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Meet the Team

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Successfully serving the conference industry since 1991, Conferences & Events have an experienced team of professionals to ensure delivery of a first class event.

We are a medium sized company with a national presence. Our team is large enough to cover changes in staff and small enough for us to work closely together and add another level of experience and support to each member of our team.

The Conference Manager is the main point of contact for the organising committee; managing meetings, juggling agendas and smoothing the way with advice, support and attention to detail.

Your Conference Manager will capture the conference vision, be proactive and ensure that the overall picture and all the details are brought together to smooth the way for the steering committee and present your organisation and conference in the best possible way.

Get in touch. We love to talk about conferences!

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Janet Matheson

Managing Director

Janet entered the world of conferencing in London in the 1970s.  She established C&E in 1991 and with decades of experience, enjoys supporting and mentoring her dedicated team and representing the company.  Her role includes inspiring her team and clients to raise the bar so that each conference exceeds expectations and people leave with new ideas, learning and motivation.

Janet spent her formative years in London and has been involved in theatre life on the stage and behind the scenes.  Her knowledge of what it takes to put on a good show, born out of this passion, is another invaluable ingredient in the company ethos.

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Amy Abel

Senior Conference Manager CEM

Amy has worked as Professional Conference Organiser since 2005 having spent her career organising national and international conferences in the UK and Europe, and since 2011 here in New Zealand.

Amy has experience organising conferences and trade exhibitions for clients in a wide range of sectors including medical, educational, engineering and scientific at venues all over the country. Amy is passionate about the events industry in New Zealand and loves the collaborative nature of how people work here.

In her spare time, Amy likes to take advantage of what her adopted home of Wellington offers. Music, restaurants, cinema, galleries, and of course the great events the city puts on each year.

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Drew Matheson

Business Development Manager

Drew rejoined the Conferences & Events team at the beginning of 2019 after working in education for six years. He has a great enthusiasm for the systems, processes, and positive relationships that enable people to work effectively and efficiently. Drew enjoys having the opportunity to work with people from all sectors and ensuring that the conference experience is a rewarding one for all involved.

In his own time, Drew keeps busy with music, running, gardening, and spending time with his family.

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Kerry South

Senior Conference Manager

Kerry joined Conferences & Events in 2017 bringing with her seven years of experience as owner and operator of a niche event management business, specialising in science and academic conferences. Prior to becoming a PCO she worked in science research where she would often gravitate towards organizing logistics and events so really it is no surprise she makes an excellent PCO!

Kerry has organised national and international events ranging in size from 20 to 1500 delegates and thrives under pressure with a very solution-oriented attitude.  Kerry loves to connect like-minded people and the platform for networking, discussion, development and publicity that conferences provide.

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Claudette van der Westhuizen

Conference Manager

Claudette graduated from the University of Pretoria with a BCom with distinction. She joined C&E in 2019, direct from South Africa, with 10 years of international conference management as a PCO under her belt.

With sterling references from clients and from her team at Europa Africa we are delighted to welcome Claudette to New Zealand and the C&E team.

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Rebecca Andrews

Conference Organiser

Rebecca joined the C&E team in 2018 as a Conference Organiser. Coming from a role as an Executive Assistant Rebecca has experience coordinating workshops and staff forums within her previous organisation. Rebecca completed her Bachelor of Tourism Management in 2015 through the Victoria University of Wellington Business School and is looking forward to utilising her skills towards building a long-term career in the Conference and Events industry.

In her spare time Rebecca coaches competitive cheerleading, something she has been involved in for over 10 years. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and you can find her at the beach all year round with her busy Cairn Terrier Lola.

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Jen Bailey

Conference Organiser

Jen joined Conferences & Events in 2018 and brings her experience as an Event Coordinator at a membership organisation to the C&E team. Jens enthusiasm for organising conferences, her can-do attitude and keen eye for detail bring together a seamless process working within her team and with clients, suppliers, speakers and delegates.

In her spare time Jen is kept busy catching up with friends and spending time with her partner, two young children and her two Siberian Husky dogs.

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Julie Collins

Business Manager

Julie hails from the Wairarapa and enjoys working in Wellington. The family has grown up and is now widespread around the world, she is often travelling to meet up with them. Although Julie is involved in outdoor activities like swimming, biking, snorkeling and fishing she still finds time to attend arthouse or main-stream movies, theatre, wining and dining out.

Julie has a keen interest in assisting friends and family set up their own ventures, and always has her own personal project underway.

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