Advisory Council
Professor Paul Arbon AM Professor Paul Arbon AM /
Director, Torrens Resilience Institute

The Torrens Resilience Institute was established by the Government of South Australia in 2008, to improve the capacity of organisations and societies to respond to disruptive challenges which have the potential to overwhelm local disaster management capabilities and plans. The Institute comprises the University of Adelaide, Cranfield University, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. Together they provide a unique capability, with significant research and development strengths across defence, security, medicine and public health, engineering, the social sciences, management and leadership, climate change and sustainability, environmental studies and enabling disciplines. The Institute focuses on the development of advanced thinking in the concept of resilience.

Professor Arbon's current projects focus on strengthening disaster resilience through community, organisational and individual capacity and capability building, the societal impacts of emergencies and disaster, and mass gathering health care.

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In addition to his role within the Torrens Resilience Institute Professor Arbon is the President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Director of the Flinders University World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and High Consequence/ High Visibility Events and Director of the Disaster Research Centre of Flinders University, Adelaide Australia. He is a Member of the United Nation's International Health Regulations Roster of Experts and Editorial Board Member of the journal Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine. Professor Arbon has worked with emergency management organisations in a career spanning 35 years and received several Australian Honours including; Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to research and as Chief Commissioner of St John Ambulance Australia, Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (KStJ); The Australian National Medal for diligent long service to the community in hazardous circumstances, including in times of emergency and national disaster, in direct protection of life and property; and, the Queensland Flood and Cyclone Citation (Queensland government) for initiative, bravery, courage, resilience and strength during the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi response.

Jsaon Brown Jason Brown /
National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand

Jason Brown is the National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible for security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it supports. He is also responsible to ensure compliance with international and Commonwealth requirements for national security and relevant federal and state laws.

Before joining Thales in 2004 Jason had 27 years experience in Commonwealth Government with appointments which include;

  • Assistant Secretary - Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation
  • Director General - Safety, Compensation and People Development
  • Assistant Secretary - Defence Security, and
  • Various appointments in the Attorney General's Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations.

He has served on a number of senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private Institutions. Including;

  • Deputy Registrar Security Professionals Registry – Australasia (SPR-A).
  • Representative of the Overseas Security Advisory Council – Australian Capital Territory
  • Member of ASIS International Standards and Guidelines Commission
  • Member Australian Standards Committee for Societal Security
  • Fellow and member of the Governing Board of the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) as Director, Global Security Risk Policy
  • Research Associate - Australian Security Research Centre.2007 - 2013
  • Honorary Fellow, Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorist Centre Macquarie University
  • Chair of the Australasian Council of Security Professionals 2009 - 2012
  • Senior Regional Vice President ASIS International Group 20 2009 - 2012,
  • Chair of the ASIS Asia Pacific Advisory Committee 2009 - 2012
  • Member of the National Centre for Security Standards from 2006 to 2011
  • Chair of Australian Defence Security Committee 1999 – 2002.

Jason has a number of publications in the areas of client service, intelligence management and security. He is internationally known speaker in the areas of intelligence, security, innovation, export control, scenario and strategic planning. He is a Fellow of the British Security Institute and ARPI, a member of ASIS International, the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and University House – Australian National University. He holds Security Professional Chartered status in the UK and Registered Professional status with SPR-A. He was awarded the Australian Security Medal for Conspicuous Service in February 2011. In 2013 IFSEC International recognised him in the top 40 influential persons in Security and Fire Management.

Jason has been involved in a range of non-security related public activities, including Chair of Lake Tuggeranong College Board, Vice President of the Burragate Rural Fire Brigade, supporter of the iLead mentoring program and donor support for the National Gallery of Australia, Victorian National Gallery and the National Parks of NSW.

Alex Chapman Alexandra Chapman /

Alex has more than 34 years' experience in strategy execution and value delivery, having worked at an executive level for major Australian and UK companies in the financial services, utilities, and engineering sectors. She is the co-creator of the Totally Optimized Projects® methods - internationally recognised by Gartner Research Inc in 2011 as "an innovative industry game-changer" Alex has guided organizations through major business transformation projects, helping them enhance customer value whilst simultaneously delivering more than 50% reduction in costs through improved processes and technology.

As a co-creator of TOP, Alex has developed EngineeredThinkingTM techniques - that emulate consciously what the brain does automatically at the non-conscious level - which can dramatically improve learning and ability to solve complex problems. What Alex enjoys most is helping people apply these new thinking processes and techniques to make it easy for them to get the business results they want from projects.

