CRAIG SHERIDAN APM
Lead Security & Risk Advisor, Vivid Sydney 2018
Former Commander, State Planning Unit Major Events and Incidents Group, NSW Police
Craig Sheridan APM is the founder of Sheridan Consulting Group, a Risk and Security Management firm that helps organisations seeking review and direction on their security and risk position. Sheridan Consulting Group guides and supports businesses and major events to build a strong and resilient security culture within their operating environment.
Prior to establishing Sheridan Consulting Group, Craig served as a Commissioned Officer in the NSW Police Force, as Commander, State Planning Unit, Major Events and Incidents Group, a career spanning 29 years. Craig was awarded the prestigious Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours list for distinguished service by a member of an Australian Police Force.
Craig’s diverse background, expert knowledge and respected reputation has resulted in many invitations as a key note speaker both in Australia and abroad. Craig’s speaking duties have covered The Terrorism and Major Events APEC meeting in Vancouver 2012, Asia Pacific Venue Management Conference 2014, Asia Pacific Venue Management Congress 2015, FIFA Zurich, Switzerland for Australia World Football Cup bid 2010, OSAC (US Government overseas security advisory panel), National Australia Day Committee, Crowd safety Seminar, Sydney 2014.
Craig continues his speaking commitments both internationally and nationally and is an advocate of Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places. Craig has an in depth knowledge of the Crowded Places Partnership Model and has strong experience in Government Coordination meetings. Craig has many established relationships with key state and territory officials including Jurisdictional Police, ASIO and AFP, himself having Secret and Top Secret National Security clearance.
Craig has consulted to major organisations in regard to Risk Management, Threat Management, Emergency Management, Crowd Management, Threat Environment, Target Hardening Assessment and Counter Terrorism training. Sheridan Consulting Group has been engaged by the City of Sydney Council, Bayside Council, Central Coast Council, Northern beaches Council, City of Newcastle, Boroondara Council, City of Perth and South Perth local councils and major sporting stadiums - Etihad Stadium, Sydney Cricket Ground and Auckland Stadiums NZ. Further protective security assessments and engagements have been completed for major organisations being Financial Ombudsman Service, Western Sydney Local Health District, University of NSW, Australian National University and Ardent Leisure Group to complete security and threat assessment reviews including physical security and CCTV surveillance full site location assessments, coverage and placement.
Craig has had notable membership appointments as Director, Asia Pacific Special Olympics Board from 2012, Member of Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command “Strike Force Eagle” Incident Management Team, Member of NSW Government Events Operations Group - Executive (policy development), a member of NSW Police Force Strategic Intelligence Board and Member of OSAC – Overseas Security Advisory Council – US Department of State.
Craig holds an Executive Master of Public Administration, an Advanced Diploma in Police Management, Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Advanced Diploma is Security Risk Management, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems, Diploma of Event Management and Cert IV in Frontline Management (Business).