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.

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.

Nicole Bennett
General Manager

I’m thrilled to join Encanta as General Manager. My focus is people and teams, one team with one purpose, delivering excellence for our clients and partners, a chance to be our best selves. I have deep experience in strategy design and execution, corporate governance; and stakeholder engagement. I will be working with Renee and the team to strengthen our foundations, build excellence in our operations, and support event coordination and management.

I’ve spent more than 30 years in the health sector, starting as health professional working in hospitals then moving into health promotion and preventative healthcare working with government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, and professional associations on health care that makes a difference. I have led transformation and reform of systems and processes, built capacity and capability in teams and organisations, led and implemented change and program improvements, and improved business management and corporate governance of organisations.

This is a significant change but I am committed and excited by the challenge.

Kate Schilling
Event Manager

Kate is an Event Manager with over 25 years’ event management experience in a range of organisations from private to government and not-for-profit and brings a diverse range of skills to her role at Encanta. Kate has a range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications that support her event management work including most recently a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counterterrorism.

Prior to joining Encanta, Kate was contracting to various organisations, creating, planning and delivering a wide variety of events after leaving the role of Business Development and Community Manager with the Perth Symphony Orchestra in 2021. Career highlights include delivering the inaugural Oxfam Trailwalker Perth event and setting a world fist fundraising record of $1.5million, numerous large-scale outdoor concerts for up to 10,000 people as well as many smaller community activations.

Kate’s calm and methodical manner, assertiveness, customer-focused approach and work ethic ensure she delivers exceptional outcomes for all her clients.

“I am really looking forward to developing new skills in conference planning and delivery, it is a different world of event management from my previous experiences and I’m excited for the challenge and to join the Encanta family.”

Priscilla Matters
Event Manager

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.”

Faith Gasparini
Marketing Contractor

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.”

Michelle Chong
Event Manager

Michelle has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Public Relations. Her event management journey started over five years ago working for a conference organiser in Malaysia before starting her studies in Perth. She’s worked in a variety of roles including hospitality, event management and photography.

Using her experience in the hospitality industry, Michelle enjoys connecting with clients to make sure their vision comes to life.

“I enjoy seeing an event come to life after all the hard work our team has put into it, especially when clients are satisfied with how it turned out. Seeing everyone’s smiling faces make it all worth it!”

Kylie Skinner
Event Coordinator

Kylie has over sixteen years event management experience working for three PCO’s in Sydney prior to moving to Perth where she worked as a Senior Event Manager for Encanta Events for four years from 2012-2016, before returning to NSW. Kylie has managed events in the association, corporate and not-for-profit sectors and enjoys meticulously planning each event and building relationships with stakeholders.

Whilst Kylie enjoys all facets of event planning she has a special interest in finance and budgeting, sponsorship, exhibition, delegate registrations and marketing. Kylie enjoys watching each event come to life and seeing delegates enjoy the conference program and host city.

Returning to work following two pregnancies and 18 months of maternity leave, Kylie is based in the beautiful Hunter Valley vineyards in New South Wales and works remotely supporting the Encanta team.

In her spare time Kylie enjoys doing photo realistic animal illustrations, running, cycling, photography and spending time with her partner and two adorable kids. 

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”.

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
Rand Butcher
Chief Executive Officer | ACCCN

As CEO of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) I have been involved with Encanta since 2018. Encanta have run many large events for ACCCN and our industry partner organisations. In this time I have been consistently impressed with Encanta’s budgeting acumen and ability to deliver quality events with a sound profit margin.Encanta is an experienced PCO with a wealth of knowledge and creative ideas to deliver an impressive event. The Encanta staff are a pleasure to work with and Renee, as the Managing Director, is a “hands on”, capable resource that will work well beyond her role to ensure the details of the event are managed and delegates have an enjoyable experience.Through my experience with Encanta, ACCCN has always held memorable events that have benefited our organisation and delegates. ACCCN will continue to use Encanta as a PCO for events into the future.

Rand Butcher
Chief Executive Officer
Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)

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.


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