Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

VMA welcomes New Board Members

VMA welcomes New Board Members
May 13, 2021

The Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) has announced the appointment of the results of its 2021 Board Election, with the elections having sought to fill four Active member vacancies and one Allied member vacancy.

Having received four nominations for the Active member positions, each of the new board members were elected unopposed, while the VMA received two nominations for the one Allied position.

With the voting now concluded, the Association congratulates and welcome the following five new Directors to the Board:

Olivia Birkett AVM
Current Infrastructure and Government Relations Manager for Tennis West, which encompasses being Manager of the State Tennis Centre in Perth, Birkett has been involved in the sports, major events and venues industry for the last 20 years.

Birkett has been a member of the Venue Management Association since 2017, has graduated from the Venue Management School in 2018, was awarded the AEG Ogden Scholarship in Year 2, which saw her attend and complete the IAVM’s Graduate Institute in the US in 2019.

She received the status of Accredited Venue Manager (AVM) in 2020.

Matthew Howe AVM
As the current Chief Operating Officer with Federation Square, Howe has over 19 years' experience managing complex venues and precincts including Crown Resorts Melbourne, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, and Southern Cross Station.

Howe graduated the Venue management School in 2009, received the status of Accredited Venue Manager (AVM) in 2013 and in 2019, he completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course.

He first became a member of the Venue Management Association in 2008.

Adam Lister
Lister is currently the Group General Counsel for ASM Global Asia Pacific. Adam has been a senior executive of various events and operations departments in his time within the industry, holding positions in venues that include Suncorp Stadium, the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena and the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Lister studied a Juris Doctorate in Law, which he completed with honours and majoring in Corporate and Banking & Finance Law. After serving as an Associate to a Federal Court Judge in the Federal Court of Australia, Adam practiced law for a number of years within the Mergers & Acquisitions and Major Projects teams at Clayton Utz.

Lister graduated the Venue Management School in 2008 and since 2019 has been a lecturer at the School.

He first joined the Venue Management Association in 2006.

Tim Long CVE
Long is currently the Managing Director of Hawkridge Entertainment Services a boutique consultancy firm managing a team that assists organisations in the delivery of high profile, complex infrastructure and business enhancement projects across the Arts, Venue, Sports and Entertainment industries.

Long graduated the Venue Management School in 2008, achieved his Certified Venue Executive (CVE) accreditation in 2019 and has been an Allied member of the Venue Management Association since 2015.

Meagan Walker
As General Manager - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust Meg has been involved in venue management since 2001.

Walker graduated the Venue Management School in 2004, graduated the IAVM’s Graduate Institute in the US in 2001, where she returned as the international guest lecturer in 2018.

Walker was on the Venue Management School VMS committee from 2012 – 2018 and was Chair from 2015 – 2017. Meg continues to lecture at the VMS (since 2010) and the Leadership Institute since its inception into Australia. Meg has been a member of the Venue Management Association since 2008.

Announcing the new board directors, VMA President Leighton Wood, stated "on behalf of the members I take this opportunity to welcome our newly elected Directors onto the Board. The depth of experience and passion in our industry ranks is amazing and we are delighted that these five talented venue professionals will be joining the Board as the Association enters the next phase of its growth.

"I would also like to thank our members for their engagement in the nomination and voting process.

“At the upcoming AGM on the 17th May I will take pleasure in introducing our new Directors and also recognising and acknowledging the outgoing Directors, David Krug, Chris Farrell AVM, Patricia McNamara CVE, Judy Vince CVE, and Evan Wood who all generously donated their time, passion and commitment to the VMA over their terms”.

The new Directors who will commence their three-year term on 19th May 2021 at the VMA’s AGM.

Related Articles

18th March 2021 - VMA announces hybrid 2021 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress program

16th March 2021 - VMA announces Ungerboeck as new Association Partner

11th March 2021 - VMA announces dates for 2021 Venue Management School

14th February 2021 - ASM Global’s Harvey Lister looks to ‘full revival’ of live events in 2022

4th January 2021 - International venue management leader Cliff Wallace’s achievements recognised with Unity Award

13th August 2020 - VMA Board elects MCEC’s Leighton Wood as new President

25th May 2020 - VMA Digital Series looks at the effects of COVID-19 on the entertainment industry

23rd April 2020 - VMA opens application for new Diploma of Venue Management

31st March 2020 - VMA supports members with suspension of membership dues

2nd December 2019 - VMA launches first dedicated jobs portal for the venue management industry

30th May 2019 - Marvel Stadium congratulates Eray Saban on VMA Young Achiever of the Year Award 

7th May 2019 - VMA announces 2019 Venue Industry Awards finalists

23rd May 2018 - VMA presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Sally Arch


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

IEDM

iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

CENTAMAN

Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business