November 24, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) members have elected three new members to the association’s board, while a new chair and other office bearers have also been appointed from amongst the board directors.

General Manager of Lateral Event Management, Megan Peters, Director of Business Development at the Venues Collection, Tina Eggers, and Managing Director of Eventful Projects, Vicky Troptsidis were elected to the board from nine nominations.

Harry the hirer’s Michael Firman became the new Chair of the board, replacing outgoing Chair Nigel Collin, while Melbourne Convention Bureau’s Beverley Williamson was elected Deputy Chair and Paul Davison from SMC Conference and Function Centre became the Treasurer.

MEA’s CEO Peter McDonald has taken over the role of company secretary.

“The calibre of nominations received for MEA Board positions this year is indicative of the strength and tenacity of our sector,” said Collin.

“I offer my personal congratulations to the three 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.

“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 Chair, Firman congratulated the three new members of the board.

“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.

“As I reflect on what MEA means to me, MEA is the coach, the connector, the cheerleader; it is a community of industry leaders and like-minded individuals with shared experiences, challenges and aspirations.

“Being elected as Chair of the MEA Board is a great privilege and honour, but also incredibly humbling,” he said.

Firman also acknowledged Collin as well as Kirsty Forbes from Accor and Paula Nolan from Commonwealth Bank who were leaving the board.

Suzana Bishop from Fed Square and Jessica Glass from the University of Queensland have retained positions on the board.