EEAA announces new Board of Directors

Arinex chief executive officer Nicole Walker will lead the newly constituted board as president.

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced its new Board of Directors, with a call for expressions of interest to fill two vacant venue designated positions.

The newly constituted Board of Directors will be led by newly appointed president, Arinex chief executive officer Nicole Walker.

Honoured to be elected as president, Walker said she will continue the advocacy work to provide EEAA members with clear outcomes, and drive quality training and best practice to grow their businesses.

“Together with the Board and the EEAA team, I will ensure the value of this sector is recognised in Australasia, not only for the industries it supports but for the legacies it leaves long after,” Walker said.

Walker steps into the role replacing EEAA immediate past president, Spiro Anemogiannis, who will remain on the board as an organiser representative.

Thanking Anemogiannis for his six-year service as president, EEAA vice president Helen Mantellato said he had devoted so much of his time, effort and passion to the benefit of the industry.

“Over the past two years, he presided over the most difficult times of our lives, and despite the challenges we all faced due to COVID-19, his focus was on supporting the Association,” Mantellato said.

“He unfailingly advocated for each and every one of the members from all sectors of the Business Events industry.”

Following strong interest from a wide range of its member companies, EEAA has confirmed the following appointments:

EEAA Board of Directors
Arinex chief executive officer Nicole Walker as president
ICC Sydney business development manager international and exhibitions Helen Mantellato as vice president
Harry the Hirer state manager NSW Paul Elliott as treasurer
MCEC senior manager agile project management office Elissa Duke as secretary

Organiser representatives
Arinex chief executive officer Nicole Walker
Diversified Communications Australia managing director David Longman
Informa Australia managing director Spiro Anemogiannis
Talk2 Media and Events chief executive officer Matt Pearce

Association organiser representative
Australian Dental Industry Association chief executive officer Kym De Britt

Supplier representatives
Harry the Hirer state manager NSW Paul Elliott
Delaro director Rodney Cox
Connected Event Group director Libbie Ray
Coleman Group managing director Rod Peter

Venue representatives
ICC Sydney senior manager, business development international and exhibitions Helen Mantellato
MCEC senior manager agile project management office Elissa Duke

The board is seeking expressions of interest for two venue designated board positions from venue members, with nominations closing 10 December.

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