The Peak Safety crew without exception come from an outdoor background both professionallyand recreationally. We have decades of experience managing risk in the outdoor environment and continue to use the skills and knowledge we teach at the coal face on a daily basis.
We mountain bike, ski, raft, hunt and sea kayak. We climb rock, ice and snow. We surf, skate, dive, parent and whitewater kayak. We fish in the rivers and oceans and sometimes we even catch something.
Mark has been developing and managing safety systems and emergency response in challenging environments for over two decades. He has been at the forefront of the development of safety systems in the ski industry and managed the safety services operation for Whakapapa Ski Area, the largest ski area in New Zealand, for two decades. He has also been heavily involved in the alpine cliff rescue of the Tongariro National Park performing many technical rescues and delivering sound training to the rescue technicians.
As a director of Peak Risk Management, Mark draws upon a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills developed over his extensive career to a wide range of business operations with a practical approach and a sense of humour.
- Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health Management from Massey University. (Merit)
- Certificate in General Management, Graduate School of Business, Auckland University.
- Certificate in Emergency Management, Auckland University of Technology.
- Includes Intravenous Therapy (IV) certification.
- New Zealand Qualifications Authority Assessor for Ski Industry and First Aid unit standards.
- Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation (president)
- Past member of the Mountain Safety Council Snow and Avalanche Committee.
- Past member of the Executive Committee of the Mountain Safety Council.
- Past President of the New Zealand Ski Patrol Association.
- New Zealand Police Search and Rescue Adviser.
- Construction Blasting Certificate (Department of Labour)
- Director of Ruapehu Mountain Equipment Ltd. (Manufacturers of Passenger Lift Safety Systems for local and overseas markets.)
- Part-time Lecturer Auckland University of Technology (Health Faculty)
- Local Launch masters License
- Certified Safety Auditor
Henry has been managing safety in the outdoor environment for well over a decade. After completing a Diploma in Applied Recreation in Christchurch he became a rafting guide and began Ski Patrolling a year later. Having gained Senior Raft Guide status he moved to The Abel Tasman where he began Sea Kayak guiding then progressed to Operations Manager of a large Sea Kayaking business the following season. Meanwhile winters involved working as the Snow Safety Officer for Whakapapa Ski Area then changing to Patrol Supervisor a few years later.
During this time he was also teaching a variety of emergency management courses from First Aid to PreHospital Emergency Care. Also during winter after gaining Avalanche Stage 2 qualification he began tutoring then directing Avalanche Stage 1 courses in the North Island.
Having contracted to the business for 8 years, in 2008 Henry bought into Peak Safety and now is a director of the company with Mark Woods. His passions are family, fishing, hunting, skiing, diving and mountain biking.