Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia welcomes new board members

Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) announced the appointment of seven board members at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 25 May 2022.

The new and re-elected board members represent two from the organiser sector, one from the supplier sector and four from the venue sector.

EEAA welcomes back to the Board for a new term:

Matthew Pearce, CEO, Talk2Media
David Longman, managing director, Diversified Communications Australia
Helen Mantellato, senior manager and business development manager, International Convention Centre Sydney
Elissa Duke, head of Lean Agile Centre of Excellence, Melbourne Conventions and Exhibition Centre
Nigel Keen, general manager, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darryl Jeffrey, general manager, Sydney Showground

And, for the first time, Dan Londero, co-founder, Turnkey Event Solutions.

These Board members will serve with Nicole Walker (pictured), CEO of Arinex; Paul Elliott, state manager NSW at Harry the hirer, Spiro Anemogiannis, CEO of Informa; Rod Peter, CEO of Coleman Group and Rodney Cox, director at Delaro.

It was also announced that Libby Ray, CEO of Connected Event Group has stepped down from the board due to her bustling business.

The new board elected Nigel Keen as vice president of EEAA, with Helen Mantellato stepping down but remaining on the board. Nicole Walker will remain as president and Paul Elliott will remain as Treasurer of EEAA.

Nicole Walker, president of EEAA said the organisation had an outstanding group of experienced directors to lead our organisation and industry.

“It is an exciting time for our industry with a multitude of opportunities ahead of us,” she said.

“We will continue to be challenged with unexpected circumstances; however, we have adapted, and I believe we will continue to do so. The world is reconnecting and people are remembering the joy and business benefits of meeting face-to-face.

“We have all renewed our focus to continue advocating for the people of this industry, ensuring our value and financial contributions to the economy are known and appreciated.

“We will continue to listen and work together to create a stronger and more vibrant industry.”

Domenic Genua, CEO, EEAA thanked the organisation’s partners and members for their contribution and commitment to the industry.

“We have a great network of organisations who share our passion for the events industry and have been working tirelessly to get us back on track,” Genua said.

“We look forward to continuing to work with them over the next year where we will no doubt face challenges, but we will get through them together.

“The comradery in the events industry is unparallel and will see us in good stead for years to come.”