Two of Victoria’s big names in the events and creative sectors have been appointed to the Trust that manages the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Peter Jones AM and Virginia Lovett.
Minister for Tourism, Sport, Major Events and Creative Industries, Steve Dimopoulos, announced the appointments of Peter Jones AM and Virginia Lovett to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, which is responsible for the management of MCEC.
Peter Jones is Managing Director of Peter Jones Special Events and has been recognised with accolades for his service to the visitor economy, including being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, a Lord Mayor’s Commendation and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Event Awards.
Ms Lovett is the Executive Director & Co CEO of the Melbourne Theatre Company, President of Arts Projects Australia, member of the City of Melbourne’s Night Time Advisory Committee, an Executive Councillor for Live Performance Australia and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2006.
Ms Lovett’s and Mr Jones’ appointments fill two vacant positions, following the departures of Marie Jackson and Sandra Anderson from the Trust, who have completed their terms.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust Chair John Brumby AO said, “Peter and Virginia bring a wealth of invaluable experience to the Trust that will be of benefit not just to Melbourne’s reputation as a world-leading events destination, but also Victoria’s more broadly as we shift our focus with Geelong on the horizon.”
“I’d also like to extend my personal thanks to Marie and Sandra for their outstanding contributions over the course of their term on the Trust.” he said.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events and Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos said. “Business events contribute significant economic impact to the state, as well as leaving lasting legacies through knowledge exchange and reinforcing Melbourne’s global reputation as an innovation capital.”