BEIA appoints two new board members

David Perks joins the BEIA board.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has appointed two new board members – David Perks from WellingtonNZ, and independent board director, David Downs.

BEIA Board Chair Tony Gardner says both will add valuable new skillsets, wide experience, and influence to help BEIA respond to the most pressing issues facing the business events industry.

Perks is general manager, regional development, destination and attraction at WellingtonNZ. He is also the Chair of Regional Tourism NZ, is a board member of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, and has held several other appointed governance roles in tourism sector organisations.

New BEIA board member David Downs.

Downs is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors. Among his many roles, he leads the NZ Government’s Agritech taskforce. Previously he was a general manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in the technology sector, and for 13 years he was regional director for Microsoft in South East Asia.

The new board’s first meeting for 2021 will be held online today.