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The Canberra Convention Bureau's board is made up of senior executives with a proven track record in the meetings, tourism and events business. Their combined experience and expertise across a range of public and private sector business enterprises provides a formidable force for securing and increasing business events to the ACT.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Allan Williams, Regional General Manager ACT Qantas Airways Ltd (Chair)
Carol Mills, Secretary, Department of Parliamentary Services (Deputy Chair)

Pat McKenna, General Manager, Hellenic Club of Canberra (Treasurer)
Jane Carter, Director, Conference Logistics
David Dawes, Chief Executive, Economic Development Directorate
Jure Domazet, Managing Director, Hotel Realm
Stephen Wood, Manager, National Convention Centre

Barry Neame, Director, Consec Conference Management
Michael Loebenstein, Chief Executive Officer, National Film and Sound Archive
Mark Sproat, General Manager, The Brassey of Canberra
Mikael Svensson, General Manager, Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Professor Ian Young, Vice Chancellor, Australian National University
Robyn Hendry, Chief Executive, Canberra Convention Bureau

 

BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES

 

Allan Williams, Regional General Manager ACT Qantas Airways Ltd (Chair)

Board member since 2006
Allan is currently the Regional General Manager ACT for Qantas Airways and has had an extensive career with Qantas and previously Australian Airlines. Allan’s career history with the airline and his previous representation on boards such as the Tasmanian Convention Bureau, Travel Industry Association of New Zealand, the Australian Tourism Marketing Council of North America and his current position on the Tourism Industry Council provide for sound industry knowledge and experience.

 

Carol Mills, Secretary, Department of Parliamentary Services (Deputy Chair)
Board member since July 2012
Ms Mills commenced her term as the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) on 28 May 2012. The Department of Parliamentary Services provides a wide range of services and facilities to ensure that the Parliament functions effectively. These include research, library services, television and radio broadcasting, Hansard transcripts, central computing facilities and services, telecommunications and all aspects of the maintenance and security of the building. DPS also provides services to assist visitors to the building, catering and is the landlord for various commercial tenants within the building.

Prior to commencing with DPS, Ms Mills held positions as the Director-General of the NSW Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation and of Communities NSW. Ms Mills also held other senior positions within the NSW Government including as Deputy Director-General for the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Housing and was the Head of Disability Programs and Regional Director.

Ms Mills has significant experience as a member of numerous boards and committees including Sydney Festival, National Arts School, NSW Institute of Sport and the Sydney Film Festival. Ms Mills holds qualifications in public policy, economics, business management and the arts.

 

Patrick McKenna, General Manager, Hellenic Club of Canberra ltd (Treasurer)

Board member since 2009
Pat McKenna is the General Manager of the Hellenic Club of Canberra, operating one of the largest Conference and Event facilities in Canberra at its Woden venue, as well as two large conference rooms at Hellenic Club in the City and an outside catering arm, Hellenic Premium Catering. Pat has held senior executive positions in large conference hotels in Australia, UK and mainland Europe and has over 18 years industry experience with Rydges Hotels & Resorts, Millennium and Copthorne Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group. Pat has held board positions in a number of European companies including the Hofburg Congress Zentrum in Vienna, the former residence of the royal family, which now operates as a stunning convention centre.

 

Jane Carter, Director, Conference Logistics
Board member since 2004
Jane Carter is Director of Conference Logistics, an Accredited Meeting Manager and is the ACT Director of the Australasian Alliance of Meetings Managers (AAMM). She has over 15 years experience in conference management for national and international associations, Australian, state and local government as well as university and corporate clients.

 

David Dawes, Chief Executive, Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government Nominee
Board member since 2011
David Dawes leads the Economic Development Directorate, which officially was created on 17 May 2011, replacing the Department of Land and Property Services. The Directorate remains responsible for implementing various major government initiatives such as the ACT Government's Land Release Programs and Affordable Housing Action Plan. The Directorate is also responsible for Australian Capital Tourism, Sports and Recreation Services and Territory Venues and Events.

 

David joined the ACT Public Service as the Deputy Chief Executive of the Business and Projects Division in the Chief Minister’s Department in April 2007. In December 2009, he was appointed acting Chief Executive (and later, Chief Executive) of the Department of Land and Property Services and became Director-General of the Directorate in May 2011.

 

Jure Domazet, Managing Director, Hotel Realm
Board member since 2011
Jure Domazet is Managing Director of The Doma Group and the President of the ACT Division Council of the Property Council of Australia. He completed a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce and holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

 

Upon completing his professional qualifications, Jure worked in commercial finance with a national bank and as a commercial lawyer with a national law firm. He applied this experience in commencing working full-time with the family company, The Doma Group, which was a key participant in the residential apartment market in the ACT but had significant commercial property and hospitality interests as well.

