Roger Desailly is currently the Director of Forte Event Management, a consultancy business that specialises in project and event management services and solutions to rural and regional Australia. He is also the State Manager Qld for the Australian Meat Industry Council, with responsibility, amongst other key member services, for the planning and delivery of regional and state marketing events and competitions for the retail meat industry sector in Queensland.
Holding a Bachelor of Education, an Executive Certificate in Event Management from the University of Technology Sydney, a Major Event Management Professional Development Award from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney Executive Management Program, and part way through an MBA, he has a wealth of experience in the events industry.
Past roles include Queensland Manager with the Australian Institute of Management, Director of event management consulting company, TrueNorth Event + Project Management, CEO of “Beef Week 2012” Australia’s International Beef Industry Expo and Trade Show, Stadium and Events Manager (Townsville) for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, CEO of Events Cairns and Festival Cairns, Event Director for the Virgin Blue Airlines Corporate Launch in Brisbane in 2001, Human Resources Manager for the 1996 World Junior Championships in Athletics, General Manager of the Australian University Games and Board Member of Capricorn Tourism Major Events Taskforce.
Roger has also freelanced as an event journalist for several major industry, tourism and sporting events, lectured in event management and marketing in both the VET and University sectors over a number of years, sits on a number of event industry, business, rural and regional development and education sector boards and committees and has worked with a wide range of industry organisations, non profit charities, membership based associations and local, state and federal governments on the planning and delivery of major event training, skills and knowledge development initiatives. Roger is currently working on a regional Australian event workforce development project for the agribusiness sector.