ISRM ANZ Journal

Autumn Edition 2022

“It has been a challenging period of late where risk exposure, leadership, decision-making, and performance have all been impacted in so many ways. The world we live in continues to change rapidly around us, and whilst this change brings new threats, it also brings new opportunities to the fore. The challenge is to effectively manage the downside, while capitalising on the upside – which is far easier said than done.

Our goal at the ISRM ANZ Chapter is to provide thought leadership around strategy, risk, and management – to not just survive but to thrive. We are very grateful to our contributing authors for their submissions to this, our second Journal, sharing their thoughts and ideas of what is happening, and what we need to be thinking about. I am sure that you, as a reader, will gain many insights. Even if you take just one idea away, we feel our objectives are being achieved.”


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Journal Authors

DR GAV SCHNEIDERCEO, Risk 2 Solution Group
Dr Gavriel (Gav) Schneider is the creator of the concept of Presilience® and an acknowledged leader in the fields of security and risk management. He is a well-known leader in human based risk management and the psychology of risk and is a serial entrepreneur and has been running his own businesses since 2001. He is one of the very few to make the IFSEC Global Influencers in Security Thought Leadership – top twenty list for 3 consecutive years 2019, 2020 & 2021 as well as being awarded the risk consultant of the year 2019 (RMIA).

He has conducted business in over 17 countries and provided a wide range of services for a very diverse client base ranging from heads of state to school teachers. He is a leading academic and subject matter expert in his field and is a much-sought after International speaker. He has trained thousands of people in his own right and to date, his companies have trained in excess of 150,000 people in numerous countries.

He has also authored two books including the highly acclaimed “Can I See your Hands – A Guide To Situational Awareness, Personal Risk Management, Resilience and Security” and is a lifelong martial artist with master grades in several systems. Dr Gav serves as the Group CEO for the Risk 2 Solution Group and is the ISRM ANZ regional Chair.

DR PAUL JOHNSTONLead Risk Consultant, Risk 2 Solution Group
Editor of the ISRM ANZ Journal, Dr Paul Johnston is a Lead Risk Consultant with Risk 2 Solution, and is adjunct lecturer with ACU (Australian Catholic University) Executive Education. He holds a PhD in Public Safety Risk Management, a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Hygiene Engineering, and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science. With over 25 years of HSES (Health, Safety, Environment & Security) Risk Management experience in both the public and private sectors, Paul has provided operational, management system consulting, research & analysis, and training services to a wide range of industry groups throughout Australia and internationally.
GARY SANDERFIELDGeneral Manager, Consulting, Risk 2 Solution Group
As the General Manager of Consulting for Risk 2 Solution Group, Gary Sanderfield heads up their efforts to support both Home Affairs and the market sector in preparing for the roll-out of the new SoCI related regulations.

Gary’s career began as a Combat Medic in the U.S. ARMY, and he then spent 6 years working in a Coronary Intensive Care unit and Level 1 Trauma Centre. The lessons learned during these years that make up his business persona include staying calm under pressure, decisive decision making, teamwork, effective communication, discipline, and attention to detail. He is a highly experienced risk and leadership specialist with over 20 years of experience in human centric performance, operational risk, enterprise risk management and organisational redesign. His wealth of knowledge is reflected in his expert training deliveries.

LISA YOUNGVP, Cyber Risk Engineering, Axio
Lisa Young, CISA, CISM, CISSP, is an operational risk and security metrics professional with a passion for solving problems with data. She is a prominent cybersecurity veteran, having worked in government, military, industry, and academia. Lisa is currently on sabbatical from her role Vice President of Cyber Risk Engineering at Axio Global, Inc., an integrated risk management software company. Since 2021 she has been part of a multi-disciplinary team as a senior risk advisor on the COVID task force at DHS CISA.

She holds a Master of Public Policy with a cybersecurity concentration from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Business Administration from University of South Florida.

Her superpower is preparing security teams to protect and defend their organizations from cyber criminals, respond to crises, and recover when something bad happens.

LEANNE CLOSEChief Executive Government & Strategy, Risk 2 Solution Group
Leanne Close APM is the Chief Executive Government and Strategic Engagement for Risk 2 Solution. She also sits on several government and not for profit boards. Leanne was a police officer with the Australian Federal Police for over 33 years, culminating in her role as Deputy Commissioner. Leanne worked for the Business Council of Australia in 2021, managing the community rebuilding charitable trust called ‘BizRebuild’. She has also written for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on terrorism and national security related topics, and co-edited the ASPI 2020 Counter-Terrorism Yearbook.
KRISTINE SEYMOURHead of Strategic Partnerships and Growth, US Global Tax
Kristine Seymour is the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Growth at US Global Tax and a Master of Fraud and Financial Crime candidate at Charles Sturt University. US Global Tax is the largest US Expat tax specialist firm in Australasia. Kristine works with organisations who need advice on how the US tax system impacts their business.
JOE SAUNDERSNational Practice Lead - Violence Prevention, Risk 2 Solution Group
Joe Saunders is State Manager (VIC/TAS) and National Practice Lead – Violence Prevention at Risk 2 Solution.

Joe is a recognised thought leader in the field of occupational violence and is regularly called upon to present at local and international events. He is the co-author of the ASRC’s Occupational Violence, Aggression and Duty of Care research paper, and has contributed articles for numerous journals and publications, including LexisNexis Risk Management Today, Security Insider, Aviation Security International, and The Circuit Magazine. He combines 15 years of experience in frontline conflict management with post-graduate research into psychology, workplace safety and security risk management.

Joe is a gifted and dynamic presenter, educator and training designer with a knack for communicating a sometimes-difficult subject to professionals and laypersons alike. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (ISRM), an Associate of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (AARPI) and a Member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

JAMES JORDANNational Security Manager, Babcock Australia & New Zealand
James Jordan has a strong belief in his responsibility to educate and mentor the future workforce, he has ongoing interest in his responsibilities as an educator that began for his time as the Senior Instructor for the Protective Security Training College (Attorney Generals Department). Now in the newly created role of National Security Manager for Babcock Australasia, James is enjoying the opportunity to bring his experience to one of Australia growing Defence and Critical Infrastructure Service organisations.
RON AMRAMGeneral Manager, Training & Education, Risk 2 Solution Group
Ron Amram is the General Manager – Education, and WA/SA State Manager for Risk 2 Solution, and Director of Combat Arts Institute of Australia. A multi-award-winning university lecturer in several fields, Ron holds qualifications in Finance, Leadership, Risk Management, Psychology of Risk, Security, Music, Fitness, and Education. This diverse background has enabled Ron to work as a consultant in education, project management and risk management in multiple sectors for a decade before joining the R2S team. Ron has a passion for security and personal safety and is a world-recognised authority on personal protection. Ron has delivered training to thousands of people and organisations including government, law enforcement, security, military, close protection, and civilians all around the world.
JULIAN TALBOTStrategic Consultant, Industry Risk
Julian Talbot F.ISRM holds a Master of Risk Management and has 30 of years risk management experience in the commercial, government, and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and internationally. His background includes roles as Senior Risk Adviser for the Department of Health and Ageing, Paramedic, and WHS consultant. Julian was also the co-founder, Chairman, and Divisional Manager of a $350 million ASX listed entity.

He has served as Director of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia, Manager of Property & Security for the Australian government’s most extensive international network, Security Manager for Australia’s largest natural resources project, Operations Manager for geological exploration operation in East Africa, and Head of Risk for an international mining operation in Indonesia.