Andre Bertrand
Head of IT Risk and Security

Andre has 17 years of information technology experience with a number of information risk management roles and experience across IT risk governance, operations, delivery and strategy. Currently Andre leads the IT risk and information security function for Seek. Previously he has held business engagement, project management, operational and leadership roles for a number of international financial services, online and media organisations.

Jason Brownsecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
National Security Director

Jason Brown is the National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand.  He is responsible for security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it supports.  He is also responsible to ensure compliance with international and Commonwealth requirements for national security and relevant federal and state laws.

Before joining Thales in 2004 Jason had 27 years experience in Commonwealth Government with appointments which include;

  • Assistant Secretary - Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation
  • Director General - Safety, Compensation and People Development
  • Assistant Secretary - Defence Security
  • Various appointments in the Attorney General's Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations

Jason has a number of publications in the areas of client service, intelligence management and security.  He is internationally known speaker in the areas of intelligence, security, innovation, export control, scenario and strategic planning.  He is a Fellow of the British Security Institute and ARPI, a member of ASIS International, the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and University House – Australian National University. He holds Security Professional Chartered status in the UK and Registered Professional status with SPR-A.  He was awarded the Australian Security Medal for Conspicuous Service in February 2011.  In 2013 IFSEC International recognised him in the top 40 influential persons in Security and Fire Management.

Jason has been involved in a range of non-security related public activities, including Chair of Lake Tuggeranong College Board, Vice President of the Burragate Rural Fire Brigade, supporter of the iLead mentoring program and donor support for the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, Victorian National Gallery and the National Parks of NSW.

Trent Burnardsecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Former Security Lead
Origin Energy

Trent is the Principal Advisor, Security for Origin Energy. He has over 26 years experience within both the security management and intelligence fields in both defence and industry. Trent is responsible for the provision the strategic policy and governance advice to Origin’s senior leadership regarding security threats and risks to Origin's people, assets, operations and information. Trent is a former Australian Regular Army Officer and is currently a senior officer within the Australian Army Reserve. Since separating from the regular Army he has worked in security management, advisory and consulting roles in Australia the Middle East, SE Asia and the South Pacific across the reconstruction, mining, government and energy sectors.

Andrew Clark
Senior Technical Advisor
CERT Australia

Dr Andrew Clark is an information security expert with extensive experience as both a researcher and practitioner in the field. Dr Clark is currently a senior technical member of the technical operations team at CERT Australia within the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department. Prior to joining CERT Australia, Dr Clark engaged in commercial research and consultancy with partners from industry and international research organisations. Specialising in network security, intrusion detection and computer forensics, he has published over 70 articles in in these areas. 

Claude Colasantesecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Director Intelligence
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

Mr Claude Colasante joined AUSTRAC in 2003 as the National Manager of the Intelligence branch.   Currently, he holds the position of Director Intelligence, Data Exploitation within AUSTRAC's Intelligence division, one of his key areas of focus is how to use analytics to identify money laundering, terrorist financing and crime risks.

Claude has extensive law enforcement experience having worked in various Commonwealth agencies including Centrelink, the Australian Securities & Investment Commission, the Australian Federal Police and the private sector during his career.  During this time Claude has acquired a wealth of experience in the area of anti-money laundering, fraud, white collar crime investigations, intelligence, corporate investigations, forensic accounting, corporate governance, securities fraud and has been involved in number of high profile criminal investigations and prosecutions. 

In addition to his undergraduate studies, Claude holds an Associate Diploma in Business, a Diploma in Accounting, and a Post Graduate Diploma of Criminal Intelligence and a Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis) from Charles Sturt University.

Claude is a member of The Society of Anti-Money Laundering Professionals, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the National Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), the National Institute of Accountants (NIA) Australia and the USA Academy of Science and Engineering (ASE).

Mathew Curtis
Security Professionals Australasia

Matthew is the National Security Lead at Noetic Group. He has advised national and corporate leaders for 15 years on national security, security governance, management and risk. Prior to this he was a member of Australia’s Foreign Service in an array of onshore and offshore operational and management roles. He has worked and led in fields ranging through diplomacy, national security, policy development and implementation, legal and litigation matters, industry regulation and negotiation. He consults across:

  • National security – national counter-terrorism arrangements, critical infrastructure security, transport security and national security decision support
  • Jurisdiction-level emergency management governance arrangements and review
  • Security risk, governance, management, intelligence, policy and planning and
  • Security management and intelligence systems.

