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AFA appoints Helen Morgan-Banda as CEO

After a thorough and rigorous recruitment process, the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has announced the appointment of Helen Morgan-Banda as AFA CEO, effective 2 August 2021. Ms Morgan-Banda brings to the role almost a decade of experience as CEO of two major professional membership bodies. Most recently she was CEO of the 15,000 member-strong Law Society of New Zealand and prior to that was CEO of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. AFA National President,…

SPASA Announces Acquisition & Rebranding of Pool & Spa Expo

The Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia (SPASA) has announced the purchase and rebranding of the Pool Spa and Outdoor Living Expo (Qld) from Australasian Exhibitions & Events Pty Limited (AEE). The addition of the Brisbane-based Pool Spa and Outdoor Living Expo to the national suite of consumer-focused exhibitions owned by SPASA - including Adelaide, Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney - marks the industry body’s fourth acquisition in five years, Commenting on the acquisition,…

ITECA Board Strengthened with Higher Education Expertise

Two leaders of the nation’s independent higher education sector have joined the Board of the sector’s peak body, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA). ITECA’s members are independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors. Professor Alan Bowen-James is the Executive Dean with Le Cordon Bleu Australia. His credentials include two Doctorates and eight Masters Degrees and experience with…

Extending relief for virtual meetings and electronic communications

As part of the Australian Government's plan to secure Australia’s recovery, legislation has passed renewing temporary relief that allows companies to use technology to meet regulatory requirements under the Corporations Act 2001. These temporary relief measures will allow companies to hold virtual meetings and use electronic communications to send meeting-materials and execute documents until 31 March 2022. This relief ensures that companies can meet their obligations…

CNSA appoints new President

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of their new President Associate Professor Kim Alexander, who has formally taken on the position of CNSA President, replacing Lucy Gent who has led the society for the past three years. Associate Professor Kim Alexander is a cross-disciplinary cancer researcher with experience in nursing, epidemiology, genetics, and patient outcomes. She has a passion for enabling personalised health care for patients. Kim…

SSAA Appoints new CEO

The Self Storage Association of Australia (SSAA) has confirmed the appointment of their new CEO, Makala Ffrench Castelli. Makala commenced her role as CEO in August 2021, following eight years working across the self storage sector. She has held a range of senior roles with major operators, suppliers and as a contributing editor to the SSAA research program. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in marketing, strategy and corporate affairs in the property and finance industries. Makala brings…

COSBOA CEO announces retirement

CEO of the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA), Peter Strong, has announced his intention to retire at the end of August 2021 after 11 years. Interim CEO, Alexi Boyd acknowledged her gratitude to her predecessor, expressing she is “incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to be mentored by Peter in these past few months and to have been accepted in the role of COSBOA CEO. Peter’s passion and legacy of the past 11 years will be omnipresent and the foundation he built of…

Down Syndrome NSW appoints a new CEO

The Board of Down Syndrome NSW is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherie Avalos as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Sherie joins us with over 20 years of leadership experience in disability services with organisations including Disability Services Australia, Share Care and Achieve.  Most recently, Sherie has been employed in a senior capacity at the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission. Sherie has a deep understanding of the disability landscape, ranging from broad industry and organisational…

New ADAVB President announced

Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch is delighted to announce their new President for 2021/22, Dr Jeremy Sternson. Dr Sternson graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1995 and has worked in both public and private practice. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and has been an examiner and committee member. Dr Sternson was a clinical demonstrator for seven years at The University of Melbourne and is an honorary fellow at the university. He…

SSAA Farewells CEO

The Self Storage Association of Australia (SSAA) farewells Susan Phillips, CEO 2016 – 2021 with their Australian and New Zealand Members thanking her for her hard work and dedication to the Association over the past five years. Susan was commended for her efforts as a tireless worker for the SSAA members, with her members leaving their thanks and comments in the recent edition of their magazine, Inside. “Susan Phillips will be sadly missed in her role of Executive Officer of the SSAA,…

Partner News: Causeis Digital Academy Course: Data Management for Associations

Data is one of an association's most valuable assets. Data Management should be part of your operational and strategic plans to ensure it is valid, maintained and secure. But how do you manage, harness and leverage your data for performance improvement reporting? What techniques are there to help you instill good practices? Associations that focus on data management for data-driven decision-making can be more agile and respond quickly to a changing market. Causeis has developed this Data…

ICC Sydney announces promotion of Dana Fish to Senior Business Development Manager

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue is excited to announce the promotion of Dana Fish to the role of Senior Manager, Business Development – National Associations, taking the reins from long standing team member Tina Eggers.      Previously in the role of Business Development Manager…

Partner News: Recreating the joys of in-person networking within a virtual event

Recreating the serendipitous meetings that usually occur at a face-to-face event within a virtual conference space is a challenge that the entire industry is currently grappling with. So how do we recreate those moments of social interaction that can end up being the most rewarding component of a conference? Consider your delegates are attending a conference for not only educational purposes but to mingle with like-minded associates and fervently discuss topics that are not of interest…

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