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News from January 2015

New GM at Brisbane Marketing

Rob Nelson has been appointed General Manager of Brisbane Marketing. Utilising the awareness Brisbane received during the G20 Leaders Summit, Mr Nelson’s new role is focused on increasing national and international sales efforts with key industry partners such as the sales team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and Tourism and Events Queensland. “It’s an exciting time for Brisbane,” said Mr Nelson. “I see a real opportunity for business events to leverage and enhance Brisbane’s…

AIME Knowledge Speakers Announced

AIME (Asia-Pacific Meetings & Incentives Expo) has revealed the line up of speakers at the 2015 AIME Knowledge program. Developed by International Conferences and Events (ICE) in partnership with Saxton, AIME Knowledge will be held on 24 and 25 February and will host an exciting line up of renowned Australian speakers for a session titled “Australia Speaks: Celebrating 50 Years with Saxton”. Australians such as Ita Buttrose, Mark Bouris, Layne Beachly, Tim Cope, Megan Quinn, and Rachel Botsman…

Geoff Power elected president of Livestock SA

Former WoolProducers Australia president Geoff Power has been elected president of Livestock SA, after Richard Halliday vacated the position to take up with the presidency at WoolProducers Australia himself. The WoolProducers constitution states that its president must relinquish any responsibilities at a state level, however Mr Halliday will remain a board member of Livestock SA. Mr Power has been an executive member of Livestock SA since 2005 and a member of the South Australian…

Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association CEO steps down

After five years in the job, Jan Davis has decided not to renew her contact AS CEO at the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) when it expires in April. Ms Davis was the first woman to hold the top position in TFGA. TFGA chairman Wayne Johnson said Ms Davis had done an excellent job raising the organisation’s profile and finding her replacement would be difficult. “Jan has worked at this job for seven days a week for the nearly five years she’s been here and I think…

Tripartite Agreement strengthens International HR Bonds

HR ties have been strengthened between Australia, New Zealand and Canada with a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding being signed between HR institutes in the three countries. For the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Canada, the signing of the agreement means taking the first step toward a closer working relationship between the three organisations and strengthening the…

Richard Petty elected to IFAC Board

Richard Petty has been elected to the Board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Professor Petty’s election took place during the International Federation of Accountants Council meeting in Rome, November 2014.  Previously, Professor Petty was Chairman and President of CPA Australia as well as having served on other boards. In his capacity as board member of IFAC, Professor Petty will act as a representative of the accounting academic community. Based in Hong Kong,…

MICE success in Christchurch

Two major international conferences will be going to Christchurch in 2017 and 2018. The Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau partnered with Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and placed the winning bids for the for the 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education and the 2018 Asia-Oceania Conference of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. These conferences will bring a combined 1200 delegates and over NZ$3 million to the economy. Christchurch and Canterbury Convention…

Auckland Convention Bureau Success

The Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) has secured the XIII World Congress of Chinese Medicine. The three day conference will see more than 700 Chinese medicine practitioners and academics arrive in Auckland in 2016. The Congress is the leading annual event for Chinese medicine health professionals in the Asia Pacific region and will generate 1,700 visitor nights and roughly NZ$760,000 in GDP. ACB made the winning bid in conjunction with the XIII World Congress of Chinese Medicine Steering…

Law Institute of Victoria appoints new CEO

Nerida Wallace has been appointed CEO of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV). Ms Wallace replaced former CEO Michael Brett Young who had held the role for 8 years and stayed to assist with the change. Ms Wallace brought a range and breadth of experiences across the legal profession, said LIV President Geoff Bowyer. “Ms Wallace has a wealth of experience providing legal and strategic advice across the legal profession. She has worked with private law forms, government, courts and dispute…

New CEO at Yachting Australia

Matt Carroll has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yachting Australia. Mr Carroll takes over the role after Phil Jones stepped down after 17 years. Yachting Australia President Mall Allen said Mr Carroll’s range of experiences made him an excellent candidate for the position of CEO. “Matt’s background in sports administration across a range of organisations provides Yachting Australia with strategic development, leadership, engagement with stakeholders, understanding of high performance…

IACC launches new venue directory

International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) has unveiled a new look IACC certified Venue Directory. The new design and features are intended to enable a powerful new window for IACC members and meeting planners, especially those on the go. Optimised for desktop, smartphone and tablet devices, the new directory contains valuable information to help meeting planners identify their next IACC certified conference venue. It is the only global directory of IACC Certified Conference…

Tony Compier appointed CEO of GymSports New Zealand

From a large number of candidates from across the globe, GymSports NZ has appointed Tony Compier to the position of Chief Executive. Mr Compier brings a wealth of experience in management, operations and commercial expertise to the role. Specialising in organisational development, Mr Compier was previously CEO of Triathlon Queensland where he strove to achieve ‘best-practice’ standards’ to deliver relevant and effective programs throughout Queensland. Chairman of GymSports New…

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