June 2016 Dinner Meeting
|Date:||Tuesday, 7 June 2016|
|Venue:||Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong NorthBeach|
|Speaker:||Chris Allen - Paratrooper, Policeman, Counter-terrorism Expert and Global Bestselling Author|
Presented by Waples Marketing
Chris Allen is a global bestselling thriller author with a soon-to-be-announced deal for a full Intrepid series to appear on the big and small screens from 2016 and beyond. As an author, Chris takes on real-world events and draws on his real-life experiences as a former soldier, paratrooper, policeman, counter-terrorism expert, and, most recently as the Sheriff of NSW. Chris is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Venues NSW.
Chris served in three Commonwealth armies across two decades and four continents. After joining the Australian Army as a soldier and then Officer, he was selected to serve as a paratrooper in the elite 3RAR battalion, then with the British Army’s 5 Airborne Brigade.
After retiring at the rank of Major, Chris went on to work in East Timor as a consultant with an international aid agency. He then served with three law enforcement agencies in Australia, and in the wake of 9/11 took over the protection of Sydney's most iconic landmark, the Sydney Opera House. In 2008 Chris was appointed Sheriff of New South Wales, one of Australia's most historic law enforcement appointments.
After self-publishing in 2010, Chris caught the eye of Pan Macmillan’s digital publishing arm, Momentum, and soon became one of their top authors. Now represented by Curtis Brown, the same literary agency that represents the Ian Fleming estate, he has signed a deal for a full Intrepid series to appear on the big and small screens from 2016 and beyond.
His cumulative decades of experience mean that he features regularly in the mainstream media, talking about his writing inspiration and publishing journey, including on TV (ABC News, FOX Business) and radio (ABC), and in newspapers (West Australian, Sydney Morning Herald) and magazines (Good Living Magazine, Mindfood). Chris has also appeared at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Perth Writers’ Festival, Book Expo, SpyFest and numerous writers’ centres and libraries across Australia.
Chris will speak about his experiences and learnings that have contributed to his status as a bestselling author - his "licence to thrill".
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