Event Details

The VMA Professional Development Workshops are designed for operational/ frontline staff and aspiring managers ready to take the next step in their careers. These face-to-face half-day workshops will enhance skill sets and allow attendees to take the next step in their career.


Now more than ever, is the time to invest in your team. Keep your young professionals engaged and eager to progress within the venue management industry.

Agenda

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Registration and Lunch
12:50 PM - 1:00 PM
Welcome
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Moving through Conflict
Many people see conflict as a negative experience. In fact, conflict is a necessary part of our personal growth and development. However, conflict becomes a concern when the people involved ...
Many people see conflict as a negative experience. In fact, conflict is a necessary part of our personal growth and development. However, conflict becomes a concern when the people involved cannot work through it. When this type of conflict arises, negative energy can result, causing emotional distress and damaged relationships. This session will provide attendees the tools to assist in resolving conflict, provide skills to identify potentially aggressive behaviour, and de-escalation techniques conducive with their individual working environment.
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Business Relationships - The Importance of Stakeholders
Mirella Taylor and Craig O'Shaughnessy shares their insights into the importance of stakeholders within the venue management industry and how business relationships can be developed and main...
Mirella Taylor and Craig O'Shaughnessy shares their insights into the importance of stakeholders within the venue management industry and how business relationships can be developed and maintained.
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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Afternoon tea
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Keynote Address - Leadership
Graeme Kan, Director, Events at Suncorp Stadium, chats with Adam Lister, Group General Counsel from ASM Global as they explore key leadership traits, and how emerging leaders in our industry...
Graeme Kan, Director, Events at Suncorp Stadium, chats with Adam Lister, Group General Counsel from ASM Global as they explore key leadership traits, and how emerging leaders in our industry can develop their skills and leadership qualities.
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4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Workshop Wrap Up

Speakers

  • Graeme Kan (Facilitator) (Director, Events of Suncorp Stadium)

    Graeme Kan (Facilitator)

    Director, Events of Suncorp Stadium

    Graeme Kan is the Director of Events at Suncorp Stadium, part of the ASM Global managed venues.

    Graeme started with Suncorp Stadium in 1996 and, after a short break during the venue redevelopment, returned in 2003 as part of the Events Department During this time Graeme completed his Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Leisure and Event Management at the University of Queensland . He furthered his professional development with the Venue Management School in 2004/2005 before attending the IAVM Graduate Institute in Oglebay, USA.

    Graeme has been responsible for the execution of over 750 events at Suncorp Stadium since 2003 from concerts, national and international sporting events and major tournaments including Rugby World Cup and the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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  • Adam Lister (Group General Counsel at ASM Global (Asia Pacific))

    Adam Lister

    Group General Counsel at ASM Global (Asia Pacific)

    Adam is the Group General Counsel for ASM Global (Asia Pacific) and head of the group’s legal function for all ASM Global’s venues, divisions, subsidiaries and investments within a region that covers Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, India and Asia.
    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, then decided to leave the industry and obtain his Juris Doctorate in Law, majoring in Corporate Law and Banking & Finance.
    Once admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland Roll of Solicitors and the High Court of Australia Register of Practitioners, Adam took the role as a Judge’s Associate in the Federal Court of Australia. Following a rewarding period in private practice, Adam took the role of Legal Counsel at the International Convention Centre, Sydney (ICC Sydney) which was then under construction in Darling Harbour as part of a billion dollar redevelopment until 2017, when Adam commenced his current position as ASM Global’s Group General Counsel and took on his group wide responsibilities.

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  • Craig O’Shaughnessy (National Manager - Venues at Gema Group Pty Ltd)

    Craig O’Shaughnessy

    National Manager - Venues at Gema Group Pty Ltd

    Craig oversees Gema Group’s national portfolio of stadia, sports arenas, and hospitality venues; he has over 20 years of catering and major event experience across a wide range of industries.
    Prior to his role with Gema Group, Craig worked across Australia and overseas in several senior leadership roles including General Manager of Hospitality at Wembley Stadium UK, Head of Specialty Venues for VenuesLive NSW, Corporate Operations Manager at Melbourne and Olympic Parks and Cluster Venue Operations and Contracts Manager at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Craig has led the planning and delivery of various high profile international events which include, The FA Cup Final, NFL International Series, Australian Open, Rugby World Cup and a Major League Baseball Series.
    Craig is a recent graduate of the Venue Management School program where he received a Diploma of Venue Management for his studies. He also holds advanced diplomas in Hospitality and Events Management as well as certifications in Training and Assessment.

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  • Mirella Taylor (General Manager at Sleeman's Sports Complex & QSAC)

    Mirella Taylor

    General Manager at Sleeman's Sports Complex & QSAC

    Mirella is the current General Manager, Sleeman Sports Complex & QSAC as a part of Stadiums Queensland. Mirella has held positions at the two most recent Commonwealth Games, recently returning from Birmingham, UK as the Venues Delivery Support Manager and was a Venue General Manager at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
    Mirella has also held positions overseas in the UK and Germany and holds a Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland.

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  • Scott Taylor (Managing Director of Praesidium Risk and Resilience)

    Scott Taylor

    Managing Director of Praesidium Risk and Resilience

    https://praesidiumgroup.com.au/

    With 27 years’ experience across the gamut of the security, safety and risk industry, Scott is a court and tribunal recognised expert and has a strategic and systematic approach to Security Management and Business Continuity Management. Scott is an industry Thought Leader and is often contacted by various media sources as a “Security Industry Specialist Spokesperson” and expert witness when security and risk related issues surface in the public arena. He has consulted and lectured throughout the Middle East and USA and has and worked with government, industry regulators and industry across all Australian States and Territories spanning the spectrum of security and risk as well as all industry verticals. Scott sits on numerous International security related councils to ensure he stays abreast of world best practice in his field of expertise which directly translates into improved outcomes for his clients.

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Tickets

Ticket Pricing
VMA Member

VMA Member Ticket

Standard Price A$149
Non Member

Non Member Ticket

Standard Price A$300
VMA Member Group of 5 Ticket

The VMA is pleased to offer VMA Members a special discount of 5 tickets for $600.

Standard Price A$600
Non Member Group of 5 Ticket

Not a VMA Member? Still enjoy a great discount when you register 5 employees.

Standard Price A$1,000

Venue

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Glenelg Street
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

If you have any questions please contact Zan Lewarn

Contact Organizer

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