Recognising excellence in the events industry, for forty years.
2023 Outstanding Contribution Category Sponsor
ABOUT THE AWARD
With a rich history of recognising excellence in the events industry, the MEA Awards have celebrated the achievements of the Australian events sector since 1983. Each year, MEA honours the remarkable achievements of an outstanding contributor to the Australian events industry.
The Outstanding Contribution Award category was introduced in 2002. This Award recognises the value of an individual who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the Australian events industry. It pays tribute to an exceptional individual who is highly respected and who leads discussion, supports change, and nurtures the industry leaders of tomorrow. Just eighteen people are listed on this Award’s honour roll; eighteen people who have inspired the sector through their contributions to create the dynamic and professional industry that we witness today.
Robin Mack, Tourism Australia’s Executive General Manager of Commercial and Business Events Australia, said, “Tourism Australia is proud to be once again supporting the MEA Outstanding Contribution Award this year to recognise an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the events industry in Australia.”
HOW TO NOMINATE
Nominations are now open, and event professionals across the industry are highly encouraged to put forward someone who they feel has contributed substantially to growing and steering the sector on a national scale, and MEA, within the past five years. There is no fee associated with nominating for this Award.
The individual who is nominated for this Award need not be a current member of MEA, however, the nominator must be a current financial member of the Association.
Eligibility of Nominee
- This Award is not able to be given posthumously
- Self-nominations will not be accepted
- Nominees must be at least 25 years of age
- Unsuccessful nominees may be renominated in subsequent years
What must be included in the nomination
The nomination must include:
- A written statement of 500 words on why the nominee deserves this recognition.
- 3 – 5 supporting letters from individuals and organisations who endorse this nomination.
Watch this space for further updates and information on nominating for this Award.
HOW IS THIS AWARD JUDGED?
The Selection Committee
Each year, MEA appoints a committee of three individuals to review the submissions for the Award. Each member of this committee is appointed on the basis that they do not know or have worked with any of the candidates nominated for the Award. They may be a past recipient of this Award, or from outside the events industry. The MEA Board is required to endorse the selection committee.
2021-2022 OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION RECIPIENT - ANNE JAMIESON
At the National Awards Night in June 2023, the esteemed Outstanding Contribution Award for 2021-2022 was presented to Anne Jamieson, CEO of Saxton Speakers Bureau, in recognition of her many years of dedication to and positive influence on the Australian Events Industry.
The award was sponsored by Tourism Australia. Tourism Australia’s Executive General Manager of Commercial and Business Events Australia, Robin Mack, said, “Tourism Australia proudly supports the MEA Outstanding Contribution Award, which recognises an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of the events industry in Australia. Congratulations to Anne Jamieson for receiving the award and to all the winners from last week."
PREVIOUS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD RECIPIENTS
2020: Kate Smith
2019: Trevor Gardiner
2018: Simon Baggs
2017: Alec Gilbert
2016: Nigel Collin
2015: David Grant AM
2014: Jim Delahunty
2013: Meri Took & Ruth Lilian OAM
2012: Peter Jones
2011: Ian Stuart AFMEA
2010: Sandra Chipchase
2009: Leigh Harry
2008: Geoff Donaghy
2007: Roslyn McLeod OAM, AMM, AFMEA
2006: Elizabeth Rich
2005: Pieter van der Hoeven
2002: Meg Abernethy