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 July 31, 2012
BESydney Adds Head of Client Services; Head of Bidding & Strategic Partnerships

 Business Events Sydney (BESydney), Australia has continued to recruit industry leaders to newly formed roles following the company's recent restructure. Joanne Sollom has joined the company as Head of Client Services and Oliver Philpot will assume the newly created role of Head of Bidding and Strategic Partnerships on 10 September.

Joanne brings to her role a wealth of experience in the business event industry, including direct conference management, strategic planning and operations management specifically for Birmingham Forward and Birmingham Future, the city's professional services organisation that created and organised events for the business sector in the West Midlands region in the United Kingdom.

Oliver is a well-respected leader in the tourism and events industry having held roles at Tourism Queensland, Virgin Blue Holidays and most recently as the CEO of Central Coast Tourism. Oliver is also the current Chairperson of the Australian Tourism Export Council NSW branch.

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney comments, "Both Joanne and Oliver are passionate, respected professionals. People are so important to the success of our company and I am excited to welcome two new team members who show such drive and an unrivalled understanding of the changing business events landscape. Our industry is all about people and we are determined to bring together the right minds to deliver short term opportunities to our Strategic Partners and Members and also achieve our long term strategic goals.

"Joanne's international and domestic experience offers a broad perspective to our newly formed Event Delivery Team. And Oliver's proven experience in destination management, marketing and stakeholder management makes him a natural fit for the role that will see him work with our clients and Strategic Partners to secure business for Sydney and NSW."

Joanne Sollom comments, "I am delighted to be joining the Business Events Sydney's team at such an interesting time of company growth, as well as the impending regeneration and change of the city's conference and event landscape."

"As an advocate of the importance of strong client relationships and a passion for events, the opportunity to work within a company with such an established track record and excellent reputation in the industry is very exciting."

Oliver Philpot adds, "Business Events Sydney is a recognised leader in destination marketing and has a history of exceptional performance in attracting business events. I look forward to joining the team and working with the organisation's Strategic Partners in this newly created role to secure significant business events for Sydney."