The CAE community welcomes eight new certified association leaders!

23 Jan 2023 8:11 AM | Sarah Gamble (Administrator)

AuSAE is pleased to announce that eight association executives have recently earned their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE. They join the growing cohort of CAEs in Australia and New Zealand, with more than 4,700 industry leaders worldwide who hold the CAE credential.

Here are our new eight Certified Associations Executives:


  • Thomas Dunsmore, CAE – Director at the Residential Community and Certification at Torres Strait Kaziw Meta
  • Nikki Kelso, CAE - Director of Corporate Engagement at the Australian Dental Industry Association
  • Lyndal McPherson, CAE - Chief Executive Officer at the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Kathy Nguyen – Manager Client Services at Associations Forum
  • Michelle Rose, CAE – Chief Executive Officer at the Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia
  • Ariel Tate, CAE – Marketing & Communications Manager at the Australian Dental Association


  • Rowan Dixon, CAE – Chief Operating Officer at the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)
  • Lynne Umbers, CAE - Relationships and Events Manager, Philanthropy New Zealand

AuSAE's Chief Executive Officer, Toni Brearley CAE, said, “We are proud to have this new cohort of CAEs join the CAE community.” The CAE designation demonstrates the individual's dedication to the profession and ongoing professional development.

The first localised CAE program in Australia and New Zealand was launched by AuSAE, in partnership with ASAE in 2021. We are committed to championing this important credential for the sector and advancing the association management profession.

The Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential signifies an association professional who has demonstrated a comprehensive range of knowledge essential to managing an association in today's challenging environment.

Visit the AuSAE website –  - to learn more about the CAE credential or to register for the February 10-Week CAE study program.

The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Australian Office:
Address: Unit 6, 26 Navigator Place, Hendra QLD 4011 Australia
Free Call: +61 1300 764 576
Phone: +61 7 3268 7955

New Zealand Office:
Address: 159 Otonga Rd, Rotorua 3015 New Zealand
Phone: +64 27 249 8677

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