Andrew Grant was the Commanding Officer of the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS TE KAHA in 2008 when he became a Blake Leader. He had the primary leadership responsibility for the ship's safety, personnel, and operations. Andrew had a passion for making improvements to the Royal New Zealand Navy as an organisation and led a number of changes to improve the working and contribution of the Navy as a whole.
To command one of New Zealand's primary defence force assets and lead many hundreds of New Zealanders overseas on difficult and sometimes dangerous missions requires an exceptional leader. Commander Grant showed, at a relatively young age, exceptional leadership in this regard. Andrew is passionate about finding a way to get things done. Where no guidance appears to exist he is willing to be guided by his own sense of right. He has a unique insight that allows him to quickly see the fundamental elements of an issue and find a solution. A passionate Kiwi, he is never happier than leading a team in furtherance of the New Zealand cause.
In 2015 Andy left the Defence Force and because a Business Manager heading up Research, Development and Innovation for ASG Security.