Chief Executive Officer Damien joined the Adelaide Convention Bureau team as Chief Executive Officer in 2008 following his employment at Events South Australia. With his extensive experience at Events South Australia and South Australian Tourism Commission, Damien has a successful track record of facilitating collaboration across private and public sectors to position Adelaide, South Australia as a destination of choice. Damien has previously held the roles of President of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux and Deputy Chair of the Business Events Council of Australia. He has provided strong leadership with a clear strategic focus for the Australian and South Australian business events sector. Contact Damien



General Manager Mary joined the Adelaide Convention Bureau team as an Administration and Finance Officer in 2001. In 2008 Mary was appointed General Manager and leads her team with vision and passion, constantly seeking new opportunities for growth, expansion and development whilst showcasing South Australia. Mary is proactive in promoting South Australia and leading the Adelaide Convention Bureau team to encourage members to bid for upcoming events to host in wonderful South Australia with the help of the Bureau. Contact Mary



Director, Sales & Marketing Nic’s experience with events at the highest level and his strategic management and marketing skills make him a stand out for his vital role at the Adelaide Convention Bureau as Director of Sales & Marketing. In Nic’s previous roles as General Manager of the Australian Masters Games, Program Manager for the men’s teams at Basketball Australia and Director of Podium Partners, Nic has obtained an extensive background into the event and corporate sectors both nationally and internationally. Nic is responsible for the management, coordination and oversight of activities of the Bureau team to ensure the achievement of a specific sales and marketing objectives in accordance with the business plan. Contact Nic



Manager – International Strategy & Programs Following 4.5 years as Director of Sales & Marketing at EPICURE, Mel re-joined the Adelaide Convention Bureau team in 2018 as Manager – International Strategy & Programs. Mel is responsible for the management and development of the Bureau’s international strategy and related programs to ensure that Adelaide continues to be a stand out destination for international association conferences. Her understanding of various clients’ needs paired with her friendly and genuine manner, allows her to work effectively and build strong relationships across all sectors. Contact Melissa



Business Development Manager Kerri joined the Adelaide Convention Bureau in 2018 and is responsible for identifying and encouraging key industry sectors in the Victorian market, to hold future activities in South Australia. She comes to the Bureau with an extensive and varied sales background with her successes being built around long term, trusted relationships. Born and bred in Adelaide and having a passion for tourism, Kerri brings a strong local knowledge of South Australia to the team. She is dedicated to promoting Adelaide as Australia’s premium Business Events destination and strategically developing and bidding for opportunities to positively impact South Australia’s economy. Contact Kerri



Business Development Manager Casey joined the Adelaide Convention Bureau in 2017 and is responsible for the development of national bid opportunities arising out of the key New South Wales market as well as conducting crucial research for international bid development. Casey brings to the Bureau extensive experience in tourism, events, hospitality & business development. Formerly from the Northern Territory, Casey is a passionate advocate promoting South Australia as the leading destination for business events, industry innovation, infrastructure, food and wine. Contact Casey 

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Business Development Executive Born and raised in Mexico, Edgar relocated to Brisbane, Australia in 2011 having lived in Queensland for five years Edgar moved to Adelaide in 2016. Since then he has fallen in love with South Australia’s stunning landscapes, coastal beaches and most of all Adelaide’s great culinary experience. With a Bachelor degree in Tourism, Edgar brings to the Bureau his vast international experience in hospitality and his true passion for South Australia, focusing on the QLD, ACT and New Zealand markets. Contact Edgar 



Industry & Engagement Manager Darren joins the Bureau following several years in member services and event management with a national sporting organisation, overseeing major events both in Australia and overseas. With experience working and studying in major cities around the world including Sydney and Atlanta, Darren brings a committed approach to driving business in right here in South Australia and a passion for key stakeholder engagement. Contact Darren



Asian Markets Manager Lavender joined the Adelaide Convention Bureau in 2014 after completing a master’s degree in commerce, marketing. Lavender manages the Asian markets, specialising in China, Indonesia and Singapore. Lavender’s experience and intimate knowledge of the industry provide the right skill set to showcase why Adelaide is becoming a well-known destination for incentive, corporate and association meetings from Asia. Contact Lavender



Research & Referral Executive Tess joined the Bureau in 2013 directly from TAFE and has excelled through the system to the position of Research and Referral Executive. Tess is responsible for market research, generating new leads for potential international and Asia Pacific conventions and meetings to be held in Adelaide, South Australia. Tess also provides administration support for the referrals team ensuring its success continues. Contact Tess



Bid Design Officer  Laura joins the Bureau as an experienced bid and marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working with international and global companies. Laura has an extensive background in driving bidding processes and supporting client strategy across several market divisions.  With experience working and studying in Sydney and Adelaide, Laura has a successful track record in marketing, branding, tender preparation & event coordination. Laura brings a passionate and innovative approach to supporting South Australia in commercially competitive tenders. Contact Laura 


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