- Ben McDevitt AM APM is one of Australia’s most highly decorated law enforcement officers – he is an acknowledged expert in counter terrorism having been the AFPs first National Manager CT, leading the Bali bombings investigations and establishing Australia’s Joint Counter Terrorism Teams.
- Ben led the operational arm of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, bringing peace and security to a country on the brink of civil war. He was awarded the Cross of Solomon Islands for his service and this service featured in an episode of ABC Australian Story, Friend in Deed.
- Ben’s appointment as CEO of ASADA in 2014 came at a time when Australian sports had become subject of serious allegations regarding widespread use of performance enhancing substances. During his tenure, Ben issued show cause notices and successfully prosecuted alleged doping violations against 110 athletes across 21 different Australian sports. This included 34 players and one support person from the Essendon Football Club resulting in the most significant team based doping prosecution in Australian history.
- Ben’s success in tackling doping in sport led to him being appointed by the International Olympic Committee as Chairman of the Independent Observer Mission to the 2018 South Korea Winter Olympics. This was the first winter Olympics after the exposure of institutionalised Russian cheating during the previous winter Olympics.
- Ben has delivered leadership and management training to senior executives across the public sector, Australia’s police forces and defence personnel. He specialises in results based leadership and leading in difficult politically charged environments. A former hostage negotiator, Ben is an inspirational leader who has a background in effective communication, body language and emotional intelligence.
- Ben holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, a Diploma in Executive Leadership and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He has published articles on police use of force, peacekeeping and leadership. In addition to delivering conference keynote addresses, Ben has proved to be a highly popular after dinner speaker for a wide range of audiences. He has a keen sense of humour and is a strong believer in the adage that ‘Life is too important to take seriously’.
- Leadership under pressure
Ben presents a range of case studies including the Bali bombings, regional assistance mission to Solomon islands and/or the ASADA Essendon doping cases – each of which provides a context for discussing leadership challenges and the personal leadership lessons Ben has learned. These sessions are informative, highly visual with powerful imagery and very entertaining with a liberal dose of humour.
- After dinner speaker
Ben is an impressive after dinner speaker providing motivational and witty presentations to capture an audience with real life stories and leadership tips.
Group team building and leadership sessions
Ben has an array of presentations incorporating a good mix of theory and practical interactive leadership discussions, including subjects on:
- What is the difference between a leader and a manager
- Results based leadership
- Emotional intelligence
- The secrets to effective teams
- What leader gets you out of bed with a snap survey of the audience on
Brilliantly informative and authentic.
Relating personal stories to link the leadership topic is so interesting. I could have listened to this speaker for a lot longer than he was scheduled to talk.
An inspirational story with plenty of learnings. Super impressive.
CPA Congress 2018, National Convention Centre