The Team


Dr Gavriel Schneider

Group CEO

Dr Schneider is an acknowledged subject matter expert on Integrated Risk Management, Safety and Security with extensive, senior level management and leadership experience. He has conducted numerous high-level consulting and advisory projects, as well as two decades of Specialised Security, Safety, and Risk Management experience in over 17 countries. He was the first Recipient of a Doctor of Criminology Degree with a Specialisation in Security Management.

Brett Ferguson

Group Director

With over 30 years served as a state government Paramedic and in tactical medicine, Brett brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the R2S group.  Brett has been recognised and awarded for National and International, actual and simulation incidents and scenarios, rescue deployments and disaster relief.  Brett is a clinical specialist who is passionate about providing quality medical support into remote and challenging locations and has performed significant numbers of medical interventions over 30 + years.

Nicole Sofianos

Chief Operating Officer

Nicole is a highly experienced strategy and behaviour consultant, specialising in communications. She holds two masters degrees (MBA and Masters of Marketing) both with high distinction, and applies the same level of expertise and professionalism to all her work. Nicole has worked across a range of industries, including government, law, finance, and security and risk management, and has led numerous projects from inception to completion.

Alicia Doherty

Chief Market Development Officer

Prior to joining Risk 2 Solution, Alicia served as the General Manager QLD of AmCham and has held business relationship and event management positions with the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, Canberra CBD, Events NSW and Austrade. She is a board member of the General Douglas MacArthur Brisbane Memorial Foundation and has held board roles with the American Club and the Australian American Association. Throughout her career, Alicia has consistently worked in close collaboration with business, Government, the US Embassy and the Canberra Diplomatic Corps. Alicia served in the US Army.

Alex Webling

Chief Information Security Officer

Alex is the Director of Resilience Outcomes Australia Pty Ltd. Resilience Outcomes is a consultancy specialising in organisational resilience, identity, privacy and information security.
Alex is Deputy Chair of Security Professionals Australasia, a member of the Standards Australia Board on Security (MB-025) and ISO TC-292. He is an Associate of the Australian Risk Policy Institute and a registered security professional in the area of Enterprise Security.
Alex was a senior executive in the Australian Federal Government in national security. He was the foundation Director of the Australian Government computer emergency response team; Developed the Chemicals of Security Concern program; and was Head of Protective Security Policy responsible for launching the revised Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and the single information classification system for the Australian Government.

Gary Sanderfield

State Manager NSW

Gary is a highly experienced risk and leadership specialist with over 20 years of experience in human centric performance, operational risk, enterprise risk management and organisational redesign. Gary has held executive level roles in Sales, Operations and Special Projects and has worked in 24 countries. Gary has worked in NASDAQ Traded, private, NFP, and government organizations and has carried high level security clearances in both his military career and in his civilian roles. Gary is an Aussie/American and has lived in Sydney for 7 years. Gary played Rugby Union for 20 years in the US.

Jason Alcorn

General Manager Security

Jason is an Emergency Management and Incident Response Expert who is
experienced at interpreting and applying relevant standards and best practice guidelines to assist Clients develop and implement sound operational plans and strategies to support high-profile operations, mitigate complex security and safety challenges, prevent and respond to incidents.

Dr Paul Johnston

Senior Risk Expert

Paul has over 20 years of operational and management consulting experience in both the public and private sectors, during which time he has provided risk management advisory and capacity development services to a wide range of industry groups throughout Australia and internationally – with this encompassing a number of major infrastructure, transport, and oil & gas projects. Paul holds a PhD (Public Safety Risk Management) and Bachelor of Behavioural Science (OH&S).

Ian Rizzoli

Operations Manager Medical

Ian Rizzoli ASM is the Operations Manager for the medical and emergency response arm of the Risk 2 Solution group. Ian has 40 years of pre-hospital emergency experience within Victoria and Queensland Ambulance Services and the Irish NHS Ambulance Service. He has an extensive background in critical care, which includes all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care. He holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Emergency) Queensland University of Technology.

Joe Saunders

State Manager VIC/TAS

Joe is a passionate risk leader with work history across the security, safety, investigations and training industries in both the private and public sectors. Along with this experience as a risk practitioner, Joe is a recognised expert in aggression and violence management. He holds a Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk and is the national vice chair of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management.

Ron Amram

State Manager WA

Ron has a 15-year, award-winning track record in management, specializing in project and change management, systems implementation, E-Learning development, and education and training across multiple sectors.Ron has a powerful academic background having achieved The Faculty of Business & Law’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Edith Cowan University. He holds Bachelor of Business, Double Major in Finance & Economics, Edith Cowan University and B. Bus Honours (Finance).

Kandia Du Bruyn

General Manager Corporate Services

Kandia has over a decade of extensive experience in Marketing, Advertising, online learning, Digital Media, Business Development and Project Management and holds qualifications in these fields. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Education (eLearning). She is responsible for Digital Media Marketing, New Business Development and Sales, R2S Academy, Event organisation and planning, website development and marketing strategy and implementation.

Angus Chapple-Harris

Group Operations Manager

Angus has experience in Risk management data, Security risk assessments, vulnerability and threat assessments, Risk education design, implementation and facilitation and Customer focus and targeted approaches. He provides project delivery support through effective risk information capture and data management, content development and client needs-analysis. Angus brings a personable approach to workshop facilitation, enabling robust and productive discussions. Holds a Diploma of Security and Risk Management and a Diploma of Quality Auditing.

Janita Zhang

Digital Innovation and Project Lead

Janita focuses on delivering attractive and engaging solutions for digital and brand design to drive customer acquisition and retention across B2B and B2C growth segments. Experienced in creating compelling UX designs and concepts, she is responsible for managing and creatively directing the delivery of digital design communications for marketing initiatives across corporate branding, printed publications, EDMs, social media, video, POS materials, website design and events. Janita has an innovative and expansive-driven mindset and unlocks an organisation’s potential via digital transformation, marketing automation optimisation and CRM platforms. 

The R2S Team is made up of highly skilled professionals with extensive experience in their specific fields. One of the goals of R2S, is to provide the best possible integration of services without the loss of speciality knowledge in the various R2S service streams. As such, the diverse experience of our management team, ensures that clients get the very best of integrated service offerings, without having to compromise on subject matter expertise


Catherine Day

Catherine is a specialist in strategy development and review, a consultant in workforce planning, development and culture, a successful mentor for CEOs, Boards and high potentials, a high level conflict resolution mediator and a public speaker and author. Catherine has held several leadership and management roles in retail, mining and resources, not for profit and hospitality industries. 

Andrew Smith

Andrew is a businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist and holds a number of advisor to board positions. Andrew has owned and operated a commercial newspaper, international trading desks, PRC (and greater Asian) corporate consultancy. He has extensive experience in strategic structuring of assets and capital transactions. 

Craig Roelofsz

Craig is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer focused on capital raisings, mergers + acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property and corporate governance. Craig has significant experience with Australian based companies that invest and operate in Africa as well as African based companies investing and operating in Australia.