The first administrator for the fledgling Events Industry Association in 1996, Cassandra worked with inaugural President Peter Kay to develop a strong voice for the industry. She left the Association to start a family and returned some years later as the Executive Officer where she remained for ten years.
She’s now a board member and has been President of the Association since 2014; the Association’s sixth President.
Cassandra’s passion for continuing to develop an industry group that is seen as the peak body for events has seen the EIA grow and expand. She is always working on behalf of the members and looking for new and exciting challenges on behalf of its members.
Cassandra Brennan runs a successful event management consultancy, Monarch Events. She works for several associations in various roles; including the WA Mining Club which she has been with since 2006.
Cassandra has worked on large music concerts, small community events, conferences, gala balls, strategy meetings, Anzac Day, any event large or small.
She specialises in Risk Management Plans, Event management, Logistics – Recruitment, OSH, Site Management, Stage Management and trouble shooting in any difficult situation.
I was a board member of the EIA since 2012 and am proud to hold the position of Executive Officer.
My role is diverse with a strong focus on the member experience, bringing diversity to the membership via a new scope of member and different and inclusive development and networking opportunities. Whilst working closely with the EIA Board to ensure all of their required outcomes are met to the highest standard, I oversee the general day to day running of the EIA from a managerial perspective. I work closely with the President attending strategic meetings with government and policy decision makers, and ensure that all relevant reporting requirements are met. I have worked within the event, hotel, airline and security Industry for many years and feel my well rounded experience has been invaluable providing incite as a past board member, and I look forward to the ongoing challenges that this new role undertakes..
Cynthia Williamson is a freelance Event Manager and an Events Lecturer. She has an extensive background in corporate events management within both State and Local Government and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the EIA Board.
Cynthia is passionate about the events industry and has been a member of the Events Industry Association for over thirteen years. As an EIA member, she has served on the EIA Board for four consecutive years and as a result, is very aware of the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm that is required to contribute to an effective Board that is representative of our events industry.
Cynthia is excited about the potential opportunity to work with other Board members to re-invigorate the Association, assist it in moving forward and to ensure it continues to thrive in the every changing and challenging events industry, remaining a peak body for its members here in Western Australia.
Hugh has a background in risk management, safety planning, emergency operations and event health delivery. His experience extends across an array of major events throughout Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States. He has managed health services at major events and venues including music festivals, concerts, sports, mass participation events, obstacle courses, arenas and stadiums.
As the Managing Director of Event Health Management, Hugh provides the unique perspective of a specialist at the front of dynamic changes to the way healthcare and medical services are provided to patrons and stakeholders of events in Western Australia. He is passionate about the support offered to event managers and stakeholders to ensure the best possible event experience is extended to their patrons during times requiring medical and emergency management.
The diversity of Hugh’s background broadens the representation of the board and helps to strengthen the EIA’s position as the peak representative body for Western Australia’s rapidly evolving event industry.
Daniel Ashton has been involved in the events industry since he was 15 with his mobile DJ business Gravity Entertainment. At the age of 21 he started Boost Mobeel Perth, the world’s first mobile version of Boost Juice. The business has grown quickly and now employs over 40 staff and attends almost all of Perth’s major events. He has been a member of the EIA since 2004 and has built many professional business relationships over the years. Daniel has grown up in Perth and has also been around most of Australia. In 2008 he won the SBDC Young Entrepreneur award and a 40under40 award. Again in 2012 he won a 40under40 award. His Boost Mobeel business has been featured in the state’s major newspapers, Today Tonight and Undercover Boss. He’s a very passionate and driven individual who looks forward to taking on the challenges that face the events industry at the moment.
Jules is a successful events business owner in Western Australia, having been in the industry for 25 plus years.
JD’s Fast foods was launched in 1999, inspired by the lack of competition and high standard in Perth. Julianne put her team management skills, eye for detail and dedication towards the events industry to work to deliver high quality front of house catering services. Winning seven Commercial Exhibitor awards for design and presentation. Her ability to multitask and problem solve are her strengths.
At peak event season employing over 65 staff attending special events, festivals, concerts, and Agricultural Shows across WA.
For the past 10 years Julianne has been contracted by promoters and event managers to consult and coordinate, on all aspects of front of house catering. Consistently delivering above and beyond client expectation whist adapting to the varied patron demographics. Responsible for managing catering for major events such as Future Music Festival, A Day on the Green, PIAF, and the Christmas Pageant.
As an industry leader in her field she is not only passionate about building a great business brand but actively assists and mentor’s other food truck operators, providing assistance and coaching to transition their way into this sometimes-challenging industry.
A member of the EIA for the past 3 years and member West Australian Showmen’s Association, with two terms on the committee she is actively involved in various voluntary roles.
