After 14 years we have moved our Hobart office premises! On Friday 31 March, we relocated from 113 Harrington to a newer, bigger and much BRIGHTER office space at 227 Collins Street! Some wonderful and happy memories were created at our historic office in Harrington Street, but we are onto a new chapter. Come and visit our new digs next time you are in town!
March saw the end of an era at Leishman Associates. Renee Brown, our much loved Conference Manager, who started with us in 2006 had her last day on March 24th. There were two celebrations and a few tears. Renee has built many great relationships with long-term clients who will all be sad to see her go. We wish Renee the best of luck with her role as venue manager of the Derwent Entertainment Centre. Renee been instrumental in our success.
Young Hobart professional, Naomi Searle, is the only Australian shortlisted for the Association Network’s Young Association Executive of the Year Award for her work with the Australasian Military Medicine Association (AMMA).
The international award recognises association executives in the first ten years of their career who are making outstanding contributions to the sector. Naomi is the Conference and Association Manager for AMMA and also manages their quarterly journal, the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health. Naomi was nominated for the award after a great first year in the role that saw her increase the Association’s conference profit by over 20% and maintain strong connections with its national and international members. “I was expecting a kind email saying that I was unsuccessful as I had only been in the role nine months,” said Naomi. “So it was amazing when I made the top three alongside two highly accomplished international young association professionals.”
Paula Leishman, Managing Director of Leishman Associates who have managed the association since 1996, says that Naomi’s shortlisting in the top three Young Associations Executives was well deserved. “Naomi has worked with us for the last two years and during that time she has demonstrated a maturity well beyond her years, together with a capacity and willingness to learn. Providing her with the opportunity to reinvigorate AMMA has been a great decision. This achievement is further testament to the young talent that we have here in Tasmania.”
Naomi will travel to Berlin on the 9th April to attend the award ceremony and the annual Association Congress. “I’m excited to network with other association professionals and see how they are tackling challenges such as member retention, corporate sponsorship and new innovations in Association Management,” said Naomi.
2016 is the third in the series and the event keeps getting bigger and bigger. Check out the highlights reel from this year’s event at Crown Palladium, with 1300 guests and four incredibly inspiring speakers. Well done to Viki and Imogen from ICMI, its a pleasure to be part of the team.
It’s been a great start to 2016,with these clients continuing their work with us. Australasian Association of Institutional Research, have signed a 4 year contract; The Tertiary Education Management Conference, another 4 years – that makes our involvement with them a whopping 16 years. Tertiary Education Facilities Management, a further 3 year contract; and the Planning Institute of Australia have reappointed us to deliver the 2017 conference, so that’s three years in a row. We are very excited to continue to deliver outstanding a successful conferences for each of you.