Our team of IVSS Instructors are industry leaders in safety and security

Wayne Middleton CVE

Global Vice President, Risk at Momentus Technologies

Wayne Middleton CVE is the Global Vice President of Risk Manager software for Momentus Technologies, (formerly Ungerboeck). He is the founder of the software which was acquired by Ungerboeck in 2022. He is responsible for supporting Momentus’ clients globally to maximise product value and help mitigate risk.
Wayne was, until recently, the owner of Reliance Risk consulting in Australia and New Zealand. He held roles as Principal and Managing Director in Australia for over 15 years. Reliance helps public venues, events, sports and companies in the entertainment industry to manage safety, security, enterprise, emergency and disruption-based risk.
Wayne has over 35 years’ experience in management and operational roles in the venues and events industries and over 25 years as a risk management professional. He is a VMS graduate (1996), was the past Chair of the VMS (2018-21), holds a Masters in Risk Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a Diploma in Security Risk Management. He also holds a CVE designation awarded by the IAVM, is an instructors on the IAVM’s Academy of Venue Safety and Security (AVSS) in the US, and is the inaugural Chair of the VMA’s Institute of Venue Safety and Security.

Hannah Foster

Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer at Live Nation

Stuart Lyon AVM

Venue & Event Operations Director of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

Stuart is the Venue and Event Operations Director at Tataki Auckland Unlimited, who own and operate most of the sport, entertainment and cultural venues across Auckland, New Zealand.

Stuart has been involved in the event and venue management industry for 18 years, working for various venue management organisations in both Perth and Auckland. Stuart has a broad range of experience in venue types from community sporting facilities, major stadium to performing arts and conference centres.

Stuart has either secured or delivered a broad range of event content from FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, stadium concerts, international sporting tests, major music festivals, international conferences to the performing arts theatrical seasons and festivals.

Having held both senior level operational and commercial roles during his career, Stuart’s brings a unique insight into the value chain for venue management organisations securing and delivering events.

Stuart has a strong background in venue and event operations with a key interest in patron safety, risk management and emergency response.

Jenny Muldoon

Head of Visitor Services at Sydney Opera House

Jenny holds more than 35 years’ experience within the security industry, with 15 of those years in senior executive positions in Security, Organisational Change, Emergency management and Business Resilience. In more recent years her role has focused on Safety, Risk and customer excellence at Sydney Opera House where she holds the role of Head of Visitor Services and is responsible for the largest customer facing teams within the Opera House. She has implemented large scale organisational training programs for cultural change in customer excellence, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Jenny also held the Role of Head of Security for Sydney Opera House from 2010 to 2016 and has worked internationally across the highly regulated environment in aviation and law enforcement industries, and has engaged over a long period with the counter-terrorism community and with Federal and State Governments. Jenny was a detective within the NSW Police and held this position for 13 years.

Michael Roberts

Associate Security Consultant at Arup

Michael is a safety, security and risk management professional with over 20 years’ experience in major event safety and security and critical infrastructure resilience.
He leads Arup’s major events and venues and critical infrastructure offering for the Resilience, Security and Risk team for Australasia and provides clients with support in the areas of safety and security design, strategy development and implementation, operations, resilience planning and delivery and security capability development and training.

International Guest Instructor - Morten Therkildsen

Head of Security, Health and Safety at Roskilde Festival

Morten Therkildsen is the Head of Security, Health and Safety at Roskilde Festival. Northern Europe´s largest festival with 145.000 participants every day for 8 days, and with 80.000 people sleeping on campsite.
In 2012 Morten graduated with a Bachelor in Crowd safety Management from UK, and this year he is graduating a Master degree in Crowded Places and Public Safety Management.
Roskilde festival Group is a charity organization focusing on cultural and humanitarian work for young people. The Festival has existed since 1972 and has donated more than 100.000.000 AUD to the cause.
During the year the Roskilde Festival Group is providing services to other promotors and through here, Morten is working as a consultant for clients such as Danish National Television, UEFA, Live Nation and many other clients. He also teach at the catastrophe and crisis management academy in Denmark.

Al Baxter

Senior Principal, Architect at Populous


Al is a Senior Principal and registered architect with extensive knowledge in stadia, sports master planning, elite training facility, convention and exhibition design having worked both in Australia and internationally. Al is also an ex-professional sportsman who was the most capped prop in the history of Australian Rugby Union when he retired in 2011. His time as a professional sportsman, combined with his design expertise, makes him uniquely qualified to create venues loved by players and spectators alike. Al led the team on the design of Commbank Stadium, Australia’s newest rectangular stadium, as well as the design of the NSW Rugby League Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park. More recently, Al was the project lead for the Stadium Australia Redevelopment and led the Populous APAC COVID safe venue readiness planning helping sporting codes and venues with their plans to open safely to spectators. Prior to this, Al assisted Fiji Rugby Union in their bid for the HSBC World Sevens and Rugby Australia’s bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.


Mark Graham

SVP – Venue Mobilisation and Operations at Live Nation Holdings

Mark is currently the Senior Vice President Venue Mobilisation & Operations for Live Nation Australasia. Mark has over 30 years Venue Management experience in varying senior executive level roles with Live Nation, Country Racing Victoria and Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust.


