From left to right: Lee Picken, Gemma Wood, Jessica Skinner
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has restructured the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) team into two divisions: marketing and business events services; and business development.
The restructure comes off the back of the recently launched Destination AKL 2025 strategy, which aims at setting a new direction to support the sustainable growth of Auckland's visitor economy.
Three new recruits have been added to the ACB team to support the programme of work which will see ACB increasing its research capability, business event services and sales support.
Lee Picken will join ACB in late September as manager of business development. Picken has had a broad career including as convention bureau manager in Queenstown, project manager for the largest Professional Conference Organiser in Waikato, and most recently has spent the last four years managing Fieldays.
Gemma Wood has already started with the ACB team as advocate programme executive, and is managing the Advocate Alliance programme.
Wood joins ACB from Tourism New Zealand where she has worked for the past seven years in a variety of roles including marketing, events and bid research.
Jessica Skinner is joining ACB this month as business development executive - associations, looking after ACB's association client market in both domestic and international markets (excluding Australia).
Skinner has experience in hotel sales and marketing and business development manager roles including at Scenic Hotel Group. Her most recent position was with GO Holidays as business development manager growing business with travel agency clients.