Business Events Industry Aotearoa appoints new Independent Chair

Steve Armitage is BEIA's new Independent Chair.

Steve Armitage has been appointed the new Independent Chair of Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA).

He takes on the position held by Tony Gardner, who is stepping down from his six-year tenure as Board Chair.

“The industry will be forever appreciative of Tony’s guidance and support,” said BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

“Tony has been instrumental in building an active and engaged Board and I know I speak on behalf of them and the BEIA team when I say how grateful we are for the work he has done.”

Armitage was previously general manager – destination at Auckland Unlimited.

“I am firmly of the view that business events should be at the forefront of New Zealand’s economic re-opening to the world given the clear value they bring socially and economically,” Armitage said.

“I want to acknowledge Tony and the Board for the excellent platform that they have established. The BEIA team have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic representing the sector with mana and clear purpose, and I cannot wait to build on the momentum they have generated.”