Arna Wahl Davies has been appointed chair of the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Approved Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Group, taking over from Ali Copeman.
She is co-founder and director of Composition, a PCO which manages mid- to large-size conferences throughout New Zealand, and brings to the role over 20 yearsâ€™ experience in event management.
Early in her career, Davies was initially a chef working in international hotels and then moving into event management. Before starting her own business a decade ago, she spent over seven years with a leading New Zealand conference organiser, learning the art and craft of being a PCO, and managing events of up to 1,500 delegates.
CINZ chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, said the 18 companies accredited to the CINZ Approved PCO Group are qualified to handle the most complicated of domestic and international association conferences.
â€œNot only are CINZ Approved PCOs required to meet strict criteria, they are bound by a Code of Ethics, Rules and Responsibilities determined by CINZ,” said Hopkins.