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Our Journey to Association of the Year 2020 (Webinar)

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Date:Thursday, 18 March 2021
Time:12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter:Wes Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, Restaurant & Catering Association

The year 2020 dealt a major blow to many industries, and it was associations that played a critical role in serving the rapidly evolving needs of their members during the crisis. Restaurant and Catering was one of the industries negatively impacted by the pandemic, with restrictions effecting the trade and operations of many businesses leaving them struggling to survive. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Restaurant & Catering Association rose to the occasion and triumphed to become Association of the Year 2020. 

Join us for this 1hr webinar with Wes Lambert, CEO, Restaurant & Catering Association and hear about the association's journey in 2020 that led them to receive the prestigious Association of the Year Award.
Wes will discuss: 

  • how the association successfully lobbied the Federal Government
  • how the association collaborated on key reforms such as JobKeeper, JobMaker and the Landlord Code of Practice 
  • how the association underwent a technology transformation, with the implementation of a new website, CRM and app for their members

Registrations: Free & Exclusive to NFP organisations

Please note the time of the online presentation is based on Sydney, NSW time (AEDT).



Wes Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, Restaurant & Catering Association

Wes Lambert CPA, GIA (Cert) MAICD, commenced with Restaurant & Catering in May 2019.  Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director for Velocity Group, a retail industry holding company based in the United States.  Mr Lambert previously served as Executive Director, Secretary and Financial Controller for Pacific Restaurant Group Ltd (Kingsleys, ChopHouse, & Jamie’s Italian), Australia’s first public unlisted Full-Service Restaurant Group, from 2007 to 2012, where he was responsible for the restructure and IPO of the Group as well as securing the Master Franchise Agreement for Jamie’s Italian in Australia/NZ.

Prior to that Mr Lambert was an Investment Banker in Restaurant Capital before owning and managing multiple hospitality venues in Asia and the United States. Over the past 19 years he has honed his skills in networking, stakeholder management & reporting, governance, financial planning & analysis, strategic planning, and operations management across multiple venues in multiple jurisdictions both locally and abroad.

Mr Lambert has prior experience with R&CA, having served on both the NSW and QLD Boards of R&CA as well as serving as the Treasurer of the QLD Board and has been featured in the R&C Magazine.


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