New Board at MEA Australia

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New Board at MEA Australia

Meetings Meetings and Events Australia has announced a new Board, following its AGM in Melbourne recently.

The new Board of Directors took office 22 November 2019 and includes:

  • Kate Smith– WALDRONSMITH Management (Chair)
  • Suzana Bishop– Federation Square (Vice-Chair)
  • Michael Firman– Harry the hirer (Treasurer)
  • Alana Hay – Milestone Creative Australia
  • Paula Nolan– Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Beverley Williamson– Melbourne Convention Bureau
  • Kirsty Forbes– Accor Hotels

The Board retained Nigel Collin and Ruwan Peiris (IHG) as Strategic Advisors.

By way of a Constitutional change ratified by members at the AGM, the number of Board positions will increase from seven to nine.

Following the AGM, the MEA held an annual Strategic Planning Day with Robyn Johnson, MEA CEO, the Board of Directors and MEA staff; led by Strategic Advisor, Nigel Collin.

Johnson said: “I look forward to working closely with new chair Kate Smith, our newest Director, Kirsty Forbes and the rest of the MEA Board in the year ahead. 2020 will be very exciting year for MEA and I’m focused on developing the new strategic plan that will shape the organisation to meet the needs of our revitalised and growing membership.”

The AGM marked Anne Jamieson’s final meeting at Chair, after announcing her intention to step down earlier this year. She had held a position on the MEA Board for nine years, with six of those as Chairperson.

She told the AGM: “I am so proud of what the Association has achieved and I am incredibly grateful to the industry that has supported us to ensure our Association remains the peak industry body, no doubt for a long time to come.”

New Chair, Kate Smith added: “I am confident in the Board’s focus and the strategic direction for the Association but most importantly what MEA will bring you as a member, your organisation and our industry, now and into the future. It won’t be without it challenges but then any worthwhile generally doesn’t come easily.”

The Board will continue to meet every six weeks, with a six-monthly check-in on progress with the strategy.

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