2018 Australasian Branch Training Seminar

  • March 19 - March 21, 2018
  • Pullman Brisbane, King George Square, Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane Pullman King George Square

Brisbane, Queensland is the venue of the Australasian Branch of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators 2018, 25th Annual Training Seminar. 

This three day seminar is the premier opportunity for those involved in the detection, investigation and prevention of vehicle crime to keep abreast of national and international current trends and issues, and exchange information and knowledge with colleagues throughout Australia and New Zealand. This seminar will be of particular interest to law enforcement, vehicle manufacturers, insurers, transport and registration authorities, customs, private investigators, motor trades, forensic locksmiths, crime prevention practitioners, academics and researchers and manufacturers of vehicle security products. 

The Australasian Branch is excited to be returning to Brisbane for the 2018 Annual Training Seminar and an exciting new training program is being scheduled for delegates, featuring a range of classroom presentations, and workshops

The 2018 seminar will follow our traditional three day format with two days of classroom presentations (on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March) followed by an optional Day 3 field trip on Wednesday 21 March.

While there will be speakers covering a wide range of vehicle crime related topics, this years theme is Heavy Vehicle, Plant and Equipment Theft.  Reflecting this theme we have secured four international keynote speakers:

  *  JD Hough - Arizona Law Enforcement Liaison, LoJack Corporation (USA) & International President of IAATI
  *  Mike Briggs - Managing Director, VSST Ltd (UK)
  *  Nick Mayell - Police Liaison and Training Officer, Datatag Ltd. (UK)
  *  LaRonda Mathews - Brand Protection Specialist, Caterpillar, Inc. (USA)  (to be confirmed)

Other highlights of the 2018 Seminar include:
  *  Day 1 & 2 will consist of classroom presentations at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.
  *  A 2 hour President’s Reception and networking opportunity on Monday night.
  *  The 2018 Seminar and Annual IAATI Awards dinner on the Tuesday night.
  *  Day 3 (optional ) - a field trip to either the Caterpillar Distributor or an auction house whereby our keynote speakers will interact with the delegates and demonstrate on actual vehicles many of the points highlight in their classroom presentations.

Further details about the seminar including registration details will be released in November. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss any aspects of our 2018 seminar, please contact Branch President: 

Mark Pollard
Ph: 0418 841 899
E: mpollard@iaati.org

International Keynote Speakers:

James (JD) Hough  - Arizona Law Enforcement Liaison, LoJack Corporation (USA) and International President of IAATI 

A 34 year veteran of Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant JD Hough has joined the LoJack’s  Law Enforcement Liaison team in 2014.  As such JD is  responsible for professional training, providing equipment to additional police vehicles, and serving as an advisor to law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona that use the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System to combat auto theft.  

JD began his law enforcement career as a highway patrol officer in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1980. In 2002, he was assigned to the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force as squad supervisor. He served in this capacity for the following decade, overseeing a wide variety of investigations including multi-agency and multi-state criminal cases. In 2012, he joined the Arizona Auto Theft Authority staff as a lieutenant, furthering his vehicle theft experience and activities state-wide. Additionally, Hough has been an active member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) and the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA). He has held several leadership positions in both organizations including President of AATIA and the Western Regional Chapter of IAATI and in August 2017 was appointed as International President of IAATI.

Mike Briggs - Managing Director, VSST Ltd  (UK)

Mike has worked in the automotive industry for past 35 years, 21 of those at the UK insurer’s research centre – Thatcham.  Joining as a Vehicle Security Engineer in 1995 and then becoming the Vehicle Crime Research Manager, Mike was responsible for a team of 8 Vehicle Security Engineers that carried out New Vehicle Security Assessments (NVSA’s) on hundreds of vehicles (cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks and plant), with the results made available to the public via www.thatcham.org/security as well as going forward as information to the insurer’s group rating panel. Mike also lead the team opening new paths to  predominantly work with Vehicle Manufacturers, police forces, Governments and other vehicle security organisations on a global basis, with the overall remit of finding solution to reduce vehicle crime.

