SENIOR CONSULTANT

MICHAEL BLONG

As our Senior Consultant Michael brings extensive licensing and hospitality experience to DWS clients. Having spent nine years as an investigator with the Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR), Michael offers superior knowledge of the liquor and gaming regulatory environment and the ability to offer in-depth advice to clients on a range of complex regulatory, compliance and training concerns.

Michael also has considerable experience in the hospitality industry growing up and working with his publican parents who managed hotels throughout New Zealand and he also worked in hospitality venues in the UK, during a ‘sabbatical’ from the NZP.   During his service with the NZ Police, Michael was the OIC of a Police Unit responsible for policing licensed venues.  This varied hospitality experience, together with having been the owner/operator of his own small businesses (while employed with NZP and afterwards) ensures that he has an empathic understanding of the vagaries of business and legislative requirements and obligations.   It also allows Michael to consider matters from “both sides” of the regulatory fence.

During his time with the NZP, Michael also developed a strong background in training and recruitment, having developed and coordinated a number of educational programs delivered to policing and allied departments.

Michael is a qualified trainer and assessor and has a Diploma in New Zealand Policing as well as qualifications in management, recruitment and prosecutions.

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