Francis Child was born and educated in the United Kingdom where he obtained a BSc in Economics with Statistics at the University of Bristol. He qualified as a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1981. Since leaving the accounting profession Francis has gained extensive experience in both the entertainment and events based industry sectors. After working with Chrysalis Records and EMI Records in the UK for 8 years, Francis moved to Australia in 1992, where for 8 years he worked for AIC Worldwide, one of the leading global conference and exhibition organisers. Francis acquired The Association Specialists (then known as Conference Action) in July 2000 introducing a strong culture of integrity and transparency to the business. This business is now a market leader and has under-pinned the rapid growth of the company in the past five years.
Nell Harrison, CEM
Nell is a Graduate of Applied Communication Studies with majors in Marketing & Public Relations. Nell is highly committed and passionate about her professional industry and was among the first group of certified Event Managers (CEM) with the Australian Professional Conference Organising Association.
In recent years, Nell has been working internationally and brings with her extensive organisational and management experience with association and corporate conferences, having held senior positions within conference management, business development as well as consulting strategically on the conception and implementation of international & national conference and event programmes.
She has a strong focus on achieving excellence in operational management, fostering strong client relationships and maintaining a strong sense of ethics and integrity throughout all her business practices.
Director of Member Services
Megan joined The Association Specialists in early 2012 bringing with her a wealth of experience in Sales and Event Management. Her previous roles within the hotel industry included sales, client relationship management, contract negotiation, event and financial management with clients from both Association and Corporate sectors. She brings a commercial focus and strong customer service skills to her client portfolio.
John is currently working with the Association Specialists in an advisory and consulting capacity sharing his knowledge, experience and best practice advice.
Team Manager - Accounts
Adil comes to The Association Specialists with a great deal of practical experience in book keeping, lodging BAS returns and Individual and Company Tax returns. Adil graduated from Central Queensland University (Sydney campus) and then completed his Masters Degree in Accounting. He started his working career as a part-time bookkeeper for the Macquarie University Postgraduate Association during his studies and had been working in the finance sector at an accounting firm in a full-time role before joining us at TAS.
Team Manager - PCO Division
Jade joined The Association Specialists in 2014 and has over 8 years’ experience working in event and marketing roles for corporate, not-for-profit and association based organisations. After graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce, Jade held the position of Marketing and Conference Manager at Paydirt Media, organising conferences for the mining sector across Australia. During this time Jade also worked with a number of industry associations and has extensive experience working on large scale conferences and with International and Government representatives.
Business Development Manager
Jack is a Graduate of Communication Studies and International Studies with majors in Social Political Science and Latina Spanish. Jack is a creative and strategic recent graduate that brings a research-centric approach to Business Development and Marketing in the NFP and Associations space. Jack has a strong focus on building strong, long-term client partnerships.
Team Manager - Association Management
Team Manager - Association Management
Thalia has worked at The Association Specialists since 2013. Initially starting out as a part-time Association Coordinator while completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in International Business at Macquarie University. Upon graduating in 2015 she worked as a Client Services Manager before moving into the position of Team Manager for Association Management.