Sarah Goldfinch will be the new general manager for Adelaide Convention Centre, beginning in the role next month.
Goldfinch’s appointment follows the centre’s previous GM, Martin Radcliffe, vacating the role to take up the CEO position at Adelaide Venue Management, the parent organisation to the Adelaide Convention Centre team.
Goldfinch has spent almost three decades in hotels and hospitality strategy. She was the opening general manager for Crowne Plaza Adelaide, consulted with Adelaide Oval on what became Oval Hotel and was, further back, general manager of Novotel Barossa Valley Resort for more than seven years.
Most recently she has run her own hospitality consultancy business.
“We’re delighted to officially welcome Sarah to the team,” said Radcliffe from his new role.
“Her extensive experience and networks will further grow our centre and destination’s standing in the highly competitive global events marketplace.
“Sarah will be an impactful ambassador for the centre as we work to bring more national and international conventions and events to Adelaide and continue to elevate our delegate experience.”
Goldfinch said she is thrilled to be joining Adelaide Convention Centre at such an exciting time for events in South Australia.
“[I] look forward to helping further build upon the centre’s reputation for innovation and excellence, as well as advance the great work it has been doing in the sustainability space,” she said.
The convention centre has recently been involved in two important events for business events buyers – it hosted the business session for Tourism Australia’s signature incentive showcase Dreamtime – now Australia Next – in November and the Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) conference in December.
In the current financial year, Adelaide Convention Centre expects to host 82 national and international conferences, generating an economic impact for South Australia of more than $190 million.