Harvey Lister commenced his career in the public relations industry in 1971, initially with Myer and then with Ray White Real Estate (shopping centre management). His career progressed to the entertainment industry in Brisbane with leading rock music radio station 4IP in 1973, and in 1975 he launched a concert and event management business titled Tour Promotions.

Mr Lister and various business partners also opened successful disco night club, General Jacksons at the former Crest International Hotel in Brisbane in 1978 and then took over management of the famed Brisbane Underground Nightclub in the old Boot Factory on Hale Street opposite Brisbane’s old Lang Park Stadium, as well as operating the leading entertainment agency, Premier Artists Queensland which booked hundreds of local Australian bands into clubs, hotels and live music venues across the state during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

During the past 45 years, Mr Lister and his business partners have been involved in the presentation and management of events spanning all forms of sport, the arts, conventions and exhibitions, concerts and general entertainment and has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the design and operation of major public assembly facilities, the events they host, and of the tourism and leisure industries generally.

Mr Lister was responsible for initially establishing Queensland Leisure to expand into the specialised area of managing major venues, firstly with the Brisbane Entertainment Centre upon its opening in 1986, and later the development of the business into a global network of venues in partnership with the US-based global industry giant Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the leading entertainment, sports and venue company in the world. Today AEG’s global family of facilities comprises over 150 of the industry’s pre-eminent venues worldwide, across 5 continents, including iconic venues such as the Staples Center and Microsoft Theatre @ LA Live; Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York; London’s O2 Arena; Accor Hotels Arena, Paris; Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin; Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai; MasterCard Arena, Beijing; T. Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai (opening 2019); and Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney.

Mr Lister and the companies he manages have, to date, been involved in the presentation of over 40,000 major events including two Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Invictus Games, Goodwill Games, South East Asia Games, World Title boxing matches, Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings, G20 meetings, World Expos, World Cup Rugby League, World Cup Rugby, Rugby League and Rugby Union International Tests, Asian Cup Football, Test Cricket, One Day and 20/20 Cricket, AFL Football, Basketball and Netball Internationals, major Tennis Tournaments, and literally thousands of global and national conferences, major indoor and outdoor concerts, family events, exhibitions and spectaculars.

Mr Lister currently holds the following positions:

  • Chairman and Chief Executive of AEG Ogden operating entities currently managing 20 major venues throughout Australia and across Asia and the Middle East.
  • Member, CEO Circle, National Rugby League (NRL).
  • Director of Australia’s peak tourism industry group – Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF).
  • Founding member (and honorary life member) of the Venue Management Association (Asia Pacific) and Member of the International Association of Venue Management for over 30 years.
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland Business School (Tourism, Events and Hospitality).
  • Director, Advisory Board, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane.
  • Member of the Australian Federal Government’s “Beyond Tourism 2020 Steering Committee”.
  • Advisory Board Member, the Committee for Brisbane.
  • Advisory Board Member, the Courier Mail Children’s Fund.
  • Other previous community and event involvements by Mr Lister have included:
  • Former Chairman of Sydney Kings professional NBL basketball franchise.
  • Former Member, the Industry Advisory Board, Griffith University Business School, Department of Tourism, Leisure, Hotel and Sport Management.
  • Former Trustee, Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust (The Gabba).
  • Former Director, Queensland Events Corporation.
  • Former Director, Brisbane Marketing.
  • Former Director, Brisbane Bullets NBL Basketball Team.
  • Former Director, Ticketek Australia.
  • Former Marketing Committee Member, 1982 Commonwealth Games.
  • Former Director, The 1991 Australian Masters Games.
  • Former Director, 1994 World Gymnastics Championships.
  • Former Member, Brisbane’s Olympic 2000 Task Force Committee.

Mr Lister has received a number of awards and recognitions throughout his career including:

  • In 1970, received the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • In 1975, awarded Most Outstanding Contributor to the Queensland Pop Music Scene.
  • In 2002, was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal by the Federal Government of Australia in recognition of his contribution to the entertainment industry and business in general.
  • In 2007, was honoured by the University of South Carolina, USA with the International Executive in Sport and Entertainment Award.
  • In 2009, was recognised by the Washington DC-based Feld Entertainment (of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey, and Disney productions fame) with The Barnum Award for excellence in venue management globally.
  • In 2012, was recognised with the Premier’s Special Award at the Queensland Export Awards.
  • In 2012, was made an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School (Tourism, Events and Hospitality).
  • In 2013, was the recipient of the Lord Mayor’s ‘Legend of Brisbane’ Award.
  • In 2014, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Griffith University for his contribution to the entertainment and venue management industries.
  • In 2016 was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Venue Management Association Asia Pacific (VMA) at the Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress.
  • In 2017 was inducted at the Australian Tourism Awards as an ‘Australian Tourism Legend’.

Through the above appointments Mr Lister is entitled to use the words ‘Doctor’ and/or ‘Professor’ in front of his name, but he chooses not to.

Mr Lister is married to wife of 38 years, Margaret and has four married adult children, Brodie, Adam, Christian and Amelia and four grandchildren.