Management Team

Blandina
Craig Macfarlane
CEO
Craig has nearly 20 years experience in conferences and exhibitions having worked on many major events around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai, UK, Eastern Europe and Singapore, giving him a truly global perspective on ‘best practice’. Prior to starting Association and Communications Events, Craig worked for Euroforum in London, as well as Terrapinn in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Having personally launched over 100 different conferences of various sizes, as well as a few exhibitions, Craig has a strong grasp of every discipline within event management and is highly regarded in the events industry.

Craig was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied Business and Law at University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and a post-graduate degree in Training and Marketing at University of South Africa (UNISA). He has also completed diplomas and courses in marketing, direct marketing, exhibition management and sales management.

In 1999, Craig moved to Sydney where he met his Australian wife. He has two children and lives in Manly.
Tel: +61 2 8908 8502
Blandina Macfarlane
Sponsorship Sales Manager
Blandina has worked for our company since 2003 and brings with her more than 19 years experience in sales, with the past 10 years specialising in event sponsorship and exhibition sales (before that she worked for Reuters in the financial markets). She has worked in Sydney, Brisbane and London and has gained a great deal of insight from participating in large international exhibitions in UK, USA, Germany and Asia.

Blandina is well known as someone who 'looks after her clients' and 'delivers what she promises' (a straight shooter with very high standards). Her job is to work with sponsors and exhibitors to ensure they differentiate themselves from the crowd and achieve their marketing goals.

Blandina has worked primarily on technology focused events focusing on industries like telecommunications, digital technologies, information management, call centres, help desks, ICT, smart cards, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, RFID etc.

Blandina is an expert at exhibition operations and floor plan design and is always happy to give advice or lend a hand.
Tel: +61 2 8908 8514

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