Our Events Team

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GEMS Managing Director, Julie McGraw, Awarded 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 MEA ‘National Meetings Manager of the Year’

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 Julie McGraw AMM CEM
Managing Director/ Senior Conference Manager


Julie began her professional career in the hotel industry and has worked for organisations such as Qantas, Southern Cross Hotels and Ritz Carlton.  Moving out of hotel operations, she worked for JBA Hospitality for 8 years, where she was a Senior Consultant and Operations Manager for Australia, New Zealand and the south Pacific for companies including Sheraton Pacific, Shangri-La, Rydges and Pan Pacific Hotels. Specialising in the area of group and convention management, she was involved in the organisation of such projects as the International Conference of Iron and Steel in 1980 and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in Melbourne in 1981. With an Executive Certificate in Event Management (with Distinction) from the University of Technology Sydney, Julie is an Accredited Meetings Manager (AMM) and and is a Certified Event Manager (CEM) with the Professional Conference Organisers Association of Australia. Julie has lectured in hotel management at the William Blue Hotel Management School and Macleay College, has been a guest presenter for South West Sydney’s Event Management program and was a presenter at the Inaugural PCOA National Conference in 2008. Julie has more than 25 years experience in the event management industry, having managed more than 150 conferences and special events, and continues to deliver outstanding results for her clients, excelling in her attention to detail and making her events not only profitable but also memorable. With Julie leading the GEMS Events Team, nothing is impossible, having vision and integrity for each one of her clients.

Favourite Saying: “If you always do what you have always done, you always get what you have always got” – Henry Ford
Favourite Movie Quote: “The last mosquito that bit me had to check into the Betty Ford clinic” – Patsy, Absolutely Fabulous

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Michelle Glasson AMM CEM
National Marketing and Communications Manager/ Senior Conference Manager

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Michelle has over 15 years experience in event management and has a Bachelor of Human Movement from Southern Cross University with a major in Sport and Event Management. Michelle is an Accredited Meetings Manager (AMM) through Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) and is a Certified Event Manager (CEM) with the Professional Conference Organisers (PCO) Association of Australia. She began her career in 2002 with International Management Group (IMG), gaining a strong background in sporting and public events and joined the GEMS team in October 2005. Over the past 13 years, Michelle has been responsible for the management of national and state conferences for many of our long-term clients and she is a passionate and experienced event professional with a focus on building strong working relationships with each client, in order to meet the objectives of an event. In her role as National Marketing and Communications Manager, Michelle loves introducing potential clients to what GEMS do and how we can help them produce a higher standard of event. Michelle has been responsible for developing our brand and responding to all business opportunities for our organisation for the past 6 years.

Favourite Saying: “If you don’t change where you are going, you will end up where you are heading”
Favourite Movie Quote: “I’m in a glass case of emotion” – Anchorman

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Rebecca Nguyen
Project Manager

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Rebecca joined the GEMS Team in April 2016, having a background in venue event sales and operational management.  Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Management in Events and Leisure at the University of Technology Sydney in 2015, during which she interned for both Dragon Events China and the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2014 and 2015, Rebecca founded the UTS Event Society and undertook the role of President of the society for 2 years. Having previously worked as a venue function coordinator, Rebecca has a keen eye for detail and understands the importance of meeting deadlines and maintaining a high standard of customer service. Rebecca is responsible for overseeing many of our long term clients and manages our EventsAir system.

Favourite Saying: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticised anyway” – Eleanor Roosevelt

choonie_yeow_headshotChoonie Yeow
Event Coordinator

Choonie joined the GEMS Event Management Australia team in January, 2018. She has completed a Bachelor of Management in Events and Leisure at the University of Technology Sydney. She was an active member of the UTS Events Society and was Treasurer for over two years. Choonie is proficient in 5 languages and prior to completing her tertiary educations, worked on over 20 events in a volunteer capacity. Choonie supports the operations team through the management of delegate registration and accommodation, as well as assisting with day-to-day conference management tasks.

Favourite Saying: “C’est la vie”  
Favourite Movie Quote:
“We’ve all got both light and darkness inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” Sirius Black – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Finance Team

marisa_headshotMarisa Poropat
Finance Manager

Marisa has more than 20 years experience in senior accounting roles including positions at Dolby Australia, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Morgan and Banks and BHP Transport. Marisa is responsible for all client and conference finance management at GEMS. She has a keen interest in all things finance, as well as improving the financial processes and procedures here at GEMS. In recent years, Marisa has been a key driver in the growth of GEMS’ Secretariat services, that we provide to a number of Associations. In addition to financial roles and responsibilities, Marisa oversees the membership team and all Association secretariat operations. She also frequently joins our Conference operations team on site as an Event Specialist, managing delegate registration.

Favourite Saying: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
Favourite Movie Quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get” – Forest Gump

gianna_headshotGianna Albarachini
Accounts Officer

Gianna joined the GEMS team in February, 2017. Gianna has more than 15 years experience in senior accounting roles. At GEMS, Gianna is responsible for supporting the financial management division in managing all client event accounts.

Favourite Saying: “When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.” – Mae West
Favourite Movie Quote: “Take my heart, but please don’t break it!” – Darla (Little Rascals)