October 14, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

Industry association Meetings & Events Australia’s (MEA) annual general meeting is coming up on 23 November and with it there will be some major changes to its Board of Directors.

Social media is awash with vote canvassing by some candidates seeking election.

Single term Chair Nigel Collin is stepping down from the position and not seeking re-election to the Board. Other Board members stepping down are Kirsty Forbes and Paula Nolan. That means there will be three vacancies on the nine-person Board.

There have been nine nominations for these positions.

This contest at this time is very important. Given the important role industry associations play in representing their members and the industry, it’s critical the best people, with the right intentions, skills and competencies are elected.

Boards are responsible for setting strategy and managing governance, finance and risk. And they are there to support the Chief Executive in implementing the strategy.

But the other critically important thing is that board members are elected to make decisions that are in the best interests of the association and its members. They are not on the Board to represent their own personal or business interests. That is essential. They should be on the Board to wear the “hat” of the organisation.

So when MEA members – and that means voting members – consider who to vote for, it’s important that they recognise this is a critical time for the industry and the association. Yes, I’m stating the obvious – but you want to elect people who have the right motivations and the competency to fulfill their Board duties.

Those who volunteer to service their industry and the greater good should be encouraged and supported. But voting for the best candidates is also essential – do your homework before voting – don’t throw away your vote. Make sure you elect people prepared to do the heavy lifting and who have a track record for making a difference.