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Business Events Council of Australia appoints new Chair

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has appointed Dr Vanessa Findlay as the new Independent Chair of the peak industry body.

Dr Findlay has a strong background in both the public and private sector, having previously held a number of senior positions including Chief of Staff in the Turnbull government in the trade, tourism and international education portfolios as well as working as a Division Head in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Dr Findlay is currently a partner at Brickfielder Government Engagement and is a Service Partner at Council House.

"With this role comes a high level of responsibility to ensure the business events sector can maximise its contribution to the Australian economy. This is a particularly acute issue at the moment, with the effects of the bushfires and now COVID-19. While it’s incredibly difficult to predict the full impacts of the virus, we are already operating outside of a business as usual scenario," said Dr Findlay.

“The sector has commenced working on a recovery strategy drawing on experience in responding to SARS, MERS and September 11. Our partnerships with State, Territory and Federal Governments are going to be central to the business events sector being able to most effectively support the recovery of the economy. This will be the primary focus of BECA in the weeks and months ahead."


Taken from BECA media release 23 March 2020. 

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