Venue Management Association (VMA), the trade association for venue managers in the Asia-Pacific region, has appointed Michael Brierley as its new chief executive.

Brierley previously worked as secretary of the Queensland division of Commonwealth Games Australia. Prior to that, he served in senior roles at the Institute of Sport Management and youth charity Apex Camps.

Steve Harper, appointed president of the association last May, said: “I am very much looking forward to having Michael on board. He brings with him well-rounded and extensive experience that will serve the organisation well.

“Michael’s key focus will be to provide strong organisational and financial leadership to the organisation, build on the VMA brand throughout the region, significantly grow the membership programme and deliver quality education and professional development product to the industry.”

Brierley said: “I am extremely delighted to be given the opportunity to lead such a well-respected organisation through the next phase of its growth.

“I am looking forward to working with the dedicated board and committees of the VMA, and wider stakeholder group across the Asia-Pacific region, to continue to build on the 30-plus years of valued contribution to the venue management industry.”