Presenters

 Craig Swift-McNair

Craig Swift-McNair

Craig Swift-McNair
General Manager of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Craig was appointed General Manager of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) in early 2014, following nine years in various management and Director roles within local government. Prior to that Craig had a twenty five year career in the private sector in a range of roles and industries.

Craig is a solutions-focused, results driven, energised leader that enjoys the challenge of creating a vibrant future for the Port Macquarie-Hastings community. To help Craig achieve this, he has the privilege of leading over 500 staff who are dedicated to delivering positive outcomes for the community.

Craig has led the ongoing organisational transformation of PMHC into a leading NSW Council, with Council having been named the most progressive Council in NSW through the winning of the 2017 A.R. Bluett Award, presented by Local Government NSW. This has been achieved through the development of effective and productive working relationships between Councillors, staff and the community. Ensuring the workforce is highly engaged is a critical component in how Council continues to meet the challenges of a large and growing regional community.
 


 Vicky Lowry

Vicky Lowry

Vicky Lowry
General Manager Deni Ute Muster

The Deni Ute Muster will be celebrating its 20th Festival in 2018, established in 1999 with the vision to put Deniliquin on the Map. Over the past 19 Festivals the Deni Ute Muster has become a nationally recognised event that provides the ultimate Australian experience. The Festival attracts been 15,000 and 20,000 people and has become a “must attend event” and a “rite of passage” for Australians from all over the country.

How times have changed since the creation of the Deni Ute Muster in 1999. With the possibility of now attending a festival every weekend in Australia comes the need to be leaders in our field, with profitability a key performance indicator that needs to be met to survive.  

This year will be Vicky Lowry’s fifth year at the Deni Ute Muster, three as finance manager and her second as General Manager. Previous to the Deni Ute Muster employed for 16 years with the Education Department in finance/admin and art teacher with an arts degree majoring in fine arts and visual culture.

Vicky’s time, as General Manager has seen her make some extremely innovative and positive changes to the business. Some of these include the introduction of RFID Wristband Technology, updating Sales systems; and supporting employees to update and streamline procedures.


Phil Wishart
Principal Advisor, Major Sports Events | Office of Sport

Phil has a great passion for regional events, having worked in the sport, events and tourism sectors over the past 13 years. Initially working in venue and competition management across the Central Coast and Hunter regions, Phil moved into event management roles in 2014 as Event Coordinator for the Eastern University Games and Operations Manager for the International Children’s Games.

In 2015, Phil was appointed as Regional Event Development Coordinator at Destination NSW. With the ethos that ‘you can’t sell it if you haven’t experienced it’, Phil developed strong relationships with event organisers, councils and regional stakeholders with the goal of enhancing events and promoting visitor experiences across the state.

Over the past 18 months, Phil has transitioned into the role of Principal Advisor - Major Sports Events at the Office of Sport. The team is responsible for working on NSW Government bids for World Championship events and identifying opportunities to maximise the legacy of hosting major sporting events in NSW.

Phil completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management in 2009 and is currently completing his final semester of a Graduate Diploma of Sports Media at UTS. 

 Phil Wishart

Phil Wishart