Introducing the Australian Business Events Association’s board of directors

The business events industry's newly established association has unveiled its leaders and its logo, ahead of an official launch on 3 July.

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA), a newly established organisation representing the business events industry, has announced its board of directors and revealed its fresh brand ahead of its official launch on 3 July.

With a commitment to supporting businesses of all sizes, ranging from large corporations to small enterprises, the the board features esteemed leaders from across the country and signifies the association’s dedication to fostering growth and innovation within the industry.

ABEA chair, Peter King, expressed confidence in the appointed directors’ ability to propel the association forward, direct the advocacy and facilitate service delivery, and strive to ensure the success of the association’s members.

“We have assembled an exceptional calibre of committed directors who are renowned leaders in their own right. They live, breathe and lead business events and bring a new energy to the table and understand what the potential is for our sector,” King said.

Together we will drive the policy, advocacy and research agenda, as well as effective members services.” 

Assuming the role of deputy chair is Matt Pearce, chief executive officer and co-founder of Talk2 Media & Events. Joining him are Cairns Convention Centre general manager, Janet Hamilton; Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) general manager, Nigel Keen; Canberra Convention Bureau chief executive officer, Michael Matthews; Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) chief executive officer, Julia Swanson; and Arinex managing director, Nicole Walker.

These seven inaugural directors have played a pivotal role in establishing the new Association, which will see the board expand to include 11 positions, with a formal recruitment process for four additional directors set to commence shortly. An independent committee has been tasked with the search for a chief executive officer.

A driving force behind the formation of the association, Pearce said he was excited about the growth potential of the industry.

“With the drive of an all-encompassing entity like the Australian Business Events Association to highlight and promote the sector, we have the opportunity to represent our expertise, talent and technical innovations to a national and international audience,” Pearce said.

Alongside the board announcement, the ABEA has unveiled its new logo, which features a modern design of vibrant and impactful colours, symbolising human connection, collaboration across various sectors, and the constant drive for progress within the industry and among its members.




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