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Meet the team

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Every event organiser knows that the venue is only part of the solution. At Melbourne Showgrounds, it’s not only the facilities that are first class, the friendly, professional and highly experienced management team are the best in the business.

Their flexible and innovative approach will help you deliver an event that exceeds all expectations. From how to best utilise the indoor/outdoor spaces, to recommending preferred suppliers of catering, equipment, security, marketing and PR and ensuring your event meets a high standard both practically and commercially - you’re in great hands.

  • Geordie Thoms
    Business Relationship and Development Manager

    With more than 18 years in the hospitality and events industry, Geordie Thoms understands that no two events are the same. Committed to ensuring the best possible commercial and practical outcome for each client, Geordie builds a sound understanding of your event in order to develop a tailored event package that exceeds your needs, wants and expectations.  Geordie’s sound knowledge of the venue capability and dedication to providing clients with a unique, stress-free and affordable solution will make planning your event a breeze!

    Request a call to arrange a comprehensive site tour or to book your next event with Geordie.

  • Nicole Von Pein
    Client Services & Operations Manager

    Nicole Von Pein draws on years of event and marketing experience to assist clients with the delivery of their events. Deadline-driven and highly organised, Nicole’s knowledge of Melbourne Showgrounds facilities is impeccable, having worked in a number of positions within the organisation. Nicole approaches each event with a high level of dedication to ensure all needs of the client are not only met, but exceeded. 

  • Ross La Rosa
    Manager, Major Events

    Specialising in major event project planning, Ross has a passion for delivering successful and safe events. With experience delivering high profile iconic major events both locally and internationally, Ross has built a skillset in aligning both organisational and event strategic objectives. Building on his substantial industry experience in areas including infrastructure management, facilities management, security and emergency management and project cost management, Ross’ primary responsibilities and focus centre around facilitating the successful delivery of the annual Royal Melbourne Show and maintaining it’s standing as Melbourne’s most iconic major event. Ross will also focus on the delivery of other major events and activations at Melbourne Showgrounds.

  • James Laity
    Health, Safety and Environment Manager

    With over 20 years of international event experience, James Laity has a wealth of practical knowledge in health, safety and environment practices. In his role as Health, Safety & Environment Manager, James assists inevent production, site management, pyrotechnics, plant operation, event OHS & risk management, working with clients, contractors and stakeholders to ensure appropriate support in producing safe and successful event operations and providing confidence and peace of mind in event delivery.