Meet the team
GARETH MARTIN Chief Executive Officer
Gareth is proud to call Perth home and is a passionate advocate for Western Australia, with more than 13 years in senior executive roles at the organisation promoting WA as a leading destination for business events. Gareth was appointed CEO in 2019 and is focused on working collaboratively with key stakeholders, clients and member partners to drive strong outcomes for the WA business events sector. As a parent with little ones, Gareth’s spare time with his family is spent creating memories on new adventures exploring WA's ancient tracks and its vast natural landscapes.
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. Becky moved to Australia from the UK in 2012 and now calls Western Australia home. With a love for soaking up the sun and spending time outdoors, Becky finds that nothing quite beats the laidback WA lifestyle.
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.
MITCHEL MCCUISH Senior Marketing Manager
As Senior Marketing Manager for Business Events Perth, Mitchel oversees the marketing and communications activities for the organisation, including BE Perth's destination marketing, brand identity, campaigns, digital platforms and social content. Mitchel began his career at BE Perth as part of the business development team in 2015, and in 2021 transitioned to the role of Senior Marketing 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 Western Australia. Linda has extensive experience in the tourism sector, having worked in senior business development and sales roles in commercial aviation for more than 20 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 beaches of Western Australia, Domenica made the move from Switzerland to Perth in 2019 and is an integral part of Business Events Perth's business development team, securing business events for WA and coordinating BE Perth's annual Aspire Awards. 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.
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.
Rachel Wood Senior Business Development Manager
Rachel joins the Business Events Perth team as a Senior Business Development Manager, with 15 years of industry experience across hotels in the UK and Perth including Hilton Hotels and Crown Perth. Winner of the Best Conference & Events Management Employee award at the 2016 Australian Hotels Association Accommodation Awards for Excellence, Rachel has a strong background and a wealth of knowledge in business development with experience in conferences, events, groups and corporate sales, and a passion for national and international conferences. Originally from the UK Rachel moved to WA in 2011, trading the cobbles of London for Perth’s sandy beaches! Her love for travel continues as she enjoys exploring new cities and cultures.
ALEX NG Senior Business Development Manager - Corporate & Incentive
Originally hailing from Singapore, Alex 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. Alex 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 six 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 Communications Manager
As the Communications Manager for Business Events Perth, Hannah is responsible for the organisation's communications and media activities in order to promote the State of Western Australia as a premium destination for business events. This includes managing the production and distribution of media and other communication content through a diverse range of multi-media 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 BE Perth includes a diverse range of duties such leading our State based business event support program, site inspection and famil coordination and producing and maintaining the organisation's 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 Business Events Perth's 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 five 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.