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CURRICULUM VITAE

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

May 2013 – Present      Director, A Connected Event

 

I am responsible for the design, operations management and delivery of medium to large scale conferences and exhibitions in partnership with a range of government, industry and community organisations. With twelve years of experience in scoping, planning, and managing events I now work in this capacity casually on a freelance basis and have worked on many event projects including the following:

 

- Innovation in Fintech, in partnership with Ideaction and Tyro Fintech Hub as part of Vivid Ideas – an interactive discussion focussed on supporting innovation in Sydney’s Fintech ecosystem. 
- CeBIT Day One - A cutting edge conference program focussed on data analytics, social business and mobile engagement, opening Australia's largest technology show.
- EngageTech - An Australasian roadshow exploring the applications of social engagement technologies to government agencies.
- Macarthur FAO World Food Day Celebration – An event delivered in partnership with Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative, Macarthur Future Food Forum and NSW Health, celebrating food security initiatives in our region.
- Putting Food on the Table - Delivered in partnership with the Right to Food Coalition, a large scale conference exploring governance, population, community and communications solutions to food insecurity.


July 2017 - October 2018     Event Director, Pollination, Bloom Network  
 

Bloom Network is a new global organisation founded to connect and support makers of regenerative culture towards positive action. It is centred on 7 pillars: Collective Wisdom, Global Equity, Community Health, Sustainable Technology, Creative Arts, Peer-to-Peer Economy and Earth Stewardship supporting people creating systems that nurture people and the planet, to restore healthy relationships and ecosystems. Doing social good on the ground.

The purpose of Bloom Network is to activate the potential for positive change agents around the world to collaborate, increase the visibility of what’s happening in the regenerative culture sphere so that the broader public can link into it and participate, and most importantly, to practically get good work done. 
 

Pollination is the annual flagship gathering of Bloom Network. Their first launch event to be held at Impact Hub in San Francisco from August 16-18, 2019 will form the beginning of a larger series Bloom will roll out across Bloom chapters globally. The event will bring regenerative culture leaders together to share ideas and resources, inspire each other, collaborate on solutions to common problems, and then make these solutions happen.

I worked with Bloom to design the event concept, scope and plan the overarching logistics of the event delivery and assemble the project team, as well as supporting the back end infrastructure design and resourcing of Bloom Network during my time working on the project.

June 2017 – Jan 2018      Event Director, Public Sector Network

 

Public Sector Network (PSN) is a research organisation that represents public sector professionals across Australia. PSN develops affordable and high quality information sharing and networking opportunities for government agencies and their allies - producing and hosting round tables, seminars, and conferences on areas of public interest. Their growing community spans across Federal, State, and Local government departments, the health care, national security and education sectors, allowing members to share information, access the latest in government innovation, and engage with other like-minded individuals on a secure and closed-door network. 

I worked for the Public Sector Network directing their Public Sector Show - a new Australian peak gathering for public sector professionals and the Safer Cities Summit, focused on the critical challenge of creating and maintaining safer urban environments.

 

February 2017 - June 2017      Conference Producer, Beacon Events

Beacon Events produces the world's leading resources sector investment focused event series, Mines and Money. They also convene a number of innovative future industry investment opportunity centred gatherings and Asia Pacific's leading mining sector event, IMARC, in partnership with AusIMM, Austmine, AMMA, The Minerals Council of Australia, METS Ignited, AMIRA International and the Melbourne Mining Club.

 

At Beacon I was responsible for coordinating event content production for IMARC and Future Energy and Finance Asia, a Hong Kong based conference focused on investment opportunities in clean and renewable energy project developments and technologies.

 

Achievements:

  • Refining the stakeholder targeting strategy for IMARC, Australia’s biggest mining event, attracting over 3000 attendees annually. Numerous additional delegate and sponsorship target markets were identified and strategic leads for reaching them were developed.

  • Engaging with over 150 key mining industry stakeholders to inform the design of IMARC, Appointing and managing the consultation of a formal advisory board to inform the conference development for the first time.

  • Developing a strong draft program for the 3 stream, 4 day 2017 conference which achieved sign off and approval from the 50+ members of the IMARC programme advisory board.

