Business Events Industry Aotearoa adjusts for ‘new normal’

BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has welcomed its new chair and confirmed nine board members at its online AGM yesterday.

Outgoing Chair Tony Gardner welcomed incoming Independent Board Chair Steve Armitage, who is general manager destination at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.

“The key theme for BEIA this year has been challenge and change,” said Gardner.

“Much forced upon us. But the situation has required new thinking, a leaner, more agile way of working, and new, fresh ideas.”

The 10-strong Board now includes an independent chair, plus two seats from the Platinum member category, and one seat from each of the Gold and Silver member categories.

The board structure also includes one non-voting seat for Air New Zealand, one non-voting seat for Tourism New Zealand, and two appointed members.

“We are now on the brink of quite possibly the most significant change in our battle against Covid-19, yet our ‘normal’ is on the horizon,” said BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

“It will look slightly different, but the adaptability of our industry means it will become something we will all quickly embrace.”

The 2021-2022 Board’s Platinum category members are Georgina Grey from Accor New Zealand and Prue Daly from NZICC / SkyCity Entertainment Group.

The Gold representative is Tracey Thomas from Conference Innovators, and the Silver representative is Jake Downing from Weta Workshop.

The board also includes co-opted members Bjoern Spreitzer (Tourism New Zealand), and Blair Catton (Air New Zealand), plus chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

The two members appointed by the Board earlier this year are David Perks (WellingtonNZ) and David Downs (New Zealand Story).