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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
    Venue & Operations Manger

    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.

  • Glenn Smith
    Occupational Health & Safety Manager

    Glenn’s passion is making sure everyone who comes to work, goes home in a safe and healthy way. With over 10 years’ experience in occupational health and safety in various industries including mining and construction, and most recently at Zoos Victoria, Glenn is working with the operations and events teams to help provide safe and fun events for everyone. Glenn is open, engaging and ready to discuss the best way to ensure you are set up for a safe and successful event at Melbourne Showgrounds.

  • Brooke Doherty
    Events Coordinator

    Joining us from Melbourne & Olympic Parks with a wealth of corporate event knowledge and five years of experience, Brooke joins the Major Events and Venue Services team as our Events Coordinator at Melbourne Showgrounds. Passionate about her job and the Events Industry, Brooke strives to ensure that the client is at the heart of everything she does. Working alongside Nicole and the operations team, Brooke will ensure your event is looked after from start to finish and delivered to the highest of standards.