After co-founding the Frontier Touring Company in the mid 1970s, Michael Chugg went out on his own in 2000 and founded Chugg Entertainment. He then went on to garner a reputation both internationally and on home soil as one of Australia’s most prominent rock promoters. From club shows to stadiums, festivals, special events and everything in between, Michael Chugg has worked with some of the world’s biggest acts…


    Harvey Lister commenced his career in the music industry in Brisbane with radio station 4IP in the early 1970’s, and in 1975 launched a concert and event business titled Tour Promotions. During the past 40 years, Mr Lister, with business partner Mr Rod Pilbeam, has been involved in the presentation and management of events spanning all forms of sport, the arts, conventions and exhibitions, concerts and general entertainment and has a wealth of …


    Chairman, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation; Director of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund; Ambassador for Life Sciences Queensland.

    The Honourable Peter Beattie AC served as the 36th Premier of Queensland. He also served as Queensland’s Trade Commissioner…


    Tony Squires has been one of Australia’s most popular media personalitiesand a highly successful corporate entertainer and speaker for more years than he cares to admit.Tony’s media experience, which includes hosting major live television shows, extensive radio broadcasting and accomplished newspaper columnist, provides potential clients with a range of unique and entertaining options.He has a wealth of experience in corporate entertaining roles such as master of ceremonies and speaker.


    Brad possesses broad experience and proven leadership skills as an accomplished executive in the public assembly venue industry with proven success in arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts theaters; employed by municipalities, private, and public/private organizations. Mayne has served as a consultant and arbitrator for NHL, NBA and NFL venues.

    Brad led financing, design, construction, marketing & sales, and managed major sports venues in Anaheim California and Dallas Texas.


    Todd Greenberg is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Rugby League (NRL) and oversees the world’s premier rugby league competition, the Telstra Premiership, together with Australian representative teams and major events associated with the NRL.

    Born and raised in Sydney, Todd’s professional career has spanned various sporting roles, with the past 15 years spent working within rugby league.


    The story of Damien Thomlinson, an Australian veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is one that continues to evolve and inspire people around the world. While serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment, Thomlinson’s life was changed forever. In 2009, while serving in Afghanistan, Damien’s unit drove over …


    As a former career police officer with the Queensland Police Service, Danny has experienced a wide range of policing challenges and undertaken roles that were quite unique including Manager of the Police Disaster and Major Events Branch for the state of Queensland. Danny has a perspective on situations that has been shaped by significant events, many of which involving tragic circumstances.


    Ross joined Victoria Police in 1985. An accomplished police officer, his professional experience encompasses the leadership and management of teams across investigative, general policing, specialist operations and business environments.

    He holds a Masters Degree in Criminology along with professional qualifications in project, business, training and strategic management streams. He has a deep commitment to learning…


    Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn joined the NSW Police Force in 1984. Her career has covered all areas across the NSW Police Force including criminal investigations, general detectives, homicide, strike forces, internal affairs, and Police Commander of major events such as World Youth Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations.


    Chris Allen is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Venues NSW and a global bestselling thriller author with a soon-to-be-announced deal for a full Intrepid series to appear on the big and small screens. He is a former Army Officer, Police Officer, counter-terrorism expert, and, more recently the Sheriff of NSW. After joining the Australian Army as a soldier and then Officer, he was selected to serve as a …


    Matthew Lazarus-Hall is the Managing Director and Founder of Uncommon Cord Pty Ltd, a dynamic innovative Australian consultancy focused on creating amazing interactions through extraordinary experiences in the world of big live celebrations. Matthew is a dynamic entertainment executive with over 25 years in live entertainment.


    Nick Hubble has held several executive positions over the past 15 years with the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA).

    Following the establishment of SOPA he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and subsequently assumed responsibility for the post-Olympic development of the Sydney Olympic Park precinct as General Manager Commercial


    David Fishel is a Director of Positive Solutions, and has led a wide range of consulting projects during the last 25 years, including feasibility studies for new arts and heritage facilities and precincts, business and strategic planning for museums and other cultural and visitor attractions, cultural planning and policy development.


