Lance Burdett (masterclass facilitator)
Following a successful career in the construction industry, Lance spent 22 years with the NZ Police, becoming the leading crisis negotiator. Qualifying in NZ, Australia, and with the FBI, Lance taught crisis intervention to police & prison negotiators. Described by senior police as “The most qualified and highly skilled negotiator within NZ Police,” Lance trained and operated with the elite tactical teams of Police, Corrections, Fire, Ambulance, Military, and the FBI.
Qualifying as a Personal Protection Officer, Lance oversaw the protection of the Prime Minister, international dignitaries, and people on the witness protection programme. He was the principal security officer at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games and the 2012 London Olympics.
As a commissioned officer, Lance directed the immediate response to the full range of critical incidents and was a senior detective leading investigation teams on complex criminal cases. Responsible for recruitment and training for the Police Emergency 111 call centres, Lance developed and delivered coaching programmes on handling emotional conversations and coping skills. His resiliency programme is part of the NZ Police mandatory training.
Lance has a Master of Arts Degree, majoring in terrorism safety & security, a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, a Diploma in Policing, and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management. He is working on a Diploma in Positive Psychology.