• 27 Oct 2017 1:13 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Mentors are truly magnificent people who share their time, energy and experience with someone else. They guide and encourage, they challenge and confront, but most of all they support and listen.

    My first real mentor was an ex-boss. He gave me my first job as a graduate and watched out for me as I progressed through the ranks of a multinational, eventually reaching the Marketing Director role that he was in when he employed me.

    Throughout the intervening fifteen years, he was a sounding board and provided a fresh perspective when I couldn’t see the wood from the trees. But most of all it was his belief in me, as an inexperienced young woman, straight out of university, that I most appreciated. His unwavering belief in my potential helped me gain confidence until I, too, believed in me.

    Many people I meet, say they have never had a mentor. If this is true, then they have truly missed out on something special. I suspect, though, that they actually have had people support and guide them, they just haven’t thought to us the label of ‘mentor’. Equally, I believe that there are people who may be thought of as a mentor by another, without ever realising the depth of impact that their words of encouragement or advice, might have had.

    On National Mentoring Day, it’s a great time to pause and reflect. Who have been, and are, the mentors in your life? What have they contributed and what was their legacy? Isn’t it time you acknowledged them or expressed your gratitude? Make their day with a thank you, big or small.

    And don’t underestimate your own capacity to touch someone’s life in a profound way. Is there someone you could provide mentorship to? There is almost nothing more rewarding than knowing you have truly helped someone reach their potential.

    Life is short, do it today!

    This article was sourced from Art of Mentoring.

  • 25 Oct 2017 11:27 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, announced today that the 2017 release of its iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS)™ is now available. iMIS 20 2017 helps organizations better connect with their members, donors, and other constituents — thereby deepening engagement, improving satisfaction, and increasing retention. Learn more at

    With each new iMIS 20 release, ASI continues to extend its vision of the only Engagement Management System for the not-for-profit world that can eliminate data silos, improve reporting, and enable continuous performance improvement in a single cloud-based system. iMIS 20 2017 will help organizations increase operational efficiency, make better business decisions and advance their missions.

    The RiSE web development platform — the central nervous system of iMIS 20 — makes all of this possible by concentrating database management and web publishing into a single, easy-to-use application. With iMIS 20, an organization's website and business system can be one and the same.

    The iMIS 20 2017 release contains 150+ new features and enhancements, including:

    • Engagement scoring
    • Security and PCI improvements
    • 100+ new reports, queries and dashboards

    Learn more about iMIS 20 2017 at

    About ASI

    Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognized global, industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.

    See ASI at the AuSAE LINC Conference in Wellington 13/14 November. 

  • 24 Oct 2017 2:06 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    The Australian Custodial Services Association (ACSA), the peak body representing the custody industry in Australia, today announced the appointment of Mr Robert J. Brown as its chief executive officer.

    The appointment of Mr Brown represents a milestone for the organisation, and comes as the industry works through key issues including the Asia Fund Passport legislation and the blockchain replacement of ASX’s CHESS system.

    Mr Brown is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, working at senior levels of organisations such as HSBC Securities Services, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and State Street Australia.

    Commenting on Mr Brown’s appointment, ACSA Chair, Mr David Knights said: “After an exhaustive recruitment process, we are pleased to welcome Rob back to ACSA as CEO. He brings a wealth of experience in the custody and financial services sectors, together with a past contribution to ACSA itself. His knowledge and skills will serve ACSA well as our industry adapts to the strategic shifts underway in the financial services sector.

    “On behalf of the ACSA Board and the wider industry, we welcome Rob to the role and look forward to his leadership in driving the Australian custody industry forward,” Mr Knights said.

    Commenting on his appointment, Mr Brown said: “ACSA is a unique organisation that provides value to its members, and insight to broader stakeholders, in the interests of an efficient and vibrant securities servicing sector. I look forward to developing further dialogue with members, and ensuring that our organisation is fully aligned to opportunities. ACSA’s history of collaboration, and our member’s willingness to share deep technical knowledge, provides a powerful platform for the ongoing development for our organisation.”

    Mr Brown started in the new role on Monday 16 October 2017.

    This media release was sourced from ACSA and was written by Kurt Graham.

  • 24 Oct 2017 11:13 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    AuSAE are proud to champion our new initiative Women in Association Leadership #WIAL. Our new networking series will provide a platform to showcase and celebrate our #WIAL who have led the way.

