Meet the team
GARETH MARTIN Chief Executive Officer
Gareth is proud to call Perth and Western Australia home. With collaboration, hard work and creative ideas, Business Events Perth can act as a catalyst with the rest of WA to advance opportunities for our State and for travellers to experience what we as Western Australians know and love. With over 13 years in senior executive roles at the organisation, and now as CEO, Gareth is passionate about the opportunity to lead a great team at Business Events Perth. As a parent with little ones, Gareth’s spare time is spent bouncing on a trampoline, being ‘Daddy Robot’, stepping on Lego bricks and sneaking in a surf once in a while.
KARA COOTE Executive Support
Kara provides Executive Support for CEO Gareth Martin, returning to the organisation following a number of years in communications and marketing at the State Library of Western Australia. With a young family and home renovating, spare time is a thing of the past but to relax Kara loves a coast walk or ride followed by a strong coffee.
TRISH MCKAY Director Corporate Services | Company Secretary
Trish is responsible for Corporate Services - including managing the organisation’s finances and the human resource aspects of Business Events Perth such as payroll, staff training and development. An industry all-rounder, Trish also brings a broad range of tourism and hospitality experience to her role having worked with PCOs and in hotels. Trish likes spending time with her family and travelling, aiming to see all Seven Wonders of the World.
Becky Riley Director Partnerships
Having recently moved over from leading the business development team, Becky, as Director Partnerships is responsible for managing the relationship with Business Events Perth’s stakeholders and almost 200 industry partners who collaborate to secure and stage business events in Western Australia. Having moved to Australia from the UK in 2012, Becky now calls Western Australia home with a love for soaking up the sun and spending time outdoors, nothing quite beats the laidback WA lifestyle.
VIVIENNE RYAN Director Corporate Communications
As the Director Corporate Communications for Business Events Perth, Vivienne oversees the marketing, media and communications activities at the organisation.
CAITLIN SKINNER Director Business Development
As Director Business Development, Caitlin leads Business Events Perth's business development team, overseeing the organisation's sales activities in the local, domestic and international markets. Caitlin previously worked for Business Events Perth (formerly known as Perth Convention Bureau) for eight years in the roles of Director Community Relations and Senior Business Development Manager.
LINDA ADAMS Senior Business Development Manager
Linda is a Senior Business Development Manager and a member of the Business Development team. She is responsible for developing bid strategies to secure national and international association conferences in WA. Linda has extensive experience in the tourism sector having worked in senior business development and sales roles in commercial aviation for the past 21 years. She is passionate about promoting and supporting WA as a conference destination and ensuring visitors have the opportunity to explore all that WA has to offer. Having moved back to Australia from the UK in 2011, Linda spends most weekends at Perth’s beaches enjoying long walks and the sunshine.
DOMENICA PULVER Senior Business Development Manager
Exchanging the snowy mountains for the sunny coast of Western Australia, Domenica Pulver made the move from Switzerland to Perth and joins the Associations team as a Business Development Manager. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management and seven years’ experience in the business events industry working for Swiss organisations MCH Group and KKL Luzern, Domenica is passionate about promoting her new home as a business events destination. In her free time Domenica loves to travel and explore new destinations, and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, swimming and soaking in the sun. An avid snowboarder whilst living in Switzerland, Domenica plans to take up surfing now that she’s in Perth.
MITCHEL MCCUISH Senior Business Development and Project Manager
Mitchel is a Senior Business Development and Project Manager, a role that sees him work across a variety of projects in the corporate communications and business development teams at Business Events Perth. Mitchel began his career at BE Perth as a Business Development Manager in 2015, and over the years his flair for the creative saw him taking on more projects outside of his BD duties, including tradeshow planning, brand identity, website, and the development of exciting projects such as our interactive business event planner.
Sarah Casey Senior Business Development Manager
With a strong background in business development and venue sales, Sarah brings a wealth of experience in securing and hosting business events to her role as Senior Business Development Manager at Business Events Perth. Sarah loves the sunny West Coast and enjoys sampling the local food and wine WA has to offer.
Lauren Perkins Senior Business Development Manager
Lauren joins the BE Perth team as Senior Business Development Manager based in Melbourne with over 17 years industry experience working across events and business development at organisations such as Crown Perth, Park Hyatt Melbourne and Crown Melbourne, Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, and provides an on-the-ground representative for BE Perth on Australia’s east coast.
Carla Teixeira Senior Business Development Manager
Based in Sydney, Carla joins the team at Business Events Perth with a strong background in international business events, having worked in event sales and business development roles at ICC Sydney, Hamilton Island, Hilton Sydney, and Novotel.
ALEX NG Senior Business Development Manager - Corporate & Incentive
Originally hailing from Singapore, Alex Ng joined Business Events Perth in 2019 as a Senior Business Development Manager and a member of the Corporate & Incentive team with a particular focus on South East Asia. Alex’s background includes over a decade of experience with Singapore Airlines, the last being as Manager Western Australia, and a stint thereafter as an Inbound Tour Operator in Perth. He is passionate about promoting Western Australia as a premium destination for corporate meeting and incentive business and looks forward to welcoming visitors from all over Asia to enjoy WA’s gourmet food and wine, friendly people, wildlife, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets while hosting their business events.
CONNIE LING Senior Business Development Manager - Corporate & Incentive
Connie moved to Perth with her family from Shanghai, China in 2016. Before she joined Business Events Perth Connie worked for the Hong Kong Tourism Board for 6 years and possesses extensive business development experience from working for international hotel brands in Shanghai and Western Australia. Connie's role is to grow the number of Corporate & Incentive visitors to Perth and Western Australia and she is passionate about promoting WA as a destination for business events. In her spare time, Connie enjoys exploring the food and wine scene of WA with her family.
DANIELLE MAURO Business Development Manager
Danielle joins the business development team after several years as Business Events Perth's Membership Manager. With a wide range of experience within the business events industry, Danielle has worked within five-star hotels and conventions across Australia before joining Business Events Perth in 2018. Originally hailing from Melbourne and having spent time living in Adelaide, Danielle loves calling Perth home, and enjoys travelling within Australia and discovering Perth’s hidden treasures.
HANNAH BEATTIE Media and Communications Coordinator
As the Media and Communications Coordinator for Business Events Perth, Hannah is responsible for the coordination, production and distribution of media and other communication content across the organisation's communications channels. Hannah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Journalism and has a background working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector, primarily in the health industry. Hannah is an avid camper, and enjoys getting off the beaten track to discover the natural beauty of Western Australia.
ISABELLA FIORE Business Development Coordinator
Isabella joined Business Events Perth in 2020 after graduating from Murdoch University with a Bachelors degree in Tourism and Events and Marine Science. Isabella's role at Business Events Perth includes a diverse range of duties such leading our state based business event support program, site inspection / famil coordination and producing a sustainability policy. In her spare time, Isabella enjoys finding new ecotourism experiences and exploring the natural beauty Western Australia has to offer.
MELISSA CHINNERY Accounts Administrator
Melissa is responsible for day to day accounting and administrative duties relating to all suppliers and members as well as managing all business development claims, with extensive experience in the field and over a decade in similar roles. Melissa spent 5 years in the Margaret River Region amongst the lush grape vines, beautiful forest and never ending coastlines. Relocating to Perth in 2019, she enjoys spending time with her young family with regular walks no matter the weather and discovering the best eats Perth has to offer.