Steve Hevern CVE

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), where he spent an initial 10 year term.

Steve then accepted the position of Building Services Manager at the new Sydney SuperDome (now known as Qudos Bank Arena) – appointed during the later stages of the construction phase / early pre-opening phase and throughout the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Steve was promoted to Operations Manager of the Arena in 2001.

Steve re-joined the SEC team in 2004 as Building Services Manager, where he was afforded the opportunity to be intricately involved with the design and construction of the Vector Arena project (now known as Spark Arena).  Steve was subsequently seconded by Quay Park Arena Management (QPAM) in the capacity of Deputy CEO of Vector Arena in 2005 and relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, to take up the post.

After the successful completion and opening of Vector Arena, Steve returned to Sydney in the capacity of Group Director of Operations & Special Projects for Arena Management, where he also fulfilled a brief post as the interim General Manager of the Capitol Theatre during this period.

Steve was then engaged by AEG Ogden in 2008 as Manager, Technical Operations and was relocated to Beijing, China, to take possession of the newly completed Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (now known as the Cadillac Arena) – where Steve was tasked with managing the commissioning process, staff procurement, operational set up and implementation of company, statutory and Olympic protocols for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Returning to Australia post-Olympics, Steve continued work on venue designs, Quality Assurance protocols and refinement of operational systems with a number of national and international arena, stadia, theatre, exhibition and convention centre development projects with AEG Ogden.  The position also encompassed conducting critical reviews of key operational aspects within venues under Group management.

After spending time in Doha, Qatar, in 2010 to open the Katara Amphitheatre, Steve was appointed as the General Manager of the soon to be opened Perth Arena in late 2012 – a post he held through the opening 12 months of the Arena’s operation before returning to Sydney.

Also in the capacity of General Manager, Steve then managed the closure of the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly the Sydney Entertainment Centre) from 2014 to 2015.  During this time, Steve was also actively involved in aspects of design and start-up requirements for the Sydney International Convention Centre project in Darling Harbour – which opened in December 2016.

Steve currently holds the position of General Manager of Qudos Bank Arena and sits on the boards of the Talent Development Project and Venue Management School.