Challenging Security Paradigms – Speakers

Mr John Bigelow

bigelowDrawing on his experience in the private security sector where he filled a number of supervisory, operational and management roles (including running his own company), John launched Security Oz Magazine in February of 1999, which has since evolved into Security Solutions Magazine, widely regarded as Australia’s premier security publication.

In addition to publishing Security Solutions, as an expert security observer John has written for a wide variety of national and internal publications including Cards Asia, Security New Zealand, and the Journal of Security Administration in the United States, as well as giving expert commentary in regard to security issues through various media outlets including 3AW, 2GB, 4GB and television programs such as Sunrise and the Today Show.

Dr Kevin J. Foster

Dr Kevin J. Foster is an electronics engineer with a MA degree in security risk analysis and a PhD in strategic project risk management. Highlights of Kevin’s career include:

  • Security project leader during the construction of the Australian Parliament House.
  • Developer of the ‘T4RA’ risk assessment methodology.
  • Designer of ‘automated’ security and CCTV systems in the world’s most intelligent building.
  • Architect of Canberra’s public surveillance CCTV network.
  • Member of the Working Group that authored the new American risk assessment standard ANSI/ASIS/RIMS RA.1-2015.
  • Founder of a risk management and security business unit in the global engineering consultancy, Aurecon.

Kevin is now an independent researcher with a focus on risk assessment methodologies for complex threat environments including potential risks from intelligent adaptive technologies.


Mr David Harding


David has over 30 years experience working within government and private security fields, including service in the Australian Army’s Special Air Service Regiment, and the Australian Federal Police’s Air Security Officer Program. As Director of Anshin Consultanting, a Threat Management consultancy, David conducts threat management operations across the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. This includes advising leading business persons and diplomats on non-state security threats. David holds a Masters degree, and has researched, lectured, written, and blogged about international risk, threat and security management.

Mr James Jordan

JJJames is a recognised leader in the Protective Security Profession as a deliverer of governance and practical solutions and as a leading educator and mentor. This experience has been gained over 13 years specifically providing effective and deliverable solutions in the governance aspects of protective security guidance to all levels of government. James is a specialist in managing the relationships in developing resilience and its relationship with emergency/crisis and business continuity management. James has a Masters of Emergency Management, Bachelor of Science (Security); Diploma of Government (Security); Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Certificate IV in Government (Personnel Security) and is a research associate with the Australian Security Research Centre. He is now providing his skills to the private sector as well as government and can be contacted at [email protected] .

 Mr Brett McCall

Brett McCall is an experienced and highly-respected security risk practitioner. He has over 30-years practical security experience including managing a security providing company which provided over 10 million man-hours of security services. Brett’s experience and reputation has invoked his executive membership of numerous high level industry advisory committees including the Australasian Council of Security Professionals, Victorian Security Institute, Victorian Police Minister’s Security Industry Advisory Council, Police Counter Terrorism Taskforce (Mass Gatherings), Police & Community Consultancy Committee.


Mr Ron Murphy

Ron Murphy has 43 years’ experience in the security industry. Learnt safe breaking under Master Locksmith. Certified in Handling & Use of Explosives during R&D to defeat safe attacks. Certified in Electronics and moved into Security & Investigations. Studied security, CCTV, investigations, building studies and computer aided design. Commenced security design work and occasional covert installations. Completed Bachelor of Business, CPP and Dip Security & Risk Management. Short assignments in Thailand, Philippines and 2 years in Switzerland as security specialist for UN agency. Trained security staff nationally on survey methods. Co-developed predictive risk model for robbery and reduced armed robbery for 14 consecutive years. Manage the physical security across 4500 sites including policy, standards, survey program, risk assessment system and security designs. Guest lecturer on security for Attorney General’s Department.


Dr Gavriel Schneider

SchneiderDr Gavriel Schneider specialises in integrated security related risk management, He has worked and/or trained on five continents. Gav was the first recipient of both his Doctorate (Criminology) and Master’s degree (Security Risk Management) from UNISA. His Doctoral award was based on a four year research project into the South African and Australian security industries. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration (WDETC) and Graduate Diploma’s in Marketing and Management (IMM), Strategic Leadership as well as Management (Learning). He is also an ASIS CPP, a registered Security Professional and has served on several ANSI and SAQA standards generating panels including the PSC 1 panel.


Mr Don Williams

DSW headshot 120413 4Don Williams CPP RSecP is a Certified Protection Professional and Registered Security Professional.  He is a member of: ASIS International, the Institute of Explosives Engineers, the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators and the International Association of Protective Structures. In 2013 he was awarded the Australian Security Medal for services to the security profession.  He has a particular specialty in bomb safety and security.