The events industry has been Darren’s life for over 25 years. To Darren it is more than a profession, it’s a passion around which he has built his life. The industry has taken Darren around the world working with supermodels, launching cars, magazines and more. He transforms people’s dreams and visions into tangible fantastic events and assists communicators to get their message across.
As a business owner he is now believes his role is to promote both the industry and its values to clients and to assist the next generation of staff to develop the same passion he has for the events industry.
I have excellent interpersonal communication skills, in sometimes very difficult situations. I have outstanding conflict resolution and principled negotiation skills.
I am able to facilitate change to ensure my organisation enjoys sustained growth and positive outcomes.
I have managed many large teams; my leadership style is inclusive, developing strong and productive teams while empowering the team members to achieve the operational objectives, while maintaining accountability for their performance. Building strong relationships within the team; the whole of organisation and external stakeholders is key to excellent service provision. I have achieved exceptional results with the help of the positive relationships which I have developed professionally.
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Michael Scott was appointed General Manager of Perth Arena after successfully fulfilling a senior management position at the 550 million dollar venue during its highly anticipated opening.As one of Australia’s leading venue professionals, Mr Scott has held senior leadership roles at a number of outdoor stadia, performing arts theatres, race courses, airports and five star hotels and now an entertainment arena, in a successful career spanning over 25 years.
A well-known and respected Western Australian, Mr Scott is an active board member for two training institutions and is President of the Tourism Branch of the Australian Hotels Association – WA Division, as well as Committee Member of the International Wine and Food Society – WA Branch.
Mr Scott is also a member of the Venue Management Association, Meetings Events Australia as well as the Perth Convention Bureau.
Mr Scott’s passion is to create the very best fan experience at Perth Arena through operational efficiency and innovation
Sophie Parkes is a dedicated Event and Marketing Manager 15+ years experience in corporate and mass participations events. She is a detail-oriented professional with strengths in event creation, planning and execution.
Sophie started her hospitality career at 18, working in bars and then running an iconic restaurant in Northbridge. After obtaining a degree in graphic design Sophie continued her events and marketing career as an event manager for Perth Social Club, running bars at outdoor music festivals in Perth, such as Future Music Festival and Evening on the Green’s.
After 10 years at Perth Social Club, Sophie lent her talents to Corporate Sports Australia, a full service Corporate Hospitality company based in Perth, running large scale corporate events across Australia.
In her role as Event Manager and then as General Manager Events, she lead the team to develop, plan and deliver exciting, memorable and successful events. She has been responsible for a wide variety of events, including high end corporate events, large scale mass participation events and private customized client events, including Future Music Festival, Perth City to Surf for Activ, the Ashes Series (Australia wide), Bledisloe Cup (Perth and Brisbane), Warrior Dash (Australia and NZ) and Velofest to name a few.
Now as the Manager, Events and Marketing at SCOUT Entertainment, she brings years of experience and talent to create and deliver Corporate Events, and large scale international mass participation events such as the 2016 UCI World Championship Gran Fondo.
A career in the music industry for over thirty years, I have worked in most venues where an event has been held. Working with management, agents, clients and event organizers through this time has enabled me to gain knowledge about not just the workings of but how to deal with other more involved issues of personnel recruitment, management. Occupational Health and Safety and negotiating.
Over the past eight years it has been a privilege to raise a small business into one of the most respected companies in my industry.
A full time staff of eight with a casual list of staff of nearly one hundred has been achieved by hard work, cooperation and foresight.
In partnership with my wife Nadia I believe in continual development of self, family, the company brand and enjoy future challenges.
As an independently recognised mentor, seasoned entrepreneur, marketer and leader, Tony brings a softened logical mind, and compassion to all his work with extensive business exposure in the WA market place.
Tony has always been a positive, active businessman, unfailingly attending to client requirements whilst looking to develop and secure new business opportunities. As a Business Professional, few can match his commitment and work ethic.
He brings a set of skills universal to success in providing leadership and training to all facets of business: a natural ability to listen and appreciate someone’s requirements to offer practical solutions in a consultative business to business setting. Tony has excellent communication, negotiation and analytical / comprehension skills.
His strength is his analytical thought process and commercial competence. Tony enjoys leading by example to assist organisations develop a position of strength in the market place. He achieves this through ensuring the development and implementation of strategies and objectives, whilst maintaining budgets and operating administrations.
Tony also enjoys the challenge of ensuring optimal customer service levels are maintained. Through the knowledge that he has gained through senior roles, Tony naturally focuses on quality with an ease of style that experience brings.
Tony is a master at balancing the hard and the soft skills in life and business.