  • Drafting promotional copy for each stream and workshop for the 2017 conference.

 

April 2016 – January 2017      Content Manager, Industrial, Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions creates high profile and well targeted business and consumer exhibitions, with more market-leading exhibitions than any other global organiser. Their focus is centred around bringing together high level contacts, content and communities to strategically grow business markets.

 

I worked for Reed steering and managing program content across two of the flagship events in their Industrial division, All-Energy and National Manufacturing Week as well as helping to innovate their broader content strategy on a maternity leave replacement basis.

 

Achievements:

  • Managing the 2016 National Manufacturing Week speaker program on the day delivery, with two simultaneous seminar theatres and 3 full days of programming.

  • Producing and managing All-Energy, Australia’s biggest clean and renewable energy event, with 7 streams and numerous co-located events over 3 days.

  • Designing and developing the Clean Energy Investment Forum, a new co-located event launched alongside All-Energy in 2016.

  • Refining the stakeholder targeting strategy for All-Energy based on major structural changes to the clean and renewable energy sectors and their B2B markets.

  • Carrying out singificant stakeholder research towards the development of National Manufacturing Week 2017 and developing the skeleton structure of the conference agenda

  • Engaging numerous new stakeholder partners to participate in the National Manufacturing Week program including the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC.

 

October 2015 – March 2016      Event Content Producer, Jack Morton

 

Jack is a global brand experience agency best known for event and promotional marketing, digital, social, mobile and more, connecting brands and people who matter most to them, with a focus on striving to “do something extraordinary.”  It’s a fun place to work as a contract event content producer, pushing the envelope of event experience and creative program design. I am currently assisting them to develop the speaker program and delegate experience of Wesfarmers’ 2016 Leadership Conference, bringing together the senior 400+ managers of this diverse organisation’s subsidiary companies for 2 days of staff development centred on their core values of integrity, openness, accountability and boldness.

 

Achievements:

  • Carrying out comprehensive stakeholder research into the target audience for the Wesfarmers 2016 Leadership Conference including empathy mapping of the key audience types

  • Developing a number of proposed event strategies for consideration by the Wesfarmers board

  • Researching over 40 target keynote presenters aligned to the conference themes

 

November 2014 – March 2015      Content Manager (Fixed Term Contractor), Reed Exhibitions

 

Agriworld Australia 2015 is a new multi-streamed conference and trade exhibition bringing the whole agri-food value chain together from farm to fork, to be held at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park in July. I have been responsible for steering the development of the show content and features on behalf of Reed Exhibitions in partnership with our co-hosts the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales and an advisory panel of agribusiness leaders.

 

Achievements:

  • Securing the support of 15 leaders in agri-food to assist in shaping and steering the event and working in partnership with them to develop a topic, content and event design strategy

  • Enlisting 80 presenters from a range of prominent agribusiness and food organisations, delivering a world class first launch year speaker programme

  • Producing the launch of a new business to business meeting place satisfying the most pressing needs of Australia's agri-food industries, on track to draw in 2000+ trade show visitors, 200+ conference attendees and a significant international investor and buyer delegation.

 

December 2013 – May 2014      National Conference Producer and Journal Contributor, Australian Water Association

 

I managed the strategy, content and speakers for the Australian Water Association's national conferences, seminars and workshops in partnership with AWA branches, committees and other stakeholders.

 

Achievements:

  • Content management of Ozwater – Australia’s largest water related exhibition and conference, attracting over 1500 conference delegates and many more thousands of trade visitors each year.

  • On the day management of the 8 stream conference component of this large scale event and over 200 presenters.

  • Developing and managed the AWA’s first Water Innovation Forum, focussed on showcasing the latest innovations providing unique benefits to water management, fostering capability development for innovators and providing opportunities for targeted business matching and informal networking between innovators and buyers and investors.

  • Contributing to the AWA's Water Journal, Australia's highest circulation publication in the water sector, writing technical and policy focussed articles and event wrap ups.

 

April 2013 – July 2013      Event Coordinator, Vajrayana Institute

 

I assisted Vajrayana Institute with the planning and delivery of their Young Minds 2013 forum; a large scale event centred on the development and maturation of the human mind and potential and the pre-event planning of their Happiness and It’s Causes event, Australia’s largest positive psychology event. I also managed customer service and registrations for both events in the lead up to their on the day delivery.

