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Mark Beard

Mark has worked law enforcement for 15 years at both a State and Federal level. Roles including community policing, family investigation liaison and conducting investigations into major international incidents and complex Organised Crime and Terrorist networks. Mark has also worked in learning and development, creating and delivering leadership, investigations and incident management training programs to all levels of the organisation.

Mark also worked with the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service to provide pre-deployment training in drug searching and seizure for Royal Australian Navy crews deploying to the Middle East.

In 2019, after coordinating and facilitating joint training programs with Australian Border Force, Australian Defence Force, New South Wales Police and the Office of the Sheriff of NSW staff, Mark was awarded an Australia Day Achievement Medallion for his significant work in police and joint agency training, specifically related to Incident Command and Control System training.

Mark has also been a member of the Australian Army for over 25 years, combining full and part time roles to progress through the ranks and gain a commission. He is currently a Captain and is Second-In-Command of the Army’s NSW Regional Induction Company, responsible for training and compliance of a team of approximately 30 training staff and 500 trainees.

In 2018 Mark was awarded a Prince of Wales Award (POWA) study scholarship by the Defence Reserve Support Council which he used to study and compare Incident and Emergency Management training models and facilities in the United Kingdom (JESIP), United States (NIMS ICS) and New Zealand (CIMS).

On top of Mark’s POW Award, other highlights of his Army career include training and deploying with an international joint logistics team as part of Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands, working as part of the Invictus Games in Sydney 2018 and deploying as an Operations Officer on Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-20, as part of the ADF response to the bushfires in NSW and the ACT.

Mark holds a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), a Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management), a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management and a Certificate IV in Government Investigations (Compliance).

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