Chief Executive Officer - Venue Management Association

Chief Executive Officer - Venue Management Association

Full Time

About The VMA:

The VMA is dedicated to the growth and success of the venue management industry in the Asia Pacific region, engaging through professional development, education and networking platforms. It draws from the very best talent in the venue industry, providing members with the opportunity to expand their thinking, upgrade their skills, stay ahead of industry trends/plans and learn from their peers.


Your role:

The Venue Management Association (VMA) is searching for an energetic CEO to develop and implement its strategic plan, providing value to its expanding membership database throughout the Asia Pacific. As CEO, you will be the driving force behind the strategic direction and growth initiatives.


Reporting directly to the VMA Board, this role represents an exciting opportunity to lead a settled management team in the delivery of services to an impressive membership portfolio of individuals from venues across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, which includes major Sports Stadiums, Arenas, Conference and Exhibition Centres, Performing Arts Centres, Race Tracks and Showgrounds.


With a focus on expanding the membership base, this role would suit either a candidate from within the Venue Industry or an innovative leader from a member-based association background. It will require applicants to demonstrate a range of complementary skills, qualifications and experience in a similar environment. Ideally, this would include:


  • Management and growth of a member base;
  • Successful implementation of innovative marketing campaign(s);
  • Relationship building;
  • Financial reporting (to Board level);
  • Collaborative and hands-on leadership ;
  • Business planning;


In addition, the CEO will assume overall responsibility in delivery of membership programs, which include an annual congress, management school(s) and new educational platforms. The incoming CEO will also represent VMA in managing the relationship with various international associations, including the USA and Asian partners. This may involve 1-2 International trips and frequent domestic travel each year.


With this role currently based in Brisbane, the VMA Board is prepared to consider relocation costs. The role will require regular domestic and international travel.


How to apply

Elevate Talent is a global executive search and consulting firm, servicing the rapidly converging industries of media, entertainment, technology and sport.


We offer dedicated and specific sector, function and region expertise. Our services include executive search, board assessment, succession planning, salary benchmarking, advising clients on their internal and external hiring strategy, new market entry and multi-vacancy projects.


We work as one partner-led team with staff based in key global markets across 11 offices on four continents.

Please send your cover letter outlining your suitability and ambition for the role, attached with your resume by Friday 31st May or for a confidential discussion about the opportunity and a copy of the Position Description, please contact:


Elliot Bowman


+61 426 992 682


Josie Lahey


+61 478 803 255


Equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) is a fundamental priority for Elevate. Our philosophy focuses on embedding inclusive behaviours and processes across every element of our business practices, internally and in our work with clients and candidates.


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