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New peak body representing Australian festivals

Leading music industry figures Jessica Ducrou (Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Download) Matthew Lazarus-Hall (CMC Rocks QLD), Rod Little (Groovin The Moo, The Plot), Adelle Robinson (Listen Out, Listen In, Field Day, Harbourlife, Curve Ball) and Danny Rogers (St Jerome’s Laneway Festival) today announce the formation of the Australian Festival Association ("AFA").  The five founding board members…

New peak body for Higher Education

The Board of the Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) has endorsed a new identity for Australia’s leading peak body for independent higher education providers. Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) represents Australia’s high quality independent higher education sector, bringing together the majority of Australia’s registered and accredited independent providers.  IHEA members include large independent universities Bond and Torrens, internationally recognised education…

DHAA announces new CEO

Bill Suen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the DHAA following the resignation of Dr Melanie Hayes. After an extensive and thorough recruitment process the DHAA Board are very pleased to announce that Mr Bill Suen will be taking over the vacant role of CEO as of May 2019.Mr Suen is currently CEO of the Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria and has extensive and proven experience in a range of small and large organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Palliative Care Australia appoints new CEO

The Board of Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is pleased to announce that Rohan Greenland has been appointed as the organisation’s new chief executive officer. Mr Greenland joins PCA from the National Heart Foundation where he has worked for more than a decade as the organisation’s National Director, Government Relations and from 2014 as General Manager, Advocacy. He has previously held roles as Director, Public Affairs at the Australian Medical Association and has worked as a political…

MFAA launches national campaign

The Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) and a coalition of industry partners have launched a national campaign to remind Australians what a world without brokers would look like. The industry faces potential policy changes that could make the mortgage broker channel unsustainable, drastically reducing competition, choice and access to credit in home lending, while delivering a windfall for major banks. MFAA CEO Mike Felton said the imposition of a blanket ban on…

PCB CEO resigns

Mr Paul Beeson has announced he is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the Perth Convention Bureau after more than eight years in the role and eleven years with the Bureau to pursue new ventures. PCB’s Chairman, Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO said: “Paul has made an outstanding contribution to PCB during his tenure and will be a great loss. He has applied his excellent leadership and strategic management skills in overviewing the operation of the Bureau and is leaving the organisation…

Australia Day Honours

Associations Forum congratulates the following recipients of 2019 Australia Day honours: Romilly Madew - Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the construction sector. Ms Madew was formerly CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia. Peter Verwer - Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the property sector. Mr Verwer was formerly CEO of the Property Council of Australia. Dr Sanchia Aranda…

CPA Board announces Life Membership stripped from 4 members

On 31 January 2019, CPA Australia’s Board issued a statement that at the December 2018 Board meeting, the Board agreed to exercise its power under the Constitution to remove life membership from Alex Malley, Richard Petty, Graeme Wade and Penny Egan. Part of that process required the Board to notify the individuals, which has been done. Former CEO Malley and former Directors Petty, Wade and Egan were all involved in Australia’s largest association of professionals in 2017 when it sustained…

Barry O’Farrell appointed as Diabetes Australia’s President and Board Chair

Diabetes Australia has announced the appointment of Mr Barry O’Farrell, former Premier of New South Wales, as its new President and Board Chair. Retiring President, Hon Judi Moylan AO, said Diabetes Australia was delighted to have attracted a very strong field of candidates and she welcomed Mr O’Farrell who took over the role from 1 January 2019. Ms Moylan will take up a new role as Diabetes Australia’s Government Affairs Advisor. “Barry is an outstanding person with a…

FinTech launches Asia-Pacific network

FinTech associations from across the Asia-Pacific region have announced the formation of the Asia-Pacific FinTech Network.  The new network will facilitate greater collaboration throughout the region and encourage innovation across borders. Nine associations formally launched the network by signing a Statement of Intent at the Asian Financial Forum event in Hong Kong.  The network is open to all other associations in the region, who are warmly invited to join. The participants…

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