The Directors

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Mary Sparksman, CEM
Managing Director


Mary is the Managing Director for YRD and has principal responsibility for the management of major client accounts, events and conferences.  Mary manages the Human Resources and has 42 years of experience in hotel hospitality and conference management.  During that period she has become recognised as a leading PCO, for businesses, government departments, professional services, research, educational, scientific and peak body associations.  


Mary is an invited member of various Hotel Advisory Boards, the Queensland council member for the PCO Association, co-chairing the hotel advisory committee. She has spoken at industry forums, particularly on matters pertaining to venue negotiations and contracts, and ethical standards of PCO members.     

Kate Murphy, CEM

Kate is a Director and Financial Controller of YRD, managing a number of specialist events for clients. Through her 10 years as branch manager for the Australian Tourism Export Council, she gained extensive knowledge of hotel and tourism destinations throughout Australia.


Over the past 25 years as a director of YRD Kate has become recognised as a leading PCO for medical, government departments, research, educational, scientific and peak body associations.

The Event & Association Team


Danielle Colrain
Event & Sponsorship Manager 


Danielle has previously worked in the events industry administrating, coordinating and hosting all aspects of international and national conferences and events as well as incentive travel. Danielle's commitment and enthusiasm to the events industry is portrayed in her ability to work under pressure and to plan, organise and meet tight deadlines accordingly.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing, as well as undertaking additional subjects in Events and Music Industry, Danielle's attention to detail in all areas results in meticulous and accurate work.

Danielle also has strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills, allowing her to develop long-lasting working relationships with both colleagues and clients.



Jenny Lawler
Event Manager


Jenny has been working in the industry for 12 years in roles including Venue and Event Management.  However prior to this she has a wealth of experience in not for profit and the government sectors.  Jenny holds a Bachelor of International Hospitality and Tourism Management majoring in Event Management from University of Queensland.  Jenny’s maturity, organisation skills and attention to detail is an asset to the YRD team.


Lydia Sparksman
Event Manager


Lydia has extensive professional experience in the organisation and management of associations and events developed over the past 11 years since starting at YRD Event Management. With a MArch and BDes (ArchSt) (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology, and a BFA from Queensland College of Art (Griffith University). Lydia consistently draws upon her design and artistic practice in her role as Event Manager, with an attention to detail that ensures the continuous delivery of exceptional service. She thrives in learning new skills and excels in collaboration, making her an invaluable member of the team.


Amy Cruickshank

Event Assistant & Secretariat Coordinator


Amy has over 9 years experience in event management, hotel administration and customer service. She is innovative, adaptable and prides herself on her ability to effectively communicate and build lasting professional relationships.


Amy completed a Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management with a major in Event Management at The University of Queensland and strives to develop her knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional event experiences. Amy has strong organisational skills and works efficiently with a focus on attention to detail to deliver a high standard in everything that she does. 


Kimberley Sanders-Baker
Administration & Event Assistant

Kimberley graduated Griffith University with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Event Management.  She has experience planning Food and Wine expos, weekend markets and has spent the last few years working within a large, multi-functional venue. There, she worked on a variety of events including theatrical performances, award shows, gala dinners, indoor & outdoor concerts and various community events.  

She works hard, bringing her time management, organisation skills and attention to detail to all aspects at YRD.


Jayme Wagner
Event & Secretariat Manager

Jayme coordinates the secretariats managed by YRD and also works with both Directors on conferences throughout the year.


Jayme has completed a degree of International Hotel and Tourism Management at the University of Queensland.


Jayme's cheery disposition, strong attention to detail and exceptional efficiency makes her an asset to YRD.

The Finance Team


Karen Mills
Book Keeper

Karen has been working with small businesses facilitating bookkeeping support using MYOB, processing and accounting liaison for the past twenty years. She works to keep the financial records of our clients to the highest standard possible. She is able to tailor processes and formats for each client based upon their individual needs. Karen‘s attention to detail in all financial matters ensures that our clients accountants and auditors requirements and timelines are always met.