Paula has over 25 years’ experience in Conference and Event Management and is a Certified Event Manager through the Professional Conference Organisers Association; she is the Tasmanian Director of this peak industry body, a Board Director of Business Events Tasmania and was the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards Business Owner of the Year for Tasmania, and recipient of the 2001 Telstra Small Business of the Year (Tas).
As the founder of Leishman Associates, Paula has been involved in the delivery of over 400 conferences and events, in all shapes and sizes.
When she’s not working or thinking about conferences, Paula spends time with family and friends and enjoying the view of the sparkling Derwent River from her home.
With an extensive career in Tourism and Hospitality, Brigitte (Brig) joined Leishman Associates as a Conference Manager in 2008, and has a great track record of successful conferences under her belt and is respected by her clients who appreciate her attention to detail.
Now in the newly appointed role of Client Relationship Manager, Brigitte works alongside Paula to develop the business and ensure that we are exceeding client expectations.
Growing up on the beautiful Tasman Peninsula in Tassie, with the ocean right at her doorstep, it’s no surprise that that the outdoors is where she feels most a home. Mum to two young children, Brigitte loves sharing Tasmania’s beautiful backyard with them, weekends you’ll find them hiking around their 27-acre bush block, camping adventures in their caravan, kayaking or discovering one of Tasmania’s many secluded beaches.
Michelle has held the role of Association Manager for the Australian National Committee on Large Dams (ANCOLD) since she started with Leishman Associates back in 2009. In 2016 she took on the additional role of managing their annual conference and workshops. Having the advantage of using her insight on initiatives and values of the association, she is able achieve a consistent and holistic approach to the overall management.
Toria has been with the Leishman team since 2010 after completing her degree in Business and Economics, majoring in International Relations and Business Management. Victoria has progressed from Administrator to Association Manager and Conference Manager for the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association. She is a wealth of knowledge in the education sector.
Victoria is based in our Melbourne office, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves the diversity and vibrancy of Melbourne.
Tim has completed his Master’s in Business, with 30+ years of experience in hospitality, senior general management, international and local event management and corporate conferencing.
Tim is high detail, results driven and enjoys a challenge.
Tim joined the team in early 2018 and is currently working The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA), RMIT and VCCC Psycho-Oncology Conferences.
As a Conference Manager, Theni’s role is to lead the committee to achieve favourable results, ensure client and attendee satisfaction and multitask between several projects.
“It’s very rare or impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view” – Dalai Lama
Theni is a seasoned conference professional with over 15 years of experience in organising conferences globally. A strategic thinker, driven and known to deliver in fast paced environments. She embraces any challenge thrown at her.
Theni, a Singaporean, has decided that the cooler climate of Tasmania is her preference.
Theni spends her time exploring Tasmania and swimming and has developed a green thumb since her move to Australia.
Helene is currently in her 9th year as a Conference Manager with Leishman Associates, having come from a tourism and management background. A happy mix of repeat business and new clients, across a range of sectors, makes for busy and always interesting days.
Working part-time, Helene thrives on the challenge of maintaining connection and providing top service to her clients and colleagues and balancing that with commitment to her family and friends.
Helene’s strength is her calming and unflappable nature (so she’s told!). Perhaps that comes from spending quiet time walking and listening to music or to the hours of pulling weeds in her garden.
Emma is in her 6th year working at Leishman. Having begun her time here as a Conference Coordinator, she immediately gained a massive passion for the industry, demonstrated her capabilities and became a Conference Manager. Emma is an innovative thinker, which enables her to deliver fresh conferences every year for our long standing clients. Em has a great sense of humour, which means clients, colleagues and delegates love working with her.
Ange joined the Leishman Associates team this month (March, 2019). Ange has experience in hospitality, managing and coordinating events, and worked extensively in the travel industry for 6 years.
Ange is highly organised, self-motivated and passionate when it comes to delivering results. Ange has a high attention to detail and loves to have fun along the way.
Working with some of our long-term clients such as ANCOLD and ARPS, as well as new clients. With over 10 years in the Hospitality, Tourism and Events industry there is not much that Angela has not had a chance to turn her hand at and loves a challenge.
As well as managing events, Angela is also a mentor to our team of conference coordinators, helping them to develop their knowledge and skills in the industry.
A Tasmanian born and bred, growing up in the shadow of Mt Wellington it should be no surprise that Angela carries a huge passion for her home state, particularly it’s boutique wineries.
Angela’s sense of humour is both pleasure and pain for her colleagues. She loves a bit of witty banter but her puns are so groan worthy that even your dad would shake his head with distaste.
Outside of work life, Angela is an avid reader. She refuses to use a Kindle because quite frankly nothing beats an actual physical book in your hand when you embark on your next literary adventure.
