The 2018 Judges will be announced shortly. 

The 2017 Judges were:

  • Damian McMeekin, Head of Group Security, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)
  • John Adams, Editor, Security Electronics and Networks Magazine
  • John Curtis, Director, IPP Consulting Pty Ltd
  • John Yates, QPM, Director of Security, Scentre Group
  • Kate Hughes, Chief Risk Officer, Telstra
  • Vlado Damjanovski, CCTV Specialist, ViDi Labs
  • Lyndall Milenkovic, Founder and CEO of The Riskworks Network


An independent panel chaired by an ASIAL representative will judge each nomination based on the criteria set out for each award category. Judges, all of whom have experience in security and or business, are required to assess each entry on its merits and act impartially and ethically. We take this process seriously, knowing the judges will be representing the OSPAs brand.

 Damian McMeekin, Head of Group Security

Damian joined ANZ in 2005 after working previously in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade managing issues of international security, political and economic affairs from both international and Australian positions. Damian is responsible for protecting the security ANZ’s people, programmes and assets by managing threats from the external environment including geopolitical risks. He is also on the Boards of the International Banking Security Association, International Security Management Association, the not-for-profits iDcare and Australian Security Medals Foundation and the committee of the Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

 John Adams, Editor

SEN’s editor John Adams has been covering the security industry since 1991, first as editor of Security Australia Magazine, then as editor of Security Electronics & Networks Magazine, first published in 1998. SEN’s intense focus gives John an holistic and historical sense of electronic security technology, as well as considerable exposure to major applications in Australia and overseas.

 John Curtis, Director

John has over 28 years experience in the technology and security industry and specialises in providing strategic cost effective solutions to meet the challenging issues many organisations face. He has been with IPP Consulting for over 19 years and is a Director responsible for the Sydney, ACT and Brisbane operations.

 John Yates, QPM, Director of Security

John joined Westfield in November 2013 in a newly created role as Director of Security for Scentre Group in Australia and New Zealand & Westfield Corporation in the United Kingdom, United States and the emerging markets. He also has responsibility for the corporate security requirements of the Lowy family and their private assets.

 Kate Hughes, Chief Risk Officer

Kate Hughes is Chief Risk Officer for Telstra with global responsibility for the enterprise wide risk management, resilience, investigations, privacy, compliance and health and safety functions. Prior to joining Telstra, Kate held senior risk, compliance and governance roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, AWB and Pacific Brands. Kate has also provided risk management and compliance consulting services on trade practices, employment and environmental issues.

 Vlado Damjanovski, CCTV Specialist

Vlado Damjanovski is an author, inventor, lecturer and closed circuit television (CCTV) expert based in Sydney, who is well known within the Australian and international CCTV industry. Through his company ViDi Labs he provides consultancy, design & project management, system-commission, product testing, desk-top publishing and training.Vlado is the current chairman of the CCTV Standards Sub-Committee of Australia and New Zealand. In his capacity as chief contributor Vlado has helped create the Australian and New Zealand CCTV Standards (AS4806.1, AS4806.2 and AS4806.3).

 Lyndall Milenkovic

Lyndall has 25 years of experience in the Risk arena specifically in Emergency Management. Lyndall Milenkovic, Founder and CEO of The Riskworks Network is particularly well known for her work with major venues and events including 2 Summer and 2 Winter Olympics, 2 Commonwealth Games in addition to Public Spaces and events around Australia. This year it has included Sydney Airport Corporation Limited Terminal 1 and 2, Vivid for the Royal Botanic Gardens and The State Library of NSW

Her service to ASIS and the Security industry has spanned many years in executive and leadership roles and she continues to promote the security profession.