AuSAE introduces the new Board of Directors

31 May 2023 4:05 PM | Sarah Gamble (Administrator)

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) has announced the newly elected Board of Directors. The board members were endorsed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Monday, 29th May, following the election process, and bring a diverse range of expertise and leadership to the organisation.

Lindsay McGrath, CEO of Swimming Pool & Spa Association (SPASA) Australia and Alan McDonald, Head of Advocacy and Strategy at Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) New Zealand, will join the board for the first time. We are also pleased to welcome back continuing and re-elected Director Elise Adams, Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

Lyn McMorran, Executive Director of the Financial Services Federation, will retire from the board after six years of dedicated service, including serving the last four years as President. Lyn's contribution to and leadership of the organisation have been invaluable, particularly through the difficult years of the pandemic, and we extend our sincere gratitude for her service during her tenure.

We also thank outgoing director Peter Saffin who resigned from the board earlier this year after serving for almost three years. Peter has left to take up a role outside of the Association sector.

Following the AGM, the board convened to elect a new President and Vice President of the organisation. We are pleased to announce John Winter, CEO of ARITA - Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association, has been elected as the new President and Elise Adams as the Vice President of the AuSAE Board.

Furthermore, the board resolved to co-opt Nick Pilavidis, Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Credit Management, to join the Board.

“I’m deeply honoured to take on the presidency of AuSAE. Associations strengthen every industry and every profession every day. We underpin supporting every aspect of business, social, environmental, professional and community life. The role that AuSAE plays in developing the competency and leadership of those who work in Associations has never been more important.” said Winter.

“We have a strong and diverse board and leadership that will ensure that AuSAE is well-positioned to support associations across New Zealand and Australia into the future.”

We would like to express our gratitude to all the members who participated in the election process and congratulate the newly elected and re-elected board members.

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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