Matthew is Secretary-General of Security Professionals Australasia, the peak representational and self-regulatory body for the Security Profession. SPA is a federated organisation that consists of lead security associations, tertiary institutions and professionals.  In its self-regulatory function SPA has implemented an Australasia-wide registration scheme for Security Professionals which for the first time provides a transparent means by which competency and professional standards are defined and implemented throughout the profession.

Matthew is also a member of Standards Australia Mirror Committee MB-025, which mirrors in Australia the work of ISO/TC-292 – Security and resilience, the key strategy setting body in relation to international security standards creation. He has represented Australia at a number of international conferences in this context.

He is a graduate of Chinese history, military politics and language and has lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Kate Drewssecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Market Leader - Property and Buildings - Defence, Aviation and Transport Security

Kate has 20 years of Defence and security industry experience and has held senior leadership roles in related Commonwealth and industry organisations. Her career began in the Australian Defence Force as an Army Officer. After more than 10 years in the Army, Kate left to commence a career as a management consultant. She is currently the South Queensland Market Leader for Property and Buildings for GHD. As a licensed security consultant, she provides security, risk and threat assessment advice into the transport, mining, Defence, aviation and construction sectors. She has extensive experience in the planning and delivery of complex security infrastructure projects for public and private sector clients. She has been the Project Director for the delivery of over $1B of Queensland Government high security projects and Commonwealth buildings and infrastructure security and Defence projects.

Julian Droogansecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Senior Lecturer, Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Macquarie University

Dr. Julian Droogan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University where he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (Routledge), and Director of the Masters of International Security Studies Program. His research interests include social resilience and countering violent extremism, religious radicalisation and extremist narratives – particularly those of ISIL, and the history of religious terrorism, and political violence. Julian leads a number of funded research projects at PICT, including an ongoing partnership with the NSW government looking at ways to instill and evaluate CVE and social resilience projects among NSW communities.

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Executive Manager Events and Precinct Coordination
Sydney Olympic Park Authority


Neil Gaughansecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
National Manager Counter Terrorism
Australian Federal Police

Neil Gaughan is a career police officer with excess of 30 years’ experience in general policing and investigative roles in both the ACT Region and AFP National Operations. 

In February 2013 Neil took over responsibility for the Counter Terrorism (CT) portfolio of the Australian Federal Police.  Since that time the AFP’s CT portfolio has almost doubled in size as a result of the world seeing a significant increase in the global terrorist threat, primarily brought about by the emergence of ISIS.  Australia’s domestic terrorism environment has also changed significantly in the last 12 months, including the disruption of six terrorism plots since September 2014.  

Neil has been involved in the development of current Australian CT policy, has contributed to national countering violent extremism strategies, has championed significant legislative reform and works collaboratively and cooperatively with regional partners to combat terrorism regionally and globally.

Prior to working in Counter Terrorism Neil ran the AFP’s High Tech Crime Operations (HTCO) portfolio. In HTCO Neil led investigation teams with responsibility for all complex cyber-crime and online child exploitation investigations, as well as delivering all the AFP’s technical, interception and surveillance capabilities.

During his tenure in HTCO, Neil chaired the Virtual Global Taskforce.  The VGT is a global partnership of law enforcement agencies, non-government organisations and industry, working together to protect children from online child abuse and other forms of transnational child sexual exploitation.

Neil has tertiary qualifications in Public Administration, Public Policy and Risk Management.

Sam Ghebranious
Regional Director Australia & New Zealand

Sam Ghebranious is the Regional Director for Australia & New Zealand at CyberArk Software, Ltd. He is responsible for the business in ANZ and improving customer interactions.

With over 25 years of experience in senior management positions with ICT multinationals across Asia Pacific as well as local distribution houses, Ghebranious’ strength as a leader lines in providing consistent direction for his teams to achieve growth, and effectively managing resources to achieve his goals.

Prior to CyberArk, Ghebranious founded Advanced Coaching & Consulting, a management consultancy that assists organisations in market development and IT compliance. Ghebranious was also the regional manager at EasyLink Services, where he was instrumental in managing the ANZ sales and marketing operations. Before that he was a senior director at Lumension Security for five years overseeing the APAC region including Japan.

Ghebranious is married with two children, holds an MBA in Asian Studies from the University of Western Sydney, and enjoys his time with family, reading and playing golf.

For Sam's LinkedIn profile visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-ghebranious-10a8172

Michele Grossmansecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Director, Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing
Victoria University

Professor Michele Grossman is Director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW) at Victoria University in Melbourne, where she also leads the Mobilities, Transitions and Resilience Research Program. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Monash University. Prior to her role as Director of CCDW, Michele held a range of academic leadership roles at Victoria University, including as Associate Dean Research and Director of Graduate Research.  

