The Encanta Team

Encanta seeks to recruit the ‘best and brightest’ professional event professionals, from a range of backgrounds. With such a strong team, Encanta has the ability to successfully take each project through from concept to completion.

The team is anchored by Managing Director Renee Bennett, one of the industries most experienced and highly regarded professional conference organisers.

We love our profession. Speak to any one of our team and you will hear unbridled enthusiasm and passion for business events. The wealth of experience, creative ability, business savvy and integrity of our team is continuously accessed and enhanced in delivering our services.

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Renee Bennett
Managing Director

Renee, is Managing Director of Encanta and an owner of the company. She is married and has two young children.

She started with the company in 2002 and over the past 18 years she has been solely responsible for the management of around 160 conferences and events. Renee still loves to be hands-on in the business and oversees every event the company manages along with her creative and talented team members. Her passion is in talking with the client, understanding what they wish to achieve, then work together to achieve those goals and make their vision a reality.

Talking the talk are just words! She believes that the glowing reviews the company continues to receive reaffirms the long and lasting relationships forged as a result of their efforts. Clients generally express their appreciation for the positive outcomes delivered, the ability to creativity connect all things and the strong lasting relationships forged. To constantly hear WOW when delegates walk into a room filled with great atmosphere continues to challenge and excite Renee.  Face to face meetings continue to be an integral part of professional growth and networking is also equally beneficial.  Renee firmly believes that a business event can make all this happen in the most memorable and meaningful way.

Renee, loves what she does!  After 20 years in the industry, she cannot envision herself doing anything else.  She is currently a Board Member of the Perth Convention Bureau and Director on the Professional Conference Organisers Association and is committed to assisting in the growth of the business events industry in Australia.

Renee, has a whole lot of heart and it reflects in everything she does.

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LEXIE DUNCAN
Director of Events, East Coast CEM

Lexie has over 13 years’ experience in marketing and event management, specialising in hospitality and conferencing. Before commencing with us in 2006, Lexie spent almost four years in London working for multinational investment banks Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in Human Resources, Marketing and Events. Her studies in Psychology, coupled with creative ability and a strong insight into clients’ requirements, has helped Lexie develop an excellent profile within the industry. Lexie takes great pride in delivering efficient and successful outcomes for our clients. Her move from Perth to Melbourne in 2012 to establish the Melbourne office has not only strengthened her network and experience nationally, it has provided her with the opportunity to do what she loves most – shopping, eating out, sports and the arts.

“I love the journey of event management – building an event from scratch, seeing it grow, and being there as it unfolds is an incredible feeling. Sharing this journey with our team and clients makes it even better.”

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Michelle Bye
Event Manager

“Hi, I’m Michelle, and I am an Event Manager located in our Perth office”

Michelle holds a Diploma of Events Management and a Diploma of Business, and has over 9 years’ experience in the event and conference management industry. Michelle spent the first 2 years of her career as an Event Coordinator for a not-for-profit association in Perth, she then set her sights on conference management and made the big move to Melbourne. Michelle joined Encanta’s Melbourne office as an Event Coordinator in 2012 before being promoted to Event Manager in 2016 and relocating to our Perth office in 2019. Because of Michelle’s previous experience she has a particularly good understanding of the dynamics of government departments and the association industry. Michelle enjoys the diverse range of associations and industries she has the opportunity to work with every day.

Michelle is Encanta’s Corporate Social Responsibility champion and loves volunteering her time as a team leader with the Disabled Surfers Association, which she has been part of since 2005. As part of Michelle’s passion she is looking forward to learning Auslan in 2020.

“I am a bit of a perfectionist and I have been described as being hyper-organised which is a compliment I take in my stride.”

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Nicolle Davey
Business Development Manager

Nicolle brings a diverse range of skills to her role with over 15 years’ experience in events, sales, business development and marketing in the tourism, hospitality, conference and events industries. Prior to joining us, Nicolle worked with the Perth Convention Bureau for over two years promoting Perth and Western Australia as a business events destination, starting in the Business Development team before heading up the Stakeholder Relations team. Valuable venue experience was garnered whilst working at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and with Mirvac Hotels & Resorts and AccorHotels.

One of Nicolle’s key strengths is her ability to build and develop business relationships and she enjoys working with existing clients and sourcing new business.

“I am passionate about the events industry as it offers the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people, learning about their field of expertise. I take great pride in providing them with creative solutions for their business event requirements”

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Alicia Scollay
Event Support

Alicia is currently studying a bachelor of commerce at Curtin University, majoring in both Event Management and Public Relations. Alicia started work experience with the Encanta team in 2018 and now is in a part-time role while she completes her studies. As a Junior Event Coordinator, Alicia provides administrative and delegate support, as well as taking on further responsibility in assisting the Event Coordinators.

