Meet the staff behind our Institute

Graham Le Roux
General Manager


Graham Le Roux is an experienced business leader. Specialising in strategies for improving profit, cash-flow and value.

Specialties: Business Coaching, Strategic planning, Performance benchmarking and quality management including ISO certification.

Neil O'Sullivan MPRIA
National Marketing and Communication Manager


Neil, originally from Ireland was based in Melbourne for two years before moving to PRIA's head office in Sydney in February 2014. He has a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Business Studies and Cultural Arts Event Management as well as a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Public Relations and Event Management.

He has worked for an experiential marketing agency as a junior executive focusing on branding, FMCG, event strategies and product development. He also has over five years’ experience working in communications for the not-for-profit and charity industries; four of which were as a Regional Development Officer for Special Olympics Ireland. In 2012 Neil worked with Oxfam Australia in their communications team for the Trailwalker events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. He draws on his extensive not-for-profit experience in delivering outstanding communications and events for our members.

Neil also plays semi-professional soccer in the NSW State League 1 for Stanmore Hawks, and is a former State Secretary of the Special Olympics Victoria Board.

Julian Kenny MPRIA
National Education Manager


Starting life as a teacher, Julian taught English in Italy before joining TAFE NSW, where he became Head Teacher. His involvement in management and recruitment led to a career in Human Resources, which culminated in three years as a learning and development consultant. Julian joined PRIA in February 2009 to coordinate the university accreditation process. He now provides secretariat to the National Education Committee and the NSW Mentoring Steering Committee as well as managing PDPs in NSW and nationally.

Johnathon Parker
National Events Manager

Johnathon is an events and marketing professional with experience in the management of conferences, awards evenings, gala dinners, cocktail and social events, seminars, meetings and more. He is a positive and detail-oriented professional committed to excellence and passionate about learning, achieving goals and helping others do the same. Johnathon holds a Diploma of Events and an Advanced Diploma of Venues & Events. With 5+ years industry experience in event management, he brings enthusiasm and fresh new ideas to the PRIA team.

Samantha Johnson
Local Support Officer - South Australia

Samantha is passionate about telling inspirational stories that help make a difference in the community. Degree qualified with a Bachelor of Communications from the University of South Australia, she has more than 10 years’ experience within the public sector, not-for-profit and media sectors. She has worked in Australia and the UK as a communications and public relations executive in all areas of media management (emergency and pro-active), developing and executing PR, communications, social media and fundraising strategies.

Samantha developed and implemented the Deadly award winning Puiyurti (Don’t Smoke) Rewrite Your Story campaign. The campaign inspired the Aboriginal community in Adelaide to rewrite their own stories by quitting smoking. It included seven short films which continue to be broadcast on NITV, along with a PR and social marketing campaign. In the UK, Samantha also developed and implemented the PR and social marketing launch of a £9.3 million Home and Hope Appeal to raise awareness and money for homelessness projects.

Lauren Chen
Local Support Officer - Victoria

Currently in her final year at Monash University, Lauren is studying a double business degree majoring in Management, Marketing and Econometrics. She has completed multiple internships in marketing and event management outside of her studies in addition to her roles as vice-president of the Business and Commerce Student Society and president of Golden Key within Monash. While balancing university commitments and work, Lauren continues to volunteer with multiple charity events to give back to the community as well as gain valuable event operations experience.

Kahlia Beers
Local Support Officer - Western Australia

Kahlia has recently graduated from Murdoch University, with a Bachelor of Communication with a double major in Public Relations, Tourism and Events Management. With four year's experience in both corporate and consultancy environments, she has undertaken multiple internships and paid work within both Public Relations and event management across a number of industries. Kahlia has an attention for detail and is extremely passionate and motivated to be working for PRIA.

Kim Ellis
Local Support Officer - Queensland

Kim Ellis is an event management and administrative specialist. She is a detail-orientated professional with strengths in event planning, execution and membership management.

Kim has a Bachelor degree in business, majoring in marketing. Her experience includes advertising client service, marketing coordination, executive support, project management, customer relationship management and delivery of events.

In addition to her role as the Qld Local Support Officer, Kim keeps an active presence in the community by volunteering as the Vice President at her children’s swim club.

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 03 2015