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 Hibbins

Consultant and Sessional Lecturer, Event Management, University of Technology, Sydney

Meg Hibbins

Consultant and Sessional Lecturer, Event Management, University of Technology, Sydney

Meg Hibbins has a corporate event management career spanning 20 years and has successfully developed and delivered special events across a range of industries including professional associations, pharmaceuticals, higher education, professional service firms and small business. Meg has extended her experience through volunteer activities with Manly Jazz Festival, Manly Food & Wine Festival, Sydney Festival, Christmas in the Mountains and the OzHarvest CEO Cookoff. Meg is a graduate of the Master of Management (Event Management) program at the University of Technology Sydney where she has recently been involved in developing and delivering event management education at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

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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 Hibbins

Consultant and Sessional Lecturer, Event Management, University of Technology, Sydney

Meg Hibbins has a corporate event management career spanning 20 years and has successfully developed and delivered special events across a range of industries including professional associations, pharmaceuticals, higher education, professional service firms and small business. Meg has extended her experience through volunteer activities with Manly Jazz Festival, Manly Food & Wine Festival, Sydney Festival, Christmas in the Mountains and the OzHarvest CEO Cookoff. Meg is a graduate of the Master of Management (Event Management) program at the University of Technology Sydney where she has recently been involved in developing and delivering event management education at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

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