After more than 20 years of service, Robert Annells PSM has stepped down as chairman of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust (MCET). Annells, who was appointed in February 1997, was thanks for his service at a private farewell reception.
Annells commissioned the construction of the A$1bn convention centre at MCEC which turned it into the largest in the country.
“I am extremely privileged to have secured the trust and support of governments of all political persuasions over the past 20 years. It has enabled me, my fellow Trustees and MCEC’s incredibly competent and committed group of employees to build a business of real importance to the Victorian economy, housed within a fantastic facility that mirrors to a very large extent the tremendous growth in Melbourne and Victoria as a tourist destination,” he said.
Annells has seen over 23,000 events and more than 10m registered business delegates through the venue’s doors, events that have generated over $1.1bn in revenue for the business.
MCEC chief executive, Peter King said: “The sophistication of competing venues throughout Australia and Asia, combined with the amount of investment competing destinations provide to secure events, has required some very strategic thinking and guidance which Bob has skilfully provided over the past 20 years.
“MCEC certainly wouldn’t be the world-leading venue that it is today if it weren’t for Bob Annells.”
Newly appointed MCET chairman, John Brumby AO, will officially take up the role on 11 August 2017.