Her research expertise and interests focus on strategies for countering violent extremism in culturally diverse communities; building community resilience to violent extremism; understanding and combatting violent extremist narrative and messaging, and improving cross-cultural operational capacity and relationships between police and communities. Michele’s research funding and publications in these areas have been supported through long-standing partnerships with a range of government and law enforcement agencies, including Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Defence Science Technology Group, Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, and the Attorney-General’s Department, amongst others.

Michele is a member of the Interim Advisory Board for the Victorian Government’s research-focused Institute for Social Cohesion and Multicultural Research, reporting to the Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Ministerial Taskforce. She is also a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs; the Australian Countering Violent Extremism National Research Panel; the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner’s Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee and their External Education Advisory Group, and a rostered consultant expert on radicalisation leading to violence with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Sean Guineysecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Managing Consultant Risk & Technology NSW

With over 20 years’ experience in senior management and a diverse career ranging from Rescue Operations with the NSW Fire Brigade to owning and operating a highly successful Security Integration company later acquired by a Global Fortune 500 Corporation, Sean Guiney has developed a comprehensive technical and professional skillset that has proven invaluable in his current role as Managing Consultant at IPP Consulting. This role sees Sean consistently utilise his detailed and experiential understanding of security risk and innate entrepreneurial mindset to plan and implement complex and effective mitigation strategies that exploit the full functionality of existing systems in order to reduce operational costs and enhance organisational resilience. 

Beginning his career with the NSW Fire Brigade in 1978 and serving 26 years in total, Sean achieved the rank of Station Commander and served as Officer in Charge (OIC) for numerous fires, rescues, hazmat situations and assistance calls throughout NSW. During this time, Sean served as a Dedicated Rescue Operator which saw him attend both the Thredbo Disaster and Waterfall Rail Disaster. He was awarded Commendations for his work at both the Thredbo Disaster and the Waterfall Rail Disaster, and a Commendation for Meritorious Service for his role in the Waterfall operation.

In 1991, Sean founded and functioned as Managing Director of The Assured Group which, due to his entrepreneurial innovation and diligence, quickly gained a reputation for quality and technical excellence. As ‘Preferred Contractors’ for numerous Government Departments and providing services to numerous high security and high risk Government and corporate clients, The Assured Group’s reputation increased which culminated in the acquisition of the company by Global Fortune 500 Corporation Schneider Electric (TAC) in 2007. To facilitate this acquisition and direct the related ‘Change Management Processes’, Sean was retained as the National Security Manager at TAC until 2009. In this role he reported directly to the Managing Director and was responsible for leading the Security vertical of TAC’s business focus and liaising with TAC’s sister companies to ensure the corporation maximised the provision of in-house solutions and products.

Now a Managing Consultant with IPP Consulting, Sean leads the Risk and Technology Department based in NSW and specialises in developing innovative and effective Security and Technology integration strategies across a range of industries including Government and Critical Infrastructure, Finance and Banking, Corporate and Commercial.  As Lead Consultant on numerous high security projects with varying levels of integration, Sean continues to successfully negotiate the complexities of providing innovative and effective security and technology solutions across a range of national and transnational contexts and within the rapidly changing threat landscape.

Sean Haransecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
National Security Manager

Sean has over 30 years' experience in law enforcement, corporate security, risk management, training, international air express and logistics.

Sean started his career with the West Australia Police before moving to Sydney where he was involved in a number of consultancies providing High Risk Training programs to both commercial and government clients.

During this time, Sean’s company was responsible for the planning and delivering of the Protective Security Operation for 2 Olympic and 2 Commonwealth Games Welcome Home Parades.

Sean entered the Air Express industry in 2000 and subsequently spent the next 10 years at DHL with responsibility for security in the Oceania region.

He was responsible for Policy development, Risk Management, Security and Investigations for over 30 facilities and approximately 2000 staff within Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji and the Pacific Islands.

He was a member of a number of key Industry/Government committees on Aviation and Cargo security and has appeared before Parliamentary Committees reviewing Aviation security in Australia. He was also the past Chairman of the Security Sub Committee for the Conference of Asia Pacific Express Carriers (CAPEC).

A committed Security professional, Sean has a background in Counter Terrorism and Tactical Training, being a member of the West Australia Police Force Special Weapons Emergency Squad and Tactical response Group.