“Getting the opportunity to work with the Encanta team during my studies has provided the most valuable experience and enriched the information I have learned from University. Working in the events industry has given me firsthand experience in seeing events through from start to finish.”

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Jade Riolo
Event Manager

Jade brings over 10 years of conference management experience to the team having worked both as an in-house conference manager and external professional conference organiser. She has worked extensively with associations organising large scale conferences in Australia and overseas.

Jade is focused on delivering conferences that engage delegates, meet client expectations and continuously evolve and innovate.

“I enjoy seeing all the moving parts and months (or years!) of planning a conference fall into place onsite.  It makes it all the hard work worth it!”

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Faith Gasparini
Event Coordinator

Faith’s career in events commenced 5 years ago whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Business in Event Management and Marketing. Since then she has worked across a varied calibre of events from small events to exhibitions hosting more than 40,000 visitors.

This year she joined the Encanta team to grow and immerse herself in the world of conferencing. Faith has moved across from managing exhibitions for the past three years and is experienced in liaising with a multitude of clients and their needs at any one time. Experienced in marketing, she also enjoys working with the Encanta team on their social platforms.

“I am so pleased to be working in such a broad and diverse industry and I look forward to working with the Encanta family.”

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Priscilla Matters
Senior Event Coordinator

Priscilla has a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Hospitality and Event Management. She has over seven years’ experience in the industry, which includes working at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), managing medical conferences, dinners and welcome receptions. Priscilla has also worked for her local hospital, raising money for much needed medical equipment, capital works and research scholarships and grants. Career highlights include, managing and deploying Australasian medical teams over to the Pacific Islands to treat isolated or disadvantaged communities. Another highlight was working onsite when Oprah and Her Majesty The Queen came to Melbourne.
Priscilla’s drive, proactive and personable approach sees her strive for results, with the best intention of others in mind. She is looking forward to working alongside clients and colleagues, providing as much assistance as possible along the way.
“I find it thoroughly rewarding helping others. I’ve been so fortunate to contribute towards some beautiful causes and I love applying my event expertise. I’m proud to work with the Encanta family in helping our client’s achieve great things.”

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Nakita Rogers
Event Coordinator

“Hi, I’m Nakita and I have always had a passion for organising, even before I left high school, so following a career path towards Events seemed like the only natural choice. I love how I can be a part of creating something memorable whilst working alongside such a diverse range of individuals that I might otherwise have not had the opportunity to meet. I look forward to every minute working with the team here at Encanta and know that the possibilities to learn and grow are endless’

Nakita made the move to Australia from her home in New Zealand more than 10 years ago. After spending a couple of years working in the Events industry in the Whitsundays she decided on a move across the country to gain further experience in the industry. Nakita has been in Perth for 8 years and now calls Perth home. She is highly dedicated to the work that she does and loves being part of a strong team. With a background in event coordination and styling she has strong attention to detail and loves seeing all aspects of an event come together.

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Diana Sarich
Delegate Services Manager

After spending 2 years travelling overseas and working for a multinational cosmetic company in London, Diana returned to Perth and commenced working in the travel industry. Since then Diana has over 20 years combined experience in travel, events, sales and marketing and thrives on the challenges presented by different situations.

Having worked in a corporate environment has helped Diana understand what is important to clients when organising their events. She has a proven track record for effectively managing the delivery of events from conception to completion. Exceptional organisational and communication skills are further enhanced by the ability to ensure all aspects of an event are carried out with a high level of attention to detail and accuracy.

“I love the energy, buzz and exhilaration of working in the events industry. From listening to a client’s vision, through to executing their vision and ensuring the client is left with a lasting impression”.

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Charlotte Strike
Event Coordinator

Charlotte, originally from the UK, travelled to Australia to begin studying Event Management. With over 5 years’ experience in the Hospitality industry and also working as a Corporate Events Hostess in London, Charlotte has recently gained her Diploma in Event Management alongside being recognised as top four state finalist representing international students at the Western Australian Training Awards 2017. As an Event Coordinator at Encanta, Charlotte’s job is to provide overall event support to the Encanta team, specifically on the registration side. Charlotte prides herself in providing personable customer service and loves building rapport with her delegates.

“I chose to work in the events industry because no day is ever the same, nothing beats the feeling when an event comes to life as planned, and when you can share these moments with a team like Encanta, its makes the experience all the more rewarding. The energy and excitement from delegates when they arrive to the very end, is what makes it all worth it for me!”

