Survivor Watch Team

The Team at MPERS International with the Survivor Watch brand have all been hand picked for their expertise in the fields they have been selected for. With over 200 years of combined experience, the Survivor Watch brand is geared to become the #1 personal emergency watch in the world with major brands in the wearables technology space.  

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jay Laga'aia is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of MPERS International and the Survivor Watch brand. Jay was one of the original creators of the first personal emergency watch which was launched in Dubai in 2015 with UAE Telco giants Etisalat. His innovative concepts in technology and forward thinking has moulded the new direction of the company to provide consumers with a world leading watch brand (Samsung) combined with Australia's most advanced 24/7 monitoring center (Telstra SNP Monitoring) for personal safety and emergency.  

CO-FOUNDER

Sy Laga'aia has over 30 years experience in the field of security, investigations and personal protection. The highlights of his career included 7 years in the USA as a VIP Consultant and Bodyguard for Diplomats, Royalty and VIP celebrities, the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and the launch of the worlds first personal emergency watch at Gitex with UAE Telco giants Etisalat in Dubai.

NATIONAL MARKETING & EVENTS MANAGER

With over 15 years experience in Public Relations, Marketing, Events as well as Styling and Photography, Missy focuses on working with you to create something emotive, powerful, striking and sometimes a little outrageous with the Survivor Watch brand! Whether it’s fashion, food, accommodation or entertainment – she's got you covered!

CHIEF PSYCHOLOGIST

Annie Clark is our Chief Psychologist. She has 20 years experience and specialises in the areas of Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma Counselling. She is a registered Psychologist with Medicare, Victim's Services and NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). Annie is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has Sydney practice locations in Parramatta and Randwick, and can also conduct phone and internet counselling for interstate, country or overseas clients. 

SECURITY RISK & WHS

Scott is fully licenced as a Class 1 and 2 Security Operative and Security Consultant. He is an expert in most facets of the security industry including threat assessments and risk analyses as well as using the principles of crime prevention through the Environmental Design (CPTED).

SECURITY OPERATIONS

Alan Kilgour has been in the security industry for over 3 decades as a security company owner, consultant and a highly sought after international covert operator. Alan has provided CPP for several corporations and private families across Australia and abroad. His clientele include Government Officials, VIP members of SOCOG, Dignitaries and members of Royalty.

CHIEF ANTI-BULLYING SPECIALIST

Paula is passionate about Anti-Bullying as she had been a victim of Bullying growing up as a child in School as well as seeing it played out in the workforce. Paula understands the short and long-term detrimental effects Bullying has on Mental, Emotional, Physical, Spiritual and Financial well-being. Over the years Paula has gained various qualifications to equip herself and her clients with right tools in protecting themselves against these toxic behaviours. 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Tom is a producer in Video, TV and Film bringing 15 years of experience in arts and entertainment. I have a deep passion and love for creative challenges.

Tom's vision is to become a creative hub for multi-skilled Directors, Videographers, Cinematographers, Art Directors, Motion Graphic Artists and Screen Editors. His team is adept at visual storytelling across all disciplines and supported by end-to-end concept development, production and post-production expertise.

MEDIA CHIEF

Anne Dao is a media figure, advocate and survivor of domestic violence who is using her experience in media and entertainment to raise awareness of this heinous crime amongst the youth. Anne is fluent in Vietnamese and will become a regular face across social media and at special events for the brand, with exclusive interviews of our Ambassadors and presenting at our annual events. Her appointment as Media Chief will allow her to work more closely with a variety of media outlets across the country. 

ADVISOR FOR CHILDREN'S WELLNESS

JoAnn Stevelos MS, MPH as our US Advisor for Children’s Wellness and Trauma Prevention, specialising in preventing childhood obesity, bullying, and child sexual trauma. JoAnn has over twenty years experience in leadership roles such as directing the NYS Center for Best Practices to Prevent Childhood Obesity, evaluating the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s childhood obesity prevention programs, and for the FLOTUS "Let’s Move program".  

INTELLIGENCE & SPECIAL OPS

James Biesterfeld has 45 years of experience in the Security and Intelligence Field including 20 years in the US Army where he served as a Criminal Investigator and a Special Agent in the Intelligence field. James specialties includes Counter-Terrorism, Intelligence/Counter-intelligence operations (to include counter-espionage), Specialised Security/CT training, Advance Operations for protection operations and special operations.  

COMMUNICATIONS & SALES MANAGER

Rachelle Canaan is our Sales and Communications Manager with a solid and varied background in sales. She has also worked in HR in commercial and private projects. Rachelle has a wide exposure to systems and marketing tools including SAP, Linked In. As our S&C Manager Rachelle’s role is to identify the needs of the end user, tailor a best fit solution and drive sales.

AVIATION SAFETY OPS MANAGER

Eddie is a highly sort after personal trainer when it comes to aviation safety for airline staff both on ground and in-flight. Eddie has over 20 years of experience in the fields of personal protection and special ops with various Government Agency's in NZ. 

CCTV CAMERA SURVEILLANCE

Our exclusive CCTV solution partner provides a complete scene to screen solution from the selection of Cameras, placement and set up to the monitors, control room and design. They offer cameras that see the scene ranging from 720P HD (High Definition) cameras to 29 mega pixel cameras that can see an entire scene with exceptional detail in areas once thought not achievable.

FIRST AID & PARAMEDIC TRAINING

Paul McQuaid is our specialist with over 15 years in the ambulance industry. When it comes to training for Paramedics or new recruits in this field, Paul is highly recommended. Paul currently works as a Special Ops Paramedic and also at major events. During his spare time he volunteers with children in sport. 

TRAINING & RECRUITMENT MANAGER

Eddy is our Chief Instructor for our exclusive CQC (Close Quarters Combat) program for survivors of violent crimes. This exclusive program was created with the survivors in mind for their own personal protection and safety. Eddy is also our Senior Recruitment Manager for members of our International Special Ops Team.