Barry Neame | President & ACT

PCO-DIR, CEM

Director, Consec – Conference and Event Management

Barry Neame is a Director of Consec – Conference and Event Management and has extensive project management event management experience spanning over 30 years in business.

He has a sound understanding of the logistical issues associated with planning and managing events as well as an understanding of international protocols and has been commended for his sound strategic and organisational planning skills.

Barry is a current board member of the Canberra Convention Bureau and has played a role in contributing to the focus group that advised on the redevelopment of the National Convention Centre.

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Barry Neame | President & ACT

PCO-DIR, CEM

Director, Consec – Conference and Event Management

Barry Neame is a Director of Consec – Conference and Event Management and has extensive project management event management experience spanning over 30 years in business.

He has a sound understanding of the logistical issues associated with planning and managing events as well as an understanding of international protocols and has been commended for his sound strategic and organisational planning skills.

Barry is a current board member of the Canberra Convention Bureau and has played a role in contributing to the focus group that advised on the redevelopment of the National Convention Centre.

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Paula Leishman | Tasmania

CEM, PCO-DIR

Managing Director, Leishman Associates

Paula Leishman is the founder and Managing Director of Leishman Associates, a conference, event and association management business with offices in Hobart and Melbourne.

Having been involved in the events industry for over 20 years, she has relevant experience in the staging of major public events, corporate events and the management of associations for the not-for-profit sector.

Employing a team of 17, with a  long list of established clients, the company manages 25-30 events annually in Tasmania, nationally and internationally.

Leishman Associates has been built on a reputation of delivering outstanding events underpinned by the company motto conference management – it’s all about people.

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Paula Leishman | Tasmania

CEM, PCO-DIR

Managing Director, Leishman Associates

Paula Leishman is the founder and Managing Director of Leishman Associates, a conference, event and association management business with offices in Hobart and Melbourne.

Having been involved in the events industry for over 20 years, she has relevant experience in the staging of major public events, corporate events and the management of associations for the not-for-profit sector.

Employing a team of 17, with a  long list of established clients, the company manages 25-30 events annually in Tasmania, nationally and internationally.

Leishman Associates has been built on a reputation of delivering outstanding events underpinned by the company motto conference management – it’s all about people.

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Mary Sparksman | Queensland

PCO-DIR, CEM

Director, YRD

Mary is the Managing Director of YRD Event Management, a company that she founded 26 years ago.

With a background spanning 40 years in Hotel Management, Event Management and the Management of Not for Profit Associations, Mary has been a member of numerous Hospitality Advisory Boards and is currently the QLD Council Member of the Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA).

YRD is at the forefront of the current innovation within the Industry and Mary has helped her clients adapt to the ‘new normal’ of the virtual world of meetings over the last 8 months.

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Mary Sparksman | Queensland

PCO-DIR, CEM

Director, YRD

Mary is the Managing Director of YRD Event Management, a company that she founded 26 years ago.

With a background spanning 40 years in Hotel Management, Event Management and the Management of Not for Profit Associations, Mary has been a member of numerous Hospitality Advisory Boards and is currently the QLD Council Member of the Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA).

YRD is at the forefront of the current innovation within the Industry and Mary has helped her clients adapt to the ‘new normal’ of the virtual world of meetings over the last 8 months.

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Mike Pickford | Victoria

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, ASN Events

ASN Events was formed by Mike Pickford and Simon Monk in 1990. After initially running the Great Australian Science Show and the Country Living Show, both public education events, the Directors changed the company direction in 1996 at the request of some of their clients and have since become nationally recognized for their event and conference management skills. The company specializes in bringing ideas to fruition.

Mike’s career has been varied but a common feature is his ability to implement innovative ideas and projects into successful outcomes. Be it working for others or creating new companies from start, his scientific and educational training has complemented his vision and practical skills to ensure great outcomes for all involved.

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Mike Pickford | Victoria

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, ASN Events

ASN Events was formed by Mike Pickford and Simon Monk in 1990. After initially running the Great Australian Science Show and the Country Living Show, both public education events, the Directors changed the company direction in 1996 at the request of some of their clients and have since become nationally recognized for their event and conference management skills. The company specializes in bringing ideas to fruition.

Mike’s career has been varied but a common feature is his ability to implement innovative ideas and projects into successful outcomes. Be it working for others or creating new companies from start, his scientific and educational training has complemented his vision and practical skills to ensure great outcomes for all involved.

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Anne-Marie Quinn  | South Australia

PCO-DIR, CEM

Director, All Occasions Group

Anne-Marie is the Managing Director of All Occasions Group and has developed the company since its inception in 1998.

She has built the organisation over the past 13 years to a staff of 18 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.

Anne-Marie is a current board member of the Adelaide Convention Bureau and a past committee member of MEA South Australia. She regularly presents to audiences at industry functions and is a guest lecturer to students studying at the International College of Hotel

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Anne-Marie Quinn  | South Australia

PCO-DIR, CEM

Director, All Occasions Group

Anne-Marie is the Managing Director of All Occasions Group and has developed the company since its inception in 1998.

