Simon Baggs, Chair of the Board of Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) today announced the appointment of Robyn Johnson as the incoming CEO of MEA.
Robyn Johnson brings a successful blend of strategic management and operational skills developed overt wenty years in the Australian Business Events industry. Robyn has a strong background working in PCOs, she has owned her own event management company and was a senior executive at Business Events Sydney and Destination New South Wales.
“The Board of MEA are very much looking forward to working with Robyn to connect with members and develop a new and meaningful range of membership benefits” said Baggs. “A new logo, graphic look and feel, and website are already well underway as MEA prepares to deliver on its exciting digital strategy. MEA’s robust Company Accreditation program is due to launch soon, so it’s an exciting time for Robyn to take the reins”.
Robyn will work with the Board to develop a new strategic plan to maximise benefits for members, revitalise existing programs and ensure MEA’s voice is heard in government for the benefit of the industry.
Robyn Johnson said “I have had a long association with MEA having presented lectures on event management and attending the MEA Conference over many years. I am very excited to have this opportunity to work with the Board, its sponsors and members.”
Robyn will start her new role on Monday 29th August.
Outgoing CEO Linda Gaunt leaves MEA after a highly successful 11 years advocating for the industry, especially in training. A highlight was the formation of MEA’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO) the Australian Events Academy (AEA) which has been instrumental in training a large number of industry professionals.
“Linda has been the highly respected face of the business event industry for many years” said Baggs. “Her enthusiasm for the events industry, her drive and charisma were infectious”.