Mark has worked in the VET Sector since 2004 across many different fields with particular focus on Security, Safety, Risk Management and Leadership. Mark founded Asset Training Australia in 2006 initially working in partnership with other RTO’s and then gaining initial RTO registration in 2008. Asset Training Australia / Asset College now delivers over 70 qualifications Australia wide and engages several partners in their fields of expertise.
Prior to this business, Mark worked as an Operations Manager and Business Development Manager in the Security Industry. He is also a former Infantry Soldier in the Australian Army and has worked as a volunteer with various youth development programs over the past 15 years.
Mark has been involved in advisory roles across various key Government and Industry Groups including Department of Home Affairs (Aviation and Maritime Security), QLD Police and QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads. Artibus Innnovation, Australian Industry Standards and PWC Skills for Australia, with a goal of ensuring that industry licensing requirements and licensed training programs meet industry needs.
Mark holds holds a Masters of Business Administration, is a CPP with ASIS International and has multiple post-graduate qualifications in Adult Learning and Community Sector Management.
Philippa comes from Christchurch, New Zealand and has been with Asset College since 2011. She is responsible for the smooth running of the administration team, which is the backbone of the organisation. Philippa supervises, supports and assists staff, franchisees, training partners and students from enquiry to graduation and everything in-between.
Philippa holds a Certificate IV in Business Administration and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
National Sales and Client Services Manager
Initially arriving in Australia as an Aviation Production Engineer with Bae/Airbus having worked with Airbus for over 8 years, Mike has since developed an extensive leadership history within and across the Education Sector.
He has held a variety of senior management roles across the K-12 and Tertiary Education Sectors, including Program Manager with Independent Schools Queensland and General Manager roles with several leading RTOs including TCI (the e-learning division of Australian Institute of Management) where he managed significant Government contacts aligned to adoption of e-learning and blended learning solutions.
Mike has assisted a range of leading education, government and commercial organisations to identify, adopt and deliver effective vocational learning strategies aligned to the specific educational and L&D needs of a diverse range of individuals.
Mike has over 6 years’ experience within the Security Sector and since joining Asset College in 2016 has had a key focus in designing and developing education and recruitment outcomes for the Aviation Protection Security sector.
Mike completed his Aviation Production Engineering Apprenticeship with BAe and holds multiple tertiary qualifications across business, leadership and management.
Marketing & Communications Manager / Trainer & Assessor
Henry is the RPL Facilitator for Asset College. After having a significant history as a Paramedic, Educator and Manager in the Queensland Ambulance Service, Henry became a Director of Atlas Medical. Atlas Medical is now a proud member of the Risk2Solution (R2S) group of companies. This has seen Henry move to Operations Director of Risk2Solution.
Henry will be using his extensive experience in educating diverse groups of people to provide exceptional customer service and advice to Recognition of Prior Learning candidates from Certificate II right up to Graduate Diploma level qualifications with ASSET.
Henry is the point of contact for all things RPL!
Business Relationship Manager/Trainer and Assessor
Kim Baruzza is working with our head office team at North Lakes managing our franchises and training partners. She is also a Trainer and Assessor.
Kim has worked in the vocational education sector for 10 years in administration and training of security and business. She along with her husband Paul, ran the Sunshine Coast Asset College franchise before deciding to try their hand at real estate for a couple of years also!
Kim holds a Diploma of Security and Risk Management, Real Estate Licence, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Certificate III in Business Administration, Certificate IV in Bookkeeping and a Certificate III in Security Operations.
Trainer / Assessor (Security and Firearms)
James began his career leading security teams for a number of companies before coming to Asset College. Now, James keeps his knowledge current by maintaining his employment within the industry at licensed venues around the CBD.
James has been an important part of the Asset College team since 2013 and delivers and assesses in security and firearms training. He is extremely knowledgeable, passionate and professional in his training and all things firearms safety. James’ ability to deliver content in an engaging way is a credit to his abilities as a trainer.
James holds a number of security qualifications.
Trainer / Assessor (Security and Aviation)
Craig has 28+ years in the Australian Defence Force as an Infantry Soldier. After discharging from Defence into the public sector, Craig began a life coaching and consultancy business where he advises in the areas of leadership, management, security, self-defence and training.
Craig assists with RPL assessments specialising in Defence members. He is also a trainer and assessor for students in security, aviation and firearms.
Craig holds both a Diploma in Management and Security and Risk Management along with a number of other security qualifications.
Trainer / Assessor (Security and Aviation)
Lynn Meecham is a Trainer/Assessor of Asset College’s Security, Aviation, First Aid, White Card & RSA courses.
Lynn has over a decade of experience in security across almost every area of the industry. In the recent years, Lynn led security teams as State Operations & State Manager for national companies. She was also the Site Security Manager for a billion dollar asset on the Gold Coast prior to moving into the training sector almost 3 years ago.
Lynn says about ASSET
“I find ASSET to be professional and refreshingly geared towards the optimal outcome for the students in their chosen fields.