She has built the organisation over the past 13 years to a staff of 18 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.

Anne-Marie is a current board member of the Adelaide Convention Bureau and a past committee member of MEA South Australia. She regularly presents to audiences at industry functions and is a guest lecturer to students studying at the International College of Hotel

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Renee Bennett  | South Australia

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, Encanta Event Management

Renee Bennett, Managing Director of Encanta Event Management, has been involved in the business events industry for over 20 years.

Based in Perth, Renee started her journey at Congress West as an Event Coordinator, working her way through all the event management career milestones until appointed Director of Events of EECW in 2007. In 2015 she purchased the company along with a business partner and changed the name to Encanta Event Management.

A devoted mother to Grace (9) and Max (5), she fully understands the continuing challenge of maintaining a busy work and home life, whilst running a national business and managing a varied and large client portfolio. Thankfully, she is ably supported by a wonderful understanding husband.

Renee is highly respected and well known in the events industry having managed major events all over Australia and Asia, and in fact delivered the first conference to be held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre when it first opened. She is also a past member of the Perth Convention Bureau Board.

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Renee Bennett  | Western Australia

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, Encanta Event Management

Renee Bennett, Managing Director of Encanta Event Management, has been involved in the business events industry for over 20 years.

Based in Perth, Renee started her journey at Congress West as an Event Coordinator, working her way through all the event management career milestones until appointed Director of Events of EECW in 2007. In 2015 she purchased the company along with a business partner and changed the name to Encanta Event Management.

A devoted mother to Grace (9) and Max (5), she fully understands the continuing challenge of maintaining a busy work and home life, whilst running a national business and managing a varied and large client portfolio. Thankfully, she is ably supported by a wonderful understanding husband.

Renee is highly respected and well known in the events industry having managed major events all over Australia and Asia, and in fact delivered the first conference to be held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre when it first opened. She is also a past member of the Perth Convention Bureau Board.

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Karen Sainsbury | New South Wales

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, Cornerstone Events

Karen is a founder and Managing Director of Cornerstone Events. She has a unique ability to really understand what a customer needs, and takes the time to get to know their business – Karen is extremely passionate about delivering what is promised, and ensures every little detail is covered.

Karen’s career has seen her achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, work in both Education and Private Hospital Industry, as well as a strong background in Hospitality. In the hotel industry, she has managed to win two national industry awards leading her teams to success, both as a Director of Sales, then as a General Manager. Her business acumen leading large hotel based teams and national committees within the Accor Network gives Cornerstone a unique edge and value add to its customers.

Karen is an accredited meeting professional with the Professional Conference Organisers Association Australia and New Zealand and is also the NSW Councillor on the PCOA Board.

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Karen Sainsbury | New South Wales

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, Cornerstone Events

Karen is a founder and Managing Director of Cornerstone Events. She has a unique ability to really understand what a customer needs, and takes the time to get to know their business – Karen is extremely passionate about delivering what is promised, and ensures every little detail is covered.

Karen’s career has seen her achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, work in both Education and Private Hospital Industry, as well as a strong background in Hospitality. In the hotel industry, she has managed to win two national industry awards leading her teams to success, both as a Director of Sales, then as a General Manager. Her business acumen leading large hotel based teams and national committees within the Accor Network gives Cornerstone a unique edge and value add to its customers.

Karen is an accredited meeting professional with the Professional Conference Organisers Association Australia and New Zealand and is also the NSW Councillor on the PCOA Board.

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Arna Wahl Davies  | New Zealand

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, Composition

Arna has been involved in the hospitality, event management, and professional conference organising industry her whole career.

Raised within her family restaurants, she then went onto gaining professional qualification, and in her younger days, spent many years working within restaurant kitchens as a chef (she believes this was a great perspective to have, later as a PCO).

From there the world of hotels, and event management beckoned, and she cut her teeth working for a couple of international hotel chains. After this, she worked for a New Zealand leading PCO for over seven years. Learning the art and craft of being a PCO.

Over a decade ago, she partnered with Nerida Ramsay to form Composition.  A Professional Conference Organising company, which proudly manages mid to large-size conference throughout New Zealand.

Arna is passionate about the business events sector. Knowing the industry is filled with hard-working, amazing personalities, and she is delighted to be a part of it.

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Arna Wahl Davies  | New Zealand

PCO-DIR, CEM

Managing Director, Composition

Arna has been involved in the hospitality, event management, and professional conference organising industry her whole career.

Raised within her family restaurants, she then went onto gaining professional qualification, and in her younger days, spent many years working within restaurant kitchens as a chef (she believes this was a great perspective to have, later as a PCO).

From there the world of hotels, and event management beckoned, and she cut her teeth working for a couple of international hotel chains. After this, she worked for a New Zealand leading PCO for over seven years. Learning the art and craft of being a PCO.

Over a decade ago, she partnered with Nerida Ramsay to form Composition.  A Professional Conference Organising company, which proudly manages mid to large-size conference throughout New Zealand.

Arna is passionate about the business events sector. Knowing the industry is filled with hard-working, amazing personalities, and she is delighted to be a part of it.

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