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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Brisbane: The BCEC’s tech women light the way


The Centre has championed women in the industry in key positions across all AV areas including audio, lighting, vision and project management over many years.

Senior AV Project Manager, Rebecca Bell is the first woman at bcec to hold that position and has been in the role now for five years. An 18 year veteran of bcec, Rebecca was instrumental in the successful project management and delivery of the AV component of the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit – the largest gathering of world leaders in Australia’s history.Bec Smith, the Centre’s Audio Production Manager leads a team of audio professionals and is a passionate and long-time advocate for women in technology. Peta Lakeman, AV Projects Assistant and Amanda Nissen AV Production Assistant, are very talented up and coming professionals who have brought a great deal of enthusiasm and a new dynamic to the Centre’s AV family. A further 15 professional women are in casual employment across all disciplines of AV at bcec.

Michael Duckworth, Director of bcec’s newly formed Technology and Innovation Department which encompasses the areas of Audio Visual, Information Technology and Event Management Systems, believes that after generations of male dominance in the AV industry, the sector is undergoing cultural change with positive and encouraging results.“Our female workforce is ever increasing. Each of our specialities – Vision, Audio, Rigging and Lighting has a number of professional women driving change and promoting diversity.It is important that our team empowers women choosing a career in the AV industry.”