 

Achievements:    

  • Coordinating all aspects of the on the day management of Young Minds 2013.

  • Managing a smooth and high speed delegate ushering and registration system, to process and seat 1600 delegates within the space of 20 minutes, and balancing this against the sensitive high security needs of our special guest His Holiness The Dalai Lama in partnership with Sydney Town Hall and the Australian Federal Police, including a thorough bag search and wanding of each attendee. I took great pride in execution of this plan successfully without a hitch.

  • Providing event management assistance towards Happiness and Its Causes, Australia’s biggest conference on positive psychology attended by over 2000 delegates each year.

  • Managing customer service and registrations for two large scale events simultaneously under high customer demand with an audience with complex needs.

 

February 2008 – April 2013      Conference Producer, Informa Australia and IIR Conferences

 

This position involved researching, developing and creating the intellectual content of conferences geared at mid and senior level executives, and identifying and securing high level speakers. I was responsible for developing marketing copy and strategy as well as overseeing all aspects of conference delivery including on the day management.  

 

Achievements:

  • Producing the Australian Defence Magazine’s annual congress and skilling summit; Australia's peak Defence industry forums in close partnership with the Defence Materiel Organisation.

  • Developing The Australian Journal of Mining’s Land Access Forum in partnership with Queensland’s then Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and the COAG Ministerial Council for Minerals and Petroleum (MCMPR) one of the first events in Australia exploring the tenuous balance between resource exploration and shared land uses by other community stakeholders – working towards a shared understanding and mutually beneficial outcomes for all land users.

  • Planning a broad range of other events in the areas of Science and Engineering, Innovation, Resources Sector, Defence, Health, Higher Education, Infrastructure, Government Policy, Technology, Fashion and Design.

 

May 2007 – February 2008      Conference Manager, National Mental Health and Homelessness Advisory Committee, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council

 

I coordinated Breaking the Cycle: a St Vincent de Paul Society conference on homelessness and mental health.  This forum brought together national representatives of homelessness services, both within and outside of St Vincent de Paul Society, to discuss strategies for breaking the cycle of homelessness. My role involved coordinating all aspects of the conference project from start to finish, including speaker acquisition, event management, as well as producing any conference reports and documentation.

 

Achievements:

  • Developing a 300+ pax event from start to finish, coordinating production and all event logistics

  • Working in partnership with a very geographically distributed and diverse steering group to create an event honouring the insights and vision of all stakeholders

  • Satisfaction in bringing together inspiring people working towards a very important social cause

 

July 2006 - February 2007      Conference Producer, marcus evans

This role involved developing the intellectual content of conference programmes through market research and selecting and recruiting senior level speakers. My responsibilities included generating all written materials relating to the events, briefing a range of business units within our organisation on the topic material and coordinating all aspects of event operations.

 

Achievements:

  • Learning rigorous and rapid tools for researching and developing a relevant and highly targeted event for a particular audience and applying this successfully to the production of a number of financially lucrative events – with one of my first projects bringing in over $100,000 of revenue.

  • Fostering significant personal and professional development – developing focus and diligence, a high level of presentation and communication skills with even very senior executives, solid project management skills and applying my research and copywriting ability in a strategic manner.

EDUCATION

 

2013                                      Graduate Diploma in Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney,  

                                               Examining the role of soil fungi in the sequestration of organic carbon

 

Strategic analysis, project planning and time and budget management in project delivery were the main transferrable skills I fostered during my study.

 

2008                                      Master Class in Large Scale Event Production

                                                Informa Academy, London

 

I carried out a week long master class in Large Scale Event Production led by thought leaders from Informa PLC - one of the world’s largest conference and exhibition companies. Having the opportunity to be mentored by successful managers in my industry was invaluable and the skills I have picked up from them have been well reinforced in my work since.

 

2003-2008                          Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney, Majoring in Biological Sciences

 

My undergraduate studies were centred on the development of research and analytical skills which have transferred well to a career in event production focussed on complex market and policy analysis.

2010 - present

2010 - present