Meet the Brisbane Convention Bureau
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, General Manager
In her capacity as General Manager, Juliet Alabaster leads a team of dedicated business event professionals who work to attract meetings, conferences, exhibitions and incentives to Brisbane and maximise attendance at these events. 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. Joining the Convention Bureau in 2008, Juliet has a vast working knowledge of the Bureau and the business events industry, having worked in Marketing and Conference Promotion, before expanding into Convention Services and leading the Business Development and Bidding Teams, and the team as General Manager. Juliet has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Management) from The University of Queensland.
Business Development and Bidding
Ben Cleary, Bidding Manager
In his capacity as Bidding Manager, Ben leads a small team of bidding executives who are focused on developing high value competitive bid wins for major national and international conventions for Brisbane. Ben has a strong professional background spanning across management consulting, project management, business development and international trade. Ben has also gained significant experience in owning and operating various small businesses. Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Wollongong and a Masters of Business (International Business) from The University of Queensland.
Jill Wimberley, Bidding Executive
Jill Wimberley joined the Brisbane Convention Bureau in 2012 as Membership Coordinator, before transitioning in the Business Development and Bidding team in September 2015. Jill specialises in project managing the bid process to secure conferences and incentives for Brisbane. She works with association and corporate clients, in partnership with industry and members, to showcase Brisbane’s strengths and world-class event infrastructure. This is facilitated through preparing bid proposals, presentations, hosting site inspections, lobbying and influencing decision makers.
Kylie McKenzie, Business Development Manager
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
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
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
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.
Tamara Bogdan, Business Development Coordinator
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.
Stephanie Heyneke, Business Development and Bidding Coordinator
Stephanie joined the Bureau in 2017, taking on the role of Business Development and Bidding Coordinator. Along with her work in conference bidding, Stephanie supports the business development team on key projects, including the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant. Stephanie’s background is in communications and events in the political and non-profit space and she is currently completing her post-graduate study in marketing
Lorelle Chittick, Convention Services Manager
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
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 20 years in various roles at Brisbane Marketing have enabled her to establish and maintain relationships with members to maximise their membership benefits.
Courtenay Brown, Convention Services Executive
Courtenay joined the Bureau as Membership and Events Executive in July 2017 and in that time has moved into the role of Convention Services Executive. Courtenay is responsible for providing a superior level of account management and support to Convention and Tourism Members, along with project managing the Convention Bureau’s participation in trade activity for international and national tradeshows, events and attendance at conferences. Courtenay is tasked with managing the Convention Bureau’s client programs such as international and national tailored site inspections, and familiarisations and assisting in the direct sales effort by actioning reactive business leads and opportunities for Brisbane Marketing members.
Kylie Fox, Manager, Convention Promotion
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.