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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.

  • Hannah von Bibra
    Executive Manager, Client Experience & Commercial

    Hannah oversees the Melbourne Showgrounds team, from sales, event planning, catering and operations.

    With experience across complex facilities including; Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Town Hall and Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Hannah has vast experience in elevating the customer journey whilst working with partners and clients to provide mutually beneficial gains to those working together.

    Hannah joined the team in 2019 in the role of Head of Commercial and Partnerships and was promoted to the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (the entity that manages the Melbourne Showgrounds) Executive Team in January 2020.

  • David Owen
    Executive Manager, Operations

    David is a dedicated and passionate individual with a proven ability to make consistent, accurate and informed decisions. David has a wealth of experience in Facility and Asset Management with specialty experience on Large Infrastructure/PPP Contracts, CRE, Hospitality and Office Towers.

    With more than 20 years of experience and proven success in commercial, contract and risk mitigation, David prioritises the needs of all customers and maintains critical business relationships with clients and stakeholders.

    David joined RASV in June 2021 and has encouraged a high-performance and customer satisfaction-based culture throughout the business.

  • James Gilham
    Sales Manager

    James is Melbourne Showgrounds Sales Manager and works across the entire suite of events held at the venue.

    As a hospitality sales professional with 20+ years working in hotels and venues, James specialises in event sales for large multipurpose venues, having led the functions and event sales team at the MCG for around 10 years.

    James seeks to understand clients’ needs and recommends solutions based on their unique event requirements. He is passionate about providing attentive and friendly customer service through the entire event booking process.

  • Luke Mansfield
    Operations Manager, Venue

    Luke is Melbourne Showgrounds Operations Manager, commencing in the role in July 2021.

    With 15 years as an industry professional, he has a wealth of experience in project and operational management, including extensive contractor and stakeholder management. 

    Bringing a strong organisational focus and a meticulous eye for detail he is able to prioritise tasks effectively to deliver high quality experiences for every Melbourne Showgrounds customer and client.   

    Luke is committed to driving a positive workplace and business culture and places a strong emphasis on improving efficiency, productivity and organisational consistency across the delivery of major events, activations and exhibitions.

  • Stephanie Lalor
    Event Planner

    Joining the Melbourne Showgrounds team in April 2019, Steph has had experience at many levels of hospitality; servicing front of house food and beverage, hotels and event management before moving into event sales in another major event venue.

    Steph dares to be creative, collaborating with clients on event ideas and endless possibilities at Melbourne Showgrounds. She is committed to assisting you in achieving the very best in visitor experience for your event at our venue.

    While working across the Melbourne Showgrounds suite of events, Steph has a strong focus on corporate food and beverage events for our incredible 1,200 guest banquet venue, Victoria Pavilion. Events scaling from small intimate gatherings to large scale major events, Steph is committed to assisting you in finding the perfect fit at Melbourne Showgrounds.

  • Eloise Tropea
    Event Planner

    With over 10 years’ experience in the event and tourism industries, Eloise brings a strong level of customer service and communication skills to the Melbourne Showgrounds.

    Eloise has managed events of all sizes from conferences, trade exhibitions and charity functions through to gala dinners and weddings.

    Good at wearing multiple hats, Eloise is adept at responding quickly to changing circumstances, always maintaining an upbeat, can-do attitude. Her outstanding organisational, administrative, and problem-solving talents, including the ability to handle a variety of events simultaneously, make her an agile part of the team. Clients and suppliers can be confident that Eloise will manage all details onsite for a seamless execution.