Our Team - Operating for over 12 years | Asset College

Our Team

Head Office – North Lakes, Brisbane City, Logan, Toowoomba, Gold Coast

Mark Costello
Managing Director

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 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 groups with departments such as QLD Police and QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads with a goal of ensuring that industry licensing requirements and licensed training programs meet industry needs.

Mark holds post-graduate qualifications in Management, Adult Learning and Community Services. He is currently undertaking the final project for a Masters of Business Administration.

Philippa Austin
Administration Manager

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.

Mike Addicott
National Sales and Client Services Manager

Mike started his career as a Production Engineer working with Airbus.  Upon arriving in Australia, he went on to establish Queensland’s largest multi-media distribution business before moving into the world of education as a consultant for the Department of Education.

For the past 15 years, Mike has successfully managed the sales, marketing and client service functions for several of Australia’s largest RTOs and thrives on connecting the dots between training and great outcomes for employers and employees alike.

Brooke Dionysius
Marketing & Communications Manager / Trainer & Assessor

Henry Winzar
RPL Manager

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!

James Hickey
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.

 

Craig Tyson
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.

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Lynn Meecham
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.”

Qualifications

  • Cert II & III Security Operations
  • Cert II Aviation Transport Protection (Checked Baggage)
  • Cert II Aviation Transport Protection (Passenger and Non-Passenger Screening)
  • Cert II & III Food Processing
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment
  • Advanced First Aid (HLTAID 001, HLTAID 003, HLTAID 006)
  • Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
  • White Card
  • RSA
  • Cash in Transit
  • Monitoring
  • Body Guarding

 

Ian Hodgson

Ian Hodgson
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;

  • Cash in transit.
  • Assest protection
  • Mobile Patrols
  • Mines sites
  • Team Leader
  • Event security management (V8’s / Bands etc)
  • Vehicle protection escorts
  • Pistol Range Manager
  • Overseas offshore processing as Response Team Member and Shift Supervisor
  • Crowd Controller
  • Aggressive Behaviour Management Instructor for QLD Health
  • Fire Protection and Security Manager for The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Electronic assess control, surveillance and monitoring

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.

Adrian Barnett

Adrian Barnett
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.

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Christine Harvey
Trainer / Assessor (Community Justice Services)

Christine is a Community Justice Services trainer and assessor for Asset College. She specialises in Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and Commissioner for Declarations.

Christine believes that customer service is the key to a successful career and she prides herself in delivering excellent customer service and an experience for her students through her training. Christine has experience in a number of management functions including marketing and government training programs.

Christine is an appointed Justice of the Peace (Qualified) in Queensland.

Peta Sleep
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).

Renee Davies
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).

Kim Baruzza
Administration Officer

Kim Baruzza is working with our head office team at North Lakes assisting with all our students needs throughout their time with us.

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.

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Kiara Costello
Administration

Kiara is our Managing Director’s daughter who assists our administration team with daily tasks in the office.

Kiara is still at school so between studying and training to be our Director, she certainly is busy!

Hannah Brown-Thomas
Administration Trainee

Hannah is our Trainee Administration Assistant for our Franchises and Training Partners.

Hannah has worked in administration in the warehousing industry as well as in both the sales and hospitality fields. She is currently studying a Certificate IV in Business Administration and hopes to use her new skills and knowledge from her qualification to take on more advanced administrative tasks for Asset College.

She loves working for Asset College as she is constantly learning something new, and every day is different.

Ramdev Choudhary
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.

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David Powell
Branch Manager

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.’

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Tenille Howard
Receptionist (Trainee)

Sydney

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Shayne Garrett
Trainer/Assessor (Security)

Shayne has been involved in Self defence training since 1990. Commencing work in the security industry in 1994. Performing a range of job roles including armed guard, bodyguard, crowd-controller, security officer, control room operations, hotel and security manager training and development of operational staff in the security field.

He also worked for 13 years with Sydney Trains as a Senior Officer in a Law Enforcement role where he was responsible for leading, patrolling, training, assessing and supervising large teams of officers deployed across Sydney in a fluid environment in heavily crowded areas to remote areas with little resources or backup and as team leader for covert plain clothes surveillance work targeting anti-social behaviour.

Shayne has also completed Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management, Certificate IV Security Risk Management, Cert II Security Operations, Cert III Security Operations and currently holds Security Class 1ABCEF 2BCD.

Shayne says, “I enjoy helping people realise security is about more than just being tough but about really caring about your job and helping keep people be safe from real and perceived risks and showing people you care while having a fulfilling role in your community.”