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.


    Stuart Ayres MP was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly on June 19, 2010 representing the electorate of Penrith. Stuart has been heavily involved in the administration of local sport in Western Sydney where he has been a Board Member of the Penrith Australian Football Club for 10 years and was also the founding secretary of the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation.


    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 …


    Alan Jones is a graduate of Queensland and Oxford Universities, with majors in English and French Language and Literature, Politics and Education. He has University Blues from both Queensland and Oxford in tennis.

    Alan is the former speech writer and senior adviser to the then Prime Minister, Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser…


    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.


    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…


    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.


    As the Managing Director and owner of moshtix and The Ticket Group, Harley is well respected in the industry with more than 16 years’ ticketing experience with major music, sport and theatrical events around the world. Harley leads an extremely skilled moshtix team, committed to giving the industry more than just a ticketing service with a highly personalised…


    Matthew Davey, along with being the proud father of his five year old daughter, Gia, is the founder and CEO of Fortress Information Systems, most famous for its TicketDirect platform that features across dozens of Australasian Venues. As an entrepreneur from a young age, Matthew has always had a passion for business and ‘making things smarter’. Starting in the mid-90s, Matthew and a group of fellow University of Victoria graduates launched a successful assault on Vancouver’s dial-up internet industry. Pursuit of post-grad study in Law then led him to New Zealand, where the opportunity to reshape Ticketing, Sports and Events was truly ripe.


    Mark Heaton is the General Manager of Sales and Business Development for Ticketmaster in Australia and New Zealand and this year celebrates his 18th year with the business. Mark is responsible for developing strategies to acquire and retain business and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of client facing technology and products ranging from single ticketing to membership.


    Cameron Hoy has a spent 25 years at the forefront of the technology, e-commerce, media and entertainment industries as a senior executive in major Australian companies. The constant in Cameron’s career has been cutting-edge consumer engagement, market-leading brands and a drive for innovation. Cameron held senior management positions with News Ltd, Fairfax and Nine Entertainment Co. with a focus on brand advertising sales and integrated marketing.


    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…


    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.


    Adam graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1997 and joined Cox Architecture in 2002. He has significant experience on public and urban design projects, working as a design leader on projects in major Australian cities and overseas.

    Adam has taken a number of projects from conception to procurement, with skills in client liaison and briefing, concept design, design development and delivery.


    Bob Perry is an architect and a Director of Scott Carver, an inter-disciplinary design practice based in Sydney.

    He is currently Chair of Place Leaders Asia Pacific, a non-profit community of practice comprising cities and government land regeneration authorities, as well as professionals involved in place management, design and branding.


    Marne was appointed CEO of Netball World Cup Sydney 2015 and delivered the most commercially successful World Cup in the history of the event, setting new benchmarks for the sport.

    Formerly Head of Netball Australia’s Commercial, Marketing and Events Team, Marne has more than doubled Netball Australia’s commercial turnover since 2007.


    David Gallop AM was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia in November 2012.

    David’s tenure since this time has coincided with a period of stability, growth and innovation in Australian football, underpinned by the successful 2015 AFC Asian Cup that saw the Socceroos crowned as the Champions of Asia, Australia’s qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and the Matildas’ inspiring run during the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.


    Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live family entertainment experiences, which have appeared in more than 75 countries on 6 continents. With a media and entertainment industry career spanning more than 20 years, Liza has promoted family staples such as Disney Live, the Harlem Globetrotters…


    Zara & Troy are Directors of Humour Australia (or HA!) and members of the International Positive Psychology Association. They are multi-talented presenters, writers and performers; with hundreds of credits as recording artists, on stage and screen, as a radio & television hosts and as Speaker Coaches to professional speakers.


    A retired Commissioned Police Officer professional with 29 year’s experience with the NSW Police Force.

    Craig has been appointed to a number of Lead Security and and Risk Consultancy roles across many large events and organisations within the Government sector such as Vivid Sydney 2016 & 2017, Property NSW, Arts NSW and DPC for NYE and Australia Day.


    Alisha is the Group Commercial Manager – Live Entertainment for The Star Entertainment Group. After graduating from Monash University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma in Chinese Mandarin, she entered private practice working for a national law firm in the Corporate team, followed by a secondment to The Star in Sydney in 2010. This opportunity then lead to a permanent position as the Senior Lawyer for The Star.


    Helen Fairclough returned to her hometown Melbourne, Australia from California, USA to join the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) as their Director of People and Culture. Her role at MCEC involves implementing the venue’s new people and culture strategy, focusing on talent management and employee services. Prior to MCEC, Helen was the Manager, Human Resources Strategy and Talent Management for the Downstream and Chemicals division of Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, California.


    Matt is the General Manager – Food & Beverage for Delaware North at Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

    Home of the Australian Open, Melbourne & Olympic Parks is an exciting and vibrant precinct right in the heart of Melbourne. Home to conferencing, concerts and a myriad of sporting events, this exciting precinct welcomes 2.5 million visitors each year. Delaware North is an integral part of the event experience delivering high quality foodservice and hospitality to suit all tastes and budgets.


    Marc Swan is the Activing Venue Manager at WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres, a regional sporting and entertainment precinct comprising of WIN Entertainment Centre and WIN Stadium in Wollongong. Marc has experience in commercial, business development, marketing and event and venue operations in a career spanning over 20 years including WIN Entertainment Centre, WIN Stadium…


    As the CEO of Stadiums Queensland, Todd Harris oversees a broad venue portfolio across Queensland including Suncorp Stadium, the Gabba, Cbus Super Stadium, Metricon Stadium, 1300SMILES Stadium, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Queensland Tennis Centre, Queensland sports and Athletics Centre and Sleeman Sports Complex.