The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) this week announced its Association Influencers of 2020, a program highlighting the contributions of individuals in the association community across Australia and New Zealand.

An independent judging panel of association leaders selected 13 Association Influencers for 2020 from a group of 44 peer nominated professionals. The recipients were selected based on how they demonstrated influence, leadership and guidance over the last year.

The influencers include Andrew Hiebl, CEO – Association of Australian Convention Bureaux; Kylie Ward, CEO Adjunct Professor – Australian College of Nursing; Wes Lambert, CEO – Restaurant & Catering Industry Association; Charles Cameron, CEO – Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association of Australia and New Zealand; Sarah Lang, project director – Infrastructure New Zealand; Chris Roberts, chief executive – Tourism Industry Aotearoa; James Pearson, CEO – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Lori Modde, CEO – Outdoors NSW & ACT; Merlin Kong, Head of innovAGEING and Principal Adviser for Innovation – Leading Age Services Australia; and Patricia Sparrow, CEO – Aged & Community Services Australia.

Commenting on the announcement, AuSAE President Lyn McMorran said: “It has been our privilege to acknowledge each and every one of these individuals; their tireless efforts to making a significant and lasting impact within our tribe and setting the benchmark for association professionals into the future.”