International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has launched an Advocates Club, honouring the positive impact and contribution of a diverse network of stakeholders to establish and grow the venue’s world class reputation on the global stage.
Ranging from First Nation members to business leaders, universities and regional producers, 93 esteemed individuals have been named as official ICC Sydney Advocates.
The club has been set up to formally acknowledge the role of ICC Sydney’s network to promote Sydney as a first-choice business and entertainment event destination in their respective fields. It simultaneously aims to open up more pathways for the venue’s expanding Legacy Program to engage clients and the community in new ways.
ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said each of the advocates has been instrumental in driving the venue’s success and amplifying ICC Sydney’s brand.
“We’re privileged to have such a wonderful network of individuals and organisations who have backed us from the very beginning of our journey, from when our vision to set a new standard for premium event experiences was still in floor plans and virtual tours.
“From helping us through the hard yards of opening a new venue, securing business and activating our Legacy Program, we are grateful for the unwavering support of our advocates. This has enabled us to build a trusted reputation and make a positive impact on our surrounding community.”
New South Wales Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Innovation and Enterprise Glenn Wightwick, Tourism and Transport Forum Australia CEO Margy Osmond, BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith and Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Yvonne Weldon were among the distinguished individuals who attended the launch of the club at an intimate reception on Tuesday night.
Place Management New South Wales Chair, Helen Coonan said the formalisation of this group of advocates highlights ICC Sydney’s commitment to serving the community which directly correlates with its outstanding performance to date.
“Not only has ICC Sydney exceeded the key performance indicators set by the State, the venue has made an impressive mark on the entire community. By putting people first and engaging a broad spectrum of organisations, the venue has developed an incredible network of advocates that all come together to drive positive social, economic and environmental outcomes.
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Innovation and Enterprise, Professor Glenn Wightwick echoed Coonan’s comments, stating that ICC Sydney is an important contributor to innovation and industry engagement in Sydney, actively providing a platform to share ideas.
“ICC Sydney’s entire business model is a blueprint for innovation but in particular, the venue has done a tremendous job of fostering the next generation of talent via student and startup engagement. It is helping these important groups to reach their potential through volunteer opportunities, participating in conference workshops, networking, competitions and more.”
Chairperson of Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Yvonne Weldon said she was honoured to be named as an official advocate for the venue, which has demonstrated its commitment to advocating for the original custodians of the land on which it stands, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.
“ICC Sydney works tirelessly to promote opportunities for First Nations people and build cultural awareness. From being the first convention centre in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Plan, to working with First Nation suppliers, providing direct employment opportunities and displaying captivating artwork throughout the precinct, ICC Sydney is a very important supporter for us and all people.
“Every person that enters the venue is welcomed by the words and art of the world’s oldest living culture – an exemplary undertaking by the ICC Sydney team.”
Donaghy reiterated that the entire ICC Sydney team is looking forward to using the Advocates Club as a platform to bring more opportunities to clients, visitors and the community.
“Our advocates are a passionate group of individuals who are the best in their fields. Comprising representatives from diverse backgrounds, there is an incredible opportunity to share knowledge and creativity, delivering unsurpassed event experiences.”