Education leader joins Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust

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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 English-speaking environment.

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.

Minister 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.”

James Lancaster
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