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From the CEO - July 2019

04 Jul 2019 4:52 PM | Toni Brearley (Administrator)

It’s hard to believe we have just crossed the half-way mark of 2019!  What a great first 6 months we have had here at AuSAE.

Our standout highlight was the fantastic ACE2019 held here in Brisbane just 4 short weeks ago.  

We welcomed 357 delegates, representing over 220 associations from 3 continents.  It was a fantastic 3 days of learning, sharing and connecting with like-minded association colleagues and I would like to take the opportunity to thank every person who attended, exhibited and contributed to making the event such a memorable one. 

For a great wrap up of the event I share a blog post written by Nicki Hauser from FineHaus (thank you Nicki) and of course a picture speaks 1000 words – a big shout out to the fabulous Shane & Nat from Oneill Photographics who, as always, did an amazing job capturing those special moments throughout the conference.  Check out the photo gallery here

Following the AGM at the end of May we saw some changes to the AuSAE board,  most notably a change in leadership with long-serving President Graham Catt stepping down from the position and from the board, and the appointment of Lyn McMorran as President for a term of 2 years following her successful reelection.  

We welcome new incoming Directors Michelle Blicavs and Peter Saffin who were successfully elected this year and we said farewell to Richard Stokes who stepped up to serve on the board at a critical time in early 2018 and made a valuable contribution during his time.

AuSAE have a super busy second half of 2019 to share with you starting off with a special executive briefing series from our Partners Mill Oakley focusing on the pending Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a disability.

Our August Networking lunch series will feature one of the highest rated speakers at the recent ACE conference, Yamini Naidu who will talk to us about Business Storytelling.

I will be heading off to Columbus, Ohio during August to attend the ASAE Annual Meeting and connect with association executives and colleagues from across the globe.  If you are considering attending the conference AuSAE have an exclusive discounted rate for our members.  More information can be found here.

In September I urge you to consider heading to the gorgeous region of Napier to attend the 2019 LINC conference in New Zealand.  I have available 5 complimentary tickets for Australian members to attend – email me if you would like to join us (first in first served).

We hope all our members enjoyed receiving the Associations Now magazine produced by ASAE. A big thank you to Higher Logic for making this happen.

As always,  I am open to hearing your thoughts and ideas of how we can serve our membership better,  so please reach out via email

I look forward to catching up with many of you in the coming weeks.

Take care

Toni Brearley
Chief Executive Officer,  AuSAE

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