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ICC Sydney’s strengthens commitment to develop its top talent

Media Release

13 September 2023

The six member cohort of ICC Sydney's inaugural High Performance Program alongside Geoff Donaghy, CEO and Luke Fleming, Director of Human Resources.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, has produced its first graduates of a high performance program following a solutions focused pitch to elevate its operations and people development pathways, which was delivered to its executive committee this month.

The inaugural 12-month High Performance Program featured an intensive series of leadership workshops covering convention centre business management, self-discovery, as well as completion of the Australian Institute of Management’s Mini Master of Business Administration. In the final months of the program the cohort were split into two teams, where each collaborated to solve a business-specific challenge.

The six member cohort of ICC Sydney's inaugural High Performance Program alongside Geoff Donaghy, CEO and Luke Fleming, Director of Human Resources.

ICC Sydney’s Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Donaghy praised the venue team members’ commitment to innovation and professional development.

“Our investment in upskilling and professional development coupled with our people’s ingenuity ensures that ICC Sydney remains at the fore of event management and technical delivery.

“We are incredibly proud to have established a culture that encourages our team of professionals to participate in developing impactful innovations, such as the event planning tool and the leadership pathway strategy, that will help underpin the success we deliver for our clients today and into the future.

“ICC Sydney’s High Performance Program participants have certainly exemplified the venue’s values and standards and this outstanding achievement is a testament to their creativity, collaboration and world class venue management practices,” Mr Donaghy said.

ICC Sydney Director of Human Resources, Luke Fleming said of the High Performance Program, “Just as ICC Sydney is More Than a Venue, we also provide more than just jobs, creating pathways for long-term careers. As part of our commitment to fostering our talent – including senior leaders, it was terrific to see the culmination of the year-long program with our inaugural high performing group,” Mr Fleming said.

The six-member cohort included ICC Sydney’s senior team members, Adrian Slingsby, Risk Operations Manager, Andrew Durbridge, Senior Manager, ICT Service Delivery, Dana Fish, Senior Manager, Business Development – National Associations, Erin Rugg, Senior Manager, Human Resources Business Partnering, Jack Crozier, Senior Audio Visual Technical Manager and Sandra Rae, Senior Manager, Public Relations.

The High Performance Program is one of many professional development opportunities offered by ICC Sydney to enhance the experience needed to develop a successful career in the events industry. Starting from entry level programs such as the AV Graduate Program, as well as the paid and certified Professional Growth Traineeship Program, which have both been effective in recruiting emerging talent and providing opportunities to thrive and grow in the industry with many graduates being retained for casual and permanent roles at the venue.

As an employer of choice, ICC Sydney has earned a strong reputation for fostering career opportunities through their award winning training and development programs. In FY2023 alone, ICC Sydney employed 14 new trainees, engaged in over 260 training courses and invested in over 7,000 training hours for its diverse in house team of events professionals.

To find out more about careers at ICC Sydney visit or share your ICC Sydney or ASM Global experiences on your social channels tagging @ICCSyd and use our hash tags #MoreThanAVenue and #ASMGlobal.

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