Meet the Team 

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Brendon Ward, Chief Executive Officer

Brendon moved to Brisbane and started as CEO of AuSAE in July 2015.  Prior to that he was living in Wellington where he had an extensive 16 year background in association and charitable organisations, including heading up the New Zealand Charities regulator.  He was responsible for running the volunteer programme for Rugby World Cup 2011 and has served on a number of boards.  He attended the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games as a commentator for TVNZ.  Along with his values based leadership, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to an already high performing team at AuSAE and is excited about the future of the organisation.

Brendon can be contacted on or 
mobile: +61 427 308 220

Toni Brearley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

With 10 years experience in the not for profit sector, Toni brings a depth of skills and experience to the AuSAE team. Having held senior positions in sector peak bodies and community service organisations, Toni has particular expertise in stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications and policy development. 

With previous commercial experience in sales and business development, coupled with a passion for people, Toni has developed a unique understanding of both the challenges and rewards of the not for  profit sector.

Toni can be contacted on or

mobile: +61 458 000 155

Brett Jeffery, General Manager New Zealand

Brett Jeffery is a long term AuSAE member and has served on the AuSAE board for the past five years. Brett has had over twenty years’ experience working alongside association and other non-profits in his numerous New Zealand tourism and hospitality roles, including most recently Sales and Marketing Manager at Rotorua Events and Venues. Brett is passionate about ensuring not-for-profit leaders receive opportunities to network and further their careers. 

Brett can be contacted on or 
mobile: +64 27 249 8677

Kerrie Lucas, Events and Communications Manager

Kerrie has been working at AuSAE since May 2015. With over 2 years’ experience in the Australian not-for-profit sector, Kerrie brings a depth of knowledge to the team specifically in Event Management and Planning and Membership. Kerrie understands the importance of connecting members with key stakeholders and maintaining relationships. Kerrie holds a Master of Business (Marketing) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Economics and Marketing from the University of Tasmania.

Kerrie can be contacted on

Judith Hocking, Membership Officer

Judith joined the AuSAE team in January 2015. She has extensive experience in working for various corporate and not for profit organisations. Judith has also managed her own business and therefore understands the importance of building customer loyalty. Judith’s specialises in creating and maintaining customer relationships and developing member satisfaction.

Judith can be contacted on

Shayne Morris, Events & Communications Coordinator 

Shayne is a well-rounded marketing professional with an extensive background in professional services, both at boutique law firms and top tier firms in Australia and London. She has had the good fortune of partnering with all areas of marketing throughout her career including communications, branding, social marketing, research and event management. 

Shayne's passion is working closely with AuSAE's team to ensure a seamless experience for our members. Shayne holds a Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology) with the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Psychology with Birbeck University. She also has a Diploma in Marketing from the Sydney Institute of Tafe.

Shayne can be contacted on

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