Ben Thiessen

Managing Director / CEO

As Managing Director of Conference Design and Association Design, Ben has extensive experience working with organisations in the not-for-profit sector.

Ben is a CEO with significant experience in organisational management. Ben has the ability to develop strategic plans and translate these into actionable plans through leadership, financial and risk management, technology, communications, and relationship building. Ben has a reputation for delivering positive outcomes that promote the purpose of not-for-profit organisations and engage their stakeholders.

Ben provides advice for our clients across strategic planning, resource management and allocation, financial systems and management, risk management, contract management and deployment of technology platforms to enhance the experience of stakeholders. Ben ensures we exceed the expectations of our broad stakeholders across our business divisions.

Ben and his team assist clients in two key areas: the management and delivery of conferences, including online and hybrid formats, and the provision of association management services. Across both divisions, we work with our clients to understand their goals and then we work in inspired ways to deliver their objectives and engage their stakeholders. Leading a staff of twenty-one professionals, Ben has the team, experience, and capacity to bring solutions to our clients.

Conference Design has a national and international reputation as a highly professional team with a track record for organising memorable and successful meetings. We offer a bespoke service delivered by senior and experienced staff who support our clients and contribute to the success of their meetings. Our strategic management and our ability to establish relationships with stakeholders are hallmarks of our service.

Association Design provides a range of services to NFPs including membership management, financial management, communication, day-to-day operations, and project management. In this role, Ben often undertakes the CEO role providing the leadership and strategic planning that allows our association clients to achieve their purpose. Ben’s involvement is initially focussed on implementing the structure required to transition from a reliance on members undertaking operational tasks or from a single employee model. Ben is an innovative thinker and creative problem solver capable of producing tangible outcomes. Ben is always looking to improve and innovate processes and procedures as part of the wider strategic objectives.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tasmania and has over twenty-five years of experience in conference, association, and business management.