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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Business Development Executive

Born and raised in New York, USA, Mike relocated to Adelaide in 2014 and has fallen in love with all that the city has to offer. Having worked in tourism, sales, training, and large scale government programs, Mike brings his versatile set of experience and passion for South Australia to the Bureau to focus on the QLD, ACT and WA markets for national conferences along with the incentives and corporate opportunities within New Zealand.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sales Team Coordinator

Upon completing her Diploma of Events, Ruby already had a wealth of experience ranging from hospitality to charities to conferences. After winning a number of awards on her way to graduating, and working as a Sales & Events Manager at the Glenelg Pier Hotel, she joined the Bureau in 2017. Ruby plays a vital role in supporting the sales team in securing business events to Adelaide.

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