AuSAE Board & Constitution 

Lyn McMorran

AuSAE President 

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.

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Peter Saffin

Vice President

Peter is currently CEO of The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV). MAV promotes mathematics education and the importance of mathematics to society. MAV has over 1400 members from all sectors of education in Victoria and provides benefits to a growing network of over 13,500 mathematics educators. Members include individuals, schools, universities and other institutions, and MAV’s services are provided to teachers, students and the wider STEM community. Peter has led change across the association, and is working towards creating a more sustainable business model of diverse revenue streams. Peter led the development and implementation of a new strategic plan to improve membership services, advocacy, partnerships, governance and operational performance.  Significance increases in revenue and profit as well as impact to the sector have been achieved.

Peter has previous NFP Board experience with the Australian Publishers Association (APA) where he focused on advocacy and industry awards development. He is also current Vice President of the Council of Professional Teachers Associations of Victoria (CPTAV).Peter is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). 

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Damian Mitsch

Damian Mitsch is a career Association Professional having held executive roles in some of Australia’s largest allied health membership organisations. Damian is currently the National Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Dental Association and an adjunct senior lecturer in clinical leadership and management at Monash University. Damian’s previous company directorship experience includes positions on the Board of Austin Health, The Butterfly Foundation, Chair of the National Primary Health Care Partnership, a director of Allied Health Professions Australia and President of The Bridge Inc. Damian is passionate about innovation, change and leadership.

He holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Elise Adams 

Elise is the current CEO of the NZ School Trustees Association.  Prior to this role she was interim CEO for the NZ Veterinary Association.   Her career spans 30 years in the public and private sector including five years in Association leadership roles.  Past roles have included project management, corporate and operations management at both a regional and national level.  

Elise holds qualifications in project and programme management, strategic human resources as well as a Masters in Business Administration. 

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Holly Morchat Stanko

As General Manager for the Association of Consulting and Engineering New Zealand, Holly oversees operations of the Association along with a few key areas of focus including conferencing, events, website, communications and strategic partnerships. As a graduate of Texas A&M University and Victoria University of Wellington, Holly arrived in New Zealand in 2012 as a part of the Rotary Ambassadorial Programme and has been working with ACENZ since 2012.

Actively involved in AuSAE New Zealand and the LINC conference committee, Holly enjoys learning from other associations in the membership throughout New Zealand and Australia.

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Leigh Catley

Leigh Catley is a Wellington, New Zealand, based communications and advocacy specialist. Leigh’s governance experience includes holding board member roles for the New Zealand Agricultural Journalists & Communicators Guild, the New South Wales Public Relations Institute and the New Zealand Registered Hairdressers Association. Leigh’s career as an association executive includes working for the Employers Association of New Zealand, and both the Australian and New Zealand Press Associations, and now Federated Farmers of New Zealand as its GM Communications.

Leigh has considerable event management experience including running conferences for Horticulture New Zealand and Federated Farmers, plus the development of the Primary Industries New Zealand Summit in 2019. Leigh founded the New Zealand primary sector Primary Industry Communicators Day conference and was a committee member for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Guild Congress held in New Zealand in 2015.

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Paula Rowntree

Paula Rowntree has been a leader within the association, membership and business events sectors for more than 18 years. During this time she has successfully designed, developed and implemented business, membership and event strategies that have enhanced and increased the value of each association to its members and key stakeholders.

As Head of Events & Experience with the RACGP, Paula leads their membership, events and market intelligence teams servicing more than 42,000 members. Paula is a passionate leader and manager who strives to inspires others and help them achieve their professional goals, creating future leaders along the way while creating joy in the workplace for herself and those she leads.

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AuSAE Constitution

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

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

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