Splendour in the Grass 2016 - 2017 National Finalist: Local Tickets Best Regional Event

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Kristen Finnigan

Kristen Finnigan

Kristen Finnigan is Director of KFM Events and has over twenty-five years’ experience planning beautiful and memorable events, experiences and celebrations.

Kristen is an experienced event producer specialising in event production, event strategy, event audits, risk & safety management, event training & consulting and partnerships. Based in Tasmania, Kristen is one of the only event-based safety managers in the state, trained specifically to manage risk and safety for events and at event sites.

Originally from Melbourne, Kristen has a strong business background and works with clients from design to execution to deliver successful and engaging events. Kristen’s experience includes events held throughout Tasmania and nationally in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane.

Kristen’s most recent projects include Event Director of the World Transport Games in Perth, Western Australia where over 2000 participants from over 60 countries attended the week-long international event. Kristen was Safety & Risk Manager for the 2022 Special Olympics National Games, and for the Sohn Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference for the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute based in Hobart in 2022. She is also event producer of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards – Tasmania’s largest and most successful business awards event.

Kristen has worked with many large festivals and events throughout Australia, including Tasmania’s well-known winter festival Dark Mofo, plus national festival tours with Fuzzy Events including Listen Out and Field Day, as well as Laneway Festival, Good Things Festival and many others. Also, as event manager at the Qantas Australia Tourism Awards in Launceston, Mona Foma, TasRacing (Australian Horse of the Year Awards), TasRail and other government and non-government organisations and events.

Kristen holds a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, Certificate of Event WHS Risk Management, Diploma of Leadership and Management, Executive Certificate in Event Management, and an Advanced Diploma in Freelance Journalism.

During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Kristen identified a gap in the market within Tasmania for qualified event-based safety managers that specialised in risk management, and she completed additional training during her down time to fill that gap. Kristen also worked with Events Tasmania during the pandemic to help develop the Covid-19 event industry guidelines for Tasmanian events to enable them to navigate the changing environment.

Kristen has a strong business background, is an expert trouble-shooter, has excellent attention to detail, and is results focussed with a great sense of urgently. Kristen specialises in delivering large events Australia-wide. Plus, her calm, welcoming and approachable personality makes working with her enjoyable and productive.