MEA elects new board

Three new directors have been appointed to the Meetings and Events Australia board following its AGM.

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced that Oliver Sheer, Benjamin Ferry and Craig Watson have been elected by its membership to fill the three directors’ positions created by retirement.

The positions were announced following MEA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on November 21 and replace retiring directors Michael Firman, Paul Davison and Mike Schrafft.

Oliver Sheer is Managing Director of Be Challenged, Benjamin Ferry is Director of Commercial, Premium & Essentials, Australasia & Pacific at IHG Hotels & Resorts, and Craig Watson is General Manager of Sydney Prop Specialists.

They join existing directors newly-elected Chair Vanessa Green (Cliftons Events Solutions), Deputy Chair Megan Peters (Lateral Event Management), Jess Glass (University of Queensland), Emma McDowell (Saxton Speakers Bureau), Thomas Staunton (SoldOut Events) and Alicia Thomas (Royal International Convention Centre).

Mr Watson has been elected to the role of treasurer with MEA CEO Peter McDonald was reappointed by the Board as Company Secretary.

MEA Chair, Vanessa Green, paid tribute to the retiring directors.

“It is with deep appreciation that I extend my gratitude to the outgoing directors, Michael Firman, Paul Davison and Mike Schrafft, for their invaluable contributions to MEA and the events industry,” she said.

“Michael Firman and Paul Davison have dedicated five and three years respectively to the MEA Board, serving with exemplary commitment during challenging times.

“I am excited to welcome our three new directors, Oliver Sheer, Benjamin Ferry, and Craig Watson, who join the MEA board for 2024.

“The events industry is continually evolving, and MEA is committed to playing a pivotal role in its growth.

“We focus on leadership, empowerment, and connection opportunities for our members.”

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