AV no longer a boys’ club in Brisbane

Bec Smith, BCEC's audio production manager.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is celebrating International Women’s Day by shining a light on women in key positions across all AV areas.

Senior AV project manager Rebecca Bell is the first woman at BCEC to hold that position and has been in the role now for five years. An 18 year veteran of BCEC, she was instrumental in the successful project management and delivery of the AV component of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit.

Bec Smith, the Centre’s Audio Production Manager, leads a team of audio professionals and is a passionate and long-time advocate for women in technology.

AV Projects Assistant Peta Lakeman  and AV Production Assistant Amanda Nissen have brought a great deal of enthusiasm and a new dynamic to the Centre’s AV family, while a further 15 professional women are in casual employment across all disciplines of AV at BCEC.

Michael Duckworth, Director of BCEC’s newly formed Technology and Innovation Department, believes that after generations of male dominance in the AV industry, the sector is undergoing cultural change with positive and encouraging results.

“Our female workforce is ever increasing,” he said. “It is important that our team empowers women choosing a career in the AV industry.”