Mike was responsible for security updates that drove down car crime in the UK  from over 600,000 cars to just over 75,000 cars stolen and the creation of criteria to combat crime against other vehicle types. More recently the theft of construction plant and agricultural vehicle has not gone untouched,  and Mike is assisting with the development of standards for these vehicles. He  influenced many countries around the world, with one engineer permanently based in South East Asia, support for Sweden through TFF Motor Insurance in maintaining a reduced theft risk for Swedish market and worked in a range of other countries including Canada, Europe, Russia, America, Korea and Japan.

In July 2016 Mike has took on the new challenge and started his own company VSST Ltd to maintain standards and find solutions against theft threats with key stakeholders such as police, Government, the Aftermarket tracking and security systems suppliers forming the Tracking and Aftermarket Security System Association (TASSA), insurers, vehicle manufacturers, and others in the continuing battle against crime across the globe.

Mike is also working with the UK government to develop standards to  prevent vehicles being used as weapons by terrorists.  In June 2017 Mike was elected UK Branch President of IAATI.

Nick Mayell - Police Liaison and Training Officer, Datatag Ltd. (UK)

Nick is a well-known name in equipment security and police circles. He left school at the age of 16 and secured a position as an apprentice heavy vehicle mechanic with a local plant and truck company. He later went on to manage a hire company which is when he became brutally aware of the financial repercussions of heavy equipment theft. As more and more of his equipment became subjected to theft, he took it upon himself to trace and recover his own machines. Such was his success, insurance and finance companies continued to use his investigative skills to help locate their own assets. 

In 1994 Nick was employed by a specialist heavy equipment investigation company in the UK and worked on many high profile cases, including one case which led to the recovery of 86 stolen machines. In 2011 he left to set up Plant Theft Consultancy. Nick’s services are currently secured by the UK’s leading asset marking and registration company, Datatag ID Ltd, who are the administrators the CESAR scheme. In his role with Datatag Nick works directly with the police, crime prevention organisations and the insurance and asset finance industries to raise the level of awareness and increase the level of detection of vehicle enabled crime. Nick present special training courses to disseminate proven vehicle identification techniques for traffic police, as well as  advanced courses for specialist vehicle examiners and training to insurance underwriters and claims officers, asset finance underwriters and fraud investigators.

Nick is a qualified trainer who regularly runs courses through the UK and Europe including for Interpol’s Formatrain project and  IAATI. His heavy equipment course is internationally recognised and accredited at level 3. He also runs a level 3 accredited courses in forensic vehicle VIN recovery, using both chemical and thermal techniques. 

LaRonda Mathews - Brand Protection Specialist, Caterpillar, Inc. (USA) 


The Pullman Brisbane King George Square

The Pullman Brisbane King George Square Hotel, corner Ann & Roma Streets, boasts a convenient city centre location in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, moments from Central Station and walking distance from the city’s most popular cultural, sporting and leisure attractions.

From the hotel it is a short walk to Brisbane’s top entertainment (Southbank), dining (Southbank & Eagle Street Pier), shopping (Queen Street Mall) and sporting (Suncorp Stadium) precincts, as well as key public transport (Roma Street Train Station, Central Train Station & King George Square Bus Station) options.

IAATI has secured a special delegate rate of only $215 per night including breakfast. 

Telephone: +61 7 3229 9111
Fax: +61 7 3229 9618
Email: H8784@accor.com

15km from Brisbane International & Domestic Airports
500m from Roma Street Train Station
500m from Central Train Station

Platinum Sponsor: Suncorp Insurance

Gold Sponsor: Adjuster Corp
          National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council

Other Confirmed Speakers:

- Ray Carroll, NMVTRC
- Marc Weeks, Hertz
- Mark Day, Caterpillar
- Brian Tuck, Cellebrite
- Det. Senior Constable Vesna Ciric, QLDPol
- John Cupitt, McLarens
- NSWPol, Property Crime Squad
many more to be announced soon