Risk Management

Risk Management is about balancing productive effort against reward and making considered choices that provide value for the limited resources available. Risk Management is not only about health and safety compliance, but rather about applying a range of principles to help make good decisions.

Reliance Risk understands the value that comes from effective risk management and applies it to each organisation’s needs.

We are risk management professionals with specialist experience across the sport, entertainment, venue, and event industries, providing a practical approach to risk management. We have a team of industry experts, allowing us to match the right skills to service our clients needs.

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Wayne Middleton

Our founding Director, Wayne Middleton, is a recognised industry expert in risk management across the sport, entertainment, venues and events industries. Wayne brings 30 years experience as a manager of public venues and major events, also working as a risk management specialist for government, transport, construction, venues, sporting facilities and events.

Wayne holds a Masters in Risk Management and a Bachelor of Administration. In 2014, Wayne received the IAVM’s Certified Facility Executive (CFE) designation, a highly regarded level of achievement in the venues industry.

Wayne is an internationally recognised speaker, instructor and thought leader in risk management for events, sports and venues, and has been an instructor in risk management at the venue management school in APAC for a decade. He is also Chair of the Venue Management School Committee and is a regular contributor to industry publications.


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Warren Phillip-Clarke

Warren has over 20 years’ experience in state government and private sector Risk and Emergency Management. Warren’s key areas of specialisation include crowd safety management, risk management, emergency management, crisis management and recovery, training and operational readiness. He holds a Masters in Occupational Safety and Health and Diplomas in Emergency Management and Business and is also a QSA/RAB Safety Management Systems Auditor.

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Tara Hopton

Tara has over 18 years’ event experience in state government. She has experience in stakeholder engagement through her work in government coordination to ensure the delivery of safe and successful events. She has led multiple major events concurrently from inception to completion, on time and within budget. Tara has recently managed project with Sydney Cricket Ground, NRL, UNSW, QLD Department of Communities and Invictus Games 2018.

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Greg Williams

Greg Williams has spent 31 years as an operational Station Officer and Firefighter within Fire & Rescue NSW. Greg also acted within FRNSW’s Health & Safety Branch in the positions of Operational Safety Coordinator and Wellbeing Coordinator. During his career, Greg has been awarded the National Medal for Service; the NSW Fire Brigades’ Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and the Commissioner’s Unit Commendation for Meritorious Service. Since leaving FRNSW, Greg has been consulting in Health & Safety, and working within educational institutions.

Greg holds a Diploma in WHS, a Diploma in Counselling, a Cert. IV in Training & Assessment. Greg is also a volunteer Chaplain for NSW Ambulance.

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Daren Horwood

Daren has experience as a small business owner with extensive knowledge of the construction industry. He has owned and managed an industry RTO, prior to which he was a hotel manager. These undertakings have allowed him to develop strong leadership and venue management skills. Daren excels in client facing roles as his experience lends itself to customer satisfaction and problem solving. Daren’s recent experience includes key account management for Fairfax Media Events, managing event builds and event space compliance auditing as well as Surfing Australia and Invictus

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Ian Barratt

Ian has extensive experience in the safety arena, working for many years as Chief Instructor and Safety Officer for a driver based event management and training organisation. He has also recently worked with the Southern Highlands Outdoor and Adventure Show managing all aspects of safety. Ian’s experience spans all aspects of event risk management from development of risk assessment and safety plans to site inspections, daily briefings and incident management. His qualifications include Certificates in First Attack Firefighting and Workplace Evacuation together with Construction Induction White Card, Training and Assessment and First Aid.

John Lambrechts

John Lambrechts is an IT professional and is responsible for the development and maintenance of Reliance Risks software products. John has been developing major event software for more than 13 years including supply chain and incident management systems for Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and Rugby and Cricket World Cups. He lives with his family in the Southern Highlands in NSW and is a keen tennis player.

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Callum McMaugh

Callum gained a Bachelor a Computer Science degree from the University of Woollongong before embarking on a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) course with UTS. He is proficient in many applications and programming languages and currently provides maintenance and support for RiskSense101.

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Nicky Crewe

Nicky has worked in investment banking, direct marketing, IT and recruitment and is an experienced project and office manager. Her role with Reliance Risk includes all areas of project support and office management.

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Consulting Team

Our experienced team of Risk Management professionals specialise in health and safety, risk management, emergency preparedness, training and crisis planning. 

Our team has been involved in many high profile projects requiring complex stakeholder engagement and multiple deliverables whilst maintaining strict project timelines. 

Our Clients

Reliance Risk provides risk management services to organisations across the spectrum of sporting, venue, entertainment and event management. Our long-term relationships with clients come about through mutual trust and high standards of service.