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VACC now Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce

VACC has formally changed its name to the Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce. For over 100 years, Victoria’s peak automotive industry body operated as the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce but now, through member input, the name has been altered to better cover all things automotive. “VACC was founded in 1918 by a collective of car dealers. Our name has served us very well for more than a century but now, with VACC about to move into a new building,…

UDIA Victoria announces new CEO

The Urban Development Institute of Australia, Victorian Division (UDIA Victoria) has appointed widely respected property advocate, Matthew Kandelaars, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Kandelaars is currently Victorian Deputy Executive of the Property Council of Australia; a role which has seen him spearhead countless successful advocacy campaigns, and lead the organisation as Interim Executive Director…

Coming soon to a Club near you – the new Incorporated Societies Bill

What is the new bill about? From the Taupō Mountain Bike Club to Deaf Aotearoa to the Lindis Pass Conservation Group, incorporated societies are said to “make a significant contribution to New Zealanders’ wellbeing.” Over 113 years have passed since the current 1908 Act was enacted and so the new legislation is hoped “to put in place a modern framework of basic legal, governance, and accountability obligations for incorporated societies and those who run…

ASLA welcomes new President and Executive Officer

The Australian School Library Association is pleased to announce the election of new President Natalie Otten and Judy Thompson in the newly created role of Executive Officer, at its Annual General Meeting last month. Natalie has been a member of the ASLA Board for 3 years. She began her career as a teacher librarian in 1995 in the ACT. She has continued to work in the ACT Education Directorate since that…

Partner News: eTechSuite and Arinex launch eMeeting

Arinex’ technology partner eTechSuite has launched eMeeting, a multi-functional platform that seamlessly delivers virtual and hybrid events. The virtual events platform, born from an increasing demand for online meetings due to the inability to meet face-to-face in 2020, has been refined following years of research and industry experience. Creators eTechSuite, as an extension of Arinex, have been…

AMaGA Victoria appoints new Executive Director

Australian Museum and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA Victoria) is delighted to announce Dr Ashley Robertson's appointment as the new Executive Director. Ash has worked for AMaGA Victoria since 2017, successfully managing the complex strategic and operational responsibilities of Victorian Collections (VC). She has demonstrated excellent strategic planning, project and business management, and senior stakeholder engagement skills during her time with VC. She has also built strong…

ISQ appoints new CEO

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) is delighted to advise that the ISQ Board has appointed Mr Christopher Mountford as the incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO), ahead of David Robertson's retirement in July. Chris is currently Executive Director at the Property Council of Australia (Queensland Division), a role he has held for the last six years. Prior to this he held the roles…

Diabetes Queensland unifies with Diabetes Australia

Diabetes Queensland (DQ) held an Extraordinary General Meeting of members in April 2021 and voted on the matter of unifying with Diabetes Australia (DA). Following changes to the DA constitution, individual members of DQ become members of DA and relinquished their membership rights in DQ. The DQ constitution was amended so that the state body will continue to exist however it will have only one member, Diabetes Australia Ltd.

Partner News: Member Journey Mapping to Drive Member Experience for Growth

Focusing on your members’ journey and experience is the most effective way to enhance their satisfaction, increase retention and drive repeat customers. Switched-on organisations are focusing on Customer Experience Strategies to grow their businesses. Associations can look to Member Experience strategies, with member journey mappings, to deliver an enhanced member experience that supports retention, growth and engagement. When: Tuesday, 8th June and…

Partner News: Cairns Convention Centre gets ready to re-open after refurbishment

The Cairns Convention Centre is getting ready to start hosting events again and the Centre’s multi-million-dollar expansion is well underway. The expansion has been designed to bring more of the region’s beautiful tropical environment inside and the inspiration for the Centre’s new façade will feature tropical plants from the region. The Cairns Convention Centre expansion will include a new 410-seat plenary on a flat floor that can be split into two equal rooms. Next to the new plenary…

CCFSA announces new CEO

An experienced executive in the construction sector and industry lobbying, Ms Rebecca Pickering, has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of influential South Australian lobby group, the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) SA. Ms Pickering’s appointment follows an extensive national search, following the resignation, after nearly nine years, of its well respected CEO, Mr Phil Sutherland. Ms Pickering comes to the position with considerable experience…

Partner News: ICMS Australasia releases White Paper on monetising virtual conferences

Australia’s oldest Professional Conference Organiser, ICMS Australasia (ICMSA), has released a White Paper on monetising virtual meetings after managing seven events on-line since June 2020. Like many businesses, associations have faced countless challenges over the past 12 months, with some struggling to maintain communication channels with their members because of the inability to do so in a live environment. Recognising in March 2020 that live events were off the table for the…

MedicAlert welcomes new CEO

The Board of Australia Medic Alert Foundation (MedicAlert) is pleased to advise the appointment of Libby Day to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Libby brings with her vast experience in executive roles with a demonstrated history of working in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry internationally and in Australia. She was most recently employed as the Director of Government Affairs for the Asia Pacific and Japan region with Illumina, working with Governments…

John Peacock Awarded AM in ceremony

John Peacock, CEO and founder of Associations Forum, received the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) at an award ceremony this week. His citation was for "significant service to the associations and not-for-profit sectors through a range of initiatives". John Peacock was humbled to be given this honour. “It has been my good fortune to advise and assist associations in Australia and overseas for many years”, said Mr Peacock. “To have this work recognised in the…

AMSRO becomes Australian Data and Insight Association

The Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO) has announced a new name, the Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA), that recognises changes across the industry and the emergence of new tech-enabled research in the global economy. The name was chosen following an extensive research and consultation process with members and key stakeholders. A Special Resolution member meeting held last week ratified the decision, paving the way for the new name and new fit-for-purpose…

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