January 31, 2014

About Us

Learn more about us and what makes us unique.

Hawkridge Entertainment Services – About Us

About us – Hawkridge Entertainment Services is a boutique management consultancy company that specialises in providing advice for the Arts, Venue, Sports and Entertainment industries. We are highly experienced in delivering expert guidance for organisations preparing and delivering complex operational, strategic and infrastructure projects. 

Our diverse experience includes the delivery of a range of high profile national and international projects and events as well as collaborating with organisations and teams to ensure exceptional design outcomes for venues across the sports, arts and venue spectrum. We provide expertise to a wide range of commercial and government clients through selecting highly skilled and creative associates with varied knowledge across a number of sectors. 

The team have diverse understanding and skills within the venue industry as well as infrastructure development and strategic advice. In addition, we have an extensive understanding of local and state government and the unique requirements to deliver successful outcomes in these environments. Our highly efficient team cover a broad range of skills that bring a high level of skill to their analysis and approach.

Our Strategic Approach

We use an efficient, structured and transparent approach to our project management methodologies. We engage with all major stakeholders to ensure the information gathered is broad. The team has exceptional skills in researching and investigating to maximize the quality of information provided in our reports. Our commitment is to ensure that communication channels are open at all times during the project. We aim to deliver all steps within the project efficiently and intelligently. We believe in a collaborative approach to delivering projects. This ultimately leads to outcomes that are embraced by both the community and stakeholders.

Our Key Advantage

It is critical to be able to engage consultants that are highly competent and able to deliver on their proposed methodology. However, equally as important is to find consultants that have delivered these services to the community themselves. This ensures that the advice given is practical and the proposed outcomes are achievable. The distinction is particularly important when the considering both the political and resource constraints placed on government organisations. Hawkridge Entertainment Services has the ability to take into consideration the capacity of the stakeholders to effectively deliver any strategies and plans.

We have operational experience at the highest level delivering venue operations as well as major events across the arts, entertainment and sports industries. In addition, our programming and producing experience includes venues and major events. We have established links with metropolitan and regional venues across Australia as well as a range of cultural organisations and institutions.  Further, we maintain excellent relationships with promoters and producers so that we are able to gain critical insights into their business . 

Our experience in delivering outcomes for both public and private clients gives us a unique perspective. We tailor and deliver effective outcomes for your needs.


About us – The Team

The team at Hawkridge Entertainment Services has been selected due to their diverse understanding and skills. This highly efficient team bring a broad range of skills to their analysis and approach. Our multi-talented personnel has a broad range of operational experience. We have extensive consultancy experience across major projects.

Tim Long, CVE – Managing Director

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Tim Long

Tim Long CVE has had a diverse career in the sport, entertainment, arts and venue management industries. He is currently the Managing Director of Hawkridge Entertainment Services. He possesses superior analytical, communication and financial skills that have resulted in the conceptualisation, creation, and delivery of diverse events covering a range of scope and complexity. In particular, Tim specialises in the development of effective strategies for organisations managing and planning cultural infrastructure.  He assists the development of feasibility studies, business cases, operational modeling and review, community and cultural facilities plans as well as assisting clients with financial and operational modelling and the development of policies and procedures.

He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of New England and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Technology Sydney. Tim also holds a Diploma of Live Production, Theatre & Events and completed the Venue Management Association’s Public Venue Management School. He is one of only 27 venue professionals in Australia to have attained the Certified Venue Executive accreditation from the International Association of Venue Managers.

Tim is a qualified Gateway reviewer and provides reviews for the NSW, QLD and SA governments. He is currently a Board Member of the Venue Management Association (Asia & Pacific) and was previously a Board Member of Create NSW’s Cultural Infrastructure Advisory Board. He is also a Board Member and the current Treasurer of the Hills Shire Symphony Orchestra.


Our Associates

Nick Tobin

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Nick Tobin

Nick Tobin is a dynamic and innovative CEO/General Manager with significant experience spanning more than 30 years in local government as well as expansive experience in the corporate sector.

