BCEC broadens executive team’s roles ahead of 2032 Olympics

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Shaun Mitchell has taken up the role of 2IC to general manager Kym Guesdon.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has broadened the remit of its executive team, in the lead up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

Shaun Mitchell, director of events & customer services, has taken up the role of 2IC to general manager Kym Guesdon, while BCEC director of sales Alison Gardiner will step into the expanded role of director of sales, strategy & partnerships.

Guesdon said the expanded roles ensure the Centre will be well placed to leverage and maximise the opportunities of Brisbane’s status as an Olympic host city, in attracting events from around the world and creating a lasting legacy.

“Strong collaboration is critical, with State Government, our universities and business, all united in a common goal,” she said.

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Alison Gardiner will step into the expanded role of director of sales, strategy & partnerships.

“The combined focus of 2032 and beyond, will be a key accelerator in our future achievements. Utilising the depth of experience, skills, and collective knowledge we have in our leadership team makes absolute sense.”

Gardiner says the message of 2032 is already resonating across the local innovation, research, business, and government communities.

“We are seeing what BCEC is calling ‘the first wave of legacy,’” she said. “BCEC has been leveraging the messaging of Brisbane as an Olympic host city in future conference bids, presentations, and conversations. Nationally, there is a sense of momentum about Brisbane, and the international market is coming to understand Brisbane’s strong convention offering.”

Mitchell says managing and optimising space for maximum efficiency and results will ensure that continuing high demand will be met into the future.

“It will also help us maintain the highest customer service standards and continue to deliver exceptional event experiences, for our clients and patrons,” he said.