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.
Quality Assurance Manager
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 and 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.
Human Resources Manager
Call Centre Manager
Kate is our Training Coordinator located at our North Lakes office.
The past 12 years Kate has spent in Human Resources and Compliance roles across Education and Training sectors. Her passion in these areas stems from her love for implementing growth and positive change, not only within an organisation but for the team and students individually. Her vision is to create an environment in which lifelong learning is implemented.
Kate holds a Certificate IV in Business Administration and is currently completing her Certificate IV Training and Assessment.
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!
Business Administration Trainee
Gypsy Rees is one of our newest members to our North Lakes Administration team. She has 2 years prior experience within the administration environment and is undertaking a traineeship in Business. She has joined our team to further her development in this area.
For the past 4 years, she has volunteered in local and national youth outreach programs to support teenagers in various regions. Gypsy believes a posture of continual growth is the key to living a happy and fulfilled life. She is passionate about seeing people step up and into the best versions of themselves.
She currently holds a Certificate III in Fitness, Diploma in Leadership, and is undergoing further studies to achieve a Bachelor in Ministry.
In her spare time she pulls out her art book and paints, or heads to the Sunshine Coast beaches for a swim.
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.
Alicia Greenhalgh is one of our newest Course Advisors.
She is working out of our Gold Coast office within the call centre team.
Alicia is undertaking a traineeship in project management, completing a Certificate IV in Project Management with ASSET. This qualification will help Alicia to assist our management team to come up with improved processes and procedures within the call centre to ensure efficiency and great customer experiences.
Alicia believes in lifelong learning and continuous professional development which is evident in the array of studies she has undertaken to date. She is also passionate about photography and loves exploring!
Alicia holds the following qualifications:
She has also completed customised training in areas such as information, digital media and technology, human rights, understanding abuse, make-up and photography.
Allison Gillespie is a Course Advisor working from our Gold Coast office.
Ally is an experienced RTO professional having worked for a number of organisations throughout her career. She has had experience working with a number of funded programs including Skilling Queenslanders for Work, helping students to change careers, upskill or find their next role.
Ally holds a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and a Certificate III in Retail.
Ally loves a challenge with rewarding outcomes and always looks forward to each day she gets to help students challenge themselves.
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.”
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.
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;
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 and Assessor (Security)
Andy has over 30 years’ experience in the security, justice & immigration and hospitality sectors across Europe, Africa and Australia, including over 12 years in general management and national leadership roles.
Andy has trained in many environments requiring a broad skill set and knowledge of vocational education requirements. His security experience started as night club security in the United Kingdom where he also worked in static guarding, mobile patrols and K9 security. Other security experience includes cash-in-transit, crowd control, corporate concierge, gate access control and more recently in detention and corrective services.
Andy continues to learn everyday through keeping his operational experience current and maintaining his personal and professional development profile. He finds working in the training space extremely rewarding and enjoys the student interaction and mentoring aspects of the role.
Andy holds a Diploma in Training Design and Development and qualifications in Security Operations, First Aid, Workplace Health & Safety, Hospitality, Immigration Detention Services, Corrective Practices and Firearms.
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)
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:
George has extensive training, strategic, operational, and managerial experience and other skill sets.
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.”
Trainer and Assessor (Security)
David Uzzell has over a decade of experience in the security industry working in a broad range of services in the sector.
Starting out in crowd control at country shows and events to mining construction sites and camps as gatehouse and static patrols in remote southwestern Qld. David has also worked for hotels, night clubs, events, shows and mobile patrols around the FIFO roles.
In addition, David has experience in cash-in-transit both covert and overt as well as ATM First Line Maintenance and Second Line Maintenance Security for Technicians. David is also a security technician which gives him knowledge and skills in alarms and CCTV as well as other security system technology. He is currently a Security Consultant and Security Trainer in NSW for Asset College.
Having worked in both southwestern Qld and NSW, he currently holds both state security licences. David has worked across a range of security positions from a crowd controller at a hotel where PM’s drink to 5-star concierge after hours security in Sydney CBD.
David most recently worked at what would be considered a high-risk position, enjoying the role with the constant interaction with people and being able to help keep everyone safe. He worked at multiple NSW Hospitals in Sydney during the pandemic of 2020-2021 in the Emergency Department and across the entire hospital complex. David found this to be the most rewarding job yet, as well the toughest of his career so far. David wants to continue working in roles like this in the future, keeping currency in the industry.
David says, “Asset College gives me the ability to train and mentor people coming into the industry, assisting them to become professional Security Officers.”
David is an approved Security Licensing Enforcement Division trainer.
Trainer and Assessor (Advanced First Aid)
Samantha Stenberg is an experienced first aid trainer. She is delivering training for our students at both our Logan and Gold Coast campuses.
Samantha has 15 years in mines rescue, safety and training. She was a medic in the resources and construction industry and has recently moved into the agriculture industry.
Samantha holds the following qualifications:
Samantha is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Work Health and Safety and a Certificate IV in Mental Health.
Trainer and Assessor (First Aid)
Rachel is a Trainer for ASSET. She delivers Advanced First Aid training to students at both our Gold Coast and Logan offices.
Rachel works across a number of industries including hospitality, business and health, wellness and fitness. Previously, she has managed and facilitated educational courses in a number of hospitality facilities including pubs, clubs, hotels, casinos, events, cruise liners and cafes. She is also an accredited LLD RSA Trainer.
In addition to this, Rachel has also undertaken roles with QLD Corrective Services as QLD State Manager as well as Senior Executive Services within the hospital and health environment.
Not only can she train Advanced First Aid but she is qualified to train hospitality, business and fitness courses as well.
Rachel holds the following qualifications:
Trainer and Assessor (JP/Cdec)
Ricky Lynch is our online JP/Cdec Trainer.
Ricky is a practising Solicitor and registered by the High Court to practise in any Federal Court. He has almost 20 years’ experience as a Police Officer serving in QLD and NSW. He is also a licensed Security Officer.
Ricky has been training and assessing since 2018.
Ricky holds the following qualifications:
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.