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
Navigating Government & Boards: A Quick Guide
In this session, we delve into the world of Government and Board oversight, providing practical insights and strategies for effective navigation. Through real-world case studies, and thought...
In this session, we delve into the world of Government and Board oversight, providing practical insights and strategies for effective navigation. Through real-world case studies, and thoughtful group discussions on decision-making processes and political influences, participants will enhance their skills to operate skilfully within these environments. This opportunity not only ensures your venue thrives amidst governance challenges but also allows you to strengthen your expertise and make a meaningful impact in your role.
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2:00 PM - 3:00 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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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Afternoon tea
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Leadership: Insights, Strategies, and Reflections
This session will take you on an exploration of leadership, through engaging discussions and personal reflections. Participants will glean invaluable insights from CEO Simon Irwin. Gain a de...
This session will take you on an exploration of leadership, through engaging discussions and personal reflections. Participants will glean invaluable insights from CEO Simon Irwin. Gain a deeper understanding of the common challenges encountered by leaders in today's dynamic landscape. Reflect on demographic shifts in leadership and discover strategies to foster a positive and inclusive work environment. Identify essential qualities and characteristics vital for effective leadership, empowering you to embark on your leadership journey with confidence and purpose.
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4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Workshop Wrap Up

Speakers

  • Dean Hassall CVE (Director of Dean Hassall Consulting Pty Ltd)

    Dean Hassall CVE

    Director of Dean Hassall Consulting Pty Ltd

    As Principal of Dean Hassall Consulting Pty Ltd (DHC), Dean applies over 25 years of industry experience by leading a boutique consultancy that provides advisory services in the areas of major public venue and events management and operations, facility development, and venue business improvement strategies. Government and corporate venue owners and developers, venue managers and operators, hirers, and service providers to the events and entertainment industry—all of DHC’s clients rely on strategic and operational input based on business management expertise honed within the venue management profession.

    Prior to his 13 years of consultancy services both around Australia and internationally, Dean has previously held a number of senior management positions in the sport, major venue and event industry in Queensland, including:
    • Chief Executive Officer, North Queensland Fury Football Club
    • Assistant General Manager, Suncorp Stadium, AEG Ogden
    • Manager – Business Development, Sport and Recreation Queensland
    • Manager – Venues & Operations, 2001 Goodwill Games Brisbane
    • Venue Manager, ANZ Stadium, (now Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre), Nathan, Brisbane
    • Venue Manager, The Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler, Brisbane
    Numerous Board and Committee representations have been fulfilled by Dean, including former Vice Chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club, acting as the Queensland Government’s representative on the Board of the Major Sports Facility Authority (now Stadiums Queensland) and a past Director of Queensland Athletics.

    Dean is a long-term member of the Venue Management Association’s Venue Management School Committee and is the current Chair of the school. Dean is a graduate of this school and in 1998 was awarded the Ogden IFC Scholarship as outstanding student. For over 18 years, Dean has been an Instructor at the Venue Management School and has lectured internationally on behalf of the Venue Management School as guest instructor at the IAVM Venue Management School when held in Oglebay, West Virginia. In 2020, Dean was selected as a resident instructor for the IAMV Venue Management School now held annually in Tampa Bay Florida, only the second Australian based industry professional to achieve this honour.

    In 2010, Dean Hassall was elected to the Venue Management Association Council as the Allied Member Representative and served until May 2017. In May 2011, Dean was announced 2011 VMA Allied Venue Professional of the Year.

    Educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Management from Queensland University of Technology and a graduate of the VMS Graduate Institute Oglebay USA. Dean has been awarded the CVE, the elite credential of the International Association of Venue Managers; which designates recipient as an expert in venue management (all areas) and wholly dedicated to advancement of the venue industry.

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  • Simon Irwin (Chief Executive Officer at Beef Australia Ltd)

    Simon Irwin

    Chief Executive Officer at Beef Australia Ltd

    https://beefaustralia.com.au/

    Simon Irwin was born and raised in Warwick in Southern Queensland and started his working life as a stock and station agent before moving into the media sector where he had a 34 year career. Working for APN News and Media and News Corporation, he had responsibility for News Corporation’s regional publications across Australia, from Hobart to Port Douglas and Alice Springs and Darwin.

    He joined Beef Australia as Chief Executive Officer in January of 2022. Simon has an MBA from UNE, and is a director of Volunteering Queensland, the peak body for volunteers in Queensland and the Iwasaki Foundation, a philanthropic organisation based in Central Queensland. He is past president of Pony Club Queensland, Country Press Australia, and the Queensland Country Press Association, as well as many regional development and tourism boards.

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

    Scott Taylor CPP, JP

    Managing Director of Praesidium Risk and Resilience

    Scott Taylor CPP is a Combined Communications Expert and Security, Safety and Risk Specialist with 29 years global industry experience. He is an industry thought leader who is Internationally Board Certified in Security Management and has shared his knowledge and expertise globally through specialist consulting and contextualised training. He has trained with the leading authorities on body language, deception detection statement analysis and facial micro-expressions and is a sought-after industry spokesperson. Hs is an accomplished keynote speaker who site on numerous International Security Councils to ensure he stays abreast of best practise in his field of expertise which directly translates into heightened outcomes for his clients.

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Tickets

Ticket Pricing
VMA Member

VMA Member Ticket - Workshop only

Standard Price A$149
Non Member

Non-Member Ticket - Workshop Only

Standard Price A$300
VMA Member with Accommodation

Includes Tickets to the Professional Development Workshop and the After 5! Networking Event, with 1-night accommodation at the Mercure Hotel. The Accommodation package includes breakfast

Standard Price A$320
Non-Member Ticket with Accommodation

Includes Tickets to the Professional Development Workshop and the After 5! Networking Event, with 1-night accommodation at the Mercure Hotel. The Accommodation package includes breakfast

Standard Price A$640
VMA Member Group of 5 Ticket

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

Workshop Only

Standard Price A$600
Non Member Group of 5 Ticket

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

Workshop Only

Standard Price A$1,000

Accommodation

The VMA Staff and Speakers will be accommodated at the Mercure Hotel for the duration of the event. If you require accommodation for a Group Booking attending the Professional Development Workshop, we can arrange a one-night stay for $170, including breakfast.


Don't hesitate to get in touch with Amanda Jamieson at membership@vma.org.au to confirm your accommodation needs.

Venue

Mercure Rockhampton

Victoria Parade 86
Rockhampton City, Queensland, Australia

If you have any questions please contact Amanda Jamieson

Contact Organizer

+61 409225203

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