and are kept up-to-date on the most recent laws passed and their requirements. October Protection is a licensed security company and all our staff are fully vetted and licensed under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010. Many of our staff come from military, police, corrections and close protection backgrounds and their experience is diverse and extensive, providing October Protection with a vast array of specialist skills.