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Governance Institute of Australia appoints new Chair

Governance Institute of Australia, the national membership association for governance professionals, is delighted to announce the appointment of new Chair, Pauline Vamos. A non-executive director, lawyer and governance expert, Ms Vamos is a former senior regulator with ASIC and former CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). The appointment is a key part of an independent governance…

AFTA welcomes new CEO

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has confirmed Dean Long as incoming Chief Executive Officer. Long joins AFTA from 2 years as CEO and Executive Director of the Accommodation Association of Australia and brings extensive government relations, stakeholder engagement, policy development, media and campaign expertise, as well as AFTA and sector specific knowledge as a result of several of his past positions. Long’s previous role with AFTA was as Head of Public Policy and Strategic…

Partner News: NZIQS Creates Member-To-Member Connection Through Online Community

Prior to adopting an online community, New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors' (NZIQS) communication with members was usually by mass communication, other than at events. The association would send out a newsletter and correspond with some members via email, but the team knew that member engagement on the newsletter was low. They wanted to find a way to connect members with each other in a meaningful way, especially those who couldn’t attend events. They were also looking for new ways to…

GIA CEO steps down

After more than six years with Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) and its predecessor Nursery & Garden Industry Australia, the Board and Peter Vaughan have agreed it is time for a change of leadership at GIA, and Peter has resigned as Chief Executive Officer effective 30 September 2021. After managing the transition from NGIA to GIA and the formative period of GIA’s operation over the last two years, it is time to look to the future…

New permanent AGM laws on the horizon

With the peak AGM season only months away, many companies currently find themselves in a very challenging period as they decide between physical, hybrid and virtual formats. Adding an extra element of complexity, many organisations are drafting their notices of meetings against a backdrop of COVID flare ups and an unclear regulatory situation. In an attempt to provide some certainty, Treasury has released exposure draft legislation that proposes permanent reforms on virtual AGMs. It…

ESAE appoints new President and Board of directors

New leadership has been announced by the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE) on the occasion of its Annual General Assembly. ESAE members appointed a new Board of Directors, with its experienced members being leaders of their fields, and coming from a diverse array of industries across Europe. The new ESAE Board is composed of the following members: Maria Rosa Gibellini (EIF), Nicholas Hodac (UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe), Wouter Lox…

AACB appoints new CEO

The Australasian Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine (AACB) are delighted to announce they have been successful in the recruitment of Dr Fernando (Fred) San Gil as their new Chief Executive Officer, with his three year appointment beginning in of July. Fred has many years of experience both in Clinical Biochemistry and with the AACB. He was a Principal Scientist and Department Manager of Clinical Chemistry at Wollongong Hospital and the inaugural Chair of the…

Beyond Blue offering mental health coaching for small business owners

Running a small business can be highly stressful. Long hours, social isolation, cash flow issues and the competing demands of work and home life can leave around a third of small business owners feeling high levels of mental distress.  To address the need for mental health support in this cohort, Beyond Blue has launched NewAccess for Small Business Owners (NASBO). NASBO is a free, confidential mental health coaching program designed to support small business owners and…

Australian Institute of Building Surveyors congratulated on their first scheme

The Professional Standards Councils congratulated the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) on the approval of their first professional standards scheme, which is intended to commence in all states and territories on 1 July 2021. The Councils’ Chair, John Vines OAM, presented a certificate in recognition of the new scheme to AIBS CEO, Brett Mace, on 18…

Governance Institute of Australia appoints new Board members

National membership association Governance Institute of Australia is delighted to welcome two new Board members: Caron Sugars and Greg Hanigan. Caron is a Governance, Risk and Controls Advisory Partner at KPMG and has been involved with Governance Institute since 2007 when she was a course director. She participated in the Subject Advisory Council and Governance Institute’s Western Australia Council. She has also regularly presented at Governance Institute short courses…

MEA announces new CEO

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced Peter McDonald will lead the team as Chief Executive Officer. McDonald brings senior leadership experience to the role and previous experience managing events. His most recent role was executive officer, NSW and ACT at the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia. “I’m grateful to be given this opportunity and I look forward to working with MEA’s members and collaborating with our partners to underwrite the resurgence and…

Introducing Marine Jobs - the new industry careers centre

In support of a buoyant marine sector, the Marina Industries Association (MIA) in partnership with the Boating Industry Association (BIA) and Superyacht Australia has launched Marine Jobs.  Marine Jobs is an online ‘career centre’ designed to make it easier for employers to advertise vacancies and for people to find the right job for them in the marine industry. This new industry jobs…

The use of technology in satisfying Corporations Act 2001 requirements

The Government is seeking stakeholder views on exposure draft legislation to support companies and their officers to use technology to satisfy Corporations Act 2001 requirements. This legislation contains reforms to facilitate the use of technology in meetings, to execute company documents and send meeting-related materials. These reforms make permanent…

Partner News: Putting a digital first event strategy in place to ride the Hybrid wave 

The events industry has been on a rollercoaster ride of change over the last 15 months from complete to partial lockdowns, to unsure if we are going to be locked down. All these different states have required event planners to think on their feet on how events are planned, structured and delivered to keep all key stakeholders happy and keep the lights on. An example would be looking at how to attract sponsors to advertise online and onsite to a wider audience by using online as…

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