Alex sits on the Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation Inc and is also Australian International President of the Cranfield Alumni.

She is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Sir David Venness / CSARN Advisory Council Jelenko Dragisic /
Collaboration Strategist

Jelenko Dragisic is a collaboration strategist and CSR broker. As founder of ROADMENDER, Australia's first of its kind initiative solely dedicated to the promotion and development of collaboration as a discipline in its own right, Jelenko advocates a view that future enterprises will be critically dependent on their collaborative strategy.

Jelenko has extensive experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors. He has worked in a variety of management roles in organisations such as Australian Red Cross, Griffith University and Volunteering Qld. While in the role of CEO of Volunteering Qld, Jelenko designed and implemented Step Up, one of the largest disaster resilience programs in Australia. This award winning program is based on large-scale collaboration, bringing together various levels of government, community organisations, universities and the corporate sector. A significant part of the program was dedicated to Australia's first resilience building initiative for the business sector.

Jelenko is an active public speaker and presenter, and devotes much of his time voluntarily advising various organisations on matters of collaboration, CSR and resilience.

Jelenko currently serves as a member of the Inclusive Brisbane Board and is a member of the Advisory Panel of Green Cross Australia. Jelenko is also an active street photographer and collector of photography books. .

Brett Lovegrove Brett Lovegrove MA FRSA FSyI FICPEM /
Chief executive, CSARN and Former Head of Counter Terrorism City of London Police

After retiring as the Head of Counter Terrorism for the City of London Police in 2008 and served 25 years in the Metropolitan Police Service, Brett is today the Chief Executive of the City Security and Resilience Network (CSARN) covering the UK, Australia and South East Asia; Managing Director of Valentis Bridge Ltd and a Director at NHJ Strategic Consulting.

His companies address the full spectrum of counter terrorism, counter corporate espionage, business continuity, risk analysis and emergency planning issues featuring both nationally and internationally on defence and organisational solutions. He is the Chairman of the Defence and Security Committee in the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI); a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University (UK Defence Academy); a Visiting Professor at the Marshall Centre (US Military), Germany; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Fellow of the Security Institute; a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management; a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and annually lectures on strategic and government response to disasters at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

As the Chairman of the LCCI Defence and Security Committee, he is the strategic lead on developing a cyber-attack mitigation partnership programme with the London Mayor's office, national corporations and large scale solutions providers.

Brett joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1978. Over his 30 years of service, he has been posted to uniformed, academic, strategic and senior investigation detective duties. He attended Reading University and gained a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Terrorism. As Head of Counter Terrorism, he also had national responsibility for countering hostile reconnaissance within a successful and continuing public/private partnership called 'Project Griffin'. Brett was also a 'Silver' commander for CBRN events and other major events in the UK.

Brett was also the first senior officer in command of the 7th July 2005 suicide bombings in London and sat on the Gold Group on this and other terrorist attacks. Today, he is frequently asked to advise international corporate organisations and governments including the US Congress, the US Department of State and House of Representatives, the European Government in The Hague, the sovereign State of Georgia (OSCE mission), The sovereign State of Lithuania (OSCE mission), has worked with the National Counter Terrorism Board in the Netherlands and briefed the Danish and Croatian Parliaments. Brett led the first international delegation into Mumbai after the attacks there in November 2008 and helped to write the White Paper for the Indian Government mapping the development of more effective and joined up corporate, emergency services, security and resilience response.

Professor Kenneth Morgan Professor Kenneth Morgan /
Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Flinders University in South Australia

Professor Morgan is Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Flinders University in South Australia and advises on Cyber Security and Resilience issues along with the University's engagement with Asia.

Ken's 30+ years research expertise of the Economic impact on International Trade as a result of the Disruptive Innovation of the Internet and the impact for Critical Global Infrastructure has been recognised by Governments, Policy makers and Fortune 500 organisations in several countries and is a trusted adviser to same on Cyber Economic Warfare, Security and Geo-Economic-Political issues.

Professor Morgan recently retired as Professor-at-Large at the University of Western Australia where he taught Entrepreneurship & Innovation, eCommerce Strategies and Asian Strategy at the Graduate level in Perth, Singapore, Manila & China.

Ken currently mentors some of the leading Asian families, Fortune 500 and FT 100 organisations on their Global Growth Strategy, and Interpreting Geo-Economic-Political issues at the Board and "C" level along with issues of Strategic Resilience.

Professor Morgan holds postgraduate degrees from both YALE University and The London School of Economics.