Event Details

The VMA Professional Development Workshops are designed for operational/ frontline staff and aspiring managers ready to take the next step in their careers. These face-to-face half-day workshops will enhance skill sets and allow attendees to take the next step in their career.


Now more than ever, is the time to invest in your team. Keep your young professionals engaged and eager to progress within the venue management industry.

Agenda

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Registration and Lunch
12:50 PM - 1:00 PM
Welcome
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Building a team differently - connecting for success!
Having spent a lifetime in high performance environments of elite rowing competitions and symphony orchestras, Bourby understands first hand that any successful, thriving and motivated envir...
Having spent a lifetime in high performance environments of elite rowing competitions and symphony orchestras, Bourby understands first hand that any successful, thriving and motivated environments are not just about focusing on a single high performance team, they are building a community of very diverse teams where everyone feels connected and committed. In this session Bourby will demonstrate the power of connection, and share her lessons from the journey of founding a major new arts company that needed to bring together many high performing teams in order to create some magic on and off stage.
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Emergency Management
In times of crisis and uncertainty, effective emergency management is essential for maintaining safety, order, and stability. This session will explore the principles and practices of emerge...
In times of crisis and uncertainty, effective emergency management is essential for maintaining safety, order, and stability. This session will explore the principles and practices of emergency management, focusing on the importance of maintaining composure and employing innovative solutions amidst chaos. We will discuss real-life scenarios and case studies to illustrate successful approaches to emergency response and recovery.
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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Afternoon tea
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Keynote Address - Women in Leadership Panel
The Women in Leadership session brings together a diverse panel of leaders from various sectors of the venue industry. This Dynamic discussion will explore th unique experiences and challeng...
The Women in Leadership session brings together a diverse panel of leaders from various sectors of the venue industry. This Dynamic discussion will explore th unique experiences and challenges of women in leadership, while also delving into the broader principles of effective leadership. From breaking through barriers to fostering inclusive environments, our panelists will share inspiring stories and practical strategies for success. Whether you're aspiring to leadership or looking to enhance your skills, this session offers valuable insights and actionable advice for navigating the path to leadership excellence.
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4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Workshop Wrap Up
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
After 5! Networking
Attendance is optional - Can be selected on the registration form.

Speakers

  • Olivia Birkett AVM (CEO of Tennis West)

    Olivia Birkett AVM

    CEO of Tennis West

    Olivia commenced her current role as CEO at Tennis West in February 2024. Having previously been the Head of Operations at Tennis West, starting in early 2020, just as COVID hit the industry and forced lockdowns. During this time, Olivia engaged heavily with the IAVM and VMA webinars and had calls with people in the USA and Australia, to support each other. Olivia comes from a small venue environment, where she has had to ‘wear a lot of hats’ and manage a range of issues. Olivia is now well versed in biosecurity and COVID Safety Plans, as much as emergency response plans, bookings systems, asset registers and staff management. Oliva brought this diverse range of skills and knowledge together as she completed her Accredited Venue Manager accreditation in 2020. Olivia joined the Venue Management Association Board in 2021 and she looks forward to seeing the industry grow and embrace a diverse range of venues and members.

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  • Stuart Lyon AVM (Director Strategy & Partnership of VenuesWest)

    Stuart Lyon AVM

    Director Strategy & Partnership of VenuesWest

    https://www.venueswest.wa.gov.au/

    Stuart is the Director Strategy and Partnership at VenuesWest, who operate sports, entertainment, and cultural venues in Perth, Australia.

    Stuart has been involved in the event and venue management industry for 18 years, working for various venue management organisations in both Perth and Auckland. Stuart has a broad range of experience in venue types from community sporting facilities, major stadium to performing arts and conference centres.

    Stuart has either secured or delivered a broad range of event content from FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, stadium concerts, international sporting tests, major music festivals, international conferences to the performing arts theatrical seasons and festivals.

    Having held both senior level operational and commercial roles during his career, Stuart’s brings a unique insight into the value chain for venue management organisations securing and delivering events.

    Stuart has a strong background in venue and event operations with a key interest in patron safety, risk management and emergency response.

