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Stephen Lawson

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Stephen Lawson

Senior Consultant

Steve is a former Naval Officer, Police Detective, Executive Security Manager for Qantas Airways Limited and executive level member of the Australian Office of Transport Security. Steve has over twenty-five years’ management, technical and operational experience in aviation security. In his distinguished policing career Steve has was awarded the National Police Service Medal, the National Medal, and the Police Diligent and Ethical Service Medal.

Steve has been intimately involved in the development of aviation security in Australia and overseas. During a 17-year career with Qantas he held a number of senior management roles both operational and strategic. A trained incident and aviation security manager, Steve was sent to act as Qantas’ on-site manager in both New York and Bali following the attacks of 11 Sept 2001 and 12 October 2002. Later he was seconded to the Australian Protective Services to review Air Marshal training in the United States and Israel. He was then charged with developing Qantas’ Air Cargo Security as the Security Manager Freight, the policies and processes he developed have been adopted by a range of governments and organisations.

Steve has consulted to governments and organisations around the globe including, Australia, the UAE, Israel, United States, Singapore, Qatar, Bhutan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Thailand, India, Papua New Guinea, China and others.

He has spoken at conferences and is a regular contributor to the Security Solutions Magazine. His articles on screener training were so well received by the Office of Transport Security that they asked permission to distribute them to the Aviation Security Training Advisory Group.

With a deep understanding of the aviation business, Steve’s focus has always been on the development of practical policies and processes to address security issues in a fast changing environment.

Steve maintains and has attained the following associations and qualifications:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Commerce
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma Security & Risk Management
  • Security Risk Management (Australian Attorney-General’s Department)
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Security Manager (IATA)
  • Aviation Internal Auditor (IATA)
  • Certificate in Police Studies
  • Qualified Lead Auditor