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Graham Manson

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Graham Manson

Senior Consultant

Graham has previously been employed as the Corporate Emergency Planning & Security Manager for SP AusNet (a member of the Singapore Power Group), supporting protection of $11b of deployed electricity and gas assets. He also worked as the Terminal Security Manager for Australian Pacific Airports Management Company (APAM), where he oversaw security and emergency requirements for Melbourne and Launceston Airports.

Following the Black Saturday fires in 2009, SP AusNet received several threats against the business and individuals. The Chairman and other Board members (visiting from Singapore) and other employees were provided close personal protection, which Graham facilitated while touring the fire ground and a number of SP AusNet sites. Security reviews were also conducted on several residences for key personnel, and various security measures implemented. Security plans were devised for appearances at the Commission by the organisation’s employees, including when the Commission sat in rural locations.

Graham’s most recent fulltime role involved national responsibility on behalf of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), in relation to business security, crisis management and contingency planning and emergency response.

Graham has provided executive protection on numerous occasions, including overseeing plans and teams for a number of businesses in energy, transport, sporting, aviation, entertainers, major events (e.g. Sydney Olympics and Melbourne Commonwealth Games) sectors. As an integral element of this, Graham has attended and appeared in courts on a number of occasions, in support of witnesses attending.

Graham has also had significant involvement in aviation, energy security and emergency initiatives, which included being appointed by the Minister as a member of Advisory Group to review Aviation Security Screening in Australia. This also involved managing airport security (across Landside, Terminal and Airfield precincts) during a period of record passenger growth, stretched facilities and massive capital development, while achieving defined service levels throughout.

Graham also been involved in responding to some of Australia’s worst disasters, such as Black Saturday. In 2008 he was recognised by the Australian Institute of Public Safety and awarded the Excellence in Security Management Award.

Graham was a key contributor to the Commonwealth Government’s Community Recovery Handbook (Handbook 2, Australian Emergency Management Institute) and has presented at numerous conferences and been a member of a number of professional committees.

Graham maintains and has attained the following associations and qualifications:

  • Member, ASIS International
  • Member, Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL)
  • Member, Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia
  • Member, International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals
  • Member, International Association of Emergency Managers
  • Diploma Security and Risk Management
  • Diploma Occupational Health and Safety
  • Graduate Certificate in Fraud Investigation
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • Certificate in Mediation & Negotiation
  • Certificate in Criminal Law
  • Trained Auditor and Assessor