Mark has extensive experience in strategic planning, business planning and budgeting, venue mobilisation, venue procurement, venue design, operations, food & beverage, supplier engagement and ongoing management, capital works, industrial relations, human resources, risk and security.


During Mark’s career, from a venue perspective, he has been involved in the delivery of over 10,000 events/shows. Following is a just snap shot of some of these events – Melbourne Commonwealth Games, World Police & Fire Games, World Youth Soccer Championship, World Swimming Championships, ACDC, U2, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Queen, Dire Straits, Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes, John Farman, Santana, Bod Dylan, INXS, Midnight Oil, World Title Boxing and Kickboxing Events, Melbourne Storm Games, Australia Premier League Games, National Basketball League, International Netball, etc.

Nick Martin

Head of Strategic Risk Consulting, Pacific at Marsh

Johnny Naofal

General Manager – Safety, Security and Facilities at Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust

James Wagg

Director of Facilities at ASM Global (APAC)

Nic Boling

Vice President IT & Security at Tessitura Network

Nic Boling is responsible for cyber security at Tessitura, a not-for-profit software and hosting company that powers arts and culture. Before joining Tessitura, Nic was Chief Technology Officer at Sydney Opera House for six years from 2015 where he built the organisation’s first cyber security team. He has hands-on experience securing venue systems and leading cyber security incident response. He holds a Master’s in Policing, Intelligence & Counter Terrorism and a Master’s in International Security Studies from Macquarie University, a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security from Griffith University, and a Bachelor of Security Analysis from ANU.

Darren Horne

Head of Security & Safety at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Darren Horne joined the award-winning Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in July 2018.
Previously with over 11 years’ experience in Victoria Police he achieved the rank of Sergeant before moving into private industry. Darren continues to maintain a deep knowledge of the National security environment including subject matter expertise in activism and public safety risk mitigation strategies.
Dedicated to his team’s success, Darren leads MCEC’s high-performing Security, Safety and Wellbeing Team to drive a culture of health and safety.
With over 1,500 events held at the venue each year, and over 3 million visitors, Darren is responsible for ensuring every visitor is safe and secure.

Sue Max

General Manager, Operational Strategy at VenuesLive Management Services (NSW) Pty Ltd

Sue Max is the General Manager, Operational Strategy, for VenuesLive (NSW) Management Services Pty Ltd. VenuesLive operates Accor Stadium and CommBank Stadium in Sydney and Optus Stadium in Perth. Sue is also the Licensee of Accor Stadium, one of the largest licensed premises in NSW.
Sue has been involved in the event and venue management industry for over 35 years, working with various sporting organisations, including the Sydney Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG). Just prior to the Olympic Games, Sue took up a permanent position with the Olympic Stadium (now Accor Stadium) and was part of the original team which opened the then, 110,000 seat venue in 1999.
Between 2004 and 2020, Sue was the General Manager of Venue Management, overseeing Venue Operations, Event Operations and Staffing Operations & Services. The role included the operation of both Accor Stadium and CommBank Stadium, the delivery of all events and the management of the Company’s 2,500+ strong NSW in-house casual workforce.
From an event perspective, Sue has been involved with the planning and delivery of some of the world’s largest sports and entertainment events held in Australia.
In terms of her venue management experience, Sue played a lead role in the mobilisation and operational transition into CommBank Stadium and spent six months in Perth leading the initial delivery of the pre-operational phase of services at Optus Stadium.
Over recent years, Sue’s position has evolved into a strategically focussed role, undertaking a company-wide approach to VenuesLive’s core operational systems across its core strategies and standards. Particularly as it relates to safety, security, emergency and incident management, risk management, training and education programs.

Mark Oxnam

Executive Manager – Security & Precinct at Melbourne Cricket Club

Mark spent 13 years working in law enforcement before transitioning to the private sector for the past 10 years, working in global security and asset protection roles in both logistics and major event planning. As the current Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) Executive Manager Security and Precinct, Mark is responsible for the security posture of the venue, this involves strategic oversight and delivery of major security projects, complex operational planning for national and international events, and leading a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to ensure patrons can experience the theatre of live sport and entertainment in a safe and secure environment.

Leanne Walsh

Founder and Principal Trainer of Baseline Behaviour and Consultancy

Leanne is an expert in body language, deception detection and situational awareness, having studied and trained with some of best body language experts in the world such as Joe Navarro, Lena Sisco and Chase Hughes.
The holder of an Expert Body Language Certificate from Joe Navarro Body Language Academy, recognised by the American Psychology Association, Leanne provides unique skills to identify intentions of people by the way they are interacting with others and the environment.
Her training in interrogation, elicitation and deception detection coupled with her 21 years of state law enforcement experience within the NSWPF, sets her above the rest in situational awareness and hostility investigation.
Leanne has travelled to London UK, where she was trained in the techniques of Project Servator from the National Project Servator Team.
Leanne holds a Bachelor of Policing, as well as tertiary qualifications in security and risk management, training and assessing, emergency management and government investigations.
Leanne is the Director of Baseline Behaviour and Consultancy Pty Ltd who specialise in training behaviour detection techniques to individuals and organisations to help eliminate the threat of hostile actions in public locations.



Zan Lewarn | Education Manager | Venue Management Association | 1300 001 862

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