Jacqui Bates, Director of The Conference Manager

is available for speaking, training and consultancy work.

Jacqui has worked in the meeting and events industry for over 25 years.

She has managed meetings of 20 to 3000 participants, in all regions of Australia and New Zealand.Prior to becoming a Conference Organiser in 2004, she held senior operational and sales positions at numerous Melbourne venues including Hotel Sofitel, Bayview on the Park, Lincoln of Toorak, Eden on the Park, Royce on St Kilda Rd, Delaware North Catering and Flemington Racecourse.

Jacqui established the conference manager in 2008 to offer management services to a range of association and corporate clients.

Jacqui shared her industry knowledge, and passion for her profession, with a sessional teaching position at the University of Ballarat (Events Management Course) for many years. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Advanced Diploma in Events Management.She is an active member of the meetings industry, having held a position on the Victorian Branch of Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) as Co Chair of Professional Development. She served on the subcommittee for Professional Development for over seven years. Jacqui was delighted to be a finalist in the MEA awards in 2010 for Best Association Conference.

She has received her AFMEA (Associate Fellow) recognition for her commitment to the industry and professional development and is a member of the PCO Association.

Jacqui is regularly asked to speak at industry events and has presented at three MEA National Conferences.