Leading PCO, ICMS Australasia, recently held a strategic planning workshop for its senior staff at Spicers Estate in the Hunter Valley. The group convened from its Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices, choosing the Hunter Valley because of its proximity to Sydney and excellent accommodation infrastructure.
ICMSA managing director, Emma Bowyer, (front row, second from right) who led the workshop, said that it was vital to escape the office in order to concentrate on ways to improve the efficiency of the business for the benefit of clients. It also gave the senior staff an opportunity to engage in “blue sky thinking” to try and determine trends in the industry and predict how it might look in five years’ time.
Although the company has held annual conferences for all staff for many years this was the first time that such a gathering had taken place for a select group of the team. Following its success, these workshops will now be held every six months.
ICMS Australasia has announced changes to its executive management team, with the changes positioning the PCO to ensure it meets growing industry demands while continuing to deliver operational excellence within the conference sector.
The changes include the movement of Bryan Holliday to the newly created position of chairman, the promotion of Emma Bowyer to managing director and the appointment of a new general manager, Alannah Gottschalk.
Alannah joins ICMS Australasia after seven years working with Parks Victoria. Her experience includes executive management across public affairs, stakeholder and government engagement, business development and corporate strategy, governance and secretariat management.