Bree began with Leishman Associates in 2016 as a Conference Coordinator. The past year has seen her progress to an Association Manager where she provides secretariat support and also manages their events.
She is a Tassie girl and thinks there is no place better to live. Her spare time is spent making sure she has no spare time. You will find her hiking in the bush, at the beach when the weather is warm enough, playing in a gym, baking in the kitchen – pretty much doing anything that doesn’t have her sitting down for too long.
Jenna has worked through the cogs of the business as a Conference Administrator, Paula’s PA and has most recently joined the finance and IT department to pursue her interests in business management.
Jenna holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Tourism Management) and recently completed a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Jenna is passionate about developing sound business systems and making technical integration work, so she keeps up to date with innovations that help to make our services more streamlined and secure. Jenna is the IT go-to for the team.
Jenna is passionate about the wilderness and pursues her passions of trail running with her border collie, bushwalking, mountain biking and sailing. She has recently built a new home on the foothills of Mount Wellington where the trails are just outside her front door and she can cycle to work in under 15 minutes.
One day, Kim said to her husband, “Hobart looks nice”. Sixty days later they’d sold their Brisbane house, packed up their two dogs, driven two cars to Tassie, bought a house and renovated. It was a big year!
Kim happily confesses to being a “climate refugee” and when she’s not enjoying Tasmania’s more agreeable climate, she and her husband love discovering new and beautiful parts of the island, not to mention discovering new cellar doors.
A love of animals is shared with her colleague, Sandra. Kim also loves to travel, catch up with friends, cooking, wine and the arts.
Sandra works across a variety of LA conferences matching potential sponsors with relevant opportunities.
Originally from NSW, Tassie has been home to Sandra now for 30 years.
Passionate about all things rural, she loves nothing better than being outdoors with the animals.
As the Sponsorship & Exhibition Coordinator, Kan works alongside Sponsorship Managers and across a wide range of conferences ensuring Sponsors & Exhibitors are happy, and deliverables are smooth.
Kan has an extensive background in meetings and conventions, is always keen to try a new restaurant or café in Hobart.
With a dual role as an Association Manager and Conference Coordinator, Jodi has a diverse portfolio of conferences she works on. She provides administrative assistance in the coordination, organisation and prides herself in delivering successful conferences and events.
A lover of nature, Jodi spends most of her free time at the beach soaking up the sun, diving or fishing.
Jodi, a seasoned baker enjoys baking delicious goodies for her colleagues and friends.
Brittany provides administrative assistance, in the coordination and delivery of conferences and events.
Brittany has lived in Hobart since January 2013 after moving from the NW Coast of Tasmania. She enjoys trips and tours of the area with her friends.
Brittany enjoys red wine and seafood, she likes old-school games and never misses an Essendon match on TV during AFL season.
After a background of Administration, Hospitality and Banking, Brittany is excited about putting her Diploma in Event Planning to good use.
Emma joined the Leishman Associates team in 2018 as a Marketing and Conference Coordinator. Working alongside various managers and our client relationship manager, Emma’s role is to provide administrative assistance with the coordination of conferences, assist with business development activities and establish marketing plans and campaigns for LA and our clients.
She loves to spend her spare time adventuring with her two dogs and friends around Hobart and often finds herself buying many, but somewhat unnecessary, things online.
Emma is thrilled to be able to pool her Bachelor’s degree in Business together with her experience, motivation and passion for event management in her role at Leishman Associates.
Brogan comes with a passion, motivation and drive to succeed in the Corporate events world.
She has a B of Business in Tourism Management and a variety of Tourism, Marketing, Sales and Events experience
Brogan is a gypsy at heart and found herself in Tasmania 3 years ago, her furbaby Flash has settled in and they are now here to stay…with another addition on the way!
You will find Brogan and her partner renovating their home or adventuring around the state, nothing beats being outside and enjoying the Tassie scenery. Her family, furbaby included, are the upmost priority to her, most being on the mainland so frequent travel is a must.
Nicole completed her bachelor degree in Marketing and Finance in 2013 and since then has been working in the marketing and event fields.
As Nicole was born and raised in mainland China, her bilingual ability enables her to easily tackle language barriers for her Chinese clients in order to ensure each event runs seamlessly. Nicole has proven track records of successful events for her overseas clients such as HNA group, Capital Airlines and more.
Nicole relocated to Tassie and joined Leishman Associates in late 2018 as a Marketing and Conference Coordinator to pursue new challenges in her career. Her role is to work with various managers together to promote and manage both international and domestic conferences
Sean recently completed his Bachelor of Management and Marketing in 2018 and is thrilled to implement his marketing and customer service background to assist various conference managers with the coordination and promotion of domestic conferences.
You will find Sean surfing around the state with his friends or adventuring with his partner.