AuSAE Board

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Graham Catt, AuSAE President

Graham Catt is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Veterinary Association, the national professional association for veterinarians with over 8500 members. In seven years with the AVA, Graham has led change and development across all aspects of the association, and significant growth in membership, revenues, professionalism and influence. Graham has over 15 years’ experience as a senior executive, and past roles include State Manager, NSW & ACT, for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Managing Director of a communications agency, and Executive Officer (NSW) of the national association for disability service providers. Graham represents the veterinary profession in a range of industry and government forums, is an active participant in business networks, and regularly speaks on issues affecting associations and the not for profit sector. Tertiary qualifications include a BA in English and Drama, Masters in English Literature, a post graduate diploma in business from UTS, and an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Graham can be contacted on ceo@ava.com.au

Kirsty Kelly, AuSAE Vice President / WA & SA Representative

Kirsty is the Chief Executive Officer of Australia’s peak professional urban and regional planning body, the Planning Institute of Australia. An experienced Certified Practising Planner, she has served the PIA in various capacities throughout her career including 4 years on the Board of Directors. She has also operated in private consulting, state government and local government in South Australia and in the Northern Territory, working for key organisations known for their leading practice in the industry. She is a strong advocate for the role planning plays in creating sustainable, healthy and productive communities of lasting value. Kirsty is the Chair of the Resilience Strategy Task Group of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, and is an active contributor on behalf of PIA in various industry collaborations including the Urban Coalition, the Healthy Spaces & Places Coalition and the Moving People Taskforce.


Kirsty can be contacted on kirstymichellekelly@gmail.com

Lauretta Stace, NSW/ACT Representative 

Lauretta Stace is a leading advocate for the health and fitness industry in Australia. After becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Fitness Australia in 2006, Lauretta  transformed the organisation from being a small, fragmented group of industry bodies into a leading national industry association with over 30,000 customers, multiple external stakeholder connections, and a strong profile within government and the media. Lauretta's current role of Healthy Ageing General Manager at Uniting sees her advocate to empower older people to enjoy regular activity in their communities thereby strengthening their physical and social capacity.  Lauretta has held leadership roles in both the not-for-profit and private sectors for over 20 years within health-related organisations. 


Glen Harriss, QLD/NT Representative 

Glen Harriss is Executive Officer of Coeliac Queensland, the state’s peak body supporting families diagnosed with coeliac disease. Coeliac Queensland supports approximately 4,000 members throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales. Glen is a passionate for purpose professional having experience fundraising for medical research and supporting families who are faced with a medical diagnosis of a chronic disease. Glen also sits on Boards with his children’s school and soccer club. Glen holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Central Queensland University.


Glen can be contacted on  CQEO@coeliac.org.au 

Damian Mitsch, VIC/TAS Representative

Damian Mitsch is a career Association Professional having held executive roles in some of Australia’s largest allied health membership organisations. Damian is currently the National Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Dental Association and an adjunct senior lecturer in clinical leadership and management at Monash University. Damian’s previous company directorship experience includes positions on the Board of Austin Health, The Butterfly Foundation, Chair of the National Primary Health Care Partnership, a director of Allied Health Professions Australia and President of The Bridge Inc. Damian is passionate about innovation, change and leadership. He holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Damian can be contacted on ceo@ada.org.au

Nick Hill, NZ Representative 
Nick Hill is the Chief Executive of the Building Officials Institute of New Zealand the peak body representing the Building Surveying and Building Controls sectors. Over the last 4 years he has transformed the Institute from technical insolvency to a financially successful and internationally respected organisation. The Institute is dedicated to improving the professionalism and ongoing skill sets of both its members and the wider building and construction sector. Nick co-lead the recent merger of Associations New Zealand Inc and the Australian Society of Association Executives.


Nick can be contacted on nickhill@boinz.org.nz

Chris McGeown, Board Member  

Chris has worked in senior management and large-scale business transformation roles across multiple sectors in New Zealand, Europe and the South Pacific. Most recently Chris has been working in the tourism sector as the Chief Executive of one of the South Pacific’s largest resorts and latterly as Chief Operating Officer for the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand. Chris holds a commerce degree from Victoria University of Wellington. 

Chris can be contacted on Chris.McGeown@tianz.org.nz

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