Arinex founder honoured for 50-year career at ICCA Congress

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Roslyn McLeod OAM, founder of professional conference organisation Arinex, was presented with an Honorary Membership of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

The award was announced at the 61st ICCA Congress in Krakow, Poland. 

ICCA president James Rees said the status of Honorary Membership is reserved for a small number of retired individuals who have given particularly strong service to the association.

“Usually, they have served on the Board, often for extensive lengths of time; always they have volunteered their expertise, time and energy; sometimes they have contributed vital strategic insights that have helped guide our association forward,” Rees said.  

“Occasionally they have played host to one of our Congresses, perhaps the most stressful responsibility a member can undertake.  And always, they have been influential advocates on ICCA’s behalf and great friends of this association.”

McLeod’s career in business tourism and events spans five decades and includes building a internationally-recognisable event management company, Arinex. In 1999 She was awarded the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her outstanding contribution to the Australian tourism and meetings industry before retiring in 2021. 

McLeod attended the first ICCA General Assembly in Bangkok in 1985. She became an official ICCA member in 1987. She then became an honorary secretary of ICCA from 1987 – 1990 and served as a board member from 1996 – 2000 and again from 2002 – 2004. In 2018, ICCA named McLeod one of the industry’s top 10 most inspirational women.

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