Association Influencers 2020 - Judging Panel

AuSAE’s Association Influencers program is about highlighting and recognising the outstanding contributions of individuals in the association community across Australia and New Zealand.

The awards are judged by a select panel, who have been carefully chosen and vetted to ensure no conflicts of interest. The panel comprises of a group of prominent leaders in both Australia and New Zealand with knowledge, experience and passion for the association sector.  

This year AuSAE are proud to announce forty-four (44) peer nominated Association Influencers for 2020.

Using a set criterion for each entry scoring, after results cards have been gathered, the final list will be approved and nominees advised of the outcome.  The top applicants for 2020 will be selected based on the scoring of the set criteria. The judges may limit the number of winners should they find it appropriate and the Top influencers will be announced late February.

On behalf of our associations tribe we thank our esteemed judges for their time, commitment and service to Association Influencers Program, AuSAE and the sector as a whole.

Introducing our experienced panel of association experts:


Chief Executive Officer - Canberra Business Chamber

Graham Catt  has over 20 years’ experience as a senior leader, including over 12 years as an association CEO and two terms as President of AuSAE.  After beginning his career in communications, Graham enjoyed entrepreneurial success as a founding partner of agency Digital Eskimo, building a successful purpose-driven service business before moving to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) as NSW & ACT State Manager in 2004.

As CEO of the Australian Veterinary Association from 2008 - 2018, Graham led an organisational transformation that delivered 100% growth in membership and revenues, and reshaped the association’s advocacy and influence.   

Graham is currently CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber, a territory-based organisation with 600 members.


Executive Director - Financial Services Federation Inc. (NZ)
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Lyn McMorran is the Executive Director of the Financial Services Federation, the industry body representing responsible and ethical finance and leasing providers in New Zealand (  The FSF’s members and affiliates provide first-class financing, leasing, and credit-related insurance products and services to over 2 million New Zealand consumers and businesses.  The FSF’s affiliate members include internationally recognised legal and consulting partners.

Prior to joining the FSF in 2012, Lyn was Area Manager for Westpac’s Private Bank in the Lower North and South Islands.  In that role Lyn ran a team of Private Advisers and support staff providing comprehensive financial planning advice to portfolios of private banking clients. A Certified Financial Planner, Lyn is a Commission member of the Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman scheme, a member of the Investment Committee of the NZ National Council of Women, a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Financial Advisers Association of New Zealand and past President and Director of the Institute of Financial Advisers of New Zealand. 


Managing Director - ASI Asia-Pacific

Over the last 20+ years Paul has worked with more professional bodies, industry associations, charities and fundraisers than most people would gather in several lifetimes. He is passionate about helping Associations and Not-For-Profits reach their goals, through adopting new and innovative solutions to help them run more efficiently.

He is Managing Director of ASI Asia-Pacific which has more than 600 Not-For-Profit clients in the region. Paul enjoys working everyday with great staff and great clients and is rewarded by seeing great things ASI clients using iMIS, Association Online and Donman systems do in and around the community and knowing that ASI is able to contribute to that.

For further information about Association Influencers 2020 or to make an enquiry, contact: 

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Australian Office:
Address: Unit 6, 26 Navigator Place, Hendra QLD 4011 Australia
Free Call: +61 1300 764 576
Phone: +61 7 3268 7955

New Zealand Office:
Address: 159 Otonga Rd, Rotorua 3015 New Zealand
Phone: +64 27 249 8677

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