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.


    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.


    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.


    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 …


    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;