22 Sessions in two rooms, with over 35 speakers, dissecting real-life event scenarios across a range of event segments including Luxury, Outdoor, Sport, Award, Food & Beverage and more. 



Opening Remarks

Presented By

Samuel Jackson 
Director, Premium Media
Content Director, Event Summit

Welcome Address

Presented by

Sandra Chipchase
CEO, Destination NSW

Australian Open 2018 – By the Numbers

Presented by

Craig Tiley
Director, Australian Open
CEO, Tennis Australia

When something goes wrong...

Presented By

Luke Anear
CEO & Founder, Safety Culture

Splendour in the Grass - Building a Temporary Town

Presented By

Jeremy Sheafe
Safety and Camping Manager, Splendour in the Grass

Matt Morris
General Manager, North Byron Parklands

New Content Technology & Activations: An Intersection

Presented By

Francis Coady
General Manager, HAVAS Sports and Entertainment ANZ

Managing the Superbowl

Presented By

Frank Supovitz
President & Chief Experience Officer, Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment

Planning Perfect - The Melbourne Cup

Presented By

Bruce Keebaugh
Founder & Director, The Big Group

Insuring Success

Presented By

Peter Bloomfield
Entertainment Director, Peter Bloomfield Broking

Rebecca Dawson
Account Manager, Peter Bloomfield Broking

The Regulators Insight – Safe Work NSW

Presented By

Colleen Harris
Inspector, Metropolitan Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Integration of Emergency Service for events

Presented By

Brian Yates
Chief Inspector - Public Order Manager, State Planning Unit, Police Transport & Public Safety Command, NSW Police

Michael Bray
Superintendent Manager, State Planning Unit, Clinical Operations, NSW Ambulance

Jan Willet
Director Events, Communications and Engagement, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Craig Sheridan
Lead Security & Risk Advisor, Vivid Sydney 2018

Delivering sponsorship activation programs at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Presented By

Thomas Staunton
CEO, Sold Out Events Official Event Management Company of GC2018

Edwina Wordsworth
Sponsorship Specialist, Sold Out Events Official Event Management Company of GC2018

Fairfax – Risk profiling A portfolio of over 50 events

Presented By

Christopher Secker
Operations Director, Fairfax Media Events

Katherine Goldsworthy
Head of OHS, Fairfax Media Events

Matt Spiller
Head of Logistics, Fairfax Media Events

Reducing the chances of shark attacks

Presented By

Craig Anderson
CEO, Smart Marine Systems

Managing Terror with the right level of resource

Presented By

Craig Sheridan
Lead Security & Risk Advisor, Vivid Sydney 2018

Delivering on Customer Experience while Maintaining Effective Responsible Service of Alcohol

Presented By

John Vanderveen
CEO, Liquor & Gaming Solutions / Former Senior Inspector, ILGR NSW

Matt Sharman
General Manager, Hospitality, Events & Operations, Australian Turf Club

Ben Stephens
Group Operations Manager, Solotel Hospitality Management

Great Expectations – Working with Venue Managers

Presented By

Justine Earl Smith
Senior Manager,Partnerships & Venues, Property NSW

Heather Clarke
Manager, Event Operation & Planning, Sydney Opera House

Darryl Jeffrey
Chief Operating Officer, Sydney Showground

Surf Life Saving Australia Effective Crisis management

Presented By

Stephen Leahy
CEO, Westpac Helicopters, Safety & Emergency Management Co ordinator, SLSA

IMG Live - The Future of Food Events

Presented By

Jason Fielding
Senior Vice President, Managing Director IMG LIVE Australia, Endeavor Global Marketing

Neil Perry
Chief Brand and Culinary Officer The Rockpool Group

Hannah Pike
Managing Director, IMG Culinary Australia

Jodie McLeod
Marketing Manager, Emerging Brands & Partnerships, Diageo Australia

Scott Howard
Commercial Director, Endemol Shine


Patron Expectations, Behaviour & Sentiment

Presented By

Stacey Piggot 
Director, Secret Service PR
Head of PR, Secret Sounds Group

Elise Huntley
General Manager, Splendour In The Grass, The Falls Music & Arts Festival

Yvonne Weldon
Chairperson, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council

Alastair Lyall
Manager Events, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Harnessing the Power of Social Media & PR

Presented By

Minta Burn
International Media Manager, Tourism Australia

Alex Zaccaria
CEO, Bolster Digital

Jacqui Abbot
Managing Director, Pulse Communications

Stacey Piggot
Director, Secret Service PR
Head of PR, Secret Sounds Group


Closing Remarks

Presented By

Paul Chivers
Director, Risk Facilitator
Curriculum Director, Event Summit