ASSET portrays and then follows through on an image of both understanding the needs of the industries it deals with and then finding the best learning platforms to meet these needs. Their level of trainer knowledge and choice, added to the teaching capability of those trainers makes it not only easy to work with the team but a genuine pleasure to see the dedication and experience displayed.”
Trainer/Assesor (Security, First Aid and Short Courses)
Ian Hodgson started his security career as a doorman in local clubs and pubs in northern NSW at 19 years of age. He continued this during a military career as an Armoured Crew Commander. Ian went thought the ranks qualifying as a Sargent and operating as a Section Commander, Instructor in Communications, Gunnery and Driver Servicing prior to leaving the defence force.
During his military career the emphasis at the time was on low level operations such as, asset protection, vehicle/ VIP protection and escorts, cordon and search as well as serving overseas.
This training later transferred over easily into the civilian security world with many years in a variety of roles including;
This back ground lead Ian naturally into training where he loves to impart knowledge to new and upcoming personnel with a wealth of real world experience and practises to draw on during both class theory and practical applications. All up, Ian has had 28 years experience in security and is well equipped to assist our students.
Trainer/Assessor (Security and JP)
Adrian was a Victorian policeman for 27 years, training junior members in law enforcement, disaster management, critical incident investigations. He was 8 years as the Regional Safety and Training Manager for Surfside Buslines looking after 1300 drivers across NSW and QLD and the lead investigator for critical incidents.
Following on from this he was Training Manager for Volunteering Gold Coast, looking after 130 NFP organisations and a database of 10,000 volunteers. He also trains 400 volunteers yearly for schoolies.
Adrian was also Venue Security Manager at the Commonwealth Games looking after security at beach volley ball at Coolangatta.
Adrian was also the Operations Manager for security, fire and rescue, looking after 6 gas sites in far west outback QLD.
Adrian holds a Certificate III in Security Operations, Certificate III in Investigative Procedures, Diploma of VET, Diploma of Work Health and Safety and a Diploma of Business Management.
Executive Assistant to the Managing Director
Peta is the first point of call for our students. She handles all incoming enquiries and if you have a question about any of our courses Peta will most likely be the person you will speak with.
Peta has worked in administration & customer service for over 20 years. She started out as a legal trainee but then moved to work for Education Queensland. She lived abroad in London for 12 months to experience a different part of the world. Her variety of knowledge in administration, customer service and in life has allowed her to give the best possible service to students and display an understanding for cultural differences in delivering quality education.
Peta holds a Diploma of Accounting and is an appointed Justice of the Peace (Qualified).
Senior Administration Officer
Renee has been with Asset College since 2014 at our head office in North Lakes. She handles course enquiries, enrolments, funding applications, certificate issuing and so much more! More recently, Renee’s focus has been on effectively and efficiently handling all government funding applications for head office and franchises.
Renee has worked in the customer service industry for over 10 years. Prior to starting at Asset College she worked for a number of large companies in both the public and private sectors. Through her wide-ranging experience she is able to deliver exceptional service to both students and her fellow colleagues and is always willing to go above and beyond to achieve this.
Renee holds a Certificate III in Business Administration and is an appointed Justice of the Peace (Qualified).
Employment Services Coordinator - Logan and Gold Coast
Lina has extensive experience working across HR, community services, mental health, youth support and youth pathways support. She has a history of developing & implementing a range programs with external stakeholders such as youth services, mental health triage teams, community organisations, juvenile justice facilities, schools and government departments.
Most recently, Lina has been a frontline manager leading a team of youth workers, managing, implementing and monitoring child protection services. Lina is highly motivated and passionate about assisting people to gain skills leading to successful outcomes. Lina holds multiple qualifications including Diploma of Workplace Health and Safety, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and range of other qualifications and courses aligned to employment and cultural awareness. Lina is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work with Griffith University.
Graphic Designer / Web Developer
Ramdev joined the ASSET team in 2015 as our Senior Graphic Designer / Website Developer. His role is diverse, adding creativity and building our corporate image across all aspects of our print and digital marketing. Ramdev has several years’ experience in Graphic Design and Web Development as a freelancer and with other international businesses; he has also worked as a Project Manager. Ramdev has completed a Bachelor of Computer Application and a Masters of Computer Application.
David is the owner and head trainer for Asset College in FNQ. As well as delivering training he is employed by several security providers to maintain a high level of current industry knowledge which he passes onto his students.
David began his career with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with the Security Police. During this time he was honoured to be able to serve his country in two theatres, IRAQ 2003 and the Indian Ocean (Tsunami) 2005. In late 2005, after discharging from the Air Force David and his family began the FNQ Asset College franchise.
David says, ‘My role at Asset is ever changing and challenging, and that is why I enjoy my work so much. I learn something new everyday from my students and will continue to do so for many years. As anyone who has been through our courses previously will attest, we love what we do and are very proud and passionate about our industry.’