Event Training Australia (ETA) has its origins in the recently closed Australian Event Award winning Australian Centre for Event Management (ACEM), University of Technology, Sydney. ETA was established to continue, and build upon, ACEM’s event training and education legacy. As such, ETA draws on over 20 years of experience in the development of innovative practice-based education and training programs in the event management field. These programs span one-day workshops to Masters level university courses. ETA’s understanding of ‘best practice’ event management is further reflected in its founder’s (Dr Rob Harris) co-authoring of the widely used texts and handbooks – Festival and Special Event Management, Event Management and the Regional Event Management Handbook.

ETA’s team of presenters have extensive backgrounds both as educators and as event management practitioners. Their collective experience extends to the planning and delivery of a variety of business and public events including conferences, product launches, festivals, exhibitions, corporate parties, parades and seminars/workshops. Additionally, a range of industry specialists are also contracted by ETA to deliver presentations and programs in areas such as risk management, event project planning, event creation, social media marketing, volunteer management and accessible event design.

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Dr Rob Harris

Former Director, Australian Centre for Event Management, University of Technology, Sydney, and (UTS) Business School Associate

Dr Rob Harris

Former Director, Australian Centre for Event Management, University of Technology, Sydney, and (UTS) Business School Associate

Dr Harris has an international reputation as an event management educator having developed and delivered programs through to Masters level in locations around the world including the United Kingdom, Malaysia, China and New Zealand, as well as throughout Australia. He is a co-author of the texts Festival and Special Event Management, Event Management and the Regional Event Management Handbook. Dr Harris serves as a judge for the Australian Event Awards and as an assessor for regional event grants for several state governments. Additionally, Rob is a member of the editorial boards of a number of key academic journals in the field of event management.

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Meg Bailey

Director, Event Projects

Meg Bailey

Director, Event Projects

Meg is a Director of Event Projects, a premium events agency, specialising in on-brand event experiences with bespoke appeal - everything from large scale visual spectaculars to highly stylised and intimate dinners. Over the course of her 20-year career in event management and production, Meg has produced events that include Super Bowl Super Swimsuit Parties, Sports Illustrated Olympic Hospitality Lounges and Olympic parties attended by celebrities, royalty and medal-winning athletes. Meg is a past recipient of the Meetings and Events Australia’s (MEA) State and National Operations Person of the Year. Meg was previously the former General Manager and Executive Producer at David Grant Special Events (DGSE).

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Jade Whiteley

Event Producer

Jade Whiteley

Event Producer

Jade is a Sydney-based event creator, producer and consultant with extensive experience across a broad range of event genres including festivals, corporate events, gala dinners, major awards ceremonies and community events. For the past four years Jade has held the role of Operations Director for IMG Culinary, delivering nationwide festivals including Taste of Sydney, Taste of Melbourne, Taste of Perth and Margaret River Gourmet Escape. Her previous roles have included National Tour Manager for Opera Australia, Venue Event Manager for Australian Fashion Week, Talent Logistics Manager for MTV Australia Awards, Logistics Manager for the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Parade and Production Manager for the State Theatre in Sydney.

Dr Rob Harris

Former Director, Australian Centre for Event Management, University of Technology, Sydney, and (UTS) Business School Associate

Dr Harris has an international reputation as an event management educator having developed and delivered programs through to Masters level in locations around the world including the United Kingdom, Malaysia, China and New Zealand, as well as throughout Australia. He is a co-author of the texts Festival and Special Event Management, Event Management and the Regional Event Management Handbook. Dr Harris serves as a judge for the Australian Event Awards and as an assessor for regional event grants for several state governments. Additionally, Rob is a member of the editorial boards of a number of key academic journals in the field of event management.

Meg Bailey

Director, Event Projects

Meg is a Director of Event Projects, a premium events agency, specialising in on-brand event experiences with bespoke appeal – everything from large scale visual spectaculars to highly stylised and intimate dinners. Over the course of her 20-year career in event management and production, Meg has produced events that include Super Bowl Super Swimsuit Parties, Sports Illustrated Olympic Hospitality Lounges and Olympic parties attended by celebrities, royalty and medal-winning athletes. Meg is a past recipient of the Meetings and Events Australia’s (MEA) State and National Operations Person of the Year. Meg was previously the former General Manager and Executive Producer at David Grant Special Events (DGSE).

Jade Whiteley

Event Producer

Jade is a Sydney-based event creator, producer and consultant with extensive experience across a broad range of event genres including festivals, corporate events, gala dinners, major awards ceremonies and community events. For the past four years Jade has held the role of Operations Director for IMG Culinary, delivering nationwide festivals including Taste of Sydney, Taste of Melbourne, Taste of Perth and Margaret River Gourmet Escape. Her previous roles have included National Tour Manager for Opera Australia, Venue Event Manager for Australian Fashion Week, Talent Logistics Manager for MTV Australia Awards, Logistics Manager for the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Parade and Production Manager for the State Theatre in Sydney.

* Please note that course presenters may change due to circumstances beyond the control of Event Training Australia