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Cameron Taylor
Program and Technology Support

“I enjoy being on-site, meeting and helping delegates with registration and seeing the excitement of some delegates as you give them their name badge which signals that the conference event has really started.”

Cameron is currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia, majoring in Engineering Science and Finance. He started working for Encanta in 2017.  Cameron works part-time with all members of the Encanta team, providing administration assistance and customer support to ensure  conferences are an enjoyable and successful experience for all delegates. Cameron’s talent is building conference apps that not only provides improved engagement for delegates but also is a useful resource allowing a central platform for delegates to access conference information.

What our clients say
Fergus Leicester
Convenor | ASBA2019

All the team at Encanta have been proactive and organise, with their expertise benefiting the Association of School Business Administrators’ biennial conference (ASBA2019). I was always confident that Encana staff focused the small organising committee on decision matters that were important. The project plan created by Encanta at inception was spot on and executed superbly. Our 1,100 delegates, partners, exhibitors and sponsors were absolutely delighted with the conference. Renee, Lexie and their team was a key factor in this success.

Regards

Fergus Leicester
Chief Operating Officer
St Michael’s Collegiate
Convenor | ASBA2019

Geoff Couser
Convenor | ACEM 2019

As the convener of the ACEM 2019 ASM in Hobart I had the pleasure of working with Lexie Duncan and her team at Encanta for almost two years leading up to the event, and I’m writing to express my appreciation for their professionalism and competence in assisting the committee in making our vision for the conference a successful reality.

At all stages of the process Lexie was rapidly responsive to our needs, and from the outset understood and respected our vision for the conference, regardless of how difficult or unrealistic the concept was. The result being what we (and the 950 delegates) judged to be a highly successful, original and innovative event.

I have no hesitation in recommending Lexie and Encanta as a professional conference organiser. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like more information.

Regards

Geoff Couser
Associate Professor Geoffrey Couser
Emergency Physician, Royal Hobart Hospital
Convenor | ACEM 2019

Nieves Murray
Suicide Prevention Australia

An absolute joy to work with you. The conference was a huge success and the Encanta team are not just a safe pair of hands, but moreover like a huge hug around us. Thank you for your guidance and leadership. Have a great weekend. 

Nieves Murray
Chief Executive Officer
Suicide Prevention Australia

T Martin Ringer, FRSA
8IATC Conference co-convenor

 

Michelle did an amazing job of organising the 8th International Adventure Therapy Conference (8IATC) and then followed up with remarkably efficient and friendly Conference onsite administration and support. Michelle’s ability, attitude and willingness was well beyond what I would expect from a Conference organiser.

 

T Martin Ringer, FRSA
8IATC Conference co-convenor

Samantha Keogh RN PhD
President | Australian Vascular Access Society

 

Hello Renee, Dee and Charlotte, I just wanted to say a big thank you for your hard work leading up to and for your work on site for the Sydney AVAS Meeting. Your expert event management and friendly style was very much appreciated and undoubtedly helped us pull of a successful Meeting.

 

Samantha Keogh RN PhD
President | Australian Vascular Access Society
Walk The Line – AVAS 2019 National Scientific Meeting
Paramatta, Sydney NSW

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Dr Debra Sayce
Executive Director, Catholic Education Western Australia

The National Catholic Education Commission 2016 conference was hosted by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). Over 1400 delegates attended the three and half day conference in Perth. The conference organisers, EECW were selected to coordinate the conference. From the moment EECW were involved, the conference shaped into an extraordinary event that attended to the theme of Faith to Lead: Lead to Faith. Delegates feedback was extremely complementary of their experience, with many attesting that it was the ”best conference one has attended”.

EECW ensured that every detail was attended to as requested by the state and national planning committees. From registration to the final lunch, the conference offered diverse experiences to the diverse delegate needs. No issue was too big or too small for EECW to attend to. Their professionalism, meticulous planning, creativity, innovative and thoughtfulness ensured this conference set a very high benchmark for future conferences.

As coordinator of the State planning committee, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the team at EECW in organising conferences.

*Encanta formerly EECW

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Dr David Law
MBBS FANZCA
Convenor ASA National Scientific Congress 2017

Your team at Encanta have been most professional and accommodating to everything we have asked for in organising the Congress (with no job or task being too small or too hard) – including printing my speech notes 30 minutes just before opening ceremony which I left at home on Saturday morning!

The feedback from the delegates have also been great and no doubt more positive feedback will be coming back in the next few days.

I have always thought that the ANZCA ASM in 2012 (in which EECW was the PCO) was the best anaesthetic conference I have ever attended – and without any bias, I very strongly believe that the Encanta team have just raised the bar significantly higher with our Congress.