    With no other event like this for our association leaders in the marketplace, we are aiming to bring like-minded women together to build those support networks and develop professional and personal skill sets.

    Our first series will welcome three inspiring women in associations who will share their journeys, challenges and advice in a facilitated and interactive discussion.

    Speakers include Cassandra Heilbronn, President, Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and Senior Associate, MinterEllison. Dominique Lamb, CEO and Director, National Retail Association and NRA Legal. Jane Schmitt, CEO, Australian Medical Association Queensland. Facilitator is Mel Kettle.  

    To register for our Brisbane event: Brisbane 22 November

    In Melbourne we welcome two inspiring women, and a male champion of change in associations who will share their journeys, challenges and advice in a facilitated and interactive discussion. 

    Speakers include Mark Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Australia. Dr Zena Burgess, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Louise Schaper, Chief Executive Officer, Health Informatics Society of Australia. Facilitator Mel Kettle.

    To register for our Melbourne event: Melbourne 21 November

    Grab your colleagues, best friend or boss (male or female) and come along to #WIAL and see what we can achieve when we all come together.

  • 24 Oct 2017 11:01 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    The Australian Bankers’ Association today resolved to nominate ANZ Chief Executive Officer Shayne Elliott as Chair at its Annual General Meeting in early December.

    Mr Elliott will succeed current Chair of the ABA, National Australia Bank Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Andrew Thorburn.

    Commenting on the nomination Mr Elliott said: “The banking industry is working hard to build trust with customers, the community and with federal and state politicians on all sides. While we have made significant improvements in recent times, rebuilding community trust is a long-term issue and change within the industry needs to be bolder and faster.

    “I look forward to making a positive and progressive contribution as the industry continues with the important task of delivering sustained change which delivers better outcomes for customers and helps rebuild our reputation.

    “I would like to thank Andrew Thorburn for his stewardship of the ABA during this time and I look forward to building on his strong legacy of industry reform,” Mr Elliott said.

    ABA Chief Executive Anna Bligh welcomed Mr Elliott’s nomination.

    “Shayne has a long and distinguished career in banking and will bring considerable energy and commitment to the transformation process led by Andrew,” Ms Bligh said.

    “The industry is currently undergoing the greatest program of reforms that banking has seen in decades. It’s vital that this continues and that we work to rebuild trust and better service the needs and expectations of the community,” she said.

    By convention, the Chair of the ABA rotates between the Chief Executive Officers of the major banks. With the CEO succession announcement at the Commonwealth Bank in 2018, the next organisation on rotation is ANZ.

    “For the sake of continuity it was decided to bring forward Mr Elliott’s term rather than seek an alternate chair,” Ms Bligh said.

    “There are a number of reviews and reforms to be introduced in the coming year, so consistency is important. I am looking forward to working closely with Mr Elliott in his new role,” she said.

    Mr Elliott’s term will begin after the ABA’s Annual General Meeting in December.

    This media release was sourced from the Bankers Association and written by Stephanie Arena. 

  • 24 Oct 2017 10:47 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) is excited to announce the launch of its revamped National Awards Program.

    A working group - consisting of representatives from all sectors of the events industry – scrutinised and restructured the Program’s categories, questions and format. The number of awards to be presented is similar to previous years; more than 16 Awards have been consolidated, rewritten or renamed.

    New awards include an Innovation Award, a Social Legacy Award, recognising the social and financial impact events deliver to destinations and communities, Unique Event venue with accommodation, Creative Design, Education and Training, and several awards for Associations, Government and regional events.

    The complex two-part application process has been streamlined into one simple application and the application period has been extended into mid-February, so more entries are anticipated than ever before. The qualifying period for this first year is from 1 October 2016 to 31 December 2017 to transition from the previous program. From 2018, the Awards will cover the events held within each calendar year. The coveted MEA trophy is also undergoing a facelift, with the mantle-worthy display piece to be unveiled at the State Awards in April 2018.

    Alana Hay, Chair of the Awards Review Working Group, said, “The new MEA National Awards Program more accurately reflects the meetings and events industry, the breadth of the MEA membership and the depth of innovation and creativity that is required to deliver exceptional meetings, events and experiences. This is your opportunity to reflect on your work, showcase your expertise and celebrate outstanding success with the best of the best from all sectors of the industry. I encourage MEA members to submit an application for an Award.”

