ABEA welcomes two new board directors

From left: Penny Lion; Leo Jago

The Australian Business Events Association (ABEA) has appointed two additional industry leaders to its Board of Directors.

Penny Lion, non-executive director of Racing SA, Adelaide Venue Management Corporation, and the Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association, joins industry luminary Leo Jago OAM, director of Tourism and Business Events International, appointed to the Board last month.

From left: Penny Lion; Leo Jago

Lion’s governance experience spans not-for-profit, government and the private sector, including 11 years leading business and industry events at Tourism Australia. Her extensive global network within the business events industry affords ABEA a unique opportunity to drive the Australian industry forward.

Leo Jago is emeritus professor at the University of Surrey in the UK and an adjunct professor at Griffith University, specialising in assessing the economic impact and legacy of business events. With over 25 years of active involvement with international organisations, including the UNWTO, JMIC, and ICCA, his accolades include chairing the Business Events Council of Australia.

Melissa Brown, ABEA CEO, said: “With nine of the 11 Board positions now occupied, ABEA is galvanised with a representative Board, comprehensively reflecting, and addressing the industry.

“We invite business events leaders with a passion for championing our industry and serving our members to join us. We want to see the final two positions on the Board filled by high calibre individuals who, together with our current directors, will represent the full scope of our industry.”

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