Our Team

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

Mark Costello

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 / 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 Austin

Philippa Austin
Quality Assurance Manager

Renee Davies

Renee Davies
Administration Manager

Mike Addicott
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.

Brooke Shellback

Brooke Shellback
Marketing & Communications Manager / Trainer and Assessor

Henry Winzar

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!

Kim Baruzza
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.

Samantha Bourke

Samantha Bourke
Human Resources Manager


Mitch Gillespie
Call Centre Manager

James Hickey

James Hickey
Trainer and 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.


lynn meecham

Lynn Meecham
Trainer and 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.”


  • 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


Kevin McAney

Kevin McAney

Kevin McAney has been in the private security industry since 1989 after serving over 13 years in the Police in England and a further 3 years in the Australian Federal Police. He has supervised, managed and owned manpower based and electronic security companies and for the past 15 years he has been actively involved with Registered Training Organisations as a trainer, assessor, manager and owner.

He is a Justice of The Peace (Qualified) and holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) from QUT. He worked on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the 2006 Security Providers Act review and has been a member of ASIS International.

He currently works as for Asset College and delivers and assesses training in the areas of Security Operations and Investigative Services, Community Justice Services, Management and Work Health and Safety.

Ian Hodgson

Ian Hodgson
Trainer and Assessor (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.


Michelle Bowker
Trainer and Assessor (Security and First Aid)

My Name is Michelle Bowker and I am proud to be a trainer for Asset College. I am passionate about First Aid and Security and ensuring our students receive the best possible training  to help them move forward with their careers. I started my career as a EMT for an NGO and moved on to work as a field medic for the UN.

Currently I am involved with training for QFES and running security and medical response for Private companies. I am qualified in all levels of First Aid, EMT, Ambulance Officer, Security and Risk as well as Fire and Rescue.

Trainer and Assessor (Investigations)

George Purdy

George Purdy
Trainer and Assessor (Security Risk Management)

A qualified, accomplished and experienced Trainer and Assessor in the Papua New Guinea (PNG), Australian and European contexts, George specialises in:

  • Work Health and Safety (WHS)
  • Leadership and Management
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Security Operations
  • First Aid

George has extensive training, strategic, operational, and managerial experience and other skill sets.

  • George holds the following qualifications:
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • Diploma of Security and Risk Management
  • Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Leadership & Management
  • Certificate IV in Security & Risk Management
  • Certificate III in Security Operations
  • Certificate II in Security Operations
Rebecca Mitchell

Rebecca Mitchell
Trainer and Assessor (Security)

Rebecca has been a Trainer and Assessor for over 20 years, teaching security, surveillance, close protection, physical intervention, weapons proficiency, cash-in-transit, leadership & business management, throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. She prides herself on remaining operational within the private security sector, continually taking on tasks to keep her skills current and relevant within the industry.

As an Asset College student originally, Rebecca is passionate about facilitating the best possible experience for students to learn and be fully prepared for their chosen careers.

“I believe it is an honour to teach someone. I was a student just starting out in security in Australia. My first ‘Asset College’ experience was at an information session at North Lakes. I didn’t know exactly what area I wanted to specialise in. I just knew I wanted to work in security and try all the different types of jobs that I could. I was so impressed with the knowledge, skills and help I received that I decided one day I would repay the favour to as many students as possible to help them get the great start that I did. It truly made all the difference to how my career moved forward and everything I learned still serves me in my job to this day.”

Kiara Costello

Kiara Costello
Administration Officer – Certificate Issuing

Kiara handles all certificate issuing for Asset College Head Office students. She ensures that we have all the required documentation for a certificate to be issued and gets to be the one to notify students of their achievement!

She holds a Certificate III in Business Administration that she completed via a traineeship and also assists on firearms safety courses!

Bradie Woodman

Bradie Woodman
Enrolments Officer

Introducing Bradie who has come onboard with Asset College as our Enrolments Officer. Bradie’s role is focused on helping students prepare all of the relevant enrolment paperwork and making sure the process is as smooth and easy as possible.

She has a background in youth work and security which makes her a perfect fit for ASSET! Bradie started out as a trainee and has been working in enrolments for just over 2 years.

During her Business traineeship she was nominated for 2 awards:

  • CCA Student of the Year 2019 (Finalist)
  • QLD Training Awards VET Student of the Year 2019

How cool is that!

Bradie holds qualifications in security, business and beauty therapy and is looking forward to adding to her list!


Emily Benson
Administration Trainee

Emma Woods

Emma Woods
Administration Trainee

Marlena Dudek

Marlena Dudek
Course Advisor

Jarrad Wilson Course Advisor

Jarrad Wilson
Course Advisor

Jarrad Wilson is a Course Advisor, working out of our Gold Coast office. He has a strong background in customer service which will allow students who interact with Jarrad to have a seemless experience when enquiring about new careers.

Before joining Asset College, Jarrad worked in national reach customer service and sales roles. It is Jarrad’s goal to bring this experience plus his passion and drive for the industry to his role as Course Advisor.

Jarrad is interested in customer engagement, business management, leadership, work health and safety and marketing and communication.

Kiri Ruru

Kiri Ruru
Course Advisor

Kiri is a Course Advisor in our customer service team located at our Gold Coast office. She has six years of leadership experience prior to coming to ASSET and is also a Mum of two.

Kiri cares about continuous learning. To better understand the student experience, Kiri has decided to undertake a business traineeship as well!

Kiri is excited to gain this qualification and then plan for her next study journey, all while helping others on their path at Asset College.

Rochelle Lindquist

Rochelle Lindquist

Ramdev Graphic Designer

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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