Business Events Perth Board Directors

Consultative Directors

KEVIN SKIPWORTH CVO BUSINESS EVENTS PERTH CHAIRMAN

Kevin was appointed Consultative Director and Chairman on 21 November 2016. Kevin has had a distinguished career in the Western Australian public sector. He served successive State Governments as Private Secretary for four Ministers of the Crown in various portfolios. Kevin also served the last five Governors of Western Australia as Official Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Governor's Establishment. Prior to taking up his appointment as Chairman of the Business Events Perth in November 2016, Kevin was the Agent-General of the Western Australian Government based in the London office.

IAN GAY BUSINESS EVENTS PERTH VICE CHAIRMAN

Ian Gay is currently Chairman, Australia's North West Tourism. Ian graduated with a BA in Economics and English Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, and previously worked with Qantas from 1970 to 2015. During his time at Qantas, Ian held a wide variety of senior positions including passenger systems, corporate marketing, overseas management, international alliances and sales.

NIGEL KEEN GENERAL MANAGER, PERTH CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE - MAJOR PARTNER

Nigel leads an executive team across all business activities and maintains stakeholder relationships with industry and State Government Agencies. Previously, as Director of Operations at PCEC for two years, Nigel's role was to oversee several departments that handled more than 500 events annually and were attended by over 600,000 people. His areas of responsibility included operations, catering, retail, building services and maintenance, venue security and cleaning services. Prior to that Nigel was the Executive Chef at PCEC and had been an Executive Chef in WA for over 10 years.

MICHAEL ALTIERI DIRECTOR EVENTS & CONFERENCES, CROWN PERTH - MAJOR PARTNER

Michael’s current role as Director Events & Conferences at Crown Perth since 2002 has given him the fortunate opportunity to preside over and direct the Convention facilities at Crown Perth and to specialise in the Events and Convention Market Since starting at Burswood/Crown, he has not only been responsible for the Convention facilities but have also managed in the past both the Burswood Dome F&B operations and Golf Club Operations. Michael also managed and was part of the Crown Limited takeover in 2004 and became directly responsible for the implementation of Crown’s ‘Best Practices’ and Structural Changes. The opening of Crown Towers in December 2016 was a watershed moment for the Conference Industry in Western Australia and for Michael personally to manage this new asset for Crown.

BINDI GOVE HEAD OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, COOPER ENERGY

Bindi brings extensive experience in tourism, government relations, communications and stakeholder engagement. Her previous roles include Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism; Deputy CEO of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council and the Victoria Events Industry Council; along with senior leadership roles within the resources and energy sectors, formally with BHP, Rio Tinto and Equinor. Bindi has chaired a number of regional tourism boards and she played an integral role in the first National Long-Term Tourism Strategy (Tourism 2020) which resulted in a multisectoral focus on tourism supply. She continues to be a passionate advocate for the tourism industry as a key economic driver of the Australian economy. Her current board roles include; Burswood Park Board and the APPEA Corporate Affairs Committee and Climate Change Taskforce.

Elected Directors

RENEE BENNETT MANAGING DIRECTOR, ENCANTA EVENT MANAGEMENT

Renee is Managing Director of Western Australia’s largest owned and operated Professional Conference Organiser, Encanta Event Management and is passionate about all things business events. Renee loves this industry and has built her career over the past 20 years in business events, delivering over 300 conferences and events across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Proudly West Australian born and bred, she is aware what sets Perth apart, ensuring her company supports local Business Events Perth members to help deliver our events across the state.

CRAIG MENZIES GENERAL MANAGER CATERING, VENUESLIVE/OPTUS STADIUM

Craig was appointed General Manager of Catering at VenuesLive/Optus Stadium in December 2016. Before joining Optus Stadium, he was the catering expert behind the hospitality operations at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval. Prior to Adelaide Oval, Craig was Director of Food & Beverage at Crown Resort Perth - handling a multi-million-dollar F&B portfolio. He played a lead role in the project team that opened eight new restaurants, including the new Atrium Buffet in 2010, 88 Noodle Bar 2010, Bistro Guillaume 2012 and Merrywell in 2012. In the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Craig was Food & Beverage Manager at the Hilton Hotel Chongqing, China.

EUGENE DE VILLIERS CEO, LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

Eugéne born in South Africa, now living in Australia, has guided the development of Liberty International (the first international Destination Management Company in WA) with branches in Australia and New Zealand. In 1996 Eugene started The Extra Mile Company (an incentive house) in New Zealand, which is now the market leader in that country. In 2001 another office was opened in Melbourne, Australia followed by Sydney, Singapore and New Delhi. Having sold these offices, he is now the CEO for Liberty International Australia & New Zealand. Eugéne has served on Boards or Advisory Boards for the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF), Starwood Asia Pacific and Sofitel Asia Pacific. His services have been called on as a guest speaker at many industry conferences and events around the world.

PETER CHIN MANAGING DIRECTOR, VALENTINO HOLIDAYS

Peter is the Founder and Managing Director of Valentino Holidays. Based in Perth, the company was established in 1996 and is one of the oldest Inbound Tour Operators (ITO) and Destination Management Companies (DMC). With over 25 years in the industry, Peter has promoted Western Australia as one of the top destinations for conferences and incentive travel and has been responsible for his company’s operations from supply chain management and product development to sales and service support. Valentino has maintained its competitive advantage through evolving itineraries and engagement with local businesses to create meaningful experiences.

Who we are

Established in 1972, Business Events Perth (formerly known as Perth Convention Bureau) is responsible for attracting international and interstate business events to Western Australia. Supported by the Western Australian Government (through...