#SecurityAwards 2017 Judging Panel

7th Mar 17

The Australian Security Industry Awards for Excellence have been an initiative of the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) for 22 years.

In 2015, ASIAL partnered with the World Excellence Awards to bring the global Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) program to Australia.

For the third time they will share a prestigious Awards Ceremony & Dinner on 19 October 2017 in the River Room, Crown Melbourne.

Nominations open on 1 March 2017 and close on 1 September 2017.

Judging Panel

An independent panel chaired by an ASIAL representative will judge each nomination based on the criteria set out for each award category. Judges, all of whom have experience in security and or business, are required to assess each entry on its merits and act impartially and ethically.  

Chris Beatson, Director of PoliceLink Command, New South Wales Police Force

Chris's command employs approximately 400 personnel, operates 24/7, 356 days of the year, and receives over 32,000 contacts per week. Chris has represented New South Wales on the National Review of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission Recommendations. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious International Crime Stoppers ‘2014 Civilian of the Year Award’ in Cape Town South Africa.


Damian McMeekin, Head of Group Security, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)

Damian joined ANZ in 2005 after working previously in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade managing issues of international security, political and economic affairs from both international and Australian positions. Damian is responsible for protecting the security ANZ’s people, programmes and assets by managing threats from the external environment including geopolitical risks. He is also on the Boards of the International Banking Security Association, International Security Management Association, the not-for-profits iDcare and Australian Security Medals Foundation and the committee of the Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. 

John Adams, Editor, Security Electronics and Networks Magazine

SEN’s editor John Adams has been covering the security industry since 1991, first as editor of Security Australia Magazine, then as editor of Security Electronics & Networks Magazine, first published in 1998. SEN’s intense focus gives John an holistic and historical sense of electronic security technology, as well as considerable exposure to major applications in Australia and overseas.

John Curtis, Director, IPP Consulting Pty Ltd

John has over 28 years experience in the technology and security industry and specialises in providing strategic cost effective solutions to meet the challenging issues many organisations face. He has been with IPP Consulting for over 19 years and is a Director responsible for the Sydney, ACT and Brisbane operations.

John Yates, QPM, Director of Security, Scentre Group 

John joined Westfield in November 2013 in a newly created role as Director of Security for Scentre Group in Australia and New Zealand & Westfield Corporation in the United Kingdom, United States and the emerging markets. He also has responsibility for the corporate security requirements of the Lowy family and their private assets. 

Kate Hughes, Chief Risk Officer, Telstra

Kate Hughes is Chief Risk Officer for Telstra with global responsibility for the enterprise wide risk management, resilience, investigations, privacy, compliance and health and safety functions. Prior to joining Telstra, Kate held senior risk, compliance and governance roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, AWB and Pacific Brands. Kate has also provided risk management and compliance consulting services on trade practices, employment and environmental issues.

Vlado Damjanovski, CCTV Specialist, ViDi Labs

Vlado Damjanovski is an author, inventor, lecturer and closed circuit television (CCTV) expert based in Sydney, who is well known within the Australian and international CCTV industry. Through his company ViDi Labs he provides consultancy, design & project management, system-commission, product testing, desk-top publishing and training.Vlado is the current chairman of the CCTV Standards Sub-Committee of Australia and New Zealand. In his capacity as chief contributor Vlado has helped create the Australian and New Zealand CCTV Standards (AS4806.1, AS4806.2 and AS4806.3).


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