New board members at MEA

Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) has announced a new board following its Annual General Meeting and departure of three incumbent directors, Nigel Collin, Kirsty Forbes and Paula Nolan.

The new board members are Megan Peters General Manager of Lateral Event Management, Tina Eggers Director of Business Development at The Venues Collection and Vicky Troptsidis who is an individual member based in South Australia.

A meeting of the new Board was held after the AGM, at which Michael Firman of Harry the Hirer was appointed Chair, Beverley Williamson of Melbourne Convention Bureau, Deputy Chair, and Paul Davison of SMC Conference & Function Centre, Treasurer.

CEO Peter McDonald, MEA CEO has additionally taken on the role of Company Secretary.

Departing MEA chair Nigel Collin said “The calibre of nominations received for MEA Board positions this year is indicative of the strength and tenacity of our sector. I offer my personal congratulations to the 3 newly appointed MEA board members, and my continued support of the continuing existing members. MEA members and indeed the greater industry will benefit from their guidance, experience, and talent. MEA and its members are in safe and capable hands.”

He added “I am proud to have played a part in serving MEA members and the industry through the challenging COVID times, and for their efforts, passion, and vision I want to thank the Board members I worked alongside, Team MEA, and those others who gave their support in my time as Chair. With 2022 set to be the year of recovery and growth, I am looking forward to MEA’s continued support in helping MEA members and the sector go from strength to strength.”

Incoming MEA Chair Michael Firman said “On behalf of all continuing Directors, I congratulate Megan, Tina and Vicky on their election and look forward to their contributions to the Board as we collectively work to steward MEA in a post COVID world. Each of them brings unique experience that will add value to the strategic leadership we seek to provide to primarily benefit MEA’s members, but also in the interests and leadership of the greater events sector.”