Leadership roles have covered a breadth of Local Government innovations and delivery including efficient service delivery, long term financial planning and unique financial modeling, property development, strategic planning and policy development as well as stakeholder management and engagement of diverse communities, government and industry. In addition, Nick was the General Manager of Aqualand Projects Pty Ltd, a Major property development and investment company dedicated to delivering quality development in Australia and the CEO of the Yuhu Group, Australia a private investment management company that is active across asset investment, property management, development and sales.

Nick also led the delivery of one of the largest pieces of public infrastructure delivered and funded by local government, The Concourse – an entertainment and performing arts precinct in the heart of Chatswood. The unique long-term sustainable funding model and project plan developed for the site by Nick and his team has become a leading model across local government and multi-use precincts.

Projects: Minerva Theatre Business CaseCoffs Harbour Entertainment Venue FeasibilityJetty Memorial Theatre Strategic Plan 2022-2026 and Business Plan 2022-2026


Frank Howarth AM

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Frank Howarth

Frank Howarth AM is a specialist advisor in strategy, planning and fundraising to the arts and culture, environment and tourism sectors. He provides consulting and advisory services to government, not for profit organisations, businesses and individuals. Frank Howarth has led major culture and science organisations including the Australian Museum, and Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. He has chaired major cultural sector member organisations, serves on several not-for-profit boards, and is an adjunct professor at UTS Business School.

Frank has worked with organisations to develop significant intrastate, interstate and international tourist audiences in the culture, environment and recreation sectors and advises on how to harness the cultural and environmental assets of regions and places to achieve benefits through responsible tourism. He also sits on a NSW regional tourism development board where he advocates for cultural, heritage and environmental tourism. Frank Howarth is also a Board Member of the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum and of the Australian Design Centre.

He is currently Chair of the Heritage Council of New South Wales. Frank Howarth LinkedIn profile.

Projects: Georges River Sporting Museum FeasibilityWellington (NZ) Museum Feasibility Study


Rick Heath

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Rick Heath

Rick Heath is an experienced, respected and highly effective thought leader, advocate and arts management executive with over 30 years’ experience across Australia.  As Co-CEO and Executive Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company Rick was directly accountable for financial, operational and human resource management as well as key stakeholder relations, strategic development and governance.

Rick led and delivered transformational change, restructuring the organisation, increasing box office revenue by almost 50%, raising over $1.8M in donor contributions and managed the stability and growth of the company over the peak of the Covid pandemic. As Executive Director of Performing Arts Connections Australia Rick led change of the organisation from APACA to PAC Australia, increasing membership by 86%, doubling turnover and delivering sector-wide change in programming practice, repositioning the organisation as a leader in the national and international arts ecologies.

Rick is an authority on performing arts touring in Australia. Together with Harley Stumm, Rick developed Australia’s first National Touring Framework for the Australia Council for the Arts. Rick was Project Facilitator for the Contemporary Dance Model Development project [Future Moves], a $1.6M government initiative for the development of Contemporary Dance in Western Australia and recently completed a 5-year touring strategy for the state of Western Australia.

Rick has Chaired and been a Board member of several arts organisations as well as grant assessment and award panels. He has been Chair of the Helpmann Awards Presentation for Children Panel, a member of the Panel for Regional Touring, and a board member of The Last Great Hunt. Rick Heath LinkedIn profile.

Projects: Gippsland Performing Arts Centre Operational Review


Adrian Veale

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Adrian Veale

Adrian is an architectural and design specialist, with experience in a range of construction and design fields. He studied architecture at the University of Sydney, and has gone on to deliver projects as diverse as tiny homes and single residences, through to teams working on high-end commercial deliveries within most major Australian CBDs.

He was a team member at Bates Smart Architects for over 7 years winning The Australian Institute of Architects’ Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture for 420 George Street, and has gone on to work for some of the biggest names in commercial architecture in the world. As well as working practices, Adrian has been an architectural tutor and lecturer, and delivers both digital and hand-drawn architectural graphics for client’s ranging from IKEA to small private clients and everything in between.

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