The founder of a company that provides English language proficiency tests
for healthcare professionals will help steer the future of meetings and events
in Australia’s biggest city after being appointed to the Melbourne Convention
and Exhibition Trust.
Sujata Stead is the founding CEO of Occupational English Test (OET), one of
Australia’s fastest-growing companies, which helps doctors and nurses improve
their clinical communication skills so they can study and work in an
The entrepreneur has built the organisation into a world leader in
healthcare English assessment, delivering OET in over 150 countries.
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust is responsible for the
management of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and the
soon-to-be built Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is expected to
be a major driver of economic growth in Greater Geelong.
MCEC is a major contributor to Victoria’s economy, generating more than $1bn
in economic contribution in the year prior to the pandemic and playing an
important role in representing Victoria on the global stage.
for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said:“I'm pleased to
appoint Sujata to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust. Her extensive
experience makes her an excellent choice to join the Trust and champion the
future of the Melbourne and Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centres. I’d also
like to thank Jonathan for his leadership and his work to cement Victoria’s
reputation as a premier global destination for events.”
Melbourne Convention and
Exhibition Trust Chair, John Brumby, said: “Sujata has significant leadership experience
and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Trust, increasing MCEC’s reputation as
a world-leading events destination. I would also like to acknowledge the
integral role Jonathan has played and extend my sincere thanks for his
contribution to the Trust over the years.”
AMI editor James
Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international
association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation
for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk,
read, listen to music, and drink beer.