AuSAE Board of Directors Updates: Welcoming New Vice President and Bidding Farewell to Two Esteemed Members

29 Feb 2024 4:26 PM | Sarah Gamble (Administrator)

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) announces changes to its Board of Directors following its recent meeting. As an association dedicated to fostering leadership and excellence within the association management profession, AuSAE takes pride in acknowledging the contributions of its board members and welcoming new leaders to guide its strategic direction. 

Firstly, AuSAE bids farewell to directors, Holly Morchat Stanko and Elise Adams, who have served with distinction on the board.

Holly Morchat Stanko, the General Manager of the Association of Consultants & Engineers New Zealand, has been a long-serving member of the board for the past six years. Holly's dedication, expertise, and commitment have significantly contributed to AuSAE’s success and growth. As Holly relocates to the United States with her family, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for her service and wish her the very best in her future endeavours.

Elise Adams, Chief Executive Officer of the NZ School Trustees Association, has also been a valuable member of the board for the past two and half years. Elise's insightful contributions, passion for excellence, and tireless efforts have left an indelible mark on AuSAE.

In light of changes, AuSAE is pleased to announce the election of Craig Young as the new Vice President of the Board. Craig Young CAE, the Chief Executive of the Technology Users Association New Zealand (TUANZ), brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective, which will undoubtedly enhance AuSAE's initiatives and objectives.

Craig Young CAE joins the distinguished leadership team of AuSAE, which includes John Winter CAE, AuSAE President and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA), Paul Nicolaou, Executive Director of Business Sydney, Alan McDonald, Head of Advocacy, Strategy and Finance for the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA), Lindsay McGrath CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia and New Zealand (SPASA), and Nick Pilavidis CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Credit Management (AICM). Together, they will continue to steer AuSAE towards achieving its mission of empowering association executives and driving excellence in the sector.

AuSAE President John Winter CAE expressed appreciation for Holly and Elise’s contributions, stating, "We are grateful for their dedicated service and invaluable contributions to the AuSAE Board of Directors. We extend our appreciation and best wishes to them. Additionally, we warmly welcome Craig Young to his new role as Vice President." “The retirement of both Elise and Holly from the Board also unfortunately negatively impacts our gender balance on the Board. The AuSAE Board is very mindful of this imbalance and for us to reflect our membership properly. As a result, we are proactively in discussions with acknowledged female leaders from amongst our membership with a view to making direct appointments to the Board that will both address this imbalance and also lift the capacity of our Board more generally. 

“We are also quickly approaching our annual board elections and we urge female associations leaders to consider making themselves a candidate at those elections. These roles will be key to driving strategic initiatives the board has identified during its recent strategic planning session." added Winter

For more information about AuSAE and its Board of Directors, please visit

Nomination information for the 2024 Board of Director elections will be distributed to eligible members in early April. 

About AuSAE

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) is the leading association for association and not-for-profit professionals in Australia and New Zealand. AuSAE provides education, leadership development, advocacy, and networking opportunities to empower association executives and drive excellence in the association sector.

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

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