    Awards will be judged by a panel of esteemed industry leaders from all sectors of the industry under the guidance of the Head of Judges, Ian Stuart. The State finalists and winners will be announced in April at State Awards events to be held around the country, with the winners of the National Awards to be presented at the gala dinner on the last night of the 2018 MEA Conference, to be held in Adelaide.

    The Awards portal will be live at from Monday 23 October until the 5pm 14 February 2018, providing MEA members ample time to collaborate with their clients and colleagues and submit an entry.


    Events of the Year

    • Association Event of the Year NEW
    • Government Event of the Year NEW
    • Corporate Event of the Year
    • Event of the Year UPDATED
    • Exhibition of the Year
    • Public Event of the Year
    • Cause Related Event of the Year
    • Regional Event of the Year NEW

    Event Management Awards

    • Professional Conference Organisation UPDATED
    • Event Management Team – Association NEW
    • Event Management Team – Government NEW
    • Event Management Team - Corporate
    • Event Agency NEW

    Venue Awards

    • Meeting Exhibition or Event Venue – Capacity less than 500 UPDATED
    • Meeting Exhibition or Event Venue – Capacity more than 500 UPDATED
    • Unique Event venue with accommodation NEW
    • Unique Event Venue without accommodation NEW

    Event Production and Services Awards

    • Banqueting and Catering
    • Audio Visual Services UPDATED
    • Event Technology NEW
    • Specialist Services and Suppliers NEW
    • Creative Design NEW
    • Event Marketing NEW
    • Exhibition Services

    Destination Marketing Awards

    • Metropolitan Destination Marketing Organisation or Bureau UPDATED
    • Regional Destination Marketing Organisation or Bureau UPDATED

    Event Professional Awards

    • Operations Person of the Year
    • Sales, Marketing or Business Development Person of the Year UPDATED
    • Event Manager of the Year - PCO
    • Event Manager of the Year – Agency NEW
    • Event Manager of the Year – In-house UPDATED
    • YMEA Future Leader

    Education and Training Award NEW
    Social Legacy Award NEW
    Innovation Award NEW
    Outstanding Industry Contribution Award UPDATED
    Platinum Award - Event Company of the Year
    Platinum Award - Event Professional of the Year

  • 23 Oct 2017 12:45 PM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    The Perth Convention Bureau’s (PCB) 2018 Aspire Program is now open to individuals involved with not-for-profit associations in Western Australia, who can apply for the City of Perth Convention Scholarship and the Giving West Conference Scholarship funded by PCB under its Aspire Program. The aim of the Aspire Program is to assist the individual’s personal and professional development through attendance at a relevant international conference. The funding covers travel, accommodation and registration expenses to the maximum value of the award.

    Application information and guidelines are now available at 

    The deadline for applications is the 29th March 2018. A wide of assistance and advice is available to help you apply, for more information please contact Sophia Okeby, Communications Manager on +61 (0)8 9218 2921 or email

  • 23 Oct 2017 10:30 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    With the full support of its board, the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is pleased to announce the election of Karen Bolinger, CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau as its new president.

    The election was held at the AACB Annual General Meeting yesterday and announced at the opening of the AACB Conference this morning.

    “I am looking forward to a productive year, with one of the first actions being to revisit the strategic plan with a view to the future model of the business events industry in Australia.”, said Ms Bolinger.

    “AACB has a powerful voice in advocating for industry, stakeholders and partners who benefit from the sector, as well as influencing government to raise the profile of this vital economic driver for Australia.

    “I plan to continue the great work that has already been achieved and delivering new initiatives established in the 2017/18 strategic plan.”

    Ms Bolinger opened the AACB Conference with a presentation on the significance and growth of the business events industry, following the official presidential handover from Lyn Lewis-Smith. Ms Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney served as AACB president for 4 years.

    “It has been an honour to be AACB President over the last four years, and I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved together over that time. Particularly the progress we have made engaging government and industry in the value and importance of business events, and the vital impact they have on the Australian economy. I look forward to working with Karen, Andrew, the board and all our members to build on that progress in the years to come.”, said Ms Lewis-Smith.

    The Board also welcomes the appointment of Michael Matthews, CEO at the Canberra Convention Bureau as Treasurer, and Damien Kitto, CEO of the Adelaide Convention Bureau as Vice President.

    AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said, “I would like to give a special thanks to Lyn for the time that she has committed to leading the AACB. It has been a privilege to serve under Lyn’s leadership over the last four years - a period in which I regard as one of personal growth through her guidance, advice and mentorship. I look forward to working closely with the new Executive team that has been elected.”

    The 28th Annual AACB Conference is underway at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania, commencing with the Welcome Reception last night and concluding with the AIME Gala Dinner on Friday 8 September.

    The Conference offers a unique opportunity for competitors and industry counterparts to network, share ideas, discuss trends and issues, and work collaboratively to develop the overall business events market in Australia.

    This media release was written by Annika Hofsink, Marketing & Communications Executive. 

  • 23 Oct 2017 10:30 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    Brendan Pearson will step down as the Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia next month after more than nine years in senior roles with the organisation.

    Brendan has been Chief Executive since January 2014, having earlier served as Deputy Chief Executive.

    “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the MCA membership more generally, I would express my appreciation for Brendan’s contribution to the work of the MCA for more than nine years, including nearly four years as Chief Executive,” Dr Guthrie said.

    “Brendan and his team have advanced the interests of the minerals sector significantly across a broad spectrum of issues. He led the MCA during a period of economic downturn in the sector and was able to maximise the organisation’s impact with forthright and thoughtful advocacy,” Dr Guthrie said.

    Mr Pearson said it had been a privilege to hold senior leadership positions in the MCA during a period of significant challenges for the industry and the nation.

    “I am especially pleased that we have built coalitions of interest across a range of policy issues and deepened and broadened our co-operation with the broad policy community. Consistent with the MCA tradition, our policy advocacy has been vigorous but constructive and evidence-based. The industry has been prepared to tell its story and articulate its case and it is important that this continue.

    “Particular challenges to the coal, iron ore and gold sectors have been (and continue to be) met resolutely, while amalgamations with uranium and coal sector bodies have been productive. The mining and carbon taxes have been repealed, there is bipartisan support for the Fuel Tax Credits scheme and I am confident there will be much-needed reform of the GST distribution system over the next 12 months,” Mr Pearson said.

    “It has been a particular pleasure working with an industry that makes such a strong contribution to regional Australia and one that leads all other sectors in providing opportunities to Indigenous Australians,” he said.

    Brendan will leave the organisation in mid-October. David Byers will be Acting Chief Executive during the transition to new leadership.

    This media release was written by Vanessa Guthrie and Brendan Pearson of Minerals Council of Australia. 

  • 23 Oct 2017 10:26 AM | Shayne Morris (Administrator)

    The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) today announced the appointment of its first full-time CEO. Laurie Patton takes on this role following an extensive career in media, IT and event management. For the past three years he has been CEO / Executive Director of Internet Australia, the NFP peak body representing the interests of Internet users.

    Welcoming Mr Patton, ASCA Vice President Brook Dixon (and Chair of the ASCA Nominations Committee) said the ASCA board was keen to see the organisation increase its contribution to the promotion of smart community concepts across Australia and was committed to working with a wide range of stakeholders.

    “Australia is well placed to be one of the leaders in emerging global moves to make our communities more liveable, more sustainable and more technologically empowered. We recognise the importance of putting people first – viewing things from a local perspective while also drawing on international experience,” Mr Dixon said.

    “Our board and members hold significant roles in organisations committed to creating smart communities. We are keen to lead the conversation about how best to develop all our communities for the benefit of every Australian.

    “Smart community interest and action is accelerating across Australia, with great leadership from the Australian Government, through the Prime Minister and Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor MP,” Mr Dixon said.

    “ASCA has been working closely with the Australian Government to drive positive smart community outcomes, and we look forward to building this partnership into the future.”

    Mr Patton’s immediate priority will be to engage broadly with communities, governments and businesses to ensure ASCA fulfils a central role in stimulating debate and actions designed to help our communities take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities opening up in the 21st Century.

    “There’s never been a more important time for ASCA to make a contribution to the development of smart communities throughout Australia,” Mr Patton said.

    “We are fast entering a digitally-enabled world full of new avenues for improving people’s lives by enhancing the places where they live and work.

    “While many communities are now poised and ready to proceed, and some already on the journey, there’s clearly a need for a coordinated effort across the country that sees us collaborating and sharing our experiences as we experiment and learn. I’m looking forward to working with the ASCA board and members to ensure we make a major contribution to that effort,” Mr Patton said.

    This media release was sourced from the Australian Smart Communities Association.

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