Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Bishop begins in NT events lead role

The Northern Territory’s peak body for events, Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC), has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.

Major events and tourism professional, Suzana Bishop, will take on the new role.

Her appointment follows the departure of former CEO, Tim Watsford, who led the company for close to five years and has since taken up an opportunity interstate.

“I look forward to working with the NTMEC team and key stakeholders in the events industry to ensure the Territory continues delivering high calibre events that give interstate visitors a reason to experience everything from the Top End, Red Centre and everything in between,” said Ms Bishop.

She begins in the new role at NTMEC today, after relocating to Darwin from Melbourne with her family.

The former Victorian resident brings with her 25 years of experience in the tourism and events industry. For the past four years, she led a comprehensive portfolio of events in Victoria as Chief Experience Officer at Federation Square. She has also worked for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), The Australian Grand Prix and The Royal Melbourne Show.

Ms Bishop has also served in various task forces and boards over the years, notably the Victorian Tourism Industry Council, Canberra International Music Festival Board, Port of Echuca, and Meetings and Events of Australia Board. She is an alumnus of the Committee for Melbourne’s Future Focus Group program, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), has a Masters in advertising and an Executive MBA from RMIT University.

“On behalf of the company, I would like to congratulate Suzana on her appointment as the new CEO of NTMEC,” said NTMEC Board Chairman, Alistair Feehan.

“With years of experience in delivering destination events and experience strategies, we know Suzana will be a strong advocate for delivering exceptional events that drive visitation and generate incredible results for the Territory economy.

“We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Suzana and her family, and hope they settle into their new Territory lifestyle as quickly as possible.

“This appointment marks an exciting new chapter for NTMEC and the Board is looking forward to working with Suzana to ensure the company continues achieving many positive outcomes for the Territory by delivering and supporting a world-class portfolio of events.

“We’d also like to wish Tim and his family all the very best for their next chapter in Queensland, and sincerely thank him for his steady and innovative leadership at NTMEC since 2018.”

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