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 / 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
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

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
Marketing & Communications Manager / Trainer and 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!

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

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.

 

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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.”

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

 

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

Michelle Bowker
Security Trainer and Assessor

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.

Daniel Forward

Daniel Forward
Security Trainer and Assessor

Daniel is one of our experienced security and first aid trainers usually working out of the Gold Coast and Logan offices.

His background is in the Australian Army and international and domestic security focusing around body-guarding and crowd control.

Daniel holds the following qualifications:

  • Australian First Aid & CPR
  • Current White Card
  • Suicide Prevention Training and Mental Health Awareness
  • Certificate II & III in Security Operations
  • Certificate IV in Security and Risk Management
  • Diploma of Security and Risk Management
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety
  • Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Anthony
Trainer and Assessor (Investigations)

Adrian Barnett

Adrian Barnett
Trainer and Assessor (Justice of the Peace)

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.

Daniel Lewis-Kuhl

Daniel
Firearms Trainer

Daniel conducts Firearm Safety training and NSW R-licence accreditation courses for Asset College. He has an extensive background in recreational hunting and sports shooting, and is currently studying a Bachelor’s of Biology. He holds a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Security Operations, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, as well as multiple security and firearms licences.

Natasha Rice

Natasha Rice
Online Trainer and Assessor

Natasha Rice trains and assesses qualifications at all levels for Asset College. She works with students in performing to their utmost best, to achieve their goal of gaining qualifications.

Natasha has extensive experience in HR, Projects, Leadership, Management, Cyber, IT, Risk, Compliance and Governance with Commercial Companies and Organisations and Businesses with tier one and tier two companies plus Commonwealth and State Agencies.

Natasha holds multiple qualifications at very high levels across all of the areas mentioned above.

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).

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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!

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Rebecca Cuneo
Employment Services Coordinator - North Lakes and Spring Hill

Rochelle Lindquist

Rochelle Lindquist
Course Advisor

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.’