 

Jure was responsible for rapidly expanding the Group further to become one of the largest developers and construction companies in the ACT, operating in the large-scale residential and commercial property market. He consolidated the Group’s hospitality operations with the Realm precinct development, owning and operating Burbury Hotel and Hotel Realm with associated significant conference and function facilities, serviced apartments, restaurants, bars and amenities. The Group also owns and operates the Pinnacle Serviced Apartments in Kingston and operates the Bentley Suites in Forrest.

 

Stephen Wood, Manager, National Convention Centre
Board member since 2013

Stephen Wood holds law and economics degrees from the Australian National University and has worked in hospitality for over 20 years.  He recently completed 13 years working at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) drawn there in 2000 by the opportunity to work and be involved in the Sydney Olympics.  At the SCEC Stephen held a number of operational, sales and strategic positions.  In his final role as Director of Operations he was an active member of the Executive Team, responsible for the future strategic planning of one of Australia’s largest and busiest venues.

Stephen is a passionate Events Industry professional and has played an active role in the wider industry.  In his latest position as Manager, National Convention Centre Canberra (NCC), Stephen looks forward to steering the NCC into a strong time of growth for Canberra and the events industry in the ACT.   

 

Barry Neame, Director, Consec Conference Management
Board member since 2002
Barry is a working Director of Consec and has been a member of the CCB Board since 2002. In that time he has actively participated in the formulation of policies and strategic directions for the CCB and the Canberra Business Events Sector. Barry has extensive event management, marketing, public relations, media and sponsorship experience. He has undertaken management and organisational reviews, negotiated sponsorship contracts and devised marketing and public relations strategies. He project manages conferences and events for clients in all states of Australia. Barry was also a board member of Community Radio 2SSSFM for 15 years.

 

Michael Loebenstein, Chief Executive Officer, National Film and Sound Archive
Board member since 2013
Michael Loebenstein was appointed CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in 2011. Before that he held the positions of Curator for Special Programmes at the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), and Project Manager and Researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Society. Former positions include advisor to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, freelance film and exhibition curator and journalist, with a focus on documentary film history, Visual History and Holocaust Studies. He has contributed to publications on documentary filmmakers Dziga Vertov, Alexander Hammid, James Benning and others. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University (Sydney). 

 

Mark Sproat, General Manager, The Brassey of Canberra
Board member since 2002
Mark has been involved with the Australian Hotels Association for the past 12 years as ACT Accommodation President and at a national level as National Accommodation Division Vice President. He is currently Chair of the Canberra Accommodation Association. Mark has held a variety of management positions in Western Australia, Papua New Guinea, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast. He moved to Canberra in 1993 to take up the role of General Manager of the Brassey Hotel.

 

Mikael Svensson, General Manager, Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Board member since December 2010.
Mikael is the General Manager of Hyatt Hotel Canberra. Previously General Manager of Hyatt Regency Hua Hin in Thailand, his career in hospitality spans 20 years with a breadth of operational experience derived through working a wide range of management roles across several countries. The combination of long term Hyatt instilled standards with regard to quality of delivery and business practice and the benefit of being able to view the Canberra region with a newcomer’s perspective ensures Mikael’s valuable contribution to the board.

 

Professor Ian Young, Vice Chancellor, Australian National University
Board member since 2011
Professor Ian Young was appointed Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University in March 2011, having previously been Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology. He has been Chair of Education Australia Ltd and Director of IDP Education Pty Ltd, as well as a Member of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council.

 

Professor Young began his academic career at the Max Planck Institut fur Meteorologie, Hamburg Germany, ultimately becoming Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His research interests are in Coastal and Ocean Engineering and Physical Oceanography, and he has published three books and more than 100 refereed papers.

 

He has been a consultant to the US Navy and the offshore oil and gas industry in Australia, Asia and North America and has won numerous awards including: The C.N Barton Medal and Lorenz G. Straub Medal. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

 

Robyn Hendry, Chief Executive, Canberra Convention Bureau
Chief Executive since 2005
Robyn Hendry has worked in the Australian and international meetings and tourism industry as a senior executive for 20 years in Australia, New Zealand and PNG. She has held senior management positions in multinational hotel companies in food and beverage, human resources, general management and strategic development. She was previously general manager of the National Convention Centre and also Director of CCB from 2001 to 2002.

 

Robyn is a past president of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and a former Director of the Business Event Council of Australia (BECA). She is currently Director of Cultural Facilities Corporation, Exhibition Park Corporation and Australian Association of Convention Bureaux. She is a member of the Tourism Visa Advisory Group (TVAG) and Tourism Quality Council of Australia; and is a Director of Tourism Industry Council ACT. Robyn is also a consultative committee member and task force member of the Canberra Business Council and a reference group member for the Australian forum and City to the Lake Project. At the 2011 Tourism Awards Robyn was awarded theOutstanding Contribution by an Individual award.

 

 

Robyn has a Bachelor of Management (Tourism) and Advanced Diploma in Hospitality. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Her key objective is to increase Canberra's profile as a business events destination and by doing this ensure the city's national and international reputation continues to be enhanced.

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