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  • Nadia Owen (Head of Meetings & Special Events at VenuesLive Management Services (WA))

    Nadia Owen

    Head of Meetings & Special Events at VenuesLive Management Services (WA)

    Nadia has been the Head of Meetings & Special Events at Optus Stadium since 2017, overseeing significant department growth during this period and bringing a secondary revenue stream to the forefront of the business.

    With a rich background spanning over two decades in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) industry across Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand, and a decade dedicated to stadiums, Nadia brings a wealth of experience to her role. She is a passionate advocate for the year-round utilisation of mega venues, leveraging her extensive knowledge to engage audiences and elevate the success of diverse revenue streams.

    Nadia is widely recognised for her commitment to industry leadership and is a mentor to several women in corporate Perth. Beyond her professional accomplishments Nadia has cultivated a recognisable personal brand on LinkedIn.

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  • Lorraine Rice AVM (Head of Venue Operations Perth Concert Hall at Perth Concert Hall)

    Lorraine Rice AVM

    Head of Venue Operations Perth Concert Hall at Perth Concert Hall

    A practised business professional with 21 years’ experience in the performing arts; event and hospitality management; quality and change management and customer relationship management.

    Lorraine is a highly experienced Manager and has been recognised by the Venue Management Association for her professional achievement and accomplishment in the management of venues, and achieved the designation of Accredited Venue Manager.

    Lorraine is also an accredited Quality Manager and, in this role, she achieved ISO certification for the venues previously managed by AEG Ogden (Perth) Pty Ltd and consulted for Perth Arena in the development of their certification.

    Her role at WAVE encompasses the management of venue operations; front of house staff; ticketing staff; customer relationship management; food and beverage; project and facilities management; security, risk and emergency management.

    This role also includes dealing with a range of stakeholders who include Government representatives, promoters and suppliers.

    Lorraine also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Counselling from the University of Notre Dame and is an avid traveller and history buff.

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  • Bourby Webster (Chief Rule-Breaker & Game Changer | Get Things Done Director of NORTH STREET GROUP:  North Street Consulting | North Street Music)

    Bourby Webster

    Chief Rule-Breaker & Game Changer | Get Things Done Director of NORTH STREET GROUP: North Street Consulting | North Street Music

    https://www.northstreetmusic.com/

    Bourby Webster is a rule breaker, game changer and advocate for women. She is also an experienced CEO, concert promoter, creative director, professional musician, entrepreneur, mentor and consultant. Bourby founded the ground-breaking Perth Symphony Orchestra, and, at the point of her departure in December 2022 is one of WA’s largest and fastest growing arts companies. Bourby is Director of North Street Music and is also a successful business consultant through North Street Consulting, specialising in strategic business development. She is currently setting up a regional arts and events company, a corporate consulting firm, and is expanding North Street Music into a new major events and concerts production company in development with a global music entity.

    An inspirational speaker, Bourby is in demand as a keynote and motivational speaker and panellist . Bourby has an MBA from UWA, an MA in music from Oxford University, and is a graduate of the Royal College of Music. In 2022 she was named in Business News’ Power 500 list and has been a winner of a Business News 40 Under 40 award for Entrepreneurs and a finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards (WA).

    In 2019 she was named Western Australian of the Year (Arts & Culture).

    She was a founding member of the UK-based electric string quartet ‘bond’ signed to Decca Records. She is a medal-winning, international-level coxswain and was the first female coxswain in 106 years of the WA Kings Cup State Rowing Crew in 2002.

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Tickets

Ticket Pricing
VMA Member

VMA Member Ticket

Standard Price A$149
Non Member

Non Member Ticket

Standard Price A$300
VMA Member Group of 5 Ticket

The VMA is pleased to offer VMA Members a special discount of 5 tickets for $600.

Standard Price A$600
Non Member Group of 5 Ticket

Not a VMA Member? Still enjoy a great discount when you register 5 employees.

Standard Price A$1,000

Venue

HBF Park

Pier Street 310
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

If you have any questions please contact Amanda Jamieson

Contact Organizer

+61 409225203

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