• Lisa Price CFE

    Emergency Management Preparedness (Year 2), Leadership for Venue Managers (Year 2)

    Lisa Price has been actively involved in the venue and ticketing industries for a long time. After working for two years with BASS Victoria (now Ticketmaster), Lisa took up a role at the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), stadium manager of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
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  • Rebecca Barry

    Industrial Relations (Year 2), Developing Human Resources (Year 2)

    Rebecca Barry is the General Manager, Human Resources, at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS). In this role she oversees all human resource elements for the RAS, Sydney Showground, RAS Foundation, Australasian Animal Registry and Australia’s largest annual event […]

  • Lindsay Adams

    Presentation Skills (Year 2)

    Lindsay Adams is a practiced speaking professional, workshop facilitator, and business coach. With over 20 years of Human Resource experience, Lindsay’s focus is on building effective teams and leaders. Lindsay is a strong supporter of the Venue Management Association (VMA) He has volunteered in many capacities including serving as a long standing instructor […]

  • Chris Farrell AVM

    Negotiation Skills (Year 2)

    Chris commenced his career in the law in 1981 at law firm Phillips Fox & Masel (now DLA Piper) initially practising in insurance law and general litigation. He subsequently practised in commercial law and taxation after joining law firm Darvall McCutcheon in 1987, becoming a partner there in 1988. In 1993, Chris joined Browne & Co, a firm specialising in sports […]

  • Wayne Middleton CFE

    Risk Management (Year 1), Business Risk and Resilience (Year 2)

    Wayne Middleton is a risk management consultant and Principal of Reliance Risk. Reliance helps public venues, events, sports and companies in the entertainment industry to manage risk. He has over 26 years’ experience in management and operational roles in the venues
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  • Dean Hassall AVM

    Project Management and Tendering (Year 1) Dealing with Boards and Governments (Year 2)

    Dean Hassall is arguably one of Australia's most experienced venue and event managers, and is now principal of Dean Hassall Consulting Pty Ltd, which provides advisory services in the areas of event and venue management, facility development sports administration and business analysis. Since late 2009, as principal of Dean Hassall Consulting Pty Ltd, Dean has been […]

  • Gavin Taylor AVM

    Contract Law (Year 1), Stakeholder Relations (Year 1)

    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 […]

  • Steve Mackenzie

    Technology (Year 1), Business Communications (Year 1)

    Steve has 30+ years of experience within the Hospitality and Events industry, 22 years focused on the IT side and prior to that, nearly 10 years working within Hotels and Resorts. After leaving his native New Zealand in 1985, Steve worked on various island resorts up and down the Great Barrier Reef for almost 10 years […]

  • Mark Zundans CFE

    Catering (Year 1), Ticketing (Year 1)

    As a professional in the venue industry for 20 years, Mark has held senior positions at venues around Australia, overseeing a number of major international sporting and entertainment events including all codes of football, cricket, court sports, concerts, and festivals. Through his career, Mark has worked with all manner of venues […]

  • Katherine Norman AVM

    Booking & Scheduling (Year 1), Business Development (Year 2)

    Katherine Norman is the Senior Account Manager within Presenter Services at Arts Centre Melbourne, Victoria Australia. Having attended VMS Australia (2010 & 2011), she was the first student to receive both the both the Year 1 USI Bursary and the Year 2 AEG Ogden Scholarship […]

  • Andrew Travis AVM

    Commercial Partnerships (Year 1), Media Relations (Year 2)

    Andrew Travis has one of the most envious jobs in Australian sport.
    As the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast SUNS AFL team, he is leading an organisation that is aiming to be one of the most bold and exciting brands in Australian sport […]

  • Anthony Duffy AVM

    Customer Relations (Year 1)

    Anthony Duffy is the owner and Managing Director of VIPeople; a division of Venue Industry Professionals Pty Ltd. Anthony has been a part of the venue industry for over 27 years at some of Sydney’s iconic sports and entertainment facilities. Prior to the establishment of VIPeople in 2001 […]

  • Kim Bedier CFE

    Enhancing the Experience (Year 2)

    As Director of Public Assembly Facilities for the City of Tacoma, Washington, USA since 2012, Kim Bedier is responsible for venues including the Tacoma Dome, one of the largest wood domed structures in the world with seating for up to 23,000, and the Greater Tacoma […]

  • Meg Walker

    Retailing and Merchandising (Year 1)

    Meg Walker has been involved in venue management since 2001 and is the General Manager – Touring for Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust (M&OP). MOP covers some 40 hectares and in addition to the vast public […]

  • Richard Andersen CFE

    Building Exceptional Teams (Year 1)

    With over 35 years of experience in professional sports, venues and hospitality management, Richard Andersen, CFE ICD.D is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of Seafair, the premier festival management company of the Pacific Northwest. Seafair, an iconic 67-year-old non-profit organization, creates and produces ten weeks of interactive community events including […]

  • Steve Hevern CFE

    Back of House Operations (Year 1), Effective Venue Design & Development (Year 2)

    Awarded the VMA's Active Professional of the Year in 2014, Steve is a Certified Facility Executive (CFE), past VMA Vice President and VMS graduate (2001), Electrical Engineer, Ticketed Rigger, Certified Risk Manager and an A Grade Electrician. Steve started his career in the entertainment industry in 1990 as the Facility Electrician of the Sydney Entertainment Centre […]

  • Tim Worton CFE

    Financial Management (Year 1)

    Tim was educated in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) Degree from the University of New South Wales and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). Tim’s career from 1978 to 1991 primarily saw him in senior financial roles with multi-national manufacturing firms. These included a 6-year stint with British Paints, 3 of which were spent in Papua New Guinea as the group’s Financial Controller based in the town of Lae […]

  • Phil King AVM

    Marketing (Year 1), Digital & Data Insights (Year 2)

    Phil King is the Director of Live Entertainment at the newly constructed $1.2 Billion International Convention Centre Sydney (ICCS). Phil has overall managerial responsibility, both operationally and commercially, for the ICC Sydney Theatre, and the two smaller entertainment venues in the complex, the Darling Harbour Theatre and the Pyrmont Theatre. Sitting at an Executive Level, his role encompasses team leadership, business development, customer relations management, negotiation of hiring terms, guiding the financial performance of the business […]

  • Craig Lovett

    Strategic Business Planning (Year 1), The Workplace Environment (Year 2)

    Craig Lovett is arguably one of the most experienced people today in the area of cleaning and waste strategies, for venues and events around the world. His experience comes from the daily hands-on approach to growing his business’ on a global scale, and nowadays Craig is invited to speak all over the world on venue design, the importance […]

  • Paul Sergeant

    Asset Management (Year 2)

    Paul’s first taste of the sports and entertainment business was on the day of Charles and Diana’s wedding, 29 July 1981 when life began as a cleaner at Alton Towers, the UK’s number one theme park. He left his role as Public Catering Manager four years later and after a stint back packing around the USA […]

  • Brian Morris CFE

    Public Safety & Managing Crowds (Year 1), Managing Change (Year 2)

    Brian Morris has been in involved in the Hospitality, Tourism and Venue Management sectors for more than 30 years and has a Higher Diploma in Hospitality and Catering Management, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Honours Degree in Organisational Design and a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership. He is a Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)…