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
Director of Operations
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.
Team Manager - Associations
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.
Team Manager - Finance
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 Leader - 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.
SERVICE DELIVERY STAFF
Senior CSM / Special Projects
Doug graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Social Policy & Politics. Through his experience volunteering oversees, Doug has a working knowledge in associations and charity organisations. Doug joined The Association Specialists in July 2010.
Account Manager - Events
Maddie completed a degree in Communications (PR, Marketing & Advertising) and worked in varying roles in hospitality, event coordination and retail marketing where she developed an interest in Sponsorship and Brand Management.
Madeleine worked for five years with a small events company as an Interim Manager and then as an Event Coordinator.
Client Services Manager
Annie joined The Association Specialists in 2013. Annie graduated with a BA History at Cardiff University in the UK, and has followed this by expanding her passion for delivering quality customer service through working closely with both customers and clients within the sales and charity sectors. As Business Development Assistant for a film production company, she played a pivotal role in furthering company growth and building strong client relationships within her portfolio. She is dedicated to providing an exceptional level of service to clients.
Client Services Manager
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 now works full time as a Client Services Manager.
Juliet was educated in Singapore and has over 20 years’ experience as a Subscriptions Manager for a publishing company. She has been with The Association Specialists since 2008.
Jasmin joined The Association Specialists in 2016. She is assisting our Association Management teams, whilst studying a Bachelor of International and Global Studies (majoring in Government, International Relations and American Studies) at the University of Sydney. Jasmin comes to TAS with experience in the retail industry and enjoys working in a team. Her previous experience has facilitated her drive to help clients, using both her organisational and problem solving skills
Having graduated with a degree in Business Management, Kate worked in London for 4 years at a conference company managing corporate international events. After moving to Sydney in 2013, Kate’s event experience in Sydney has taken her to the zoo and beyond, and then joining The Association Specialists in 2016. The events Kate works on at The Association Specialists will be taking her around Australia with the RCSA, and to Europe for the renowned SMACC event.
Meredith joined The Association Specialists Team in 2015 as an Event Coordinator. She graduated from The University of Technology Sydney in 2014 with a Bachelor of Communications. Coming from a unique background in small business management and education, Meredith brings her strong organisational skills and knack for problem solving to the TAS Event Management team.
Magda joined The Association Specialists in 2018 as an Event Manager. Magda completed her Diploma of Management in 2011 and started her career in the travel industry as a corporate travel consultant and later an assistant manager. It was at Paydirt Media that she found her passion for event management whilst assisting with various mining conferences and events.
Lillian joined TAS in early 2014. She has experience working in the accounting industry and also in the not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about seeing NFP entities delivering more value for their stakeholders by ensuring that they have good cash flow management. Lillian has a Bachelor of Business degree specialised in International Business and a Master’s degree of Accounting. She is also currently studying for her CPA as part of her ongoing professional development.
Rachel joined the TAS team in mid-2015. She brings a wealth of financial experience having worked in the finance sector within a manufacturing firm. Rachel has a Bachelor Degree in Business, majoring in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Rachel prides herself on her excellent detail oriented, analytical and technical skills. Rachel strongly believes that her skills will assist both TAS and its clients meet their financial objectives.