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Meetings & Events Australia Team Update

Released by Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) on Wednesday, 18 March 2020

MEAAlong with many of its members, MEA’s operation has been reviewing its operation following Federal Government’s announcements and vast and immediate impact on the events industry. MEA’s CEO Robyn Johnson and the MEA Board has reviewed and changed its short-term structure to ensure we remain stable, active and relevant for its membership.

Following the recent announcement made regarding National Awards program and Evolve 2020 postponements, two positions on the MEA team have been impacted. Regrettably, MEA has had to discontinue the role of National Events Manager that was held by Fran Barlow for eight months. Fran was instrumental in the development of the incredible program for Evolve 2020 which now has been postponed.

The Partnerships Manager role has also been impacted, which was a new role that Christopher Lazzari was engaged for to reposition MEA.

Robyn Johnson, CEO of MEA commented, “I, along with the MEA Board and team are devastated to lose two of our team members. The decisions were difficult to make, however, it was necessary to ensure the stability of the organisation. Members’ investment in MEA will be shifted into managing the immediate needs of providing education, support, information and lobbying government for a support package - for our members and the broader industry. Fran and Christopher have been outstanding in responding to the news a testament to their professionalism and we thank them for their incredible support and commitment to the industry.”

“Many companies across the industry are having to make similar decisions to keep their organisations operating so they can get through this and it’s important for business owners and staff to stay positive and focused in these incredibly difficult times”, she added. “As the sector bounces back, we will be ready.”

For any information on MEA’s events or partnerships can be directed to Robyn Johnson.