Presented by Anne-Marie Quinn, Director – All Occasions Group
Brett Biddington, CEO – IAC17
Simon Burgess, General Manager – Adelaide Convention Centre
This panel session will cover the strategy, planning and execution of IAC17 from the perspectives of the LOC, the PCO, the Adelaide Convention Bureau and the Adelaide Convention Centre.
The importance of planning for an enduring legacy will be emphasised as will the importance of Australia as a destination to attract delegates.
Anne-Marie is the Founder and Managing Director of the All Occasions Group and has built the company since its inception in 1998. She has developed the organisation over the past 19 years to a staff of 21 multi-skilled team members and has attracted a very impressive range of major national and international clients. All Occasions Group is a true South Australian success story, offering award winning conference, event and travel management services.
Brett Biddington is the founder and principal of Biddington Research, a consulting company that specialises in space and cyber security matters. He led the team that delivered the International Astronautical Congress, in Adelaide in 2017. Previously, he worked for Cisco Systems and before that served in the RAAF.
Brett holds several directorships and is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC). He is an Adjunct Professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth. Brett was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian space sector in 2012.
Simon Burgess has over 20 years’ experience in the international business events and hospitality industries, predominately in management and sales and marketing roles. For the past five years Simon worked as Director of Convention and Exhibition Sales here at the Adelaide Convention Centre, focused on attracting key national and international business. Simon assumed the role of General Manager at the Adelaide Convention Centre this past January (2018), and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the venue including but not limited to operations, security, visitor services, food and beverage, exhibitions and sales and marketing.