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5:00-8:00 pm Thursday 16th August 

Sofitel on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne Vic

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5:00-8:00 pm Wednesday 22nd August 

Sydney Marriot Hotel, 30 Pitt St, Sydney NSW

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We would also like to give a special thank you to Tourism New Zealand

who we are proud to announce as our platinum partners for the 2018 SBS series.

The Association Specialists

Strategic Board Series


16 August 2018, 5.00 – 8.00pm | Sofitel on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne Vic

22 August 2018, 5.00 – 8.00pm | Sydney Marriot Hotel, 30 Pitt St, Sydney NSW


5.00pm: Registration and complimentary pre event refreshments

5.30pm: Welcome and Overview

Francis Child, Managing Director, The Association Specialists

5:35pm: Tourism NZ keynote introduction – MD Tourism New Zealand

5.45pm: PANEL 1: How to maximise your Revenue Stream in today's competitive association landscape

Revenue streams are central to the health and resilience of associations. They allow associations to pursue their purpose, create real value for their members and continue to grow. Building ethical and sustainable avenues of funding are a foremost concern for any board member serious about making a difference in their industry.


  • Louise Schaper CEO Health Informatics Society of Australia Ltd (Melbourne)
  • Chris Ristevski Partner Acquisition Manager Guild Insurance (Melbourne)
  • Tony Coles CEO Audiology Australia (Melbourne)
  • Juliana Payne CEO Restaurant & Catering Industry Association (Sydney)
  • Jonathan  McIlroy Joint Managing Director Executive Assistant Network (Sydney)
  • Sara-Jane Evans Head of Membership & Commercial Services Property Council of New Zealand (Sydney)

6.15pm: Q&A from the audience

6.25pm: PANEL 2: How to establish yourself as a Connected Association by building dynamic membership engagement and partnerships with other organisations

The modern association is expected to maintain two-way communication channels with their members, not only sending out pertinent information, but creating strong relations and feedback loops to really understand their stakeholders.


  • Mel Kettle Social Media Specialist for Associations Mel Kettle Consulting (Both Sydney & Melbourne)
  • Paula Parker President Australian Veterinary Association (Both Sydney & Melbourne)
  • Andrew Smailes President Data Management Association (Melbourne)
  • Troy Williams CEO Australian Dental Industry Association (Sydney)

7.05pm: Q&A from the audience

7.15pm: Closing Remarks

Francis Child, Managing Director, The Association Specialists

7:20-8.00pm: Networking drinks


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