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 of England & Wales in 1981. After leaving the accounting profession in 1985, Francis gained extensive experience in both the entertainment and events based industry sectors. Having worked for Chrysalis Records and EMI Records in the UK for 8 years, Francis moved to Australia in 1992, where he worked for AiC Worldwide (now Terrapinn) in the capacity of both Main Board Director and Finance Director. During this time AiC Worldwide became one of the leading global conference and trade show organisers.
In July, 2000 Francis purchased Conference Action Pty. Ltd a company specialising in event management for the Association, Society and Government sectors. In 2005, the addition of the Australian Professional Centre (APC), moved the business into a more strategically focused provider of association management services. Francis has, since then, developed what is now The Association Specialists into the leading provider of association management services in Australia. He continues to passionately drive improvements into the not-for-profit sector whilst struggling to get any improvement in his golf game. Francis is an Honorary Life Member of the PCO Association and Past President of Lane Cove Football Club.
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.
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.
Lynne is an experienced Business and Event Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the events services industry. Skilled in Sales, Marketing, Business Administration and Event Management. Strong operations professional with a BS focused in Communication and Media Studies.
Lynne has 16 years’ experience in event management, sales, marketing and office management roles. Each position has incorporated a diverse range of these responsibilities, which Lynne has thoroughly enjoyed and succeeded in. With direct exposure to a wide range of industries including engineering, research and development, telecommunications, mining, insolvency, finance, transportable building and construction. Lynne has had to rapidly adapt, absorb and prosper in a range of industries.
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.
Annie joined The Association Specialists in 2013. She graduated in BA History at Cardiff University in the UK and grew her skills within the sales and charity sectors before moving to Australia. She has worked with not for profits and associations for 7 years and has extensive knowledge of working with boards to deliver quality member services and benefits.
Annie is experienced in developing and streamlining operational processes in addition to providing advice on governance, marketing and communications and event management. She is dedicated to building strong client relationships and providing an exceptional level of service.
Thalia graduated from Macquarie University in 2015 and is a hardworking and loyal member of The Association Specialists. She has skills in both association and conference management, having operated in various roles throughout the organisation in her 6+ years with the company.
Thalia’s current role is Team Leader in the association management department, ensuring the delivery of a wide scope of services to over 25 associations on a day-to-day basis. Thalia is also adept in producing large-scale conferences and events for associations and non-for-profit organsiations. Thalia enjoys building strong relationships with clients and stakeholders across a wide variety of industries and brings a strong focus on customer service to The Association Specialists.
With over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of events and procurement, Seb brings a focus on developing strong relationships with partners and logistics expertise to TAS’ Sydney events team.Seb’s broad experience across events and also within sponsorship and exhibition sales/management ensures our clients’ are delivered a dynamic platformin which to communicate with delegates.
Seb’s current role as Team Leader of the Sydney Events team, has him managing a team of 6 Event managers/coordinators whilst ensuring the delivery of a wide scope of annual events on a day-to-day basis.