Our team

Lidia Dalton
Managing Director

Lidia opened the doors to Expert Events in 2006 to bring together her industry experience and passion for creating memorable experiences for people to share their knowledge. Having spent more than thirty years in the meetings and events industry, Lidia has been instrumental in the success and management of a multitude of events around the world.

Lidia is a strong and humble leader and respected by her peers and clients, and well known throughout the industry. Through her long-established and ever-expanding network Lidia connects her clients with the best-suited and most beneficial suppliers, venues and sponsors. Combined with her expertise, multi-tasking capabilities and friendly, approachable nature, her extensive industry network makes Lidia a sought-after event management leader and professional.

Lidia is also a Certified Event Manager with the Professional Conference Organisers Association – PCO Association website

Leanne Mulheran
Senior Conference Manager

Leanne joined the Expert Events team in 2009. Her entry into the conference and events industry in 2003 was a natural progression given her proficiency in time management, organisation and customer service. Leanne’s hands-on experience has enabled her to successfully organise conferences for associations, government bodies and franchise networks, as well as charity balls, exhibitions and trade shows.

Leanne’s experience with a broad range of companies has equipped her with skills that enable her to make meaningful contributions to any role she fulfils. Her commitment to achieving goals, meeting deadlines and delivering client satisfaction is integral to making the events she works on so successful and the client testimonials she regularly receives.

Leanne is also a Certified Event Manager with the Professional Conference Organisers Association – PCO Association website

Vanessa Knight
Conference Manager

Since 2007 Vanessa has worked in a variety of event roles in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Starting her career in tropical North Queensland, Vanessa worked in event sales for two 5-star hotels. In 2013 Vanessa spent a year in Canada working as the Project Manager for a variety of outdoor public events for the Calgary Downtown Association including their annual Canada Day celebration which attracted over 10,000 patrons. The last five years have seen Vanessa move between Australia and New Zealand working as a professional conference organiser for a range of associations across a broad range of industries. She has been a valuable member of the team since 2019.

With a diploma in event management, significant and varied experience in event administration and production, Vanessa has combined her skills and experience in the Conference Manager role at Expert Events.

Simone Disborough
Association Manager

Simone has over twenty-five years of management experience and holds a post-graduate Certificate in Master of Business Administration and will complete her MBA in 2022. Her impressive work history has seen her work for Ansett, Qantas and Tourism Holdings in a range of management, board and strategic advisory roles. She is the ultimate professional and in her current role, Simone holds the position of Executive Officer for one of Expert Events’ key clients – an association in the health sciences sector.

Meg O’Keeffe
Lead Graphic Designer / Marketing and Membership Coordinator

Meg joined the Expert Events team in 2019 and brings with her a wealth of marketing and design skills and knowledge. With a degree in Communications and Graphic Design qualifications, her skill set, eye for detail and customer service approach make her a valuable asset to our team, and she has deep involvement with all conferences. With a passion for purpose-built, user friendly branding that speaks to the desired target audience, Meg has over 15 years’ experience in events and graphic design across a broad range of industries.

Lisa Bentley
Finance Administrator

Lisa joined the Expert Events team in 2018, with the intent to streamline all things finance. Throughout her 25+ years’ experience working with a broad range of companies. the government and other organisations, Lisa has developed acute financial, administrative and clerical skills and which she now uses to support the Expert Events team.

Lisa has a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail, commitment to deadlines and knack of numbers. Working closely with our team, Lisa’s responsibilities are to accurately record all financial transactions and financial records of our clients and the company.

Sarah Hargreaves
Conference Coordinator

Sarah brings with her over seven years’ experience across the hospitality, events and exhibition industries to the Expert Events team. Combined with a Bachelor of Business majoring in event management and marketing she has strong communication, time management and customer service skills.

Sarah’s experience within exhibitions and trade shows has enabled her to coordinate a multitude of successful exhibitions/events gaining extensive knowledge across build and structure development, managing exhibitor requirements and scheduling/time management required for a seamless install. Sarah’s hands-on experience combined with her positive attitude and attention to detail provides a strong foundation for her role as Conference Coordinator.

Kelly Raines
Conference and Membership Coordinator

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University, majoring in Event Management and Marketing. She has a background in association and education event coordination and has worked on small meetings and also larger conferences. Kelly’s experience and qualifications, coupled with her great communication skills and attention to detail make her a valued member of the Expert Events team, with her friendly approach and welcoming attitude making for a winning combination.

Georgia O'Keefe
Conference Coordinator

Georgia graduated with a double degree of Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management from Griffith University in 2021. Prior to joining the Expert Events team she worked in customer service and hospitality for over seven years, which is where her strong sense of customer service and the importance of customer loyalty was cemented. Georgia is an enthusiastic team player and her hardworking energy and cheerful disposition make her a pleasure to be around.