Meet the Brisbane Convention Bureau

Brisbane Convention Bureau team

You know the needs of your delegates and the goal of your business event. The Brisbane Convention Bureau knows Brisbane, and how to help you get there.

Juliet Alabaster, Acting General Manager

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In her capacity as Acting General Manager, Juliet Alabaster is responsible for overseeing activity within the Convention Bureau. Juliet has a strong tourism background having grown up in the industry, and her professional experience includes working for a Professional Conference Organiser and a business event venue. Juliet joined the Convention Bureau in 2008 and since that time has been head of three areas of the team, giving her a vast working knowledge of the Bureau and the business events industry.

Business Development and Bidding

Holly Aldridge, Senior Bidding Executive

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Holly joined the Bureau in 2012 as the Bidding Executive and specialises in managing the bid process to secure national and international conferences to Brisbane. She works with clients, industry and members to prepare bid documentation and presentations, lobby decision makers and host city site inspections. Holly's experience working in the tourism development industry for the past 10 years provides a strong knowledge of the city's products and offerings for clients.

Kylie McKenzie, Business Development Manager

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Kylie joined the Bureau in 2008 as the Research Executive.  She has extensive experience in hotels, catering and event management both in Australia and overseas. Teaming her experience and passion for Brisbane Kylie is now focused on Business Development for the Convention Bureau.  She is uniquely placed to assist clients in finding the most suitable options in Brisbane to facilitate successful Business Events.

Gary Pearce, Business Development Manager

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Gary joined the Bureau in September 2015 as Business Development Manager. Gary is tasked with ensuring Brisbane is front of mind when considering locations for any future conferences and events. He joins the team with extensive hotel sales background over the past 15 years, working in both Australian and international hotels and resorts.

Jessica O'Gorman, Business Development Manager

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Jessica joined the Bureau in 2017 as Business Development Manager. She has worked in the events industry for more than 13 years in both operational and sales roles around the world. Jessica has extensive experience in the business events sector, having worked at the RNA in Brisbane and the Convention Bureau and Convention Centre in Cairns. Jessica loves working in the business events industry because no two days are the same.

Sia Glover, Business Development Manager

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Sia first joined the Convention Bureau in 2006 and has more than 12 years' experience in marketing, sales and business development. Sia works primarily in incentives, with a focus on lead research and development and working with members on product development to package experiences for a variety of international markets. Her favourite place in Brisbane is QAGOMA.

Jill Wimberley, Senior Coordinator, Business Development and Bidding

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Jill commenced in the Convention Bureau in 2012 as Membership Coordinator, before transitioning in the Business Development and Bidding team in September 2015. Jill’s extensive knowledge of Brisbane business event product positions her to assist clients in choosing Brisbane as their conference destination of choice, through finding venues, accommodation and services most suited to their requirements.

Tamara Bogdan, Business Development Coordinator

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Tamara joined the Bureau in 2017 as a Business Development Coordinator. She has extensive experience within hotels and resorts both in Australia and overseas working for Disney World Resorts in Florida. Teaming her experience and passion for Brisbane, Tamara is now focused on Business Development for the Convention Bureau and generating new leads while supporting the team. 

Convention Services

Lorelle Chittick, Convention Services Manager

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Lorelle joined in Bureau in 2005 as Manager Familiarisations and Events and in 2015 started in the role of Convention Services Manager.  Lorelle leads the Membership and Familarisation and Events team and is responsible for the delivery of a broad range of projects including site inspections, familiarisations, trade events and membership. Lorelle has a strong conventions, tourism and events background having worked across a diverse range of companies in the UK, Canada and Australia.

Patricia Cuppaidge, Membership Manager

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The longest-serving member of the team, Patricia Cuppaidge is responsible for Membership for the Bureau. Her focus is on retaining current, and attracting new members, as well as selling the Bureau’s cooperative marketing campaigns. Patricia’s numerous years of experience in the retail industry and 15 years in various roles at Brisbane Marketing have enabled her to establish and maintain relationships with members to maximise their membership benefits.

Michelle Ianna, Familiarisations and Events Manager

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Michelle re-joined the Bureau in 2015 as Manager, Familiarisations and Events. Michelle is responsible for the organisation and execution of site inspections, familiarisations and a variety of unique events within the Convention Bureau. Michelle has over 15 years of industry experience, which includes working for a well-known five star hotel, a national Professional Conference Organiser and various roles within the Bureau.

Courtenay Brown, Membership and Events Executive

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Courtenay joined the Bureau in 2017 as Membership and Events Executive and is responsible for providing key support to our Business, Tourism and Convention Members. Courtenay is tasked with coordinating all Membership events and activity, as well as supporting the events team with trade events. Courtenay has a background in events, marketing and business administration management within corporate and not for profit industries.

Rebecca Wash, Conventions and Business Events Coordinator

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Rebecca re-joined Brisbane Marketing in November 2015 as Senior Coordinator, Conventions & Business Events. Rebecca’s previous experience at Brisbane Marketing and other industry-related employment has her well placed assisting with the organisation of client site inspections and various trade event activity. After spending two years in Melbourne, Rebecca’s favourite thing about Brisbane is the climate.

Convention Promotion

Kylie Fox, Manager, Convention Promotion

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Kylie joined the Bureau in 2012 as Convention Promotion Manager. Working with confirmed national and international conference clients, she advises on delegate attraction marketing strategies, destination promotion and uptake of the Convention Support Toolkit offerings to ensure a successful conference experience in Brisbane for both the organiser and delegate. Kylie has extensive marketing experience having worked for major corporate brands in the ICT, events and gaming industry.