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Australian Vignerons CEO steps down

Australian Vignerons announced that its CEO Andrew Weeks has resigned to pursue a new opportunity in the wine industry.  Australian Vignerons thanks Andrew for his commitment to the national peak body working on behalf of growers and makers of wine and wishes him all the best in his new appointment. Jo Andrew, the Chair of Australian Vignerons will assume the role of Executive Chair effective on the 1st May 2018 while the Board searches for a suitable successor. Australian…

New Chair appointed for the SMSF Association

The SMSF Association has announced the appointment of Professor Deborah Ralston as its new chairperson, effective from the end of this year’s National Conference. Prof Ralston, who joined the board in July 2016, takes over from Andrew Gale, who will remain a director. Vanguard’s Head of Market Strategy & Communications, Robin Bowerman, will remain deputy chair. Ralston brings an illustrious academic career and longstanding role as a company director…

Optometry Australia celebrates its centenary year

Optometry Australia is celebrating its 100-year anniversary since its foundation as the peak professional body for optometrists. Established in 1918, the organisation today continues the founding fathers’ commitment to ensuring that our sector is represented by a national organisation to lead, engage, unite and promote optometry and optometrists to benefit Australian eye health and vision needs.

Warren Baillie new President of Governance Institute

Governance Institute of Australia has appointed Warren Baillie President, effective 1 January 2018. Mr Baillie takes the reins ahead of an exciting year as Governance Institute continues its work promoting and facilitating world-class whole-of-organisation governance. “I’m excited by Governance Institute’s new approach,” Mr Baillie said. “We have opened new pathways to membership,…

New partnership for AFA and AGHA

An exciting new working partnership between the Australasian Furnishing Association (AFA) and the Australian Gift and Homewares Association (AGHA) will see the launch of new industry events and an upscaling of existing events across Australia commencing in February 2018. Both organisations are peak industry bodies representing thousands of businesses across Australia and this partnership will provide even more opportunities for members in a very cost-effective environment across a broader…

Parking Australia farewells CEO

The Parking Australia President, Sharon Prior, has announced the resignation of Lorraine Duffy as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, who will be finishing at the end of February. The President acknowledged that Ms Duffy leaves behind an enduring legacy of hard work, tenacity and change during her tenure, which commenced in 2013.  Ms Duffy was Parking Australia’s inaugural CEO and achieved many positive outcomes including, structural reforms, improved…

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