• Richard Andersen CVE


    Richard Andersen is passionate about maximizing human potential. As CIO – Chief Illuminations Officer – of Venue Solutions Group, Richard draws upon 35 plus years of experience in professional sports, venues and hospitality management to design and facilitate leading edge training and development programs that deliver those “aha moments”. …Learn more.

  • Rebecca Barry

    Developing Human Resources (Year 1) Industrial Relations (Year 2)

    Rebecca Barry is the General Manager, Organisational Development for VenuesLive. Prior to this role, Rebecca was the General Manager, Human Resources for VenuesLive at Optus Stadium in Perth. In this role she was responsible for establishing the team of 80 permanent and 2600+ casual staff ….Learn more.

  • Kim Bedier CVE

    Enhancing the Experience (Year 2)

    As Director of Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma, Washington, USA, Kim Bedier is responsible for the iconic Tacoma Dome, one of the largest wood domed structures in the world with seating for up to 22,000, and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Cheney Stadium (home of Tacoma Rainiers AAA Baseball), the historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters…Learn more.

  • Nelita Byrne AVM

    Emergency Management Preparedness (Year 2) Event Operations Planning (Year 2)

    As Manager Venues for New Plymouth District Council, Nelita leads the team overseeing the strategic, business development and operational delivery of Yarrow Stadium a 25,000 multi-code stadium, TSB Stadium three court indoor arena, TSB Bowl of Brooklands a picturesque 15,000 amphitheater and TSB Showplace, three theatre and conference facility…Learn more.

  • Anthony Duffy AVM

    Customer Service (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 28 years at some of Sydney’s iconic sports and entertainment facilities. Prior to the establishment of VIPeople in 2001…Learn more.

  • Helen Fairclough

    Leadership for Venue Managers (Year 2) Managing Change (Year 2)

    Helen Fairclough returned to her hometown Melbourne, Australia from California, USA to join the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) four years ago as their Director of People, Culture and Improvement. Her role at MCEC involves building capability through a continued focus on the development of people; embedding organisational values in all they do; championing diversity and inclusion. Learn more.

  • Dean Hassall CVE

    Project Management & Tendering (Year 1) Dealing with Boards & 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…Learn more.

  • Steve Hevern CVE

    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 Venue Executive (CVE), past VMA Vice President, VMS and GI Graduate, Electrical Engineer, Ticketed Rigger (AR), 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 (SEC)…Learn more.

  • Phil King AVM

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

    Phil King is the General Manager of the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Coopers Stadium. His role encompasses the overall managerial responsibility for the operational and commercial aspects of both venues. The Adelaide Entertainment Centre is Adelaide's best concert and theatre venue. It is the most flexible venue of its type in Australia…Learn more.

  • Adam Lister

    Contract and Business Law (Year 1)

    Adam is the Group General Counsel for AEG Ogden, responsible for the group wide legal function of all AEG Ogden venues, divisions, subsidiaries and investments.
    Starting his career in event management, Adam worked his way up to take on a number of senior roles in venues, based both in Australia and abroad. Positions he held at that time were in venues that include Suncorp Stadium, the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (currently Cadillac Arena) and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre…. Learn more.

  • Ian Love AVM

    Catering (Year 1) Corporate Social Responsibility (Year 2)

    Ian Love has been keenly involved in food and beverage for the past 30 years and has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of catering. Ian has worked across four continents and his experiences range from managing a small pub in Edinburgh, banqueting within five-star hotels in the Canadian Rockies to working for SOCOG at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, managing functions for the Beldisloe Cup at…Learn more.

  • Steve Mackenzie

    Technology (Year 1) Business Communications (Year 1)

    Steve has 30+ years of experience within the Hospitality and Events industry, 24 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…Learn more.

  • Sue Max

    Event Operations Planning (Year 2)

    Sue Max is the General Manager, Event & Venue Management for VenuesLive Management Services Pty Ltd at ANZ Stadium. Sue has been involved with the event and venue industry for over 30 years, having worked with various sporting organisations and the Sydney Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) which she joined in 1997. Learn more…

  • Wayne Middleton CVE

    Risk Management (Year 1) Business Risk & 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 30 years’ experience in management and operational roles in the venues and events industries and over 20 years as a risk management…Learn more.

  • Katherine Norman AVM

    Booking and 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…Learn more.

  • Paul Sergeant

    Asset Managment (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 joined L&R Leisure as one of their Operations Managers in 1985. Learn more…

  • Gavin Taylor AVM

    Commercial Partnerships (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, ownership of the two local AFL teams and the overall governance and leadership of football in WA. Learn more…

  • Andrew Travis AVM

    Media Relations (Year 2)

    Andrew Travis is the Chief Operating Officer at Australia’s leading sport and entertainment precinct, Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP). The former Gold Coast Suns (AFL) Chief Executive Officer and experienced sports and venue management professional is responsible for the operation of a precinct which is notably acclaimed for hosting the Australian Open Tennis…Learn more.

  • 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 space includes four ticketed facilities;  Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena, AAMI Park and  Hisense Arena. Learn more…

  • Chris Whitney

    Financial Management (Year 1)

    Chris Whitney is the Assistant General Manager / Director of Finance for INTRUST Bank Arena and The Orpheum Theatre, both SMG Managed Facilities.  She is responsible for all of the financial and accounting aspects of the arena and theatre as well as event settlements with show promoters.  Additionally, Chris oversees the Ticketing and Human Resources departments and assists in the operation and management of the facility. Learn more…

  • Leighton Wood

    Strategic Business Planning (Year 1)

    Leighton Wood joined the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in November 2010 as Deputy Chief Executive. In February 2012, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive and currently oversees a team of more than 700 employees across..Learn more.

  • Tim Worton CVE

    Negotiation Skills (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…Learn more.

  • Mark Zundans CVE

    Ticketing (Year 1) Stakeholder Relations (Year 2)

    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…Learn more.