    Ross Steele is the General Manager of the Cairns Convention Centre,a member of the AEG Ogden family of facilities. Since 2002 the Centre has been voted in the Top 4 in the world in the AIPC World’s Best Congress Centres Award, including World’s Best in 2004 and 2014.The Cairns Convention Centre is a major contributor to the economic diversity of Cairns through Business Event Touris


    Gwen works with New Zealand law firm Simpson Grierson. She is a key member of its dedicated sports, venues, entertainment and events team. An experienced commercial lawyer, Gwen specialises in the legal issues presented by entertainment and venue management. Her work includes all aspects of governance, contracting, advertising and consumer law issues, ticketing,


    Holds a Bachelor of Business from La Trobe University and is an associate of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Company Directors. Started his professional career with William Buck Chartered Accountants including a secondment to London. Joined Essendon Football Club in 1997 and in December 2000 was appointed the club’s Chief Operating Officer, with responsibilities across the business ranging…


    Chris is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience. He specialises in contract and commercial law, particularly in the area of venues – sporting, entertainment and cultural.

    He spent a number of years acting for Australia’s largest sporting organisation, Australian Football League advising on stadium user contracts, broadcasting agreements, merchandise and licensing agreements…


    Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Executive Chef, Martin Latter, whose high profile career has spanned two hemispheres on opposite sides of the globe, is passionate in his belief that ‘fresh is best’ when it comes to the preparation of food.

    Martin Latter has experienced the whole gamut of the profession in his high profile career. Born in London…


    Darren is the Chief Executive of Vbase, manager of Christchurch’s leading venues including Horncastle Arena, AMI Stadium, Hagley Oval, Air Force Museum Wigram, and the Christchurch Town hall which is currently undergoing $127m redevelopment.

    With such a diversity of venues the company delivers over 700 events annually – always through it's mantra of "make life more eventful". In addition to his role at Vbase…


    An industry veteran with more than 30 years in hospitality and event management at leading five star venues, Lynell joined ICC Sydney following a stellar four years as Executive General Manager for Hospitality, Events and Operations at the Australian Turf Club. Lynell spent 17 years of her career with Australian Turf Club Ltd across a variety of food and beverage roles. Earlier in her career, Lynell held senior food and beverage management roles with a range of 5 star hotels;


    Darren Southurst joined the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in May 2005.

    With a background in Production Management and Audio Engineering, Darren has performed a wide range of roles during his tenure at MCEC. These include Senior Technician, Technical Resourcing Coordinator, Plenary Manager and Operations Manager.


    Geoff Hanrahan recently celebrated 21 years with the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, through which time he has played a pivotal role in the Centres successful operation and direction since preopening.

    In his role of Operations Director Geoff is responsible for Asset and Project Management, Building Services, Parking, Security, Safety, Information Technology, Audio Visual and Production Services.


    Gavin Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC). The WAFC is responsible for the management of Domain Stadium, the growth and development of football in Western Australia, management of football competitions across the State, ownership of the two local AFL teams and the overall governance and leadership of football in WA. In his short time as CEO Gavin has implemented a major stakeholder relation programs across the 220,000 participants and over 560 clubs.


    Steven began his career with Ticketek in 1995, working in frontline and helpdesk roles before joining the Events & Venues team in 1999. As Event Manager, Account Manager, Senior Account Manager and then Account Director – Music & Lifestyle, Steven managed a suite of concert, festival, film and theatre clients before his appointment to State Manager NSW in 2006. Responsible for sales, operations and contract management and renewal, achievements in that time included the development of a high performing team and strong relationships.


    Tim McGregor is Managing Director of TEG Live and Chief Commercial Officer of TEG, one of the Asia Pacific’s leading integrated ticketing, live content and touring companies. Formerly Group Managing Director of Dainty Group, Tim joined TEG as part of TEG’s recent acquisition of Dainty Group and continues to work closely with Paul Dainty and the TEG-DAINTY team and report directly to Geoff Jones, TEG CEO.


    Matthew is one of two Managing Directors and company owners that lead the consultancy firm HATAMOTO.
    He is a licenced security adviser in multiple jurisdictions and has developed organisation-wide business
    resilience frameworks for a range of clients across various industry sectors including Australian and
    international governments. Matthew is a recognised subject matter expert in the conduct and development of risk…


    Peter King joined the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) as Chief Executive in 2012, after a successful Executive management with experience across a variety of different market sectors in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

    MCEC today is the #1 convention, exhibition and events venue in Australia, hosting more than 1000 events annually, attracting 2.5 million visitors and generating nearly $1billion worth of economic benefit annually to the Victorian economy.


    As General Manager Hospitality & Portfolio Development of the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA), Adam is responsible for delivering the largest single site hospitality operation in South Australia generating annual revenues exceeding $50M. The current portfolio consists of the Hill of Grace Restaurant; Adelaide Oval Functions and Events, Adelaide Oval Match Day Retail, Monarto Zoo, Titanium Security Arena and many of SA’s major events employing approx. 1,500 casual staff.