Cliftons CEO amongst newly elected MEA board

Joining the Meeting and Events Australia board, Vanessa Green said she is excited for the chance to lead discussions and be a part of shaping the industry.

Following a contested election, Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) members have voted and appointed Cliftons chief executive officer Vanessa Green to MEA’s Board of Directors. 

Green joins fellow new appointments Alicia Thomas (Royal International Convention Centre), Emma McDowell (Saxton Speakers Bureau), Thomas Staunton (SoldOut Events), and Mike Schrafft (VMS Event & Conference Logistics). They join continuing board members Michael Firman (Harry the hirer), Megan Peters (Lateral Event Management), Paul Davison (Sydney Masonic Centre) and Jess Glass (The University of Queensland), with Peter McDonald of MEA as Company Secretary.

“MEA’s members have deemed Vanessa’s acquired industry and career experience, along with that of the other new Directors, best complements that of continuing Directors for governing the organisation’s forward direction,” MEA chief executive officer Peter McDonald said.

“As the industry continues to adapt to change, I’ll value the fresh energy and perspective Vanessa, and indeed all Board members, will contribute to optimising the opportunities and navigating the challenges that this will present our business.”

As the largest network of event professional in Australia, MEA is committed to advancing the country’s events industry, which Green said she is honoured to be a part of.

“MEA is the voice of the events industry in Australia, and I’m honoured to have been elected to the board,” Green said.

“The events sector is continuing to face the challenges and opportunities of an evolving business world, so the chance to lead discussions and shape our industry is something I’m excited to be a part of.

“Australia’s events sector is diverse, including major events, festivals, conferences, meetings, exhibitions, launches, seminars and more. My focus as a board member will be on representing the views and needs of Australia’s business, government and association clients who rely strongly on events to communicate with their diverse audiences.

“The capacity of events to contribute to our national economy is significant, and I’m looking forward to driving the continued growth of our industry and positioning Australia as a leading destination for meetings and events.”

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