MEA Board of Directors gets a shake up

The board has increased its members and welcomed a new chair.

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) has announced its new Board of Directors, following its recent AGM in Melbourne.

By way of a constitutional change, the number of board positions will increase from seven to nine.

The appointed MEA board members are:

  • 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.

MEA CEO Robyn Johnson welcomed the new board.

“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,” she said.

“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 as chair, after announcing her intention to step down earlier this year.

Jamieson held a position on the MEA Board for nine years and said she is proud to see MEA in the strong position it is in today.

“It’s not always easy sitting in this chair — this role certainly has its ups and downs — but I feel very privileged to have been honoured with this position and have enjoyed the journey immensely,” she said.

“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.”

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

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