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Key Experience:

  • Founder – CEO and Principal of Matthew James Isaac Law (incorporated Australian law and risk management firm).

  • Surfing Insurance Scheme Founder – Surfing Specific Insurance Scheme underpinned by bespoke risk management and operating systems for unique surfing environments.

  • Surf Schools Australia Pty Ltd – Co-Founder – Surf school peak body structure, risk, systems and insurance for Oceania surf schools.

  • Founder - Three on Barambah – Boutique Short Stay and Event Venue – South Burnett Wine Region.

  • Executive General Manager Regulatory Services & Property Services leading a team of 300 staff across public health, environment, commercial property matters and all other local government regulation – Moreton Bay Regional Council.

  • PhD Researcher – Global research team developing innovative risk management and operating systems for emerging industries – University of the Sunshine Coast.

  • General Manager – Health, Safety, Environment & Training – International major projects, construction, marine and structures leading 225 staff - Golding Contractors.

  • Prosecutor & Principal Investigator – Industrial, Theme Park and Construction Workplace Health and Safety Failures – WorkSafe Queensland.

  • Detective – Child Protection, Major Crime and Community Policing – Queensland Police Service.




PhD, LLB, BA, G.dip Legal Prac., Dip Public Safety, Dip HR Mgmt, Dip Bus. Mgmt, Dip Project Mgmt.



Admitted Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Admitted to the Federal Court of Australia

Member of the Queensland Law Society & Principal Practising Certification




Four peer reviewed publications in internationally recognised journals – risk control, systems and performance analysis.

Splitting the Peak: Surf Park Safety Insights - 2022  

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