MEA cuts staff after postponing Evolve 2020

Fran Barlow was one of two MEA staff whose roles were cut.

Meetings and Events Australia has been forced to cut two of its core staff as the organisation grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

The roles of National Events Manager, which was held by Fran Barlow, and Partnerships Manager, held by Christopher Lazzari, have both been discontinued following an announcement that both Evolve 2020 and the state and national awards would be postponed.

“I, along with the MEA Board and team are devastated to lose two of our team members,” said Robyn Johnson, CEO of MEA.

“The decisions were difficult to make, however, it was necessary to ensure the stability of the organisation. Members’ investment in MEA will be shifted into managing the immediate needs of providing education, support, information and lobbying government for a support package – for our members and the broader industry.

“Fran and Christopher have been outstanding in responding to the news a testament to their professionalism and we thank them for their incredible support and commitment to the industry.

“Many companies across the industry are having to make similar decisions to keep their organisations operating so they can get through this and it’s important for business owners and staff to stay positive and focused in these incredibly difficult times.

“As the sector bounces back, we will be ready.”