AACB sees new faces in leadership team

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has wrapped its annual general meeting with a commitment that it will maintain its effectiveness while also being in a position to support the bigger picture through the Business Events Council of Australia.

The Treasurer’s report highlighted that the Association’s strong balance sheet pre-COVID-19 provided the foundations to get through the immediate impacts of the pandemic, allowing the AACB to offer support to members into 2021.

During the meeting, some new appointments were announced with Brett Fraser, CEO of Brisbane Economic Development Agency, stepping up to vice president after two years as treasurer. Julia Swanson, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, also joined the leadership team as treasurer.

“I welcome Julia Swanson to the Executive team and look forward to leveraging the Board’s expertise from around the country as each convention bureau tackles recovery for their respective destinations,” said AACB president Michael Matthews.

“The Board’s composition will rely on the experience and counsel of past presidents and longstanding Executive members in Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO at BESydney, and Damien Kitto, CEO at Adelaide Convention Bureau.”