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

“Hi, I’m Renee and I am Managing Director at Encanta

Renee started with the company in 2002 as an Event Coordinator and now 14 years later is one of the owners and on the way produced two beautiful children too!  She loves managing events and especially the partnership and interaction with clients. One of her major skills is to talk to a client about their vision for the event and then to take those ideas and with a great deal of creativity and thought, make that vision a reality. She has a great ability to create exciting stage and styling productions and never disappoints. We hear a lot of wow comments when people first walk into a room Renee has been instrumental in designing.

 “I love event management, there is no other profession I could pursue. I also love how the business events industry is evolving and how important continual face to face interaction is for the development of so many people in a variety of industries.”

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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 Melbourne 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 move to Melbourne joining Encanta in 2012. 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.

“I am a bit of a perfectionist and have a high level of attention to detail. 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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Nicole Dawson
Bookkeeper

As a dedicated and detail-orientated accounting professional, Nicole has been meeting the accounting needs of Small to Medium businesses for over 20 years. She holds a Diploma of Commerce, Certificate iv in Financial Services, Certificate in Business Coaching and is a Registered BAS Agent.

Nicole has worked with a variety of Small to Medium business for over 20 years now and has extensive knowledge on across a wide range of industries including Retail, Wholesale, Transport, Building & Construction, Manufacturing and Government. Nicole enjoys streamlining systems and processes as well of ensuring our accounts reconcile to the exact cent!

“I have been working with Encanta since 2016, I enjoy every minute of working here I absolutely love being part of and working with such a dedicated, talented and passionate team.”

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Daniela Dwyer
Event Manager

Daniela has a Bachelor of Tourism with a Major in Event Management, as well as a Diploma of Event Management which she obtained in her home town of Canberra. She has over five years of experience in the Events industry and prior to that came from a hospitality background. She also has strong venue experience due to her previous position as Event Coordinator at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Daniela thrives on continuously learning and gaining new skills to enhance an event and improve her own experience, she isn’t afraid to put herself out there and has even been known to step in at the last minute to chair a poster session!

“I work in the Event industry because I love seeing the final product whether that is the opening session of a conference, the final program or the gala dinner at the end. Knowing that I have played a part in creating a client’s vision is very satisfying and a rewarding experience for me”

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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.

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Jhessica Teylan
Event Coordinator

Jhessica holds a double degree in Business Administration and in Media & Communications. She started her career as a graduate in the financial services industry at one of the major banks and rotated around many departments of the organisation. After completing the graduate program, Jhess gained experience as an analyst in process improvement projects where she was responsible for creating, developing and implementing business efficiencies which delivered monetary benefits to the organisation. Jhess then moved into an events role within the bank and delivered a number of hospitality events, business events and staff reward and recognition events and she fell in love with the profession. Originally from Sydney, Jhess has called Melbourne home for the last 4 years and is one of the newest team members in the Melbourne office.

“My favourite part about events is being able to live and breathe months, sometimes years of hard work! I enjoy working to tight deadlines, working with a wide variety of people and ultimately, exceeding customer expectations. There is nothing more fulfilling than creating and sharing defining moments with clients.” 

What our clients say
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.