Meet the PRIA Staff

Ray Shaw FPRIA
Chief Executive Officer

Shaw started his career in membership organisations before launching a PR consultancy in Brisbane called Intermedia, which became one of Queensland’s biggest. Shaw transformed Intermedia into Australia’s largest meeting and event management firm, Event Planners Australia, which he sold in 2010 to the world’s leading event agency, Swiss based MCI.

Shaw has been a state and national PRIA councillor, served as Chairman of the Brisbane Visitors and Convention Bureau and was on the board of the Meetings Industry Association.

His experience as a freelance journalist and commentator on technology issues for business and consumers during the past twenty years will help drive PRIA services during the convergence of digital and traditional communication.

Neil O'Sullivan MPRIA
National Marketing and Communication Manager

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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 has 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

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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.

Katie Fleming
National Events Manager
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Introducing event management extraordinaire; Katie Fleming.

After graduating from the University of Canberra, Katie kick-started her career in events with an internship at Old Parliament House, which would lead her to working for well-known companies such as Microsoft ACT, EA Worldwide in London, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in Sydney. With eight years professional experience in event management Katie brings enthusiasm and fresh new ideas to the PRIA team. When Katie is not hard at work running the jam-packed calendar of PRIA events, or looking after her talented events team based nation-wide and discovering exciting new venues to use, she enjoys live music, good food and beach days in her local, Bronte.

Phil Holmes
Events and Operations Executive - Tasmania
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After running Convention Wise (a meetings and event management company based in Hobart) for 8 years, Phil spent 2 years with MCI Australia. In 2014 he became a sole trader, trading as Meetings Plus. As a previous school teacher in Hobart for many years, with a Masters in Educational Studies, Phil brings a breadth of experience to working with people in small and large groups. Phil was an Accredited Meeting Manager with Meetings Events Australia - the peak professional Meetings and Events Industry Association. He was also a Director of MEA for over 5 years. Amongst many other things, he has been a Director of the Lady Nelson Trust, the site manager for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, and a National Councillor for the Australian College of Educators. He has travelled widely and lived and worked in the USA, England and Switzerland.

Eamon Holley
Events and Operations Executive - Western Australia
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Graduating from Murdoch University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Communications, Eamon majored in Communication & Media Studies, and Public Relations. Through out his studies his involvement in number of PR and media related roles saw him gain insightful experience into the industry. He was an active member and treasurer of the PURE committee; the student body for PR students at Murdoch. Prior to completing his final semester he undertook a communications internship in Beijing, that has ignited his passion for travel and international relations. Eamon is looking forward to the exciting new opportunities and networks PRIA can offer.

Caroline McKinnon
Events and Operations Executive - Queensland

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Caroline began her career in event management, then spent eight years in strategic communication at Brisbane City Council, while concurrently earning a Bachelor of Communication (New Media) and a Master of Arts (Writing Editing and Publishing) at The University of Queensland. Since 2009, she has worked as a sessional academic, freelance editor, and writing consultant, with workshop clients including the Brisbane Writers Festival and several prestigious science institutes. Alongside her work with PRIA, Caroline is currently working toward a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on designing and evaluating technological tools for professional editors.


Julie Yates
Events and Operations Executive - Victoria

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 03 2014