More recently Sean has provided National security Consulting for DB Schenker, and Chubb Security Services (Cash in Transit).

Currently Sean is the National Security Manager for StarTrack and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Australia Post Group Security.

He is married with two beautiful girls and resides in Sydney.

Dai Hockadaysecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Business Continuity Manager
Sydney Water

Dai Hockaday is the Business Resilience Manager for Sydney Water.  He is responsible for the fusion of the traditionally siloed performance areas of crisis & emergency management, business continuity, strategic security and threat monitoring.. His team is also the lead for the liaison and advisory functions with local, state and federal government, particularly in relation to Critical Infrastructure Resilience and emerging or existential threats.

Dai is currently re-engineering the concepts around Sydney Water’s capability and capacity to respond to disruption and is leading the conversation on what the key issues really are.  Dai has international risk and resilience management experience through a number of in house and consulting roles, including most recently as a Senior Consultant at Jakeman Business Solutions and Transfield Services ‘General Manager Business Resilience, where his business resilience framework was externally benchmarked as in the top 3 in Australasia and in the top 30 globally.  His experience has seen him operate at the local, regional and global level in the Middle East and Africa as well as throughout South East Asia, Europe and South America.

Darren Kanesecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Chief Security Officer

Darren Kane is the Chief Security Officer of NBNCo Limited.  He provides both strategic and operational security advice across one of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects.  At NBN Co, the goal is to deliver Australia's first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network.

Previous to this recent move to NBNCo,  Darren served 13 years with the Australian Federal Police and then joined ASIC in 1998, as Assistant Director of National Enforcement. Darren moved to Telstra in 2004 and held the positions of Group Manager of Regulatory and Agency Liaison and General Manager of Security Operations, before becoming Director, Corporate Security & Investigations in 2009.  Darren held the latter role for approximately four and half years.  Darren was also Telstra's inaugural Officer of Internet Trust & Safety responsible for coordinating cyber-safety for all Telstra's products and services.

Phil Kowalicksecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers

Dr. Philip Kowalick, a former senior executive officer with the Australian Federal Police, led the law enforcement contribution to the Counter Terrorism Control Centre and played a central role in the development of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model & Strategy. An expert in law enforcement, intelligence and security and is highly skilled in organisational approaches, Phil also managed the AFP’s strategic and operational intelligence functions.

Johnnie Müllersecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Security Director
Copenhagen International Airport

Johnnie Müller has served as Head of Security at Copenhagen Airports A/S since 2006. Johnnie is responsible for all Security functions and staffing at the airport with 971 employees and an OPEX of +440 MDKK and CAPEX varying between 60 and 250 MDKK.

Johnnie has introduced new management structures to the department and during his time at the Airport, Security has won the Skytrax Award for Best Security Processing twice – in 2013 and 2014.

From 2011-2013 Johnnie served as the Vice Chairman of ACI Europe Security Committee. In 2014-2016 Johnnie will serve as the Chairman of the Committee.

From 2001 to 2006 Johnnie worked for DHL Express. Throughout his employment, he advanced from being a bike courier to Customer Care Manager to Head of Customer Service and then Nordic Customer Service Director. During his time at DHL Johnnie especially focused on restructuring, streamlining as well as modernizing management methods to improve customer service levels.

Nathan Newman
Acting National Manager - Strategic Intelligence and Strategy
Australian Crime Commission

Dr Newman joined the Australian Crime Commission in 2007. He is currently the acting National Manager of Strategic Intelligence and Strategy, overseeing the Commission’s strategic intelligence output and strategic policy functions. Prior to this, Dr Newman worked at the Attorney-General’s Department implementing the Australian Government’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy, and spent four years at the Department of Defence as a strategic analyst following the completion of his doctorate in chemistry.

Wayne Ronaldsonsecure australia 2016 conference Sydney

Wayne is an experienced security tester and co-owner of Risk Offensive.  Wayne has conducted security assessments for a range of leading Australian and international businesses and specialises in Red Team Assessments, Physical Security and Web Applications.  Wayne has presented to a number of different government departments  and industry bodies in relation to cyber security and social engineering, and is often requested to give in-depth technical briefings on the current and future security landscape in Australia.

Luke Schibecisecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Manager Safety Risk & Environment
Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust

Manager- Health, Safety, Security and Environment for the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust (The Trust). The Trust is responsible for managing two of Sydney’s iconic sporting venues; the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium both located in Moore Park. Over a decade of experience working in the tourism, hospitality, venues and events industry including theme parks, hotels and resorts, tourist attractions and sporting stadia.

Craig Sheridansecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Former Superintendent Commander State Planning Unit, Major Events & Incidents Group
NSW Police

Former Superintendent Craig Sheridan Commander, State Planning Unit Major Events & Incidents Group NSW Police Force Superintendent Craig Sheridan was the Commander of the State Planning Unit, Major Events & Incidents Group, NSW Police Force.The State Planning Unit was established in 2007 as part of the Major Events & Incidents Group to focus on the development of planning expertise within the NSW Police Force. In his role as Commander, State Planning unit he liaised with interstate and International Police in emergency management deployments and numerous external stakeholders from government agencies and private event organisers and landholders around major events.

He was the key NSWPF contact for The Department of Premier and Cabinet (Protocol and Special Events Division) and Destination NSW. This included responsibility for activation of the Police Operations Centre/Government Coordination Centre in the event of a major incident or emergency. He lectures at the NSWPF Incident Commanders course and mentors numerous Inspectors from that course.

Mark Stewartsecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
University of Newcastle

Professor Mark Stewart is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability at The University of Newcastle.

He is the co-author of Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2016), as well as more than 400 technical papers and reports. He has more than 30 years of experience in probabilistic risk and vulnerability assessment of infrastructure and security systems.

Mark has received extensive Australian Research Council support to develop probabilistic risk-modelling techniques for infrastructure subject to military and terrorist explosive blasts, and cost-benefit assessments of aviation security, policing, and protection of airports, buildings, and bridges. Key research issues include the concept of acceptable risk, how close do we want to get to 100% risk reduction, and at what cost?

Saso Viragsecure australia 2016 conference Sydney
Security Architect
NEC Australia


Mike Whitelaw
General Manager, Critical Infrastructure & Security
NSW Roads and Maritime Services

Mike has 24 years’ experience across security risk management, strategy and planning, infrastructure protection, business continuity and crisis management. He spent sixteen years in the Australian Army including roles as a leader, counter-terrorism analyst, and as a Senior Intelligence Officer within Special Operations Command units. Mike had multiple deployments to East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan where analytical and planning skills converged with strategy and capability development initiatives to produce successful outcomes. Mike was awarded a Queen’s Birthday Honour in 2008 for contributions to a number of military operations.

In 2008, Mike shifted to the private sector, taking a role with Telstra as the General Manager for Business Resilience and Services, encompassing Infrastructure Protection, Business Continuity and Crisis Management.   Mike then moved to a consulting role with GHD where he gained further experience in building resilience across the Water, Oil and Gas, Transport, and Energy Sectors. In 2011 he joined QGC in a role looking after Security and Emergency Management across the field for a $30Billion oil and gas capital project. In 2014 he was appointed as the General Manager for Security and Emergency Management for QGC. In mid-2015 Mike assumed his current role with responsibility for security risk and operations, counter-terrorism planning, and resilience strategy for critical infrastructure and strategic assets including major roads, bridges and tunnels throughout NSW.

Mike and his family relocated to Sydney for the role with Roads and Maritime Services and are enjoying an active beach-side lifestyle.

Ways to engage - speaking opportunities are still available!

Present your company, showcase your leadership and demonstrate how you can help large Australian organisations improve their resilience to security threats by speaking to this senior gathering of CSOs, CISOs, CTOs, CROs, senior security advisor sand executives, government and industry peak bodies.

Use this unique forum to demonstrate your value to the biggest players in the national security space. Speakers will assert themselves as leading suppliers and solution providers to the sector.

Other ways to engage

By having a prominent presence at the event you and your team will be able to meet with senior security advisors and executives during the two day conference, networking lunches, coffee breaks, networking drinks and official event dinner.

Having a stand at the event will enhance your brand. This can be used to set up meetings and guarantee that fellow attendees will know where to find your company representatives to make onsite enquiries at the event.

Make an impact and elevate your presence at the event by being branded as one of the 2nd annual SECUREaustralia 2016 event partners or session sponsors. You will receive extensive branding prior to and during the event and be remembered as a thought leader in the industry.

After the main conference there will be the option to host one of two post-conference in-depth learning sessions. This is your chance to assign your own session leader and present content that showcases your expertise and solutions to a targeted, intimate audience.

Investments range from $7,000 to $40,000

Call Jon Treherne on +61 (0)2 8188 7536 or email jont@questevents.com.au to discuss how we can put you in front of a highly engaged and receptive audience.

